​​​​​​​
Need help with state nomination?

Welcome news for international students – Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration program expanded to include VET graduates
9 December 2019

The Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program provides a skilled migration pathway for international students graduating from university in Western Australia.  From December 2019, the Graduate stream has been extended to include VET graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above.  
The Graduate stream is also more accessible for international students:

  • studies in higher education, VET (Certificate III level and above) and/or English language courses for overseas students (ELICOS) studies all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia.
  • Graduates need to demonstrate either six months' work experience in Australia OR a six month employment contract in Western Australia, but not both.  Previously international students needed to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.
 A new Graduate Occupation List (GOL) and updated eligibility criteria are now available. 

For more information on the changes to the Graduate stream, visit the Graduate stream requirements page.

The criteria for the General stream of the State Nomination Migration Program  will remain the same; however the Western Australian State Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) has been updated.

Changes to the Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Program
17 October 2019

The State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) Graduate stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in Western Australia.

On 16 October 2019 Premier Mark McGowan announced that the Graduate Stream of the SNMP will be extended to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless approved for delivery to international students). 

The first invitation round to include VET graduates will be issued in December 2019.

Other changes to the SNMP Graduate stream are:
  • studies in Higher Education, VET and/or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) will all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia. 
  • work experience and job offer requirements will also be reduced. Graduates will need to either demonstrate six months of work experience or a six month employment contract, but not both. Currently, international students need to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.
A new Graduate Occupation List and updated eligibility criteria for the Graduate stream will be published on the Migration portal prior to the December invitation round. 

For information on the current Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Scheme requirements visit the State nomination requirements page.

Early August invitation round - transition from visa 489 to 491
1 August 2019

​​Invitations for State nomination are usually issued on the third Thursday of each month. This will be brought forward by one week in August due to the transition from visa 489 to 491. Invitations are anticipated to be issued by 9 August 2019. Further information regarding this change is now available on the Transitioning from visa subclass 489 to the new visa subclass 491 page. 

Closure over the Easter period 2019
15 March 2019

​Invitations for State nomination are usually issued on the third Thursday of each month. This will be brought forward by one week in April due to the Easter closure. Invitations are anticipated to be issued by 11 April 2019.

Dentist and anaesthetist occupations restricted to Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)
14 March 2019

On 11 March 2019, the Department of Home Affairs announced  changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations in the Migration (LIN/19/051: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities) Instrument 2019.


Following this announcement, occupations Dentist (252312) and Anaesthetist (253211) which are currently available on the Graduate Occupation List will be restricted to a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489). Further information is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.  

Accountant (General) 221111 under review on the Graduate occupation list
14 December 2018

​Due to the high number of expressions of interest by applicants with the nominated occupation of ANZSCO 221111 Accountant (General), this occupation on the Graduate occupation list is now under review.


Invitations to apply for WA State nomination for this occupation will be limited.If you have already received an invitation, your application will not be affected.

See the Occupation lists page for all available occupations.

State nomination invitation round for December 2018
26/11/2018

​Invitations for State nomination are usually issued on the third Thursday of each month. This will be brought forward by one week in December due to the Christmas and new year closure. Invitations are anticipated to be issued by 14 December 2018.

Closure over the Christmas and new year period 2018/19
22 November 2018


The WA Migration Services office will be closed from 4.00 pm, Friday 21 December 2018 and reopen at 8.30 am, Wednesday 2 January 2019.
 
No invitations or assessment outcomes for State nomination will be issued during this time.

New graduate stream for State nomination now available
25 September 2018

​A new graduate stream is now available for Western Australian State nomination.The new stream is available to eligible university graduates who have studied for at least two years in Western Australia at a Western Australian university, and have an occupation on the new Graduate occupation list for the intended visa subclass.

Visit the State nomination requirements page for more information and the full list of requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for this stream.

Changes to the Department of Home Affairs points test
2 July 2018

​As of 1 July 2018 the Department of Home Affairs changed the minimum points requirement for State nominated visas to 65 points.

Previously, the requirement was 60 points.

In order to be eligible for State nomination, you must meet the Department of Home Affairs requirements.

For more information see the How to apply for State nomination page.

Migration Services has moved
17 April 2018

Migration Services has moved to 1 Prospect Place, West Perth. 

The same services are available at the new location, including:

• Settlement Services, which provides information and referral advice to migrants;

• the Overseas Qualifications Unit, which provides overseas qualifications assessments; and

• Western Australian State nomination assessments and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme certifications

New opening hours are 8.30 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.  

Ask for Migration Services at the reception area shown on the map below. 

The telephone number and all email addresses remains the same.
Prospect_place_map WEB (Living in WA)-01 (2).jpg

Migration Services is moving
5 April 2018

​Migration Services is moving to 1 Prospect Place West Perth and services will be available at the new location from Monday 16 April. 

The walk in service will no longer be available at the Perth Customer Service Centre in the GPO building from 4.30pm on Wednesday 11 April 2018 and email and phone services may be disrupted until Monday 16 April. 

The same services will continue to be available at the new location, including:

• Settlement Services, which provides information and referral advice to migrants;

• the Overseas Qualifications Unit, which provides overseas qualifications assessments; and

• Western Australian State nomination assessments and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme certifications

At the new Prospect Place location, opening hours will be 8.30 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. 

The telephone number and all email addresses remains the same.
Prospect_place_map WEB (Living in WA)-01 (2).jpg

Closures over the Christmas holidays
11 December 2017

​The Skilled Migration Western Australia office will be closed from 2.00 pm Friday 22 December 2017, reopening on Tuesday 2 January 2018. 

No invitations for State nomination will be sent during this time.

2017 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list
21 June 2017

​The Department of Training and Workforce Development has released the updated 2017 Western Australian Skilled Migration occupation list.

 
You must have an occupation on the WASMOL and have relevant Australian or overseas work experience to be invited to apply for State nomination.

 
All applicants are required to provide evidence of a minimum one year full-time employment contract for all occupations on the WASMOL.

 
See the 2017 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list for all available occupations.

State Nominated Migration Program
28 March 2017

​New applications for the State Nominated Migration Program are being accepted with an interim Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) targeting those occupations which are of a specialist nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

The State Government will be consulting with industry to develop a new list which is expected to be complete and operational in late May 2017.   
 
Further information will be posted on the migration portal as it becomes available.
 
 All applications received before suspension of the program on 13 March 2017 will be processed according to the criteria that were in place prior to this date. Invitations issued to intending migrants before 13 March will be honoured and their applications processed.
 

Request a review of a state nomination application