Key amendments in Western Australia State Nominated Migration Program

Key amendments in Western Australia State Nominated Migration Program

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The Western Australia State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP) has undergone noteworthy amendments, starting from applications lodged after July 1, 2023. The government of Western Australian (WA) has introduced crucial changes to the program s prerequisites. These adjustments build upon the continuing relaxation of criteria, intended to update the process for skilled migrants to engage with employment prospects within the state of Western Australia.

Key changes to WA State Nominated Migration Program

The key adjustments includes the following:

  • Same or equal invitation ranking for Interstate and Overseas candidates;
  • prioritised invitations for applicants with an occupation deemed critical in a WA industry sector (as per the WA State nomination invitation ranking system); and
  • reduced employment requirements for applicants invited through a WA building and construction industry sector occupation (as classified on the WA State nomination Occupation lists).

The eagerly awaited Invitation rounds for the program year 2023-2024 are expected to begin in August 2023.

Under the SNMP, an Australian state or territory is needed to provide a nomination (invitation) for specific skilled migration visas, allowing people to reside and work in WA (Western Australia). The WA Migration Services acts on behalf of the State Government to confer WA State nomination to eligible applicants for two separate visa subclasses. This nomination adds extra points to the points test administered by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

  • the Skilled nominated visa (subclass 190)— an extra five points; or
  • the Skilled work regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491)— an extra 15 points.

These occupation lists identify occupations that are considered a priority for WA and are therefore eligible for skilled migrants through State nomination.

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