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Australia announced Changes in Skilled Migration point system for GSM Visas-Applicable from November 2019

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 13, Apr 2019

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Australian government has announced some key changes in its Existing Immigration point system for General Skilled Migration (GSM) program. These changes will take effect from 16th November 2019 only. Australia follows world famous point based immigration system to invite and allocate skilled visa to the foreign skilled workers.

The new changes will be vital for the applicants of GSM visas in Australia.The government has made some key amendments in the existing Migration Act 1958, and Migration Regulations 1994 (the Migration Regulations) to bring about some key changes in the immigration rules and regulations.

Apart from point system change, during recent budget, Australia also officially introduced 3 new regional visas along with the new Sponsored Parent Visa Subclass 870.

Changes applicable to Australia's immigration point system from November 16, 2019

With effect from November 16, 2019, following changes will be implemented in Australia's Immigration point Calculator 2019:

  • 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 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) qualifications
  • 10 points for applicants who do not have a spouse or de facto partner
  • 5 Points -for applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who has competent English
As per the new changes mentioned above, from November onwards, applicants with no spouse, applicants with STEM qualification and applicants with Skilled Spouse or de facto partner will get the 10 immigration points in the system.

Moreover, the applicants will get the 5 points for competent English of their spouse. Also, the applicants will get the 15 points if they are nominatedby a State or Territory government or sponsored by a family member staying in regional part of Australia.

Which Visa Categories will be impacted?

The impact of the above mentioned changes in Australia's point based immigration system will be seen on the following GSM (General Skilled Migration) visa categories, i.e. The first two are permanent residence visa, whereas the third one is the temporary visa allocated by Department of Home Affairs Australia for 4 years.

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With the implementation of the new changes in the Australia's point based immigration system, it will be easy for the applicants to get good point score, if they have no spouse or de facto partner or their spouse or de facto partner is skilled and has competent English. Also, STEM education candidates also has a good chance of winning some key points for their qualification.

To know more details or clarification about the rule changes above, you can e-mail your queries our Australia immigration expert at

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Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

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