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WA SIR visas

Australian SIR visas sponsored by Western Australia

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Skilled Independent Regional (Provisional) Visa

A Skilled Independent Regional (Provisional) Visa (Class UX; subclass 475) is available for people under 45 years of age whose English language ability and employment skills will contribute to regional Australia.

The Skilled Independent Regional (SIR) visa was developed by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) in consultation with State and Territory governments and is designed to assist regional areas attract, and retain, skilled migrants to meet skill shortages and boost development in regional communities.

In Western Australia (WA) there are nine regional areas (other than the Perth metropolitan area) where eligible SIR visa holders can live and work.

The scheme provides skilled migrants with a temporary visa to look for employment and explore lifestyle opportunities. After living in an area of WA outside the Perth metropolitan area for two years and having worked in regional WA for a minimum of one year, visa holders may become eligible for permanent residency.

The SIR visa is thus a provisional visa valid for a period of three years.

Applicants for the SIR visa will be required to sign an undertaking that they, and the members of their family unit, will live, work or study in regional WA for the duration of their visa (the SIR visa stage).

For further assistance and specific details, register with BCIS where a consultant will be able to provide you with direct advice in relation to your application options.

Eligibility for sponsorship

Skilled migrants will be considered for sponsorship by the Western Australian Government based on the following criteria:

- Appropriate skills and experience. The Skills Migration Unit will consult with the relevant regional development commissions in WA to identify employment prospects for the nominated skills, qualifications and experience in your preferred region(s).

- Commitment to living and working in an area of WA outside the Perth metropolitan area.

- Consideration of whether you have:

- sufficient funds to establish yourself in regional WA while you seek employment

- any connections with regional WA through family, friends, previous travel, study or employment

- identified and investigated employment and other opportunities in regional WA.

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