Australian Visa Subclasses and Points Pass Marks
|Visa Subclasses and Pass marks
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||60|
|Skilled – Sponsored (subclass 190)||60|
|Skilled – Regional Sponsored (subclass 489)||60|
|POINTS FOR AGE
· POINTS FOR AGE
|POINTS FOR AGE|
|Age at time of application||Points
· POINTS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ABILITY
|Points for English Language Ability|
|English Language Ability
|Superior English – person has a score of 8 or more in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) in each of the four test components.||20|
|Proficient English – person has a score of 7 or more in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) in each of the four test components.||10|
|Competent English – person has a score of 6 or more in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) in each of the four test components.||10|
· POINTS FOR SKILLED EMPLOYMENT
Only 20 points can be awarded for any combination of overseas and Australian skilled employment.
|Points for Australian Employment in nominated skilled occupation or a closely related occupation|
|At least 8 and up to 10 years (of past 10 years).||20|
|At least 5 but less than 8 years (of past 10 years).||15|
|At least 3 but less than 5 years (of past 10 years).||10|
|At least 1 but less than three years (of past 10 years).||5|
|POINTS FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT IN NOMINATED SKILLED OCCUPATION OR A CLOSELY RELATED OCCUPATION|
|At least eight and up to 10 years (of past 10 years).||15|
|At least five but less than eight years (of past 10 years).||10|
|At least three but less than five years (of past 10 years).||5|
· POINTS FOR EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
|Points for Educational Qualifications
|Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other Doctorate of a recognised standard.|
|At least a Bachelor degree, including a Bachelor degree with Honours or Masters, from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognised standard.|
|Diploma or trade qualification or other qualification completed in Australia, or qualification or award of recognised standard.|
· AUSTRALIAN STUDY REQUIREMENTS
|Points for Australian Study Requirements
|One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian Study Requirement.||5|
POINTS FOR CREDENTIALLED COMMUNITY LANGUAGE QUALIFICATIONS
|POINTS FOR CREDENTIALLED COMMUNITY LANGUAGE QUALIFICATIONS
|You can receive five points for credentialled community language at the time you are invited to apply. Credentialled community langue is accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).||5|
POINTS FOR STUDY IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA
|Points for Study in a Regional Area of Australia
|You can receive five points if you meet the Australian Study Requirement to have lived and studied in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area at the time you are invited to apply.||5|
|Points for Partner Skill Qualifications
|You can receive 5 points if your partner meets requirements at the time you are invited to apply relating to
You cannot receive these points if your partner is not included on your visa application, or if they are an Australian citizen.
Points for Professional Year in Australia for at least 12 months in the 4 years before the day you were invited
|Points for Professional Year in Australia|
|You can receive five points for having completed a Professional Year in Australia in the four years before you are invited to apply.
Your Professional Year course must have been in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation. The course must have lasted for a period totalling at least 12 months.
Points for Nomination by State or Territory Government (visa subclass 190 only)
|Points for Sponsorship by State or Territory Government|
|Nomination by a state or territory government under a State Migration Plan, for the purposes of a subclass 190 application.|
Points for Nomination by State or Territory Government or Sponsorship by an Eligible Family Member, to reside and work in a specified/designated area (visa subclass 489 only)
|Points for Nomination by State or Territory Government or Sponsorship by an Eligible Family Member
|Nomination by a state or territory government under a State Migration Plan, or sponsorship by an eligible relative, to a regional area for the purposes of a subclass 489 application.||10|
POINTS CALCULATOR IN SIMPLE WAY
- Age 45 – 49 you can apply but you get 0 pointsfor your age.
- Age 40 – 44 = 15 points
- Age 33 – 39 = 25 points
- Age 25 – 32 = 30 points
- Age 18 – 24 = 25 points
- Superior = 20 points
- Proficient = 10 points
- Competent = 0 points
WORK EXPERIENCE IN YOUR NOMINATED SKILL:
How many years experience do you have out of the last 10 years in your nominated occupation? This can sometimes include work in a closely related occupation.
If your work experience is from overseas…
- Three years = 5 points
- Five years = 10 points
- Eight years = 15 points
But you will get more points for work experience gained in Australia in your nominated occupation…
- 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
To apply for a Skilled Independent visa you do not require sponsorship, but your occupation must be on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).
To apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa your skill also has to be on the SOL mentioned above and you need to be sponsored by an Australian relative who lives in a designated area, or your job needs to be on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) AND the respective state and territory shortage lists and you need to be nominated by a state or territory government. In either of these two situations you will score an extra 10 points (regional earns higher points).
To apply for a Skilled Nominated visa you will need nomination by a state or territory government and your skill must be on CSOL AND the above-mentioned State/Territory Nominated Skilled list. This will score you an additional 5 points.
Often State and territory lists have special requirements including higher English , minimum work experience, job offers etc which you must meet before they will nominate.
There are several ways to earn extra points:
- Studying a course in Australia that meets certain requirements = 5 points
- By meeting the Australian Study Requirement (above) while studying in a regional area = 5 points
- NAATI accreditation = 5 points
- By completing a Professional Year course specified by the Minister = 5 points
- If your partner meets the basic requirements for a skilled migration visa = 5 points
Having spoken to my MARA agent, I can now clear up the following.
A partner can assist with 5 points if they:
- were under 50 years of age at the time of the application;
- had at least competent English (prescribed passport holder or 6 in all 4 IELTS modules or equivalent test);
- had nominated an occupation on the same skilled occupation list as the main applicant’s nominated occupation(can’t mix and match with the Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills List ( MLTSSL) and the Short Term Skilled occupation List ( STSOL));
- have been assessed by the assessing authority relevant to their nominated occupation as having suitable skills for that occupation (formal assessment).
HOW MANY POINTS DO YOU NEED?
The current qualifying point score to receive an invitation to lodge an application is 60.
If you have lodged an Expression of Interest ( EOI) in any of the points based skilled visas, then you will need a minimum 60 points to receive an invitation, but invitations are issued to the highest scoring EOIs so the qualification score may not guarantee success.