Tips on achieving the MAXIMUM points

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HOW CAN PROFESSIONALS INCREASE THEIR POINTS

Professional occupations like IT, accounting, engineering etc. have been ever-popular when it comes to General Skilled Migration in Australia. In the past few years the number of IT applications have increased manifolds.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Higher points mean faster processing + better chance at getting a positive visa outcome.

Spots for professional occupations get filled rapidly which simply means- higher your points, better your chance of getting invited.

The minimum eligible score required for most occupations is 60-65. At Path we aim to increase your points to 70-75 to ensure a quick and positive outcome.

HOW TO SCORE MORE POINTS?

Since the points requirement has gone up, the only plausible solution is to obtain MAXIMUM POINTS and get selected on pro-rata basis. Here’s what you can do:

1) Achieving a “proficient/ Superior” English Score (on exams like IELTS/PTE/TOFEL etc)

2) Successful completion of “Professional year” in Australia.

3) State Sponsorship (Visa 190)

4) Regional Sponsorship (Visa 489)

5) Successful completion of a tertiary course in Australia

6) Successful completion of a tertiary course from a Regional institute.

7) Getting Australian Work Experience

8) NAATI Exam.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

1) ENGLISH EXAM ( IELTS/PTE/TOFEL ETC)

(Extra points: 10 or 20)

The Australian government gives extra points for better English.

Level of English Exam Score Point allotted in the Points Test
PROFICIENT
  • IELTS: 7+ in each component; or
  • OET: B pass in each component; or
  • PTE Academic: 65+ in each component; or
  • Cambridge (CAE): 185+ in each component; or
  • TOEFL iBT: 24 in Listening, 24 Reading, 27 Writing, 23 Speaking
10
SUPERIOR
  • IELTS: 8+ in each component; or
  • OET: A pass in each component; or
  • PTE Academic: 79+ in each component; or
  • Cambridge (CAE): 200+ in each component; or
  • TOEFL iBT: 28 in Listening, 29 Reading, 30 Writing, 26 Speaking
20

Anything below “Proficient and superior” receives 0 points.


2) PROFESSIONAL YEAR

(Extra points: 5)

Professional year programmes get you ready for professional employment within Australia. They substitute as one year’s work experience in a way and hence fetch you 5 extra points for migration

Please note: Professional year can be done ONLY in Australia.

3) STATE SPONSORSHIP (Visa 190)

(Extra points: 5)

The Australian government gives extra points for migrating to some special states. It acts as an incentive for migrants to chose those states. Merely applying for this visa (190) will get you 5 extra points. The only requirement which differentiates this visa from the 189 Visa

Is that you need to stay in the nominated state for the first 2 years after migrating to Australia.

4)  REGIONAL SPONSORSHIP (Visa 489)

(Extra points: 10)

Visa 489 is a Provisional Visa which ultimately turns into PR after 4 years. Similar to State Sponsorship (Visa 190), the government allots extra points for migrating to a low population growth (or regional) area to qualify for PR through this Provisional Visa.

It gives you 10 extra points and you are required to live and work in a regional area for 4 years. Once you complete the 4 years your visa will directly turn into PR (visa 887).

5) AUSTRALIAN STUDIES

(Extra points: 5)

If you have studied in Australia and successfully completed a full time degree (diploma, advance diploma or any higher education degree), whose duration was AT LEAST 2 years (for the principal course), then you qualify for 5 extra points.

Expert Tip: Please note: the duration of your principal course should be minimum 2 years. Which means if you do 4 diploma courses (6 month each) – it won’t count. The total duration of the PRINCIPLE course should be over 2 years.

6) REGIONAL AUSTRALIAN STUDIES

(Extra Points: 10)

If you have studied in A REGIONAL Australian area and successfully completed a full time degree (diploma, advance diploma or any higher education degree), whose duration was AT LEAST 2 years (for the principal course), then you qualify for 10 extra points.

Expert Tip: Please note that a 2+ year degree gets you 5 points and a degree completed from an institution in a REGIONAL area you qualify for 5 extra points (PLUS 5 points for Australian study) which means a TOTAL of 10 points.

7) AUSTRALIAN WORK EXPERIENCE

(Extra points 5, 10, 15 or 20)

Australian work experience gets you more points than overseas experience. For example, 3 years of overseas experience = 1 year of Australian work experience. Following chart shows the points you get relative to the years of experience you have:

Duration of Experience Points attained
1 year or more 5
3 years or more 10
5 years or more 15
8 years or more 20

Expert Tip: (1) The experience needs to be in the related field of your education. (2) If you have a “skilled date” mentioned on your Skills Assessment, work experience prior to this “date” won’t be counted.

8) NAATI Exam

(Extra points: 5)

NAATI is a language exam which gets you 5 extra points. The government does this to encourage multiculturalism and they are called “community language points”. To obtain there 5 extra points you must be accredited by NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters)

Expert Tip: You need to attain the “paraprofessional (level 2) or higher” to get the 5 points.

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