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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. The skilled stream makes up approximately two thirds of Australia's total migration program 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

To be eligible for certain 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 Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

To be eligible for State nomination, you must meet the State nomina​tion criteria​​ which includes having an occupation available and eligble for the intending visa subclass on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation listor the Graduate occupation list, depending on the stream you intend to use. Visit the Welcome to Western Australia Migration Services section for further information.

For occupations which require you to be licensed or registered before you are permitted to work in Western Australia, a positive skills assessment and State nomination are not a guarantee that you will meet the licensing or registration requirements of the relevant licensing or registration authority. Those considering applying for Western Australian nomination are advised to check with the appropriate licensing or registration authority to verify their suitability for licensing or registration. See the skills recognition pathways section for further information.

 

Regional certifying body

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is the regional certifying body (RCB) for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) of the following regions: 

  • Cocos and Christmas Islands;

  • Gascoyne;

  • Great Southern;

  • Kimberley;

  • Mid West;

  • Peel;

  • Pilbara;

  • South West; and

  • Wheatbelt.

Regional Development Australia is the RCB for the Goldfields-Esperance region; please visit their website for more information

Under the RSMS, employers can nominate skilled migrants for a full time vacancy where there is a genuine need for a paid employee and a local Australian applicant is not available.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development assesses employer nominations under the direct entry stream and provides advice to the Department of Home Affairs on whether the nomination meets certain criteria. Visit the RS​M​S​ section for more information.

News
26 March 2019

Closure over the Easter period 2019

Invitations for State nomination are usually issued on the third Thursday of each month. This will be brought forward by one week in April due to the Easter closure. Invitations are anticipated to be issued by 11 April 2019.
 
Fun Fact
The world’s oldest form of living organisms (stromatolites) can be found in Western Australia.