Thousands of people immigrate to Australia from all over the world every year. The land Down Under is particularly popular with UK citizens looking to move to (or stay living in) a country with wide-open spaces and year-round sunshine. If you want a visa you’re going to have to pass a points-based test and in this post we’re going to tell you how to do that.
Testing your worth
Demand for Australian visas is extremely high and applicants will need to be able to show they can add value to Aussie society before they will be granted a visa. To show you can pull your weight Down Under, you will need to pass the Australian immigration points test. Let’s have a look at how you can do just this.
60 is the magic number
The test itself is not hard to understand: An applicant needs to achieve a score of at least 60 points in order to be allowed to apply for a visa. Note, earning 60 points will not mean that you will be able to waltz down to your nearest embassy and claim your visa.
Passing the Australian immigration test gives you the chance to apply for a visa, there will be other criteria you’ll need to satisfy. It’s really a good idea to speak to a Registered Migration Agent to make sure you tick all the boxes you need to on your visa application. An agent can also help ensure that you apply for the correct visa as there are many different types with specific advantages and requirements.
Having said that, let’s have a closer look at how you can earn 60 points on the Australian immigration points test.
What skill have you nominated on your visa?
If you work in a job that is on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL), you have the option to apply for the most superior visa, the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189).
The amount of points you can claim will vary depending on, amongst other things, whether or not your skill appears on a state/territory shortage list.
For a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489), you will need to be sponsored by a state government or a relative that lives in a designated area you’ll earn extra points if they sponsor you.
To apply for a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), you don’t need to have a sponsorship, but your skill must appear on the SOL.
The amount of points you will earn in this category varies. It’s best to ask a Registered Migration Agent to give you an idea of how many points you are likely to be awarded in this category.
Age does matter
Good news for all you younger people: Australia gives people between the ages of 25 and 33 a massive 30 points; that’s 50% of the points you need to apply for a visa! Unfortunately, applicants over the age of 50 will not be considered. But there are visas for grandparents and parents of people who have become Australian citizens, so there are ways for older folks to make it to Australia. Give us a call if you’re in this situation and we’ll see if we can help out.
Here’s how your age affects the points you receive:
|Age 45 – 49:||0 points|
|Age 40 – 44:||15 points|
|Age 33 – 39:||25 points|
|Age 25 – 32:||30 points|
|Age 18 – 24:||25 points|
Competency in English
How’s your English? If it’s good then you will be able to earn some serious points with the immigration authorities, literally. There are a range of approved tests you can complete that will be evidence of your English language ability. If you are not at least competent in English your application will not be approved.
This category is an excellent, and relatively easy, way to boost your score. There are three categories you will be placed into depending on your test results:
Work experience and qualifications
You’re going to have to nominate what kind of work you plan on doing when you get to Australia. You can earn some extra points if you have a degree and/or work experience in a relevant field.
|Doctorate degree:||20 points|
|Bachelor degree:||15 points|
|Australian Diploma:||10 points|
|Trade qualification:||10 points|
|Skills assessment:||10 points|
Applicants are awarded points for their experience depending on whether that work experience was gained overseas or in Australia.
|Three years:||5 points|
|Five years:||10 points|
|Eight years:||15 points|
Australian work experience:
|One year:||5 points|
|Three years:||10 points|
|Five years:||15 points|
|Eight years:||20 points|
Struggling to make the cut? Fear not
There could be many different reasons for why you’re not quite at the 60 point mark, but the good news is that there is a way around this. There are courses, recognised by the Australian immigration authorities, that you can complete that will get you extra points.
You can also move to Australia as the partner or spouse of someone who satisfies the requirements for a skilled migration visa. If you intend on going this route you absolutely have to speak to a Registered Migration Agent, as these applications can be tricky.
Contact our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne and get more advice on passing the points test or for more specific visa-related advice. You can also fill in this form to receive a free assessment.