Today, the WA government opens up a new Graduate stream for its State nomination, which is especially for the local graduates.

To put it shortly, only if you are the local WA graduates and have an available occupation on the Graduate occupation list for the intended visa subclass, you would have the chance to apply for it! What an exciting news for those who are fighting for their PR!

The latest announcement for the Graduate Occupation List has huge difference compared with the former General Stream, which includes almost all the popular and less popular occupations, such as the accountant, IT, and engineer as well as early childhood education teacher, nursery.  In addition, it also includes a great number of occupations which previously belonged to the Short Term Skill Occupation List (STSOL).

What is the eligibility for the Graduate stream

Study requirement:

Having gained a higher education qualification in Western Australia, including a least two years of full-time study in Western Australia at a Western Australian university.

However, Master and Ph.D. graduates will have access to all occupations on the Graduate occupation list, while Bachelor and higher degree graduates will only be able to access some of the occupations on the Graduate occupation list.

Language requirement:

All applicants must demonstrate a ‘Proficient’ level of English, which means all the applicants must score of 7.0 or more in IELTS, with no bands less than 7.0; or score 65 in PTE, with no bands less than 65.

Work experience requirement

For Master and Ph.D. graduates, there is no work experience requirement before the application;

For  Bachelor and higher degree graduates needs to claim and give evidence of at least one year of Australian work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation, or at least three years of overseas work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation.

Provide a contract of employment

All applicants must have a contract of employment for full-time employment for at least 12 months in Western Australia in the nominated (or closely related ) occupation.

The announcement of Graduate Stream caused a stir in the public, especially for the students who are studying in Western Australia. If you are about to graduate and feeling confused about your visa planning, or you want to check whether you are eligible for applying the graduate stream, please feel no hesitate to chat with us!