4 Good Things to Know: Points-based skilled migration to Australia

In this post we bring you five good things to know about Australia’s points-based migration system.

At the heart of the system is SkillSelect. It’s a way for you to tell Australia that you are available and willing to migrate to here. Using SkillSelect, you can submit and update an Expression of Interest (EOI) for migration. When you submit that application, it tells you your points result.

This system is where employers and governments locate people to invite to migrate to the country. This does not stop you from submitting an EOI without having an employer in mind. You can submit an EOI in that case, for a subclass 189 (skilled – independent) visa.

Here are five things that are good to know about the process.

Screenshot of the SkillSelect system.
This is what SkillSelect looks like.

Good Thing #1: You can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and get invited to apply

When you put in an Expression of Interest, it tells businesses that you want to be considered for migration. Businesses and governments can find your application, and think about inviting you to apply for a visa. You can also use an EOI to receive an invitation to apply for an independent skilled visa. This means that you might apply for a subclass 189 visa without a specific employer.

Good Thing #2: Different visas have different pass marks

The number of points that you need to achieve in the test varies. It varies with the different types of visa. For example, visa subclasses 189 (skilled independent), 190 (skilled sponsored), and 489 (regional nominated – provisional) have a minimum result of 60. You must get 60 points to pass the test.

Visa subclass 188 (business innovation and investment) has a different requirement. To pass the test, you must get 65 points.

Good Thing #3: SkillSelect won’t tell you where you are ranked

You can’t find out where you are ranked against other applicants. The system will not tell you because there are other factors that impact on your ranking. Such factors include other EOIs: when they are submitted, and cases where they are withdrawn or updated.

If you are concerned about where you might rank, you can access information about the lowest scoring tests that still allowed for an invitation. The government publishes the results on the immigration website after every invitation round.

Good Thing #4: You can get an immigration lawyer to help you with your EOI

Just because you submit an EOI, it doesn’t mean that you will get an invitation to apply for a visa. To increase your chances of getting a good score, you can ask a immigrationlawyer to help you. This is a perfectly acceptable thing to do.

To find out how to use a immigration lawyer to help you, give us a call. We can be reached at 07 3608 5007 (Brisbane) or 07 4957 4922 (Mackay). Alternatively, you can email us.

Need more help?

To find out more about how all of this works – or for help on your application – give us a call. We can be reached at 07 3166 9100 (Brisbane) or 07 4957 4922 (Mackay). Alternatively, you can email us.

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