New Points Test System to be Introduced after 16 November 2019

Migration Amendment (New Skilled Regional Visas) Regulations 2019 have introduced a revised points system which will apply to both new applicants who apply for the new Subclass 491 visa as well as applicants for existing General Skilled Migration visas including Subclass 189, 190 and 489 after 16 November 2019.

The changes to the points test are to introduce:

  • 10 points for having a skilled spouse or de facto partner

  • 15 points for applicants nominated by a State or Territory government or sponsored by a family member residing in regional Australia

  • 10 points for having certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics qualifications

  • 5 points for applicants with a spouse or de facto partner with ‘competent English’

  • 10 points for applicants without a spouse or de facto partner

The changes to the points test, however, are beneficial – no applicant with a pending application will be adversely affected because the changes provide for the award of additional points.

If all other points claims are equal, invitations for points tested visas will be ranked by the Migration Points Test as described below:

  • First – primary applicants with a skilled spouse or de facto partner

  • Equal First – primary applicants without a spouse or de facto partner

  • Second - Primary applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who can demonstrate competent English but does not have the skills for skilled partner points (age and skills)

  • Third -  Primary applicants with a partner who is ineligible for either competent English or Skilled partner points. These applicants will be ranked below all other cohorts, if all other points claims are equal.

Preference will be given to the applicants who have a skilled partner or those who do not have a partner. The applicants with a partner who does not have skills to or English competency to claim points will be ranked below all others.

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