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Australia Makes Key Changes to Its Immigration Point System- Changes applicable w.e.f.1st July, 2018

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 28, Jun 2018

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In a crucial announcement, Australian government has increased its minimum immigration point requirement by 5 points with effect from 1st July, 2018.

Australian government has made vital changes to its point based immigration system. The changes have been made in to the minimum or cut off marks limit of Australia's General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program. The changes will take effect from July 1, 2018. Let's take a look at this crucial change in Australia's immigration points table.

Changes to Australia's immigration point table

With effect from July 1st 2018, the General Skilled Migration (GSM) minimum point requirement will be 65 points. Earlier, minimum points' requirement to apply for a GSM visa was 60 points. Until June 30, 2018 the applicants can apply with the same points' requirement, i.e. 60 points.

However, from very next day, i.e. from 1st July onwards an applicant will need at least 65 points to enter in the GSM Immigration point system of Australia.

Which are the key Visa Categories impacted by this change

The General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program has below three Key visa categories, i.e.

  • Skilled Independent Subclass Visa 189
  • Skilled Nominated Subclass Visa 190
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 489

All the above visas are point tested visas. Hence, an applicant applying for any of the above visas with effect from 1st July, 2018, would require minimum 65 points based on their key profile factors, i.e. age, education, language ability, work experience, etc. The first two visas are Permanent Residence (PR) Visas, while the third one is temporary visa allocated for 4 years. Every year, a huge number of skilled workers and professionals from all over the world, apply for the above visa categories

Australia's point system is worldwide popular

The immigration point system of Australia is popular all over the world. In fact several top advanced nations have shown interest in following Australia like points ystem, including mighty USA and UK. However, the crucial increase of 5 points may not go well with the Australian immigration aspirant eagerly looking to get Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Australian PR visa.

Australia's point system accept the EOI (expression of interest) via Skill Select online system, where an applicant is given points based on age, education, work experience, language skills, etc. the cumulative of these points must be at least 65 points with effect from 1st July, 2018.

Need assistance to confirm your eligibility and apply Australia PR?

If you wish to apply Australia PR this year, however, not sure about your immigration point score as per the latest immigration rule changes, you may get in touch with most experienced immigration specialists at Visas Avenue- a trusted Consultancy Service for Australia immigration and Permanent residency process. It offers inclusive process assistance to apply PR visa in Australia from start of the process till the receipt of approval.

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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.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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