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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Broadly speaking, migration in Australia is made up of three streams; humanitarian, family and skilled. The stream suitable for you depends on many factors including your age, occupation and employment status. To find out if you are eligible to apply for an Australian visa under one of these streams visit the Department of Home Affairs Visa Finder.
If you have a successful background in owning or managing a business or investments you may also be eligible to apply for business migration.

 

Skilled visas

Skilled visas are for eligible professionals or tradespersons and includes both temporary and permanent visas. The two main pathways are employer sponsored and independent or nominated. 

 Employer sponsoredIndependent or nominated

Temporary migration

Temporary migration

 

Provisional migration

Permanent migration

Permanent migration

 

State nomination

For certain skilled visas, you must be nominated by a State or Territory. WA Migration Services nominates eligible applicants for two visa subclasses:

  • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190); and 
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).

For more information on State nomination visit the About state nomination page.

 

Regional certifying body

Under the Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494) regional employers can nominate skilled migrants for a full time vacancy where they cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian worker. Applications for the employer sponsored visa stream, must be certified by a regional certifying body. The Department of Training and Workforce Development, through WA Migration Services, is a regional certifying body for all of Western Australia, except the Goldfields–Esperance region. Visit the Certification for regional visas page for further information.

News

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

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. 

Fun Fact
The world’s oldest form of living organisms (stromatolites) can be found in Western Australia.