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General Skilled Migration Pass Mark Increased by 5 Points

The Department of Home Affairs has announced changes to their General Skilled Migration programme

As of July 1st 2018 the pass mark for the following visa subclasses will be increased from 60 to 65 points.

 

Skilled-Independent (Permanent) (Class SI) Subclass 189

 

Skilled-Nominated (Permanent) (Class SN) Subclass 190

 

Skilled-Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (Class SP) Subclass 489

 

Transitional provisions

 

For invitations given on or after the 1st of July 2018 the pool and pass mark will be 65.

For an invitation given prior to the 1st of July the pool and pass mark will remain at 60, the visa application in response to this invitation may be made before, on or after the 1st of July 2018.

 

This is relevant to the Australian Government’s SkillSelect platform that allows skilled applicants to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) that details their relevant skills and qualifications. The ranking of applicants by their attributes is then used as the basis for issuing invitations to migrate. Invitations are offered within each occupation up to their ceiling cap, to prevent over-supply of particular occupations. The occupations within the skilled migration program are required in Australia for the medium to long-term.

Information through SkillSelect assists employers or government agencies in identifying people with relevant skills to fill positions that could not be otherwise met by the Australian Labour Market.

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