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.