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Australia PR Points Calculator: Criteria for Skilled Workers Seeking Permanent Residence

by Visa Consultant Immigration Expert

The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) and Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) are the most common pathways for pursuing skilled work in Australia as a permanent resident. Both of these are points-tested visas i.e. each candidate is allocated points based on the selection factors of the Australia PR points calculator, and the highest-scoring among them are invited to apply for permanent residence.

The point allocation criteria can vary for each visa stream. In order to submit an Expression of Interest for these visas, candidates must score at least 65 points based on relevant criteria. It is not mandatory to score points under each factor. The criteria for the Subclass 190 and 189 visa are nearly identical:

Age (maximum 30 points)

Those between the ages of 25 and 32 years can claim the maximum points.

English Language Proficiency (maximum 20 points)

The candidate has to demonstrate competent, proficient or superior English language skills through the test results of an approved language examination.

Work Experience (maximum 20 points)

This includes skilled employment experience gained within and/or outside Australia.

Academic Qualifications (maximum 20 points)

Points are awarded for the highest academic qualification achieved by the candidate.

Specialist Education Qualification (maximum 10 points)

Holding a PhD or Master’s degree by research completed from an educational institution in Australia over two or more academic years in specific STEM or ICT fields.

Australian Study Requirement (maximum 5 points)

Completing a trade qualification, degree or diploma from an academic institution in Australia that meets the Australian Study Requirement.

Professional Year in Australia (maximum 5 points)

Completing a professional year in Australia provided by an approved organization in engineering, ICT, computing or accounting over 12 months, in the nominated or closely-related occupation, within the four years before being invited to apply for the visa.

Community Language Credential (maximum 5 points)

Holding a recognized credential in a community language i.e. an accreditation at a paraprofessional or higher level, a certification at the professional or higher level, or a credential for translating and interpreting the language.

Study in Regional Australia (maximum 5 points)

Completing a trade qualification, degree or diploma from an academic institution in regional Australia that meets the Australian Study Requirement.

Partner Skills (maximum 10 points)

·         If the applicant’s accompanying spouse/de-facto partner meets requirements related to age, skills, and English language proficiency: 10 points

·         If the applicant’s accompanying spouse/de-facto partner only meets requirements related English language proficiency: 5 points

·         If the applicant is unmarried: 10 points

·         If the applicant’s spouse/de-facto partner is an Australian permanent or citizen: 10 points

State Nomination (maximum 5 points) – only applicable for the 190 visa

In case of the Skilled Nominated visa, those who have been nominated by the local governing agency of an Australian state or territory can gain 5 additional points.

It is important to note that only the highest-ranking candidates who meet the Australia PR points calculator cut-off (which changes with every invitation round) will be considered for permanent residence. To claim as many points as possible, and secure the desired visa, aspirants can rely on the expertise of seasoned consultants at Abhinav Immigration Services – India’s most well-referenced lawful immigration consultancy, since 1994.


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