State Nomination from Western Australia

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Western Australia (WA) State Nomination for Skilled and Business Visas

WA Migration Services processes nominations on behalf of the Western Australia State Government. If you are nominated by WA Migration Services, you are given an automatic invitation to apply for the intended visa from the Department of Home Affairs.

Western Australia State Nomination for Skilled Migration Visas

You can be nominated by Western Australia State government for one of the following visas:

Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

This permanent visa allows you to live and work in all areas of WA.  Visit the Home Affairs website for more information on the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190). Information on the requirements to be nominated by Western Australia can be found under 'General Stream WASMOL Schedule 1 Requirements', the General Stream WASMOL Schedule 2 Requirements' or the 'Graduate Stream Requirements'.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491)

This is a five year provisional visa for skilled workers. This visa allows you to live in regional Australia. Currently all of WA is considered regional. Information on the requirements to be nominated by WA can be found under 'General Stream WASMOL Schedule 1 Requirements', the 'General Stream WASMOL Schedule 2 Requirements' or the 'Graduate Stream Requirements'.

General Stream WASMOL Schedule 1 Requirements

- Have an occupation on Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 1.
- You must meet the Department of Home Affair's (DOHA) requirements for your intended visa subclass being: either the Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) or the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491).
- Only applicants currently residing in Australia are eligible for Western Australian State nomination. You will need to provide one of the following documents or another relevant document, clearly showing your current Australian address: current lease agreement or current utility bill.
- You must meet the English language requirements shown below in all four components in a single Department of Home Affairs approved English test. However if you have a passport from the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America or Ireland, you don't need to sit an English test to be eligible for Western Australian State nomination. You need to show proficient English if your occupation is an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation.
- You must be able to claim at least 5 points for work experience in your expression of interest in SkillSelect, that is: at least one year of Australian work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last 10 years; or at least three years of overseas work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last 10 years. You can only count work experience gained after you received your qualification, in paid employment, where you have worked at least 20 hours per week.
- You must have a contract of employment in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for full time employment in Western Australia, for at least 12 months from the date of your application for State nomination. Full time employment is defined as an average of at least 35 hours work per week, and you can provide two contracts of employment to make up the 35 hours.
- Candidates nominating for occupations that are designated 'regional Western Australia only' in the General or Graduate stream must provide evidence of a job offer/contract of employment in a location defined by the Commonwealth as Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas. These include the following areas by postcodes: 6041 to 6044, 6084, 6207, 6213, 6215 to 6537, and 6560 to 6770.
- If you live outside of Western Australia, you must have sufficient funds to cover your settlement costs and living costs for at least three months. The minimum amount of funds required is: for a single person - A$20,000; for a couple – A$30,000; and for every additional dependant – A$5,000. You will be asked to show proof of funds through bank statements or asset valuations.

General Stream WASMOL Schedule 2 Requirements

- Have an occupation on Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 2.
- You must meet the Department of Home Affair's (DOHA) requirements for your intended visa subclass being: either the Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) or the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491).
- Only applicants currently residing in Australia are eligible for Western Australian State nomination. You will need to provide one of the following documents or another relevant document, clearly showing your current Australian address: current lease agreement or current utility bill.
- You must meet the English language requirements shown below in all four components in a single Department of Home Affairs approved English test. However if you have a passport from the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America or Ireland, you don't need to sit an English test to be eligible for Western Australian State nomination. You need to show proficient English if your occupation is an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation.
- You must have a contract of employment in your nominated (or closely related) occupation for full time employment in Western Australia, for at least 12 months from the date of your application for State nomination. Full time employment is defined as an average of at least 35 hours work per week, and you can provide two contracts of employment to make up the 35 hours.
- Candidates nominating for occupations that are designated 'regional Western Australia only' in the General or Graduate stream must provide evidence of a job offer/contract of employment in a location defined by the Commonwealth as Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas. These include the following areas by postcodes: 6041 to 6044, 6084, 6207, 6213, 6215 to 6537, and 6560 to 6770.
- If you live outside of Western Australia, you must have sufficient funds to cover your settlement costs and living costs for at least three months. The minimum amount of funds required is: for a single person - A$20,000; for a couple – A$30,000; and for every additional dependant – A$5,000. You will be asked to show proof of funds through bank statements or asset valuations.

