20 Nov 2018

Graduate Occupation List – WA international graduates get a pathway to stay

WA recently introduced a Graduate Occupation List, which provides a direct pathway to permanent residence for WA international students studying a course that appears on the new list.

Find out if your course appears on WA’s Graduate Occupation List here.


What to consider if your course is on the WA Graduate Occupation List

If your course appears on the Graduate Occupation List, you may be eligible to apply for the Graduate Stream pathway to Western Australian state nomination through either the Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa or the Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa.

The Subclass 190 Visa provides direct access to permanent residence and the Subclass 489 Visa offers a pathway to permanent residence. Both visa types do not require an employer to sponsor you, however you will need to meet several points tested requirements as part of the process.

In addition to your course being listed on the Graduate Occupation List, there are several other eligibility requirements which determine whether you can apply for the new permanent residence pathway. These factors include but are not limited to:

– Relevant work experience (this may be exempt in some cases)

– An offer of employment

– Sufficient funds

– An ability to meet the English language requirements

It may be beneficial to get a free visa assessment with one of our Registered Migration Agents to confirm your eligibility. Our migration agents can also provide advice at each step of your permanent residence visa application.


Am I eligible for permanent residence?

While it is great to hear the Government has decided to create a dedicated permanent residence pathway for WA graduates, it is important to remember the list may change from year to year. The Government regularly updates the occupations on the list to help ensure it remains relevant to local skill shortages.


How Immigracious can assist with your permanent residence visa application

If you would like to stay up to date with skilled migration changes, contact and request to be added to our newsletter mailing list.

You can also request a free visa assessment to understand if you eligible for permanent residence under the new Graduate Occupation List.


Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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