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How many points do I need for getting an Australian PR?

Australia has a point-based migration system, because of which you have to earn minimum PR points before stepping in Australia. Moreover, South Australia has introduced a general skill-based migration system.

This is to check the skills and abilities of a person, that he or she can work or study in Australia like a permanent resident. The minimum PR points in 2020 are 65, but the more points you have, the better would be the chances of migrating to Australia within 2-3 days.

There are two kinds of visa holders-

Before you think about points do keep in mind that you can only apply for theses visas only if you get a prior notice from the authorities. You must also keep in mind that you prior calculate your points, which should be more than 65.

  • Skilled independent visa    

This visa is for those who possess the skills that are required by the Australian government. With this visa, you can work freely in any part of Australia.

The minimum age required for this visa is 45 years.

  • Skilled nominated visa

This visa allows you to work and study in Australia like a permanent resident. The upper age is 45 years.

The points are given on certain criteria, those genre for calculating your points are:-

  1. Age – Maximum points granted is 30. For age 18 to 24 granted points = 25, for age 25 to 32 granted points= 30, for 33 to 39 granted points= 25 and for 40 to 44 granted points = 15.
  2. Proficiency in the English language– Maximum points granted are 20. Exam excepted includes- TOEFL, CAE, PTE, OET, and IELTS. Among which IELTS is a common test taken by students for Australia.

IELTS score of 8 is considered to be a superior score and you are granted with maximum points 20. For a score of 7 you are granted 10 points and below which is zero.

  1. Employment outside Australia– Maximum points granted is 15, the skills re-categorized into three groups- short term skill occupation list, medium/long term skill occupation list, and regional occupational list.

Work experience gets you points –

  • Less than 3 years = zero points
  • 3-4 years of work= 5 points
  • 5-7 years of work= 10 points
  • 8-10 years of work= 15 points
  1. Employment in Australia– Maximum points granted is 20. If you have worked in Australia you get these points on the bases of the experience of having worked in Australia.

If you have worked for-

  • Less than one year, the number of points attained is zero
  • For 1 or 2 years of experience, you get 5 points
  • For 3 to 4 years of experience, you get 10 points
  • For 5 to 7 years of experience, you get 15 points
  • Above 7 years of experience, you get 20 points
  1. Educational qualification– Maximum points granted are 20.

If you have a degree or doctorate, the points you attain are 20, for a bachelor’s or master’s degree it is 15, for an Australian diploma or trade qualification and even for award or skill certificated by a recognized institute the points granted is equal to 10.

  1. Studied in Australia – The maximum points you attain is 5 for any minimum degree from Australia.
  2. Niche educational skill-If you have a year course degree that can be an aster’s or doctorate you get the maximum points.
  3. Partnered skills-Maximum points that can be awarded is 10.


The points are granted for the following –

If you are unmarried or you are married to an Australian citizen or a PR holder or even when your spouse has good English proficiency and a positive skill assessment you get maximum points = 10

The other situation is when your spouse does not meet the requirements then you get 5 points.

  1. Others- Maximum points that are awarded are 15.

To attain 5 points you have to be credentialed in a community language. To get another 5 points you have to study in either a metropolitan area or regional Australia where there is low population growth as it meets Australia’s study requirement. If you are pursuing a professional year in Australia you will get 5 points and 5 points for owning a state nomination (190 visas).

To meet the eligibility criteria you require a minimum of 65 scores. Now it has become easier to get the invitation for Australia PR with a score of 80.


How to calculate points for an Australian point-based skilled visa with the help of online PR Points Calculator

  • Australian points-based skilled visas are created to fulfill the skill deficiencies of the labor market. It is designed and competitive to get in-demand and most skilled professions to contribute to the Australian marketplace.
  • With the help of the SkillSelect system, the eligibility criteria for skilled immigrants are set.
  • Candidates are granted points for the SkillSelect system that is point-based for:
    • Specialist education requirement, English language ability, NAATI Points for skilled migration, profession year points, skilled employment, qualifications, and Australian study requirement.
  • The application will be refused or rejected if your points in your EOI (Expression of Interest) is over-claimed.


How to migrate to Australia 

Step 1: find about your skill for employment options

·       Getting work in Australia

It is important to make a list of skills you have to select your job in Australia and also knowing what employment opportunities are in demand in Australia is important to achieving job security and visa in the country.

·       Finding a home in Australia

When you migrate to any part of Australia, you can choose to live in any city in Australia. People choose to live in Melbourne or Victoria’s beautiful regional areas.

You can find out properties you like in Australia before landing there, but the final process will start only when you become a PR holder of the country. The work-life and life in Australia are beautiful and it’s fun to fantasize much before reaching there.

Making sure that you are well prepared for a move

It can take some time to get everything planned before living for Australia. You must organize yourself for a big change in your life that this city might give you in a night. A migration agent or lawyer can also help to migrate to your selected city in Australia.

Step 2: Apply for visa nomination

You have to apply for your visa. All the visas that are eligible for visa nomination are Business and investor visas and skilled migration visas.

Step 3: Applying for a visa

Step 4: Preparing to take off

Step 5: Arrive and settle

This might take time because of the hectic schedule and amazing nightlife in Australia. You might first have to go for a walk to understand where to take public transport and find a departmental store.


Migration law In Australia 

The primary focus of the Migration Program has been changed multiple times since 1945(the tie when the first federal immigration portfolio was created). Australia’s immigration policies have changed a lot in 65 years from focusing on attracting migrants (primarily from the UK) which were meant primarily to increase Australia’s population and then shifted to attracting workers and temporary skilled migrants to meet the requirements of skilled labor of their economy.

Four main categories exist under the skilled component of the Migration Program that exists in Australia-

  • General skilled migration: It is for skilled workers who don’t have a sponsor. Migrants, in this category, are selected based on their selected job, age, skills, qualifications, English language ability, and employability.
  • Employer nomination: This is for those who have an employer willing to sponsor them to Australia.
  • Business skills migration: This category encourages successful businessmen to come and settle in Australia. This will help the country in developing new business opportunities for Australian and help increase work opportunities there.
  • Distinguished talent– There is a small category for different people having special talents that would benefit Australia such as sports, musicians, artists, and designers who are internationally recognized and outstanding in their field.


On 1 July 2010, a new Skilled Occupation List was introduced in Australