Australia Permanent Residence Points - Skilled Migration

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Australia Permanent Residence Points - Skilled Migration

Postby forumadmin » Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:15 am


Australian immigration points test categories

Generally, you will need to score 60 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 60 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 Skilled Occupations List (SOL), you have the option for applying for the most superior visa: Subclass 189 the Skilled Independent visa.

The amount 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 the SOL.

The amount 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:

Overseas experience:

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 45 – 49: 0 points
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, get in touch and we’ll see if we can get you sorted.
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.
How to earn extra points

There are several ways that you can earn extra points to help you get over the 60 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 to 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.

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Re: Australia Permanent Residence Points - Skilled Migration

Postby forumadmin » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:47 am


Australia is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, but what are the top 10 reasons people migrate to Australia? Following is a list of the some of the best things that continue to bring people to our shores.
1. Career opportunities

Australia’s economy has proven to be resilient through the global financial crisis and with our proximity to Asia the future is rosy with continued growth expected. Australia has a low unemployment rate and skills shortages in many professional and trade occupations bring skilled workers to Australia each year on long-term work visas. Statistics show that the majority of these workers, once settled, decide to stay on in Australia through the permanent employer sponsored visa options.
2. Quality of life

There’s no doubt that Australians enjoy a high quality of life. With plenty of fresh air, low pollution levels, and a low population in a vast country of superb natural landscapes and breathtaking scenery many choose to make Australia their home simply for the beauty of the place. With a coastline over 36,000 kilometres and countless beaches Australians gravitate to the coast. They live in vibrant cities but have a love of the outdoors and activities like camping, bushwalking, and fishing are extremely popular. Australia protects its natural heritage with over 500 national parks.
3. Education

Australia has a high standard of education and many students come to Australia to receive a top level university education.

International student numbers peaked in 2008-09 with around 631,000 students from overseas enrolled in tertiary educational institutions across the country. At the time over one in five tertiary students studying in Australia were international students. The number of international students has declined in recent years as changes to skilled migration have made it more difficult for students to remain in Australia permanently without obtaining a job after graduation.

There are currently more than 350,000 international students in Australia and the international education sector continues to provide significant contributions to society and the economy, demonstrating that Australia is still a great place to study and experience life in Australia.
4. For Love

Australians love to travel and inevitably many have fallen in love with a foreigner while travelling overseas and have decided to make Australia home. Partner visa options are available for those who are married to Australian citizens or permanent residents and those who are in a de facto relationship. There is also a visa option for those who want to come to Australia to get married to their Australian partner. This year it is expected that almost 50,000 partner visas will be issued.
5. Family

Almost one in two Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. Australia’s visa program allows for family reunification through the family stream with visas available for parents, remaining relatives, carers, and dependent relatives. These visas are very popular and the number of entrants is capped each year through the management of the migration program.
6. Diversity

With so many Australians born overseas Australia is an extremely multicultural society. This means that is not difficult for new migrants to fit in and feel at home. Community groups are strong and lively festivals take place around the country throughout the year.

Harmony Day is celebrated around Australia on 21 March and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a day Australians celebrate our cultural diversity and come together in mutual respect of each other’s culture.
7. Security

Australia has a low crime rate compared with many parts of the world and the community minded nature of the people makes Australia a safe place to live and raise a family. Australia provides a home for many refugees each year who are fleeing war or persecution in their homeland.
8. Climate

Australia has a temperate climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. The north of Australia is tropical and the south is cool in winter and hot and dry in summer. Victoria and New South Wales enjoy a regular snow season in the high country during winter, but it is the many hours of sunshine and long balmy evenings that attract migrants to Australia, especially those in the UK and northern Europe seeking to escape the long dreary winters.
9. Lifestyle

Australians love their laid-back lifestyle. They don’t like to take themselves too seriously and relaxation and time with family and friends is very important. Aussies are a friendly bunch and love to stop for a chat with strangers or to lend a helping hand to those in need. Work-life balance is an art-form many Australians have perfected. Family picnics and gatherings, parties, and a day at the beach are all essential parts to the Australian way of life. Australians are blessed with fresh produce and there are many wonderful restaurants, wineries and markets to enjoy.
10. Sports

Sport in Australia is something of a national obsession and participation rates are high when compared globally. Cricket is the national pastime, while Australian Rules Football (AFL) in the south and Rugby League and Rugby Union in the north are simply known as ‘footy’ to most, while soccer is becoming ever more popular and enjoys a high profile and level of participation. Every town or suburb maintain tennis and netball courts, bowling greens, and athletics clubs, while fabulous golf courses abound. All those beaches make for a land of keen surfers and water sports enthusiasts, and Surf Life Saving Clubs host competitions around the country.

There’s never a shortage of events on the sporting calendar with the football codes dominating the winter months, followed by the Spring Racing Carnival, the summer of cricket, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Australian Open tennis grand slam, and the Formula One Grand Prix some of the highlights.

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