Podcast #2: Calculate your Australian Immigration points with your host, Alex McManus
Australia Made Simple podcast series: Calculating Australian Immigration Points
Hello and welcome to the Australian Made Simple podcast series with me, Alexander McManus.
With over a decade of Australian migration experience I’m here to tell you exactly how to calculate your Australian immigration points.
I find there’s loads of confusion around how to accurately evaluate immigration points when looking at emigrating to Australia. So I’m here to help.
First up, let’s start with answering the first of many confusing questions.
How many points do I actually need to immigrate to Australia with PR?
The answer is clearly, that for permanent residency skilled migration, the minimum is 65 points. It used to be 60 points so if that’s what you’ve been reading then the information is a little outdated.
So let’s go through how you calculate your points based upon the benchmarks specified by the Australian Department of Home Affairs and how we can build up your point score to reach that magical 65 emigration points number for PR.
If you’d like your Australian Immigration points score calculated for you feel free to take our online Visa Assessment, with no obligation
On lots of occasions it is possible to emigrate to Australia right up to the date of your 45th birthday. But remember, a word of caution… your age is taken at the date you’re called forward to apply and not the date of your initial application or Expression Of Interest. So bearing in mind that it can take up to 2 years to be called forward from Expression Of Interest to Invitation To Apply, we really have to Fast Track you through skills assessment if you’re over 40 years old.
We can do it but we have to work fast.
Unfortunately as you get older you lose Australian Immigration Points.
If you are aged 18 to 24 then write down that you can claim 25 points.
If you are aged 25 to 32, this is the real sweet spot for Australian migration, so in this instance add yourself 30 points.
If you are aged between 33 and 39 then go ahead and award yourself 25 points, and if you are aged between 40 and 44 add yourself 15 points.
The thing to remember is that these points are not cumulative. If, for example, you are aged between 25 and 32 then you add 30 points and 30 points only.
Next, let’s look at work experience, so by that we mean qualified work experience in your profession, trade or occupation.
If you have between 3 and 5 years experience add yourself 5 points.
If you have between 5 and 8 years experience, add yourself 10 points
If you have over 8 years experience feel free to go ahead and write down that you are awarded 15 Australian Immigration points.
If you’re on the cusp in any of these bands then it’s important we look at things objectively. For example, if you have around seven and a half years of qualified work experience it would represent 10 points. However, given the length of time it takes for the Expression of Interest process to result in an invitation to apply, then by the end of that time frame you will have ticked over into 8 years plus work experience. So I think if you’re on the cusp in any of those bands, then my recommendation is to add on the further band category of 8 years plus and write down that you can award yourself 15 points at this stage.
Australian immigration also awards points for formal qualifications. So if you have a PhD add yourself 20 points. If you have a degree, an undergraduate degree, add yourself 15 points and if you have a trade qualification feel free to write down that you can award yourself 10 Australian Immigration points at this stage.
An MBA, MSc etc does not necessarily award us any further points in terms of the Australian immigration points Matrix. If you do have a postgraduate degree, like a Masters or MBA, then we’re not quite hitting that doctorate in terms of 20 points. Do still put yourself down as having 15 points in terms of your degree.
In the UK, trade qualifications will usually be City and Guilds NVQ level two, level three , in South Africa this will be referred to as red seal.
So if we are scoring a maximum of 65 Australian Immigration points at this stage then that’s great news. We can actually then go ahead and organize your Expression Of Interest, hopefully leading to an Invitation to Apply.
However don’t worry if we’re not quite hitting that 65 point mark at this stage. I think we simply need to start to look at all the areas and other aspects of the points Matrix which we can then use to boost your points.
Boosting Your Australian Immigration Points
One of the first ways we can quickly and easily boost your existing Point Score is by taking what’s called an English Test an IELTS test I.E.L.T.S.
Now obviously, the notion of taking an English test may sound a little bit daft for people from predominantly English-speaking countries, for example, the United Kingdom, USA, Canada and South Africa.
However, this, of course, can also be seen as a huge benefit because if you have English as a first language then hopefully we are going to score reasonably well in in terms of this IELTS test.
If, therefore, you view yourself as having a great and advanced use of the English language then feel free to add yourself 20 points at this stage. I find that most people will score an average mark on IELTS of around 10 Australian Immigration points.
So again, at this stage, when we are working out your Australian migration points feel free to add yourself the 20 points or 10 points depending on your own understanding of your ability, grasp and use of the English language.
If you’re still not hitting that 65 point mark, don’t be too disheartened because there’s certainly something else we can start to examine.
A further way of boosting your point score by another five points would be to start and look at the the element of State Nomination.
State sponsorship this is where an individual State or Territory in Australia will have a shortage for your skill-set. In this instance they will invite you to apply from your Expression Of Interest and that invitation will also bring with it a further 5 Australian Immigration points.
Whats the Payback for State Nomination to Australia?
Now obviously there is a little bit of a trade-off here. If a State or Territory nominate you and award you those five points on the flip side they will expect you to commit to living and working in that particular state for a period of 2 years. Obviously after that period you are free to live and work anywhere in Australia.
At the same time of course, if you have a close family member in Australia please feel free to add a further 5 points to your total score, but do bear in mind, that you can’t add both State nomination and family sponsorship as well. It’s either going to be one or the other.
If by this time you’re looking at around about 65 Australian Immigration points that’s exactly right, that’s exactly where we need to be in order to move forward with the application. If we are not scoring 65 points then at this stage it is looking increasingly unlikely that you were going to be able to emigrate to Australia under skilled migration.
However there is something else that we could potentially bring into play. At this stage, if your partner also has an occupation on either of the in demand lists the medium long-term strategic skills list or the short-term list, then potentially we could do what’s called a skills assessment on your partner.
So whereas during the process you will be required to do a skills assessment under your occupation to prove, that you are who you say you are, that you have the right skills, the right experience and the right qualifications, in this instance, if you also have a partner who has an occupation on one of the in demand lists, we can also do a skills assessment on your partner as well.
If this is the case then we can add on a further the 5 Australian Immigration Points in terms of partner skills. So in conclusion, if you are scoring 65 points at this stage that’s great news and we would love to hear from you. Especially to answer any and all questions you may have about the process in terms of general cost, time frames, expectations, living and working in Australia. Really everything to do with emigrating to Australia.
So for some further information on us feel free to head over to Australia Made Simple
You’ll also find loads of information in terms of occupation lists, how to find and accurately identify your occupation on one of the in demand lists. We’ve got a podcast on the age limit to immigrate to Australia, what to do if you don’t have enough points and everything you’re going to need to know about skills assessment.
If there is still some confusion around your total points score don’t worry, we’re here to help. Simply take our free visa assessment and someone will be on hand to go through calculating your Australian Immigration Points score with you on a personal and individual basis.
All our initial consultations are free of charge, so do make the most of the help available to you.
Your Checklist of Actions to Take
Calculate your Australian Immigration Points for PR using the method described
Listen to the Podcast for more information
Take a Free Visa Assessment for the full facts, without obligation
Consider State Nomination if you don’t score 65 Points
Prepare to study for the IELTS English test if you’re still short of points
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