Immigration Points Test
Gain Additional Points
With the new visa changes on the 16th Nov 2019, there are even more ways to gain points. Below is a short overview of some common ways to gain additional points.
General Skilled Migration
The more points you have the higher your chance you have of receiving an invitation for General Skilled Migration.
Skilled Independent Subclass 189
Skilled Nominated Subclass 190
Skilled Work Regional Subclass 491
Additional Ways to Gain Points
Here are a few ways to gain extra points. In case of questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Receive a Nomination from a State or Territory
Applicants can be invited to apply for a Skilled State Nomination (Subclass 190) or Skilled Regional (Subclass 491) visa if they have been nominated by a State/Territory agency. You do not need your occupation to be on the MLTSSL to apply for State nomination. Your occupation must be on the state skilled occupation list. Applicants receive additional points for State or Regional Nomination.
- 5 points may be awarded to a Skilled State Nomination (Subclass 190) visa applicant who is nominated by a State/Territory government agency.
- 15 points may be awarded to Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) applicant who is nominated by a State/Territory government agency or who is sponsored by a family member.
You can find out more information on the State and Regional Nomination through the individual state websites:
Australia Study Requirement
In order to encourage applicants to study in Australia, applicants can receive 5 additional points if they have studied in Australia. Please note these 5 points are in addition to the points you would receive for your highest education qualification.
If you study the right course you may also qualify for the Temporary Graduate Work Visa (Subclass 485) when you complete the study.
Additional 5 points
You will receive an additional 5 points by completing a Degree, Diploma or Trade Qualification in a courses/courses that were completed in:
Your study is not required to be relevant to your nominated occupation to receive the 5 points.
The Australian Government wants to encourage foreigners to study in regional areas. As such, if you both live and study in a regional area for 2 years, you gain an extra 5 points.
The definition of Regional Australia will be simplified in November 2019 to include all of Australia except for: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
This article details some of the best regional areas to study in Australia and courses you can study there.
Some great regional areas you could consider studying are: Gold Coast, Perth, Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Byron Bay and Tasmania.
Trade Courses you can study in a Regional Area include
Additional Courses You Can Study in a Regional Area:
Early Childhood Education
Digital and Interactive Games
Conservation and Land Management
Travel and Tourism
Digital Media and Technology
- Southern Cross University
- James Cook University
- University of Sunshine Coast
- University of Adelaide
- University of Tasmania
- Flinders University
- Charles Sturt
- University of New England
- Charles Darwin University
Tim (29) from UK
After graduating from university with a Bachelor in Business, he is now working as a store manager. Ben’s occupation is not on the MLTSSL, only on the STSOL.
At the moment, Ben would have (30 points for age) and (15 points for completing a bachelor degree).
Ben would need 20 more points to be eligible for general skilled migration.
By studying a course that is on the MLTSSL, Tim may be able to allow himself to pass a skills assessment. Tim decided to study Carpentry in Brisbane.
5pts for completing a 2 year trade course in Australia
5pts for post qualification work experience
10pts for Regional Nomination
With the additional 20 points, Tim would have a total of 65 points
Ben (26) Malaysian factory worker
Ben would like to come to Australia to live and work, he has no experience in an occupation that is on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List. By studying a course that is on the MLTSSL, Ben may be able to allow himself to pass a skills assessment. Ben only has (30 points for age) and (10 points for proficient English).
Ben would have a score of 40 in total. Ben would need 25 more points to submit an expression of interest.
Ben decided to undertake a 2 year automotive package at Tafe QLD in Bundaberg.
10pts for completing an automotive course
5pts for studying this course in Australia for at least 2 years
5pts for studying this course in a regional area
With the additional 25 points, Ben would have a total of 65 points.
Wendy (25) from China
Wendy has just graduated from a Bachelor of Engineering in China. She has proficient English. Wendy would have a total of 30 points for her age, 10 points for English and 15 points for her education. A total of 55 points.
Wendy has decided to study a Masters of Engineering at a university in Adelaide.
5pts for studying in Regional Australia
5pts for State Nomination
With the additional 15 points, Wendy would have a total of 70 points
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