Further to our article posted on 22nd August 2018, we are delighted to announce that the State government has released their new “Graduate Occupation List (GOL)” alongside the existing Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL), opening up further opportunities for migration for WA’s ‘Best and Brightest’ international students.

This now allows for two streams to the 190 and 489 visa subclasses in obtaining sponsorship from the State government:

General stream

You may be recognised as one of up to 18 healthcare professionals under the original pathway, which now incorporates the following requirements:

Single applicantCoupleAdditional dependent
$20,000AUD$30,000AUD+ $5,000AUD per dependent to existing single applicant or couple costs

Graduate stream

If you have obtained at least an Australian qualification at the Bachelor (Honours) Degree (AQF 8), you may also be eligible to apply under a much wider range of occupations – up to 112 – with up to 209 for those who have completed a Masters Degree or above (AQF 9 and 10).

The net effect of these changes is most attractive to a larger scope of WA graduates who are finishing up on their 485 visas. If these candidates are able to meet the criteria for state nomination, this naturally allows them to claim a minimum threshold of points in an Expression of Interest as follows:

CriterionMin. requirementMin. points awarded
EnglishIELTS 7.0 or equivalent10
Work experienceAustralia: 12 months and/or overseas: 3 years5
QualificationAQF 815
Australian study requirementCompleted5
State nominationApproved5
MINIMUM TOTAL (not accounting for specific situations)40

We hope the above information comes as a relief to many of you, and would be happy to address any questions you might have over your own circumstances by contacting our office today.

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