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Western Australia to offer pathway to skilled migration to high achieving international students

Source: Reuters

In a bid to attract best and brightest international students to Western Australia, high achieving graduates attending WA’s universities will be offered a pathway to skilled migration.

Western Australia will soon introduce a new Occupation List for graduates to offer a pathway to skilled migration to high-achieving international students, Premier Mark McGowan announced on Thursday.

In a bid to attract best and brightest international students to Western Australia, high achieving graduates attending WA’s universities will be offered a pathway to skilled migration.

“Attracting international students boosts the economy and helps creates jobs for Western Australians. 

“An additional Graduate Skilled Migration List will be introduced to attract the best global talent with the advanced qualifications, skills and experience and help grow Western Australia's share of the international education market.

“The McGowan Government will give high achieving education graduates - PhD, Masters, Honours and other higher degree graduates - a pathway to skilled migration,” a government release said.

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Priority consideration for skilled migration under the State Nominated Migration Program will be granted to the best and brightest international students graduating from WA universities.

“These students are essential to maintaining the competitiveness of Western Australia's universities in creating knowledge and building capacity for scientific and technological development, and strengthening the future workforce.”

It is expected the changes will help attract high-quality international students to the State and help to grow the share of the international education market.

The State Government's existing Skilled Migration Occupation List will not be affected, with the policy of not including occupations such as bricklayers, electricians and mechanics remaining in place.

Information about eligibility and how to apply will be available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development's migration portal in coming months at http://www.migration.wa.gov.au

Premier Mark McGowan said, "Attracting the best and brightest of international university students represents a major step in our commitment to increasing Western Australia's share of the international education market.

“We need to send a message to the world that we welcome international students, and their friends and families. Perth is an attractive, supportive destination to live, study and work,” he added.

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