In a recent announcement on February 2, 2024, the Western Australia State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP) declared the closure of applications for the 2023-24 program year. The decision was made due to the overwhelming number of applications received, surpassing the available allocations for the current program cycle. This development holds significant implications for prospective migrants and underscores the importance of staying informed about migration policies.
As of 4:00 PM on February 2, 2024, WA Migration Services will no longer accept new SNMP applications. This closure is a response to the high volume of applications, indicating the program’s popularity among individuals seeking migration to Western Australia.
Impact on Existing Applications
While applications submitted before the closure will continue to be assessed under existing eligibility criteria, some eligible applications may not be considered as part of the 2023-24 program year. Affected applicants will be contacted to provide clarification on the status of their applications. The closure highlights the competitive nature of migration programs and the importance of timely submission.
Ongoing Assessments and Nominations
Despite the closure, existing applications meeting the eligibility criteria will still be processed, and eligible applicants will receive nominations. However, these nominations are subject to the availability of allocations. The closure emphasizes the necessity for applicants to remain vigilant and adhere to program timelines.
Advice for Visa Holders
For those with visas expiring, the announcement recommends seeking professional advice from a Registered Migration Agent (RMA) to ensure lawful stay in Australia. This advice underscores the significance of understanding visa conditions and taking proactive steps to remain compliant.
Advocacy for Nomination Allocation Numbers
The announcement emphasizes that the State Government continues to advocate for nomination allocation numbers that align with the needs of Western Australia. This highlights the ongoing efforts to ensure that migration programs address the state’s specific requirements and contribute positively to its economic and social development.
The closure of the WA State Nominated Migration Program applications for the 2023-24 program year serves as a reminder of the dynamic nature of migration policies. Prospective migrants should stay informed, adhere to timelines, and seek professional advice to navigate the complexities of the migration process successfully. As the State Government continues to advocate for allocation numbers that meet the state’s needs, it reinforces the importance of migration in contributing to Western Australia’s growth and diversity.