CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY
Business people and skilled professionals can migrate to Australia based on their skill sets, educational qualifications and work experience. With the general skilled migration self-assessment test, an individual can evaluate his/her chances for Australian immigration.
Individuals will score high if they are aged under 50, have English language proficiency, have adequate work experience in their nominated occupation, which must be included in the country’s SOL (Skilled Occupation List).
Australia skilled migration points
Under the Australia immigration point system, immigration candidates can acquire the required Australia migration points which are awarded to a candidate provided he meets the requirements under the following criteria.
- Age: Applicants between the age of 18 and 49 can score points under the age
- English language: The applicant should prove that he has the required competency in the language by submitting the test results of any recognized English language proficiency test.
- Overseas Experience points (Experience outside Australia): The applicant can claim points for having three/five/eight years of overseas experience in the nominated occupation in the last 10 years.
- Australian Experience: The applicant can claim points for having worked in Australia in one of the occupations listed on the SOL on a full-time basis.
- Overseas Qualification points (Qualifications gained outside Australia): The applicant can claim points for recognized qualifications which is at a level of bachelor’s or higher or Ph.D.
- Australian Study: The applicant can claim additional points for doing a course in Australia of at least two academic years or more.
- Live and Study in Regional Area: The applicant can claim additional points if he has met the Australian study requirement of living and studying in a ‘regional low population growth metropolitan area’ for at least 2 years.
- Partner Skills: The applicant can claim points under partner skills if the partner satisfies the basic requirements of age, English language ability, qualifications and skills assessment result.
Candidates scoring a minimum of 65 points would be considered eligible by DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection), an organization responsible for immigration.
Points determine your eligibility for a PR visa. As already mentioned, you must score at least 65 points under the Points Grid. The below table describes the different criteria for scoring points:
|Age (25-33 years)||30 points|
|English proficiency (8 bands)||20 points|
Work Experience outside Australia (8-10 years)
Work Experience in Australia (8-10 years)
Education (outside Australia)
|Niche skills such as Doctorate or master’s degree in Australia||5 points|
Study in a regional area
Accredited in community language
Professional year in a skilled program in Australia
State sponsorship (190 visa)
Let us look at how points are calculated under each category:
Age: You will gain a maximum of 30 points if your age is between 25 to 32 years.
English proficiency: A score of 8 bands in the IELTS exam can give you a maximum of 20 points. However, the Australian immigration authorities allow applicants to take any of the English proficiency tests such as IELTS, PTE, TOEFL, etc. You can try for the required score in any of these tests.
Work experience: Skilled employment outside Australia with 8 to 10 years of experience counting back from the date of your PR application will give you 15 points, lesser years of experience means fewer points.
|Skilled employment outside Australia||Points|
|Less than 3 years||0|
Skilled employment in Australia with 8 to 10 years of experience from the date of application will give you a maximum of 20 points.
|Skilled employment in Australia||Points|
|Less than 1 year||0|
Education: Points for the education criteria depends on the educational qualification. Maximum points are given to a doctorate degree from an Australian university or a doctorate from a university outside Australia provided it is recognized by the Australian government.
|A Doctorate degree from an Australian university or institute outside Australia.||20|
|A Bachelor (or Masters) degree from an Australian university or institute outside Australia.||15|
|Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia||10|
|Any qualification or award recognized by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation.||10|
|Niche skills such as Doctorate or master’s degree in Australia||5|
Spouse application: If your spouse is also an applicant for the PR visa, you will be eligible for additional points.
|Spouse has a PR visa or is an Australian citizen||10|
|Spouse has competent English and has a Positive Skill Assessment||10|
|Spouse has only competent English||5|
Other qualifications: You can gain points if you meet any of the following criteria.
|Study in a regional area||5 points|
|Accredited in community language||5 points|
|Professional year in a skilled program in Australia||5 points|
|State sponsorship (190 visa)||5 points|