Those applying to immigrate to Australia based on their experience as a skilled worker are required to apply through Skill Select – the Australian government’s online system that allows skilled workers to be considered for an Australian Skilled Visa.
In order to begin the visa application process, skilled workers are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Skill Select, where they need to score at least 65 points based on various factors such as age, education, work experience, etc.
Here is a detailed list of ways that can enable you to claim bountiful of points.
- Applicant’s age
- Young and middle-aged individuals score few points in comparison to those in the age group of 25-32. Applicants falling in this age bracket can score maximum 30 points.
- Language Proficiency
- A good band score of 8 or more in IELTS test or equivalent enables you to collect 20 points while you can earn 10 points for 7 bands and there are no points in case your scores are 6 or less.
- Skilled Employment
- Statistics related to skilled employment generally weigh more if the applicant is employed in Australia. For example, if you have at least 8 years of skilled worker experience in Australia, you can claim 20 points compared to overseas applicant who can just get 15 points.
- If an applicant has a doctorate degree (Ph.D. holder), he can obtain maximum 20 points on educational qualification grid , 15 for Bachelor or Master’s program and 10 points if he/she holds a trade qualification or Australian Diploma.
- Australian Qualifications
- 5 points are awarded to applicants if they obtained qualification from education institution in Australia. However, they are only entitled for these point if the course of their study extends period of 2 years. Besides, if the applicant has completed a 2-year study program (a trade qualification, degree or diploma) in Regional Australia, he can claim additional 5 points.
- Community language skills
- Applicants can also obtain an additional 5 points in case they have translator/interpreter level language skills in the country’s designated community language. However, the skills need to be recognized by NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters).
- Partner/spouse’s points
- Applicants can also claim 5 points on their partner/spouse’s behalf if they have specific skills/qualifications to their credit. However, partner/spouse has to meet specific GSM requirements including age, language proficiency as well as nominated occupation.
- Professional Year
- 5 additional points can be claimed if the applicant has completed PY program in last 4 years. The PY is a structured program for professional development and it consists of formal training along with on roll job experience.
- Sponsorship & Nomination
- Getting sponsored by Australian State or Territory Government is one of sure-shot ways to increase your points. Thereafter, the applicant can claim 5 points under Skilled Nominated visa – subclass 190 and 10 points under Skilled Nominated or Sponsored Visa (Provisional) – subclass 489.