Skilled Migration Points Assessment - Determine if you are eligible for migration to Australia
Are you applying for a subclass 189, 190 or 491 skilled migration visa? Then you'll have to complete a skilled migration points assessment.
When must I do the skilled migration points assessment?
The skilled migration points assessment is the first step in your migration. It should be done prior to the Expression of Interest.
Getting an assessment done
There are two options available to you for getting your assessment done:
- You can do the assessment yourself with one of the many free tools that are available online.
- You can enlist the services of an Australian immigration expert.
The choice is yours, but here is our advice:
The assessment is the most important step in your emigration, so it is important to do it right to get the correct points score.
Unfortunately it is very easy to get the points score wrong when you do it on your own. Australian immigration legislation get very confusing very quickly!
Getting a professional with expert immigration knowledge to help you is a much better idea.
You must note the following though to ensure you get help from the right experts:
- Only deal with licensed immigration agents. Intergate Emigration has three fully licensed agents. You can view their details on our website.
- Do not be fooled by Australian DIBP Offshore ID numbers. These numbers are not a sign of an agent outside of Australia being licensed or having the backing of the Australian government. A DIBP number is issued for administrative purposes only to agents outside of Australia. In short, the agent you're dealing with is not registered and are not backed by MARA.
The golden rule? If you cannot find an agent on the MARA website, do not deal with them.
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What does the skilled migration points assessment cover?
PART 1 – Age
|18 – 25||25|
|25 – 32||30|
|32 – 39||25|
|40 – 44||15|
|45 – 49||0|
|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.|
|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.
Applicants who have met the two-year Australian study requirement can obtain 5 points.
PART 9 – Credentialed community language
NAATI-accredited translators and interpreters at the paraprofessional (level 2) or higher are eligible for 5 points. A list of languages is not 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
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:
PART 12 – State or Territory nomination
The factors below only applies to the subclass 190 visa.
PART 13 – Designated area sponsorship
This part applies to applicants for a Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489). Schedule 6D provides:
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