How does the points test work?

The points test is the mechanism used to by the Australian government to select skilled migrants who offer the best in terms of economic benefit to Australia.
The points test awards point for skills and attributes considered to be in need in Australia.

The points test favours:-

  • English proficiency
  • skilled work experience
  • higher level qualifications obtained in Australia and overseas
  • younger age ranges

The pass mark is the total amount of points required to be eligible for the grant of a SkillSelect visa. It is currently set at 60 points.

Even though the points test may look easy, it is fraught with difficulties and we advise our client not to rely on their own calculations. If you read our recent blog post here, you’ll find out why.

SkillSelect points for English language skills

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The minimum English language requirement is Competent – at least a score of 6 in each of the four components of the IELTS test. No points are awarded for Competent English, but if you have obtained this score, you are able to apply for a SkillSelect visa as long as you score a minimum of 60 points overall based on other points test criteria.

Applicants who hold a passport and from the UK, Canada, NZ, USA or Ireland are deemed to meet competent English language requirement without undertaking an IELTS test. To claim points for proficient or superior English language all applicants, including UK, Canada, NZ, USA and Ireland, must complete an English language test. The test must be completed before the visa application is lodged.

The following points are awarded for English language ability:

  • Superior English (IELTS 8 minimum score) - 20
  • Proficient English (IELTS 7 minimum score) - 10
  • Competent English (IELTS 6 minimum score) - 0

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Without doubt, we have the best migration solutions for your unique set of circumstances and a comprehensive visa application service to provide you with the greatest chance of a successful migration outcome.

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Whether you are an individual, a family or a corporate employer looking to sponsor employees, when you engage us (and even before you do) you will experience expert, caring service from a team of dedicated migration specialists who think outside the square. We offer solutions others haven’t considered and our visa/sponsorship success rate is exceptional. We know what works and what doesn’t. We are passionate about getting that visa and mad about our customer service. We will communicate with you every step of the way and always answer any query you may have throughout the process.

Australian Express Migration Solutions has one of the largest and most experienced teams of Registered Migration Agents in Australia, Including Indian and Chinese Migration Agents. We specialise in all aspects of migration including visa applications, citizenship applications and visa refusal appeals. We are also experts in new company set ups and the visa options available to company owners and significant investors.

At all times we are bound by the MARA Code of Conduct giving you further peace of mind.

Australia’s immigration laws regulations are complex and ever-changing. We will quickly assess your Australian visa options and get you on the road to your future in Australia.

Getting an Australian visa is one of the greatest gifts you will ever have, but the process is complex and fraught with many pitfalls for the unsuspecting applicant who decides to lodge their own application – we have heard many horror stories and have in fact “rescued” many doomed applications as well. It’s just not worth it. One error, however small, can lead to your visa being refused.

Your dream of a future in Australia can be realised and by using Australian Express Migration Solutions to handle your application you will give yourself the best possible chance of success. It’s what we do, day in day out -and the best part of our day is calling clients to tell them they have been granted their visa!

Application fees for all types of Australian visas have increased ridiculously in recent years, and it makes no sense to fumble around doing your own application and potentially losing a lot of money, and having a visa/sponsorship refusal on your record. Why gamble with your future and your money?

If your application qualifies for our “No Visa, No Fee Guarantee” we will refund our professional fees to you including GST if applicable, in the unlikely event your visa is refused.

Call Australian Express Migration Solutions on +61 39002 1808 to arrange a consultation, or book a consultation here and we’ll assess your prospects of success with this visa type (Fees apply).