The six existing points test based skilled migration visa subclasses (175, 176, 475, 885, 886 and 487) will be consolidated into three new visa subclasses:
*Subclass 189 (skilled independent – permanent)
*Subclass 190 (skilled nominated – permanent)
*Subclass 489 (skilled regional – provisional).
From 1 July 2012, intending migrants, both in and outside Australia, may submit an expression of interest for subclass 189, 190 or 489 visas.
From 1 July 2012, points tested skilled migration visas granted outside Australia (175, 176 and 475) will be closed for all new applications. Points tested skilled migration visas granted in Australia (885,886 and 487) will remain open for new applications until 1 January 2013.
Until 1 January 2013 intending skilled migrants in Australia may be able to submit an expression of interest, through SkillSelect, for one of the new points tested visas (subclasses 189, 190 and 489) and/or make an application outside of SkillSelect for an 885, 886 or 487 visa, provided they meet eligibility requirements.Introduction of SkillSelect
SkillSelect is an online service that will be introduced on 1 July 2012 and will involve significant changes to the skilled visa application process. Intending migrants will first need to submit an expression of interest and then will need to be invited to apply for one of the new points tested skilled migration visas. Further information about these changes is available. See:http://www.skillselect.gov.auSkilled migration points test requirements under SkillSelect
The three points-tested skilled migration visa subclasses (189, 190 and 489) will continue to require intending migrants pass a points test to be invited to apply for a visa. Factors assessed under the new points test will be similar to the current points test. The main difference is that the points will be based on the applicant’s attributes at the time of invitation rather than at the time of application lodgement or decision.
The pass mark is the minimum number of points required to be eligible for a points tested skilled migration visa and is subject to change in response to Australian labour market needs. The current pass mark can be found on the department’s website.
Under SkillSelect, the ability to meet the points test mark will not guarantee an invitation to apply. Invitations will be issued periodically to the highest ranking expressions of interest subject to occupation ceilings. An expression of interest is not an application for a visa. If you are invited to apply, you will have to demonstrate that the claims in your expression of interest are correct.
|1 July 2012 Points Test for the subclass 189, 190 and 489 visas|
|Age, at time of invitation||18-24 (inclusive)||25 points|
|25-32 (inclusive)||30 points|
|33-39 (inclusive)||25 points|
|40-44 (inclusive)||15 points|
|45-49 (inclusive)||0 points|
|English language competency level, at time of invitation||Competent English – IELTS 6 / OET B||0 points|
|Proficient English – IELTS 7 / OET B||10 points|
|Superior English – IELTS 8 / OET A||20 points|
|Overseas skilled employment in nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation, at time of invitation||At least three but less than five years (of past 10 years)||5 points|
|At least five but less than eight years (of past 10 years)||10 points|
|At least eight and up to 10 years (of past 10 years)||15 points|
|Australian skilled employment in nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation, at time of invitation
(Note that the maximum points awarded for any combination of overseas and Australian skilled employment is 20 points)
|At least one but less than three years (of past 10 years)||5 points|
|At least three but less than five years (of past 10 years)||10 points|
|At least five but less than eight years (of past 10 years)||15 points|
|At least eight and up to 10 years (of past ten years)||20 points|
|Educational qualifications, at time of invitation.||Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other Doctorate of a recognised standard||20 points|
|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||15 points|
|Diploma completed in Australia, trade qualification completed in Australia, or qualification or award of recognised standard||10 points|
|Australian study qualifications, at time of invitation||One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet Australian Study Requirement||5 points|
|Other factors, at time of invitation||Credentialled community language qualifications||5 points|
|Study in regional Australia or in a low population
growth metropolitan area (excluding distance education
|Partner skill qualifications||5 points|
|Professional Year completion, for a period of at least
12 months in the four year period immediately before the day on which the invitation was issued
|Nomination/Sponsorship, at time of invitation||Nomination by State or Territory government
(visa subclass 190 only)
|Nomination by State or Territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member, for residing and working in a specified/designated area
(visa subclass 489 only)