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The Australian Government has announced a significant overhaul of its skilled visa points system which will apply to all skilled visa applicants from 1 July 2011. From 1 July 2011 all skilled visa applications will be awarded points as follows:
Points for Age
25 points = applicants aged 18 to 24
30 points = applicants aged 25 to 32
25 points = applicants aged 33 to 39
15 points = applicants aged 40 to 44
0 points = applicants aged 45 to 49
Points for English Language Ability
10 points = applicants with Proficient English (7 in each of the 4 bands of the IELTS)
20 points = applicants with Superior English (8 in each of the 4 bands of IELTS).
Points for Overseas Work Experience
Points are available for overseas work experience, so long as the work experience is in the applicant’s nominated occupation, or closely related occupation.
5 points = 3 of the last 5 years
10 points = 5 of the last 7 years
15 points = 8 of the last 10 years
Points Recognised Qualifications (Australian or Overseas)
5 points = for applicants who complete a qualification taking 2 years of study in Australia
5 points = for 2 years of study in a regional or low population growth area
10 points = for applicants with an Australian AQF III or higher, completed in Australia OR for applicants who have completed a recognised apprenticeship overseas.
15 points = for applicants with a recognised Bachelor degree in Australia or overseas.
20 points = for applicants with a PhD.
Points for Australian Work Experience
Points will be available for work experience in Australia, so long as the work experience is in the applicants’ nominated occupation, or closely related occupation.
5 points = 1 of the last 2 years
10 points = 3 of the last 5 years
15 points = 5 of the last 7 years
Points for Sponsorship by State/Territory Government
5 points = for sponsorship to live in a metropolitan area
10 points = for sponsorship to live in a regional area
Points for Sponsorship by Family
5 points = for sponsorship to live in a regional area
Points for Partner Skills
5 points = for partner skills
Points for Designated Language (Second Language)
5 points = for applicants who have completed a degree level qualification taught in a designated language; or who are NAATI-accredited translators or interpreters in a designated language
Points for Completing a Professional Year in Australia
5 points = for applicants who have completed a professional year in Australia. This is typically undertaken by international students after completion of their studies in Australia. Current occupations where this is possible include Information Technology, Accounting and Engineering.
The new POINTS THRESHOLD WILL BE SET AT 65 POINTS for all visa applicants.
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