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Points Test for General Skilled Migration

Written By Michael Walker
Sat, Jun 2, 2018
Michael Walker

If you apply for General Skilled Migration through a Subclass 189 Skilled Independent, Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated or Subclass 489 Skilled Regional you will need to score at least 65 points on the Points Test. 

Points are awarded on the basis of age, English ability, skills, occupation and Australian qualifications and work experience.

The application process involves lodging an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the Department of Home Affairs (formerly DIBP).  This will include your Points Test score.  You then wait for an invitation to lodge a visa application.

You are currently aiming for a passmark of 65 points in order to be in contention for one of these visas, but:
• the ‘pass mark’ is varied by the Government from time to time
• preference may be given to applicants with higher scores

Points Test for General Skilled Migration

Age at time of invitation

English Language at time of invitation

Australian work experience in nominated occupation or a closely related occupation at time of invitation (in the last 10 years)

International work experience in nominated occupation or a closely related occupation at time of invitation (in the last 10 years)

Educational Qualifications at time of invitation

One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awared by Australian Institutions
Credentialled community language qualifications
Partner skills
Professional Year
Sponsorship by state or territory government
Sponsorship by family or state or territory government to regional Australia
Study in a regional area

Points Total: 60 points

NOTE: This serves only as a guide and does not constitute migration advice as mistakes can be made when calculating points for the first time. It is common that people award themselves points for part-time work experience, for example. TSS Immigration is able to provide professional advice about point scores.

TSS Immigration can also advise you about practical issues that could affect your prospects for a successful application. These include information provided by DIBP on dates when invitations are likely to be made (Invitation Rounds), ceilings placed on the number of invitations that will be made for particular occupations and state/territory nomination lists. TSS professionals can also advise on factors which may change after an application is lodged, such allocation dates and government caps on visa numbers in a program year.

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