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Are you facing any trouble in clearing your migration skill assessment with a great score? If yes, then this article that was written by one of the registered migration agents in Sydney may help you in knowing the ways through which you can increase your points for skills migration. Moreover, there are numerous ways in which you can increase your total points. So, you do not have to worry about it.
Above all, Australia has a well-designed programme named GSM (General Skilled Migration Programme) that discourses skill and labour shortages by targeting experienced and skilled migrants in eligible occupations.
If you think you can fill the vacancy of workers in Australia to help the country to increase its economic growth, then you can become a perfect applicant for this. Moreover, The Skilled Stream of the Migration Program is designed to attract such migrants.
On the other hand, this helps in stimulating employment as the job opportunities increase with the growing economy. That is to say, the Skilled migrants have very high participation rates in the workforce.
What is GSM (General Skilled Migration Programme)? How does it work?
It works on a point-based operational system that prioritises and ranks applicants on basis of some characteristics. That is to say, your total points can differ by factors such as language skills, education and work experience.
To clarify, it is very obvious that the more you will score, the more are chances of getting an invitation. However, an invitation can arrive from the relevant State Government who assess the applicant’s EOI (Expression of Interest) to submit a visa application. Also, it is based on the total points.
Remember, higher points result in faster processing. That is to say, higher probability of getting a positive visa outcome. Note that, students who are having student visas and applying for general skilled migration must score a minimum of 65 points to gain a visa.
What subclasses are included in Skilled Migration?
There are several visa subclasses through which you can migrate to Australia as a Skilled Overseas Worker. You can choose according to your skill requirements and subclass availability. Therefore, below are visa subclasses through present in the Skilled Migration and that helps in relocating to Australia.
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa – 489
- Temporary Graduate Visa – 485
- Skilled -regional Graduate Visa – 476
- Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa -191
- Skilled independent Visa 189
- Global Talent Visa – 858
- Skilled Nominated visa – 190
- Distinguished Talent Visa – 124
- Skilled Regional Visa – 887
- Skilled Work regional (provisional) Visa – 491
Most importantly, there are three types of visas that are point-based that fall under GSM. They include Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), State / Territory sponsored, such as Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) or Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491).
How to increase points in these three Subclasses?
Do you know that pre-planning is good if you don’t know exact details of anything you are going to do? Therefore, if you are planning to migrate to Australia as a Skilled worker, then you must design a plot regarding the same beforehand.
Moreover, pre-planning is very important in this case. There are several points increasing ways that must you must adhere to. Consider these before the submission of the EOI (Expression of Interest). You can easily increase your points in the above visa subclasses by following the three simple ways, read below: –
Credentialed Community Language Test – Five Points
There is a recent test namely CCL (Credentialed Community Language) by The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). It awards five additional points for skilled migration if you complete it successfully.
That is to say, your ability will depend according to the way you interpret two recorded dialogues. However, that will be based on a conversation between an English speaker and a speaker of your elected language other than English (LOTE).
You will go under evaluation if you are able to convey the sense and meaning of what each speaker discussed, demonstrate accurate comprehension in both English and the LOTE and creatively commute rather than the standard pronunciation, style, expression and register.
Remember, these five points can improve your EOI. It may provide you with the competitive edge necessary to secure an invitation from the relevant State Government. Therefore, it is a must consideration.
Regional Study – Five Points
You can claim additional five points by electing to study at an educational institution located in a Designated Regional Area (“DRA”) of Australia. That is to say, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sunshine, Canberra, Hobart, Lake Macquarie, Coast, Wollongong, Newcastle, Geelong, and Illawarra come under the list of DRA.
Also, there are two conditions, out of which, you must have accomplished one to qualify for the additional five points. In other words, you must have completed either a combination of qualifications comprising of at least two (2) academic years of study resulting in an eligible qualification or a single eligible qualification that required at least two (2) years of academic study.
In addition, the qualification must be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institution and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) along with the completion of study in no less than 16 calendar months.
For getting eligible, you must reside and study in DRA without taking the qualification from distance education. Furthermore, the Australian Government’s regional incentive campaign specially aims to encourage increased migration to regional areas of Australia for the country’s economic growth.
Most importantly, you may also be eligible for a second subclass 485 visas in the Post-Study Work stream upon meeting the above criteria.
Partner Skills – Maximum 10 Points
You can score additional five points if you are migrating with a de facto partner or spouse under partner visas. Also, the applicant’s migrating partner should meet certain age, educational, occupational, and English language thresholds.
However, the primary applicant’s partner must satisfy the following criteria to get rewards with full 10 points:
- be under 45 years of age at the time of invitation to apply;
- provide evidence of at least competent English demonstrated through either an IELTS, PTE, TOEFL, OET or Cambridge test or a valid passport from an eligible country;
- hold a suitable skills assessment from the relevant skills assessing authority for their nominated occupation; and
- hold an eligible occupation.
In addition, the primary applicant’s partner must have an occupation on either the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or the Regional Occupation List (“ROL”) for subclass 491 (State Sponsored).
Whereas, subclass 190 allows occupation on either STSOL or the MLTSSL. However, the visa subclasses, which require the primary applicant’s partner to have an occupation on the MLTSSL, are 189 (Independent) and subclass 491 (Family Sponsored) visas.
Furthermore, the alternate way to claim 10 points is being an Australian citizen or permanent resident either yourself or your partner.
To sum up, to submit a more competitive EOI, applicants must seek our help. That is to say, we will guide in the best way. We will help the candidate score additional points to increase the total score through several avenues in GSM Programme.
Therefore, to explore more options to secure an invitation from the nominating State Government, please contact our immigration lawyers and registered migration agents at Australian Visa Lawyers. They will assist you with the helpful information to maximize your prospects of securing an invitation.