The State Nomination Migration Program Graduate stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in Western Australia.
WA government announced that the Graduate Stream of the SNMP will be extended to include vocational education and training graduates who complete a qualification in WA 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 on 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 prior to the December invitation round.