In a move that has caught many prospective migrants by surprise, the Western Australian (WA) State Nomination Program for the 2023-2024 program year has officially closed its doors. WA Migration Services made the announcement just one hour before the closure, leaving little time for last-minute applications. This development comes as the number of applications received under the State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP) has exceeded the available allocations for the current program year. Effective immediately from close of business on February 2, 2024, WA Migration Services ceased accepting new SNMP applications.
Closure of WA State Nomination Program for 2023-2024:
What will happen to the existing applications?
Existing applications submitted prior to this deadline will continue to be assessed under the existing eligibility criteria. Eligible applicants will still be issued nominations, subject to the availability of allocations.
Unfortunately, some eligible applications lodged before the closure date may not be considered as part of the 2023-2024 program year. Applicants affected by this will be contacted accordingly.
What should I do if I was preparing WA nomination but missed the chance this time?
Any WA nomination application lodged before the new financial year(2024-2025) will be deemed invalid. Consequently, if you want to apply for WA state nomination, you will need to wait until the next financial year program for WA state nomination opens. This sudden closure underscores the dynamic nature of migration policies and the importance of staying informed and proactive throughout the application process.
For individuals whose visas are expiring, seeking professional advice from a Registered Migration Agent (RMA) is strongly recommended to ensure lawful stay in Australia. Understanding visa conditions and taking proactive steps to remain compliant is crucial, especially in light of unexpected changes like the closure of the WA State Nomination Program.
What is the best strategy to be successful for state nomination visas?
While this closure may come as a disappointment to many hopeful migrants, it also serves as a reminder of the complexities and uncertainties inherent in the migration process. Moving forward, prospective migrants should remain vigilant, adhere to timelines, and seek professional guidance to navigate the constantly changing landscape of migration policies successfully. Despite the challenges posed by program closures and limited allocations, opportunities for skilled migration via state nominations remain significant. Other state nomination programs are still open for this financial year. Staying informed and proactive is essential for seizing these opportunities.
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(Source : Closure of the WA State Nominated Migration Program applications for 2023-24 https://migration.wa.gov.au/news/closure-wa-state-nominated-migration-program-applications-2023-24 )