DIAC has issued important new details related to the new points test that is set to be released on 1 July, 2011.
08 June 2011
Important new Australian skilled migration points test details released
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has issued some important new details related to the new Australian skilled migration points test that is set to be released on 1 July, 2011.
The skilled migration points test is what determines which skilled workers will be eligible to emigrate to Australia on a skilled Australia visa. The new points test that is scheduled to be introduced on 1 JUly, 2011 is set to be radically different to the current points test.
Lauren Mennie, the Australian Visa Bureau's Casework Department Manager has written a blog on this latest piece of news that you can read here. It covers the following important points:
The new rule to award qualification points when the qualification is recognised by the assessing authority in the skills assessment;
The addition and removal of occupations to Schedule 3 of the Skilled Occupation List (SOL);
The change to the criteria of how work experience points are awarded;
The need for IELTS tests to be provided at the time of visa lodgement;
The recognition of degrees that are unrelated to the nominated occupation; AND
The status of the Skilled - Family Sponsored (subclass 176) visa
Ms Mennie will continue looking at these changes over the next few days and provide an update as and when is necessary, as there remain some points which require further clarification. However, for the most part, any potential Australian visa applicants should take this news as very positive.
The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australian immigration application with the Australian embassy in London.