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March 20, 2012 – Interested to apply for work visas to Australia and be able to work in Australia, particularly in Western Australia?
The Western Australian State Migration Plan (SMP) is currently focused on providing support to its booming mining sector.
As the largest upsurge in capital investments over the six months to April was said to have been driven by three major LNG projects in Western Australia and Queensland by Wheatstone, APLNG and Prelude, which had collectively cost $50 billion, and with WA projects accounting for 64% of the total capital expenditure, an updated list of more than 180 occupations identified as being crucial to the future economic development of Western Australia was just recently released by the State Government of Western Australia.
The SMPs play a critical role in the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, as the State/Territory governments have developed the SMPs in order to essentially enable them to determine, target and sponsor eligible applicants who have the skills in demand in that particular Australian State or Territory for state sponsored Australian visa. Basically, a SMP specifies the types of occupations and number of places available to each State or Territory for Australia immigration skilled visa applicants under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program.
Under the latest WA Skilled Migration Occupations List” for 2011-2012, there was a considerable expansion of the list. Now, occupations such as “Hairdresser”, “Registered Nurse”, “Accountant”, “Welfare Worker”, “Pastry Cook”, “Landscape Gardener” and more have been added to the expanded lists. This means that visa from Australia applicants in these occupations may now be eligible to lodge their WA State-Sponsored permanent residency applications using the following visas: Skilled Sponsored Visa (SSV) – Subclass 176 (Offshore) and 886 (Onshore) and the Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (SRSV) – Subclass 475 (Offshore) and 487 (Onshore).
For ONSHORE applications (SC886, SC487), WA graduates are required by the WA Government to be already holding the SC485 Graduate temp visa as well as have at least one year’s relevant and paid employment in WA after completing the relevant study.
For OFFSHORE applications (SC176, SC 457 visa) immigration to Australia applicants are required by the WA Government to have at least three years relevant and paid employment anywhere in the world after completing the relevant study.
Meanwhile, after the monthly review of the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list was conducted by the Skilled Migration Western Australia (SMWA), it has revealed that from 1 February 2012, there were still no changes to the availability of occupations on the list; the occupation of Retail Pharmacist still remains closed; and the off-list nominations still remains unavailable since December.