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Getting the Points...
A stable economy, peaceful society and a high quality of life put Australia at the top of the list for the many UK citizens looking for a change of scenery.
In fact, the land Down Under is one of the most emigrated-to countries in the world. It’s been like this since time immemorial when the Aussie government had an immigration policy that was premised on the grim phrase: “Populate or perish”.
Things really started to change in the 1990s when the Australian government began encouraging skilled migration. The intention was, and remains, to grow and develop the economy through selective migration. In 2015, over 68% of visas were granted to skilled applicants.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection uses the immigration points test to ensure that those who are awarded visas are skilled enough to add value to Australia.
Let’s take a look at the points categories and what they mean for you.
Australian points categories
Generally, you will need to score 65 points to be able to apply for an Australian visa. There are various categories that determine how many points you can score; the list below will give you a general idea of how many points you could rack up.
Please note: It’s strongly advised that you contact a Registered Migration Agent (RMA) to ensure that your application has the highest chance of success. Many applicants will find that they easily cross the 65 point threshold, however, this is not confirmation that you will be granted a visa.
In addition to earning enough points, you must accurately demonstrate the nature of your skills and experience against a strict set of policies and criteria.
What skill have you nominated on your visa?
If you work in a job that is on the various skills in demand Lists, you have the option of applying for the most superior visa: Subclass 189 the Skilled Independent visa.
The number of points you can claim will vary depending on, amongst other things, whether or not your skill appears on state/territory shortage lists.
For a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489), you will need to be sponsored by a state government or a relative that lives in a designated area and can then sponsor you; you’ll earn extra points for this sponsorship.
To apply for a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), you don’t need to have a sponsorship, but your skill must appear on a shortage skills list.
The number of points you will earn in this category varies. It’s best to ask a Registered Migration Agent to give you an idea of how many points you are likely to be awarded in this category.
Work experience and qualifications
Experience in your nominated field is a great way to add extra points to your application. Holding a tertiary qualification also helps.
There are different points awarded for those who have gained experience outside and within Australia:
- Three years: 5 points
- Five years: 10 points
- Eight years: 15 points
Australian work experience:
- One year:5 points
- Three years: 10 points
- Five years: 15 points
- Eight years: 20 points
- Doctorate degree: 20 points
- Bachelor degree: 15 points
- Australian Diploma or trade qualification: 10 points
- A successful authorised skills assessment in a recognised qualification: 10 points
This is the only category that you cannot (as much as you might try to) improve your score in. First off, you have to be under 50 in order to apply. Generally, the younger you are, the more points you will earn.
- Age 40 – 44: 15 points
- Age 33 – 39: 25 points
- Age 25 – 32: 30 points
- Age 18 – 24: 25 points
There are visas for parents and grandparents who have children who have become Australian citizens. If you find yourself in this situation, complete our Australian immigration points calculator and we’ll see if we can find a way for you to secure a skilled migrant visa.
Competency in English
Like most English speaking countries, Australia gives preference to applicants who have a strong command of the English language. You can earn a significant amount of extra points if you have an excellent grasp of the English language.
- Superior: 20 points
- Proficient: 10 points
- Competent: 0 points
If you are found to have an English language ability that falls below competent, your application will not be approved.
Calculate Your Points Table
Points are awarded on the basis of the factors listed in the following table. All factors are assessed as they are at the time we secure your invitation to apply for your skilled visa allowing you to emigrate.
Australia Immigration Points Calculator
Applicants intending to obtain an Australian Permanent Residency through subclass 189, subclass 190 or subclass 489 visa must score overall 65 points (w.e.f July 1, 2018) under a points-based test. These points are allotted for parameters like age, qualification, skilled employment experience (relevant employment), English language skills, and certain other aspects.
Maximum 30 points for age
|18-24 Years||25 points|
|25-32 Years||30 points|
|33-39 Years||25 points|
|40-44 Years||15 points|
|45-49 Years||0 points|
Maximum 20 points for education
|Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other doctorates of a recognized standard||20 points|
|At least a bachelor’s degree from an Australian educational institution or other degrees of a recognized standard||15 points|
|Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia||10 points|
|An award or qualification recognized by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation||10 points|
|One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian study requirement||5 points|
Relevant Employment Experience
Maximum 20 points for relevant employment experience
Experience within Australia
|Experience of at least one year but less than three years (within past 10 years)||5 points|
|Experience of at least three years but less than five years (within past 10 years)||10 points|
|Experience of at least five years but less than eight years (within past 10 years)||15 points|
|Experience of at least eight to 10 years (within past 10 years)||20 points|
Maximum 15 points for Overseas Experience
|Experience of at least three years but less than five years (within past 10 years)||5 points|
|Experience of at least five years but less than eight years (within past 10 years)||10 points|
|Experience of at least eight to 10 years (within past 10 years)||15 points|
English Language Skills
Maximum 20 points for English language skills
|Superior English||20 points|
|Proficient English||10 points|
|Competent English||0 points|
Maximum 10 points Depending on below factors
|Nomination by state/territory government (subclass 190 only)||5 points|
|Nomination by state/territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member to live and work in regional Australia (subclass 489 only)||10 points|
|Credentialed community language qualifications ( accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)||5 points|
|Study and adaptability of a low population growth metropolitan area of Australia||5 points|
|Partner skills relate to the eligibility requirements (eligible only if your partner is being included in the application)||5 points|
How to earn extra points
There are several ways that you can earn extra points to help you get over the 65 point threshold. You can:
- Complete various courses recognised by the Australian government
- Move to Australia with a partner who meets the basic requirements for a skilled migration visa
Please note: There are several conditions for using a partner to earn an extra five points. It’s best to chat with a Registered Migration Agent before you assume you will be granted these points.
What if you don’t think you’ll reach 60 points?
First things first, if you feel like you won’t pass the Australian immigration points test, don’t panic. There are several ways you can earn extra points. For instance, raising your English competency by brushing up on your language skills is a relatively easy way to earn more points.
Get in touch with us if you’re worried you won’t pass the points test. We’ll advise you on how you can maximise your chance of being eligible for an Australian visa.
Stages Of Securing Your Australian Work Visa
Filing a Skills Assessment
Should our initial assessment indicate that you are eligible for a positive skills assessment and EOI, we will prepare your skills assessment application. We will provide you with a full list of the information and documents required to support your application. When you have provided the necessary details and documents, along with the required assessment fee, we will lodge your application with the applicable skills assessing authority.
Lodging an Expression of Interest
Once you have received a positive skills assessment from the skills assessing authority, we will prepare and lodge your EOI. Although you do not need to provide supporting documents at this stage, you must be able to provide evidence that the information supplied in the EOI is correct at the time that you are invited to apply for the visa.
You will subsequently receive a result and points score from the Department of Home Affairs, which is used to rank you against other applicants who have lodged EOIs for this visa. The ranking is based partially on whether or not your occupation is a skill that Australia requires at the time your EOI is assessed. If your EOI is successful, you will be invited to lodge a visa application.
Submission of a Visa Application
Once the Department of Home Affairs has invited you to apply for this visa, we will prepare and lodge your visa application within the specified time frame, together with all of the documents that support the information that you provided in your EOI. This includes your skills assessment, English language test results, qualifications, work references and all other required documents.
Should your visa application be approved, you will be granted a permanent visa. You may be either in Australia or overseas when your visa is granted.
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