If you’re planning to make the move Down Under then State migration could be the right option for you. Eligibility for State migration differs depending on what particular State you aim to live in.
In this article we’ll be focusing on State migration in Western Australia.
Why Western Australia?
Home to some of the country’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, WA occupies around one-third of Australia’s overall land mass.
The recent mining boom has seen workers from all over the world flock to Perth (the state’s capital) in search of career opportunities and a great lifestyle.
Economically, it is one of the country’s strongest performing areas, which makes State Migration in Western Australia a particularly popular option for skilled workers.
So, How Does It Work?
The Government of Western Australia has a list of occupations (the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List or WASMOL) that are in shortage in the state. If a migrant meets the skilled visa requirements – based on age, qualification, work experience and English proficiency – the migrant can seek nomination from Western Australia.
If you’re nominated then you should be willing to live and work in WA for two years following your arrival.
Applying for State Nomination
There are a number of steps involved in applying for State migration in Western Australia. If you use a migration agent to assist you then they will guide you through the entire process, ensuring your application has the best possible chance of succeeding.
An applicant must have an occupation on the WASMOL. If the occupation is a Schedule 2, then the applicant must also have a 12 months full time job offer, from a Western Australian employer, in the nominated occupation.
The WASMOL can be updated several times a year, so it’s important to keep a close eye on it. If you use the services of a migration agent, they will stay abreast of these changes so that you don’t have to.
The first step is to lodge an Expression of Interest with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
If you are deemed eligible, Skilled Migration Western Australia will contact you and invite you to complete a State nomination application form. This costs $200 and you have 28 days to complete it.
Should your application be successful, Skilled Migration Western Australia will then nominate you, which means you can lodge your visa application.
At the time of writing this, the base visa application charge for the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa skilled visa is $3,520 for the main applicant, $1,760 for a dependent partner (and child over 18) and $880 for a child under 18.
Don’t Meet the Criteria? Don’t Despair!
If you don’t meet the criteria for a Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa then don’t worry, there may be another option.
You could be eligible for a four-year provisional (subclass 489) visa. With this visa, you are entitled to live in regional Western Australia (not in Perth).
Once you have lived in regional WA for two years and worked there for at least one year, you will be eligible to apply for permanent residency.
Like the 190 visa, you still need to meet set criteria.
We Can Help!
Going through the State migration can be a long and daunting process. However, as anyone who has permanent residency will tell you, it’s worth the struggle in the end.
It’s easy to overlook things and many people have their applications declined as a result of small, avoidable mistakes.
If you’re interested in State migration in Western Australia, then why not consider using the services of a MARA-registered agent and getting your application right first time.
For a FREE visa eligibility assessment, contact the professionals at True Blue Migration Services today.
We have helped many people with State migration and you could be next!