Australia increases points for General Skilled Migration

The department of home affairs has announced changes to its General Skilled Migration Program. Accordingly to the changes which are to be implemented from 1 July 2018 the pass mark for skilled independent visa subclass 189, skilled nominated visa subclass 190 and skilled sponsored provisional visa 489 has been increased to 65. Previously the qualifying points under these visa subclasses were 60.

The 60 points pass mark would be applicable to all ITA’s- Invitation to Apply received before 1 July 2018.

On or after 1 July 2018 the pass mark for the above General Skilled Migration would be 65 points. Points under this General Skilled Migration Program to Australia are awarded for various attributes of age, Qualification, Australian work experience, overseas work experience, English Language ability, Community language, partner skills, Australian study requirement, study in regional area, professional year in Australia.

This is a major change and any applicant who would have started their skilled migration process on the assessment of pass mark of 60 and have not yet filled their expression of Interest would be affected by this change.

In the month of June 2018 there were 2 rounds of invitation. The Migration year 2017-2018 finishes on Saturday 30 June 2018 so there is very less probability of new round of invitation this migration year. The new migration year 2018-2019 commences in July 2018 and the changes to points pass mark are to be implemented from 1 July 2018 onwards.

West Highlander immigration is a leading skilled migration consultant for Australia. Director at West Highlander is an experienced and qualified migration agent (MARA agent Australia). Membership of Migration Institute of Australia and Migration Alliance keeps us updated and armed with latest information.

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