You will be awarded points for:
- English language ability
- Overseas or/and Australian skilled employment
- Australian Study
- Study in regional Australia/low population growth metropolitan areas
- Partner skills
- State/territory sponsorship (for State Sponsored Skilled Migrant visa applicants)
- Fluency in one of Australia’s Community language (other than English)
If you achieve a score below the pass mark then your application will be refused.
YES, Applicants are required to show that they have the required English language proficiency for the visa they are applying for, or be exempt. In addition to achieving the required International English Language Test Score (IELTS) applicants can show that they meet the English language criteria by:
- Obtaining a score of at least ‘B’ in each component of the Occupational English Test (OET)
- Holding a passport for the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, the Republic of Ireland or New Zealand
From 23 November 2014, the department will accept test scores from two additional tests to IELTS across the Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident and Work and Holiday programmes. These are the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic. The department will also accept scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test undertaken from 1 January 2015.
YES! If you are in Australia, we can advise you on any migration matters, including helping you to:
- Extend your current visa
- Apply for a different visa as eligible
- Become a Temporary or Permanent Resident of Australia
- Become an Australian Citizen
- Communicate with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
- Deal with the cancellation of your visa
- Appeal / Review of your case to Migration or Refugee Review Tribunal
- Ministerial Intervention
A dependant is a member of the family unit of the Australian Visa applicant. This may include the spouse/ partner of the applicant, any dependent children (under 18 years of age) or some other dependent relative.
You may include other relatives in your application if they are wholly or substantially reliant on you for financial support for their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing and they have been reliant on you for that support for a substantial period. They must also be more reliant on you than on any other person or source. A relative may be considered dependent on you if they have a mental or physical disability that prevents them from earning a living to support themselves e.g. an aged unmarried relative.
There are five types of categories under which you can apply for skilled migration to Australia:
- Independent migrants: for those who meet the basic requirements and who are not sponsored.
- Sponsored: for those who may not be able to meet the pass mark of the Points test but are seeking to be nominated by a State and Territory Government or an employer.
- Designate Area sponsored: for those who have a sponsor who lives in a designated area.
- Australian sponsored: for those who have a sponsor who lives outside a designated area.
- Employer Sponsored: for those who have got an Australian company / firm and willing to sponsor you.