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Australia Point System

Australia Point SystemIf you are planning to apply for an Australia visa, you should be aware of the new visa points system announced recently. Changes to the Points Test for General Skilled Migration visas will come into effect from 16 November 2019. They will be relevant to existing Subclasses 489, 189 and 190 visas, as well as the new Subclass 491 visa which also commences on 16 November 2019.

The amendments to the point system follow the recommendation of the Productivity Commission. In its 2016 report, the Productivity Commission had recommended that the points system be amended so that secondary applicants with skills and other desirable employment-related characteristics contribute significantly to the point score of the primary applicant.

You would need to score a minimum of 65 points (as of 8 April 2018) however that is always not enough to be invited to apply. The points are based on the following factors:

  • Age
  • Work experience
  • Skills
  • Qualification
  • English language ability
  • Other factors

The pool mark for all General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa is 65 points (as of 8 April 2019). However, due to the competitive nature of these visas, a pool mark does not guarantee an invitation to apply.

The invitation mark can and does fluctuate depending on the time of year, number of candidates for the nominated occupation and the current occupation ceiling. To ensure you have a competitive advantage over all other potential applicants, please contact Wiser Immigration for a consultation.

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