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Changes to WA State Nomination in relation to English, Work Experience and Job Offers

 The Government of Western Australia have recently released new criteria for WA state sponsorship for subclass 190 and 489 visas.

The following are significant changes to the criteria:

- English Requirements:

Managers and Professionals (Group 1 and 2 in ANZSCO)  who are on the WA State Migration Plan must obtain at least 7,7,7,7 in the IELTS or a minimum of all Bs on the OET test. Other groups of occupations still require just 6,6,6,6.

There are still English requirement exemptions those holding a UK, USA, Canada, Ireland or NZ passport.

- Work Experience Requirements:

 All applicants must meet the minimum work experience requirement of:

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

        ◦ at least three years of overseas work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last ten years; and

- Job Offered Required even for Offshore applicants:

If your occupation is on Schedule 2 of the WASMOL you must have a job offer for both a 489 and a 190 application, even if you are applying from overseas.

Source and Accuracy


This information is accurate on the 02 February 2014.  States and Territories will change requirements in an ongoing manner and all current requirements must be established prior to lodging an application. 

Need Help?

At Work Visa Lawyers we are experience in assisting applicants with the Expression of Interest, State Sponsorship and Visa application process for state sponsored subclasses 190 and 489.

If you require further information regarding an application or your Australian visa options you contact our offices on (08) 7225 5091 or +61 8 7225 5091  


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