30 June 2018
The points required for Australian General Skilled Migration is increasing to a minimum of 65 points
Applicants applying for a Skilled Visa for Australia must obtain a minimum of 65 points to apply from 1 July 2018. This legislative change will impact all applicants on 60 points who have not yet received an invitation to apply for a skilled visa.
If you have received an invitation prior to 1 July 2018, your point remain valid at 60. Anyone else who has not received the invitation will follow the 65 point as the minimum points required.
It’s important to note that obtaining the new minimum points score of 65 does not guarantee an invitation to apply for a visa. Realistically, an applicant requires a minimum of 70 to 75 points to secure an invitation to apply for a Skilled Independent 189 Visa.
There are three primary ways to increase your points score; 1) The English Test, 2) State Sponsorship, 3) Partner’s Point. The majority of states are temporarily closed which means it’s difficult to assess state sponsorship options until they reopen. We anticipate most states will reopen after 1 July 2018.