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Western Australia Skilled Migration Program Updates

Highlights of the 2021-22 Migration Program Update

WA has recently made major changes on their website regarding the 2021-22 Skilled Migration Program. Highlights include:

  • Introduction to WA Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 1 and Schedule 2.
  • Many occupations now added to WASMOL (including schedule 1 and schedule 2)
  • There are separate experience requirements for schedule 1 and schedule 2.

Requirements for WASMOL Schedule 1

  • be currently residing in Australia
  • have an occupation listed as available and eligible for the intended visa subclass on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 1 (Link)
  • be able to claim and give evidence of work experience in the Expression of Interest this requirement can be met through:

o   at least one year of Australian work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last 10 years; OR

o   at least three years of overseas work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last 10 years

  • Meet the following minimum English language requirements
  • have a contract of employment for full time employment for at least 12 months in the nominated or closely related occupation in Western Australia.

Read more: https://migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/general-stream-wasmol-schedule-1-requirements

Requirements for WASMOL Schedule 2

  • be currently residing in Australia
  • have an occupation listed as available and eligible for the intended visa subclass on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 2 (Link)
  • meet the minimum English language requirements
  • have a contract of employment for full time employment for at least 12 months in the nominated or closely related occupation in Western Australia.

Read more: https://migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/general-stream-wasmol-schedule-2-requirements

 

Graduate Stream Requirements

  • be currently residing in Australia
  • have an occupation listed as available and eligible for the intended visa subclass on the Graduate Occupation List (GOL) (Link)
  • have gained a Certificate III or higher qualification in Western Australia, including a requirement to have completed at least two years of full-time study in Western Australia at a Western Australian university, higher education provider, TAFE, registered training provider or English language provider
  • Demonstrate:

o   at least six months of paid Australian work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the past five years. Applicants must enter work experience evidence in their SkillSelect Expression of Interest, OR

o   a contract of employment for full time employment in Western Australia for at least six months in the nominated (or closely related) occupation.

Read more: https://migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/graduate-stream-requirements

 

Minimum English Language Requirements

Meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • an English language level of proficient must be obtained by candidates nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation; or
  • for all other eligible occupations an English language level of competent must be obtained.
  • English language ability must be demonstrated by achieving the minimum English test scores in all four components in a single test as set out under English language test minimum required scores in Tables 3a and 3b below.
  • candidates who hold a passport from the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, Canada and New Zealand are considered to have met the minimum English language requirements and are exempt from undertaking an English proficiency test.

Table 3a: English language required test scores ANZSCO major occupation groups 1 and 2 

Bands

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

Test

Minimum score

International English Language Testing System

7

7

7

7

Occupational English test

B

B

B

B

Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test

24

24

27

23

Pearson Test of English Academic

65

65

65

65

Cambridge C1 Advanced

185

185

185

185

 

 Table 3b: English language required test scores ANZSCO major occupation groups 3 to 8 

Bands

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

Test

Minimum score

International English Language Testing System

6

6

6

6

Occupational English test

B

B

B

B

Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test

12

13

21

18

Pearson Test of English Academic

50

50

50

50

Cambridge C1 Advanced

169

169

169

169

 If an invitation is issued, the applicant has 28 calendar days in which to lodge an application for State nomination. Applications will be assessed against the above minimum requirements and the additional requirements listed in

 Occupation Lists: https://migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/occupation%20lists

Source: https://migration.wa.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/Current%20documents/State%20nomination%20migration%20program%20process%20and%20requirements%20-%20July%202021.pdf

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