Published on November 11th, 2010 | by john.weir0
Australian immigration minister announces skilled migration changes
Chris Bowen, the Australian Minister for Immigration, has announcedÂ a new points test for skilled migration visa applications proposed to take effect in July 2011.
Under the new test the number of points required to pass has been adjusted from 120 to 65.
Potential migrants with competent English skills do not score any points in the new system and those with proficient or superior English skills will score fewer points than they would under the old points test.
According to Bowen, the new testÂ will deliver “the best and brightest skilled migrants by emphasising high level qualifications, better English language levels and extensive skilled work experience.” Among the changes mooted are a raising of the upper age limit for migrants in skilled visas from 45 to 49, meaning that a number of people who have considered themselves to old to apply may now be able to submit an application under the skilled migration programme.
The new points system is outlined below – for further information visit immi.gov.au
|English language||Competent English – IELTS 6||0 points|
|Proficient English – IELTS 7||10 points|
|Superior English – IELTS 8||20 points|
|Australian work experience in nominated occupation or a closely related occupation||One year Australian (of past two years)||5 points|
|Three years Australian (of past five years)||10 points|
|Five years Australian (of past seven years)||15 points|
|Overseas work experience in nominated occupation or a closely related occupation||Three years overseas (of past five years)||5 points|
|Five years overseas (of past seven years)||10 points|
|Eight years overseas (of past 10 years)||15 points|
|Qualifications (Australian or recognised overseas)||Offshore recognised apprenticeship AQFIII/IV completed in Australia Diploma completed in Australia||10 points|
|Bachelor degree (including a Bachelor degree with Honours or Masters)||15 points|
|Recognition of Australian Study||Minimum two years fulltime (Australian study requirement)||5 points|
|Designated language||5 points|
|Partner skills||5 points|
|Professional Year||5 points|
|Sponsorship by state or territory government||5 points|
|Sponsorship by family or state or territory government to regional Australia||10 points|
|Study in a regional area||5 points|