Skilled Migration Points Assessment

Applicants under the skilled migration category are required to have an assessed points score. This includes visa Skilled Migration Points Assessmentsubclasses 189, 190 and 489.

What score must be obtained?

Individuals interested in applying for skilled migration must achieve a score of at least 60.

When must the Skilled Migration Points Assessment be done?

The Skilled Migration Points Assessment should be completed prior to the expression of interest. It is your first step in the migration process.

Order your assessment here.

Who should complete the Skilled Migration Points Assessment?

You have the option of completing one yourself, as there are some free online tools. Do be cognizant of the fact that this is the most important step of your emigration process, in essence the step that says immigration to Australia is, or is not, an option for you.

Professional help is available, but please note the following important points to ensure you only pay for help from the right experts:

  1. Only deal with licensed immigration agents.  Intergate Emigration has a fully licensed agent – Katrin Maja Maehl. You can view her details on the official Migration Agents Authority website here. Unlicensed advisors do not offer you the security of being endorsed by the Australian Government and you are in essence dealing with an unregulated agent.
  2. Beware of ‘advisors’ outside of Australia with a DIBP Offshore ID. This looks very official and gives you a sense of security  – but do not be fooled! Migration agents operating outside Australia do not have to be registered with the Office of the MARA. These unlicensed agents are issued with an identification number for administrative purposes only and it does not represent an endorsement of the agent by the Australian Government. This is easy to check, as such agents are not listed on the MARA website.

What the Skilled Migration Points Assessment covers

PART 1 – Age

18 – 25 25
25 – 32 30
32 – 39 25
40 – 44 15
45 – 49 0

PART 2 – English language

Superior English – IELTS 8 or more in all 4 components or OET ‘A pass’ 20
Proficient English – IELTS 7 or more in all 4 components or OET ‘B pass’ 10
Threshold English: Competent English (IELTS 6 or more in all 4 components or certain passport holders) 0

 

PART 3 – Overseas employment experience

 

36 months (3 years) in the last 10 years 5
60 months (5 years) in the last 10 years 10
96 months (8 years) in the last 10 years 15

PART 4 – Australian employment experience

Points are available if an applicant has worked in Australia in their nominated occupation or closely related skilled occupation as follows:

12 months (1 year) in the last 10 years. 5
36 months (3 years) in the last 10 years 10
60 months (5 years) in the last 10 years 15
96 months (8 years) in the last 10 years 20

PART 5 – Aggregating points for Australian and overseas work experience

A maximum of 20 points can be awarded for a combination of Australian and overseas work experience.

PART 6 – Australian professional year

5 points are awarded if the applicant has completed a professional year in Australia, in the applicant’s nominated occupation or closely related occupation.

PART 7 – Educational qualifications

Points are awarded for the completion of qualifications either through an Australian educational institution or an overseas qualification for which the Minister is satisfied is of a recognised standard:

Doctorate (PhD) – Australian institution or recognised overseas institution 20
Bachelor degree or higher – Australian institution or recognised overseas institution 15
Diploma – Australian institution 10
Trade certificate – Australian institution 10
Qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for the applicant’s nominated occupation 10

Applicants only receive points for their highest single qualification – it is not possible to claim points for more than one qualification under this part.

Australian qualifications usually attract points without further inquiry. Qualifications can attract points even if they are not closely related to the applicant’s nominated occupation.

PART 8 – Australian study

Applicants who have met the two-year Australian study requirement  can obtain 5 points.

PART 9 – Credentialed community language

5 points are available for NAATI-accredited translators and interpreters at the paraprofessional (level 2) or higher. No list of languages is specified, so by implication any language assessed by NAATI at the paraprofessional level or higher should be acceptable.

PART 10 – Study in a regional or low-population growth metropolitan area of Australia

Criteria are:

  • applicant meets the 2-year Australian study requirement;
  • applicant studied at a campus in regional Australia or a low-population growth metropolitan area;
  • applicant lived in in regional Australia or a low-population growth metropolitan area  during the study;
  • none of the study was via distance education.
5

The relevant regional areas are all parts of Australia, excluding: greater Brisbane area, the Gold Coast, Newcastle, the Central Coast, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Perth and surrounding areas and the Australian Capital Territory.

PART 11 – Partner skill

Applicant’s spouse or defacto partner:

  • is an applicant for the same GSM visa subclass;
  • is not an Australian permanent resident or citizen;
  • was under 50 at the time of invitation to apply for the visa;
  • nominated a skilled occupation at the time of invitation to apply for the visa;
  • had a suitable skills assessment in their occupation at time of invitation to apply for the visa; and
  • had Competent English at the time of invitation to apply for the visa.
5

PART 12 – State or Territory nomination

The factors below only applies to the subclass 190 visa.

  • the applicant has been invited to apply for the visa by a State or Territory government; and
  • the nomination has not been withdrawn by the State or Territory government.
5
PART 13 – Designated area sponsorship

This part applies to applicants for a Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489). Schedule 6D provides:

  • the applicant has been invited to apply for the visa by a State or Territory government; and
  • the nomination has  not been withdrawn by the State or Territory government.
10
  • the applicant has been sponsored by a relative usually resident in a designated area; and
  • the sponsorship has been accepted by the Minister.
10

 Getting help

To find out more about the Skilled Nomination Programs and to get assessed, you are welcome to call us on + 27 (0) 21 202 2800 or e-mail us here.

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