Australia lowers visa passmark - more skilled immigration

05 July 2012

We are happy to report that it is now easier for UK workers and others to immigrate to work in Australia since the Australian government has lowered the current pass mark for their SkillSelect program. Australian immigration announced last month that the pass mark to qualify for EOI - SkillSelect would be lowered to 60 points from 1 July 2012. Previously, applicants needed a points score of 65 points to meet the requirements for skilled immigration.

The following visas are affected by this change:

An Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship spokesman said the change to the pass mark was part of the reforms to the skilled migration program.

The following visas will remain open for new applicants until 1 January 2013 and the points test pass mark for these visas will remain at 65 points:

All of the above visa categories come under the new SkillSelect program.

Under Australia's new skilled worker program, SkillSelect, applicants have to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) before their visa can be processed. The SkillSelect system works as an electronic two-stage process where prospective visa applicants first submit a claim for skilled migration through an online EOI. Applicants may then be invited to submit an Australian visa application on the basis of their EOI.

Australian visa applicants will be selected to submit an application based on their points test score in a number of selection criteria. You can earn points for your age, English language ability, work experience, and education. All prospective visa applicants will be required to meet the relevant English language requirements and obtain the necessary skills assessment prior to their EOI submission.

The lowering of the pass mark is good news as it means more immigrants will be eligible to apply for an Australian visa.

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