Changes to Western Australia State Sponsorship

krystina By Krystina Szafraniec
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

There have been some interesting announcements about some changes to the way people can apply for State Sponsorship in Western Australia.

Western Australia and the city of Perth have been growing in popularity for migrants looking for opportunities in Australia.

We would like to provide you with an overview of the changes.

WA No longer taking Direct Applications

As of 1 July 2013, the Western Australian Government will no longer be taking direct applications for State Sponsorship.

This means applicants seeking state sponsorship in WA will now have to first submit an Expression of Interest through the SkillSelect system.

The Western Australian Government will then go through the Expressions of Interest and issue invitations to apply to those they are willing to sponsor.

Direct applications for WA State Sponsorship are still being accepted until 30th June 2013, so if you do not want to go through the SkillSelect system you should prepare your application soon.

Changes to the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list

Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) is currently under review and changes are expected to come into effect on 1st October 2013.

As there has been high demand for some occupations, this means some may be closed with not much notice.

Some occupations that are already closed for WA State Sponsorship include:

  • Biomedical Engineer and Environmental Engineer
  • Engineering Professionals NEC
  • If you are worried that your occupation will not be available when the changes come to place, you should endeavour to apply before 1 October 2013.

    Changes to Criteria for Western Australian State Sponsorship

    It is anticipated that the eligibility criteria for Western Australian State Sponsorship will be changed on 1 October 2013.

    It is not clear what these changes will be exactly, but we will update our site when more information is available.

    What can you do?

    Direct applications for WA State Sponsorship are still being accepted until 1 July 2013.

    If you would like professional assistance with your application, you can contact us at Acacia to lodge your application efficiently as soon as possible.

    References

    http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/skilledmigration/Pages/LatestNews.aspx

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