Graduate Stream Requirements

- Have an occupation on Western Australia Skilled Migration Graduate Occupation List.
- You must meet the Department of Home Affair's (DOHA) requirements for your intended visa subclass being: either the Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) or the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491).
- You will need to have gained one of the following qualifications from an accredited educational institution in Western Australia that meets the accreditation requirements: A university or higher education qualification. This includes a PhD, Masters, Bachelor or higher degree (Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma); and/or a vocational education and training (VET) qualification at a Certificate III level or above.
- You must have studied at an accredited Western Australian educational institution, full-time and face-to-face, for at least two years. The awarding institution must have met the accreditation requirements outlined below at the time of your studies. You can use study from different qualifications to make up the two years, including: University/higher education; VET (Certificate III level or above); and/or English language programs.
- To be determined as an accredited university or higher education provider it must have met the below requirements at the time of your studies: Registered as an Australian higher education provider with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA); Registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS); and have a campus in Western Australia, where students study bachelor or post graduate courses full time, on campus, through face to face delivery. Your expression of interest must include the suburb and postcode for the university or campus where you completed your study.
- To be determined as an accredited VET institution it must have met the below requirements at the time of your studies: Registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). You can check if your institution is registered on the training.gov.au website; Registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS); and have a campus in Western Australia, where students study full time, through face to face delivery. Your expression of interest must include the suburb and postcode for the institution/s or campus where you completed your study.
- To be determined as an accredited provider of English language programs, it must have met the below requirements at the time of your studies: Registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS); and have a campus in Western Australia, where students study full time, through face to face delivery.
- You will need to provide the following: award certificate/s; a record of your results, such as transcript/s or a statement of attainment showing two years full time study in Western Australia; and a letter from your education provider confirming your study duration and study load, start and completion date. If you studied at multiple institutions, to fulfill the two year study requirement, a letter must be provided from each education provider.
- If you were studying under an Australian student visa, you will also need to provide: confirmation of enrollment/s (COEs) and/or student visa grant notice for the duration of your two years of Western Australian study; and if any study from your full-time course was completed at a reduced study load, evidence demonstrating this was approved by your awarding education provider. The educational institution determines whether a course is full-time or part-time.
- You must have at least six months Australian work experience in your nominated (or closely related) occupation, or have a six month contract of employment in your nominated (or closely related) occupation in Western Australia.
- Candidates nominating for occupations that are designated 'regional Western Australia only' in the General or Graduate stream must provide evidence of a job offer/contract of employment in a location defined by the Commonwealth as Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas. These include the following areas by postcodes: 6041 to 6044, 6084, 6207, 6213, 6215 to 6537, and 6560 to 6770.
- If you are using work experience to meet this requirement, you must show at least six (6) months of Australian work experience within the last five (5) years, in your nominated (or closely related) occupation. You will need to include the details of your work experience in your expression of interest in SkillSelect.
- Work experience must be: gained post-qualification; in paid employment; for at least 20 hours per week; in the nominated (or closely related) occupation; and for tasks that correspond with the ANZSCO descriptor for the nominated (or closely related) occupation, closely related means that the occupation shares the first four digits of the ANZSCO code. A professional year or work placement will not be considered work experience for the purposes of the State nomination program, unless it meets the above requirements.
- If you are providing a (minimum) 6 month contract of employment in Western Australia, it must: have at least six months remaining from the date of your application for State nomination. If you have not yet started working, your start date must be within three months of your application; be in your nominated (or closely related) occupation; and be for full time employment (at least an average of 35 hours per week) in Western Australia. You can have two employment contracts to make up 35 hours.
- If you live outside of Western Australia, you must have sufficient funds to cover your settlement costs and living costs for at least three months. The minimum amount of funds required is: for a single person - A$20,000; for a couple – A$30,000; and for every additional dependant – A$5,000. You will be asked to show proof of funds through bank statements or asset valuations.

Western Australia State Nomination for Business Migration Visas

The following provisional (temporary) business visas require nomination from the Government of Western Australia. The Business Migration Centre (BMC) is responsible for approving State nomination on behalf of the Government of Western Australia:
- Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment Visa - Business Innovation Stream
- Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment Visa - Business Innovation Stream - Extension
- Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment Visa - Investor Stream
- Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment Visa - Significant Investor Stream
- Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment Visa - Significant Investor Stream - Extension

Complying Investments or Business Proposals

Complying investments or business proposals may carry risk and it is the applicant’s responsibility to evaluate and determine the merit, viability and risk of the proposed investment or business and to verify the reliability, accuracy and completeness of the information gathered.

The Business Migration Centre at the Small Business Development Corporation makes no endorsement or representation regarding the complying investments or business proposal or the viability or otherwise of the complying investments or business proposal submitted and selected for Western Australian State nomination.

State Nomination Visa Subclass 188 – Business Innovation Stream

Apart from the applicants meeting the DHA criteria for this visa, the minimum requirements for State nomination of a visa subclass 188 business innovation stream are the same as the DHA criteria. Applicants must:
- Submit a business proposal with their visa subclass 188 application which includes a detailed budget with costings to substantiate the net assets in business, new employment and total net assets in Western Australia for inclusion in their State nomination agreement for their visa subclass 888 application
- The business proposal must clearly demonstrate how the business will contribute positively to the Western Australian economy and create jobs.
- Applicants and any family members (dependents) residing in Australia are required to live, work and/or study in Western Australia.

State Nomination Visa Subclass 188 – Investor Stream

Applicants must meet the DHA criteria for this visa; and applicants must:
- Propose net assets of at least $2.5 million invested in complying investments as specified by the DHA.
- Agree to re-invest the $2.5 million complying investments into any Western Australian assets, upon maturity of the complying investment.
- Applicants and any family members (dependents) residing in Australia are required to live, work and/or study in Western Australia.

State Nomination Visa Subclass 188 – Significant Investor Stream

Applicants must meet the DHA criteria for this visa; and applicants must:
- Propose net assets of at least $5 million invested in complying investments as specified by the DHA.
- Agree to re-invest the $5 million complying investments into any Western Australian assets, upon maturity of the complying investment.
- Applicants and any family members (dependents) residing in Australia are required to live, work and/or study in Western Australia.

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