The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has today announced that the pass mark for the new SkillSelect visa subclasses 189, 190 and 489 will be 60 points. Intending migrants will first need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be invited to make an application for these visas.
These new subclasses replace the old general skilled migration subclasses 175, 176, 475, 487, 885 and 886 (for which the passmark was 65 points.
“These reforms have ensured the skilled migration program is a responsive and demand driven program,” a DIAC spokesman said. “The cornerstone of this migration reform package will be the introduction of SkillSelect from July 1.” SkillSelect is a new electronic service for managing the skilled migration program. Intending migrants without an employer sponsor wanting to live and work in Australia will need to complete an online EOI, then based on claims of their skills and attributes, will be allocated a score against the points test. SkillSelect will rank intending migrant’s scores against other EOIs. The highest ranking migrants across a broad range of occupations may be invited to apply for a skilled visa.
The spokesman also said. “SkillSelect will provide greater control over who can apply for a skilled visa and when they can apply.”
"The pass mark for the new SkillSelect visas will encourage a broader range of people with the skills and attributes needed in Australia to register their interest in migration".
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