Canberra Reduces Visa Pass Mark for Skilled Immigration

In a positive development, from migrant’s viewpoints, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of Australia has reduced the present pass mark required for their program of SkillSelect. Now it is much easier for the workers from Britain and other nations to move to the Kangaroo Land, for work purposes.

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Last month, Canberra had revealed that come July 1, 2012, and the required pass marks to make the grade for EOI – SkillSelect will be brought down and made 60 points. Earlier–to successfully cater to the requirements for qualified migration–the aspirants had to gain 65 points. The development, i.e., the bringing down of the pass mark, is positive–the reason being it implies there would be an increase in the number of migrants who will have the qualifications to file an application for a visa of the country.

Who stand to gain!

Aspirants under these visa categories (all point based) stand to gain:

Skilled Independent (subclass 189) Visa: It’s for trained overseas workers, who do not have sponsorship from a job-provider/company, a state or territory, or a member of family.

Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa: It’s for trained overseas workers who have a nomination from a state or territory of Australia.

Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa: It’s for qualified overseas workers who have a nomination from a state or territory, or sponsorship from a qualified relative staying in a chosen region of Down Under.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Immigration Australia was quoted as saying that the new development was a key component of the restructuring to the nation’s skilled migration program.

These visas will remain open for new aspirants until January 1, 2013 even as the pass mark (points test) for them will continue to be 65 points:

Skilled Independent¬†(Residence) Visa (Subclass 885): The said visa enables the students from abroad–who have done their course studies during the past 6 six months inside the Kangaroo Land, and those having certain temporary permits/visas–to file an application for the permanent residency status.

Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) visa (subclass 886): Although the said visa works in the identical manner, as the Subclass 885, the candidates must have a sponsorship from a qualified relative staying inside the country, or get nominated from an involved government or state organization.

Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 487): The given visa/permit is a 3-year provisional permit/visa for the students from abroad and certain holders of visa who fail to fulfill the requirements involving a permanent skilled permit/visa. It requires the aspirants to be have nomination from either an involved territory or a state government organization, or have sponsorship from a qualified relative staying inside a chosen region of Down Under.

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