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Good News for WA Graduates – Changes in State Nomination Migration Program of WA’s Graduate Stream Criteria 

10/23/2019

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Good News for WA Graduates – Changes in State Nomination Migration Program of WA’s Graduate Stream Criteria 

International students who study in Western Australia will soon find The State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) Graduate stream more accessible.

WA Premier Mark McGowan announced on 16th October 2019 that the Graduate Stream of the SNMP would be extended to include vocational education and training (VET), graduates. To be eligible graduates must have completed a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless approved for delivery to international students).

The first invitation round to include VET graduates will be issued in December 2019.

Other changes to the SNMP Graduate stream are:

  • Studied in Higher Education, VET and/or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) will all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia. 
  • Work experience and job offer requirements will also be reduced. Graduates will need to either demonstrate six months of work experience or a six-month employment contract, but not both. Currently, international students need to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

A new Graduate Occupation List and updated eligibility criteria for the Graduate stream will be published on the Migration portal before the December invitation round. 

You can read more about these changes at https://migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/latest-news

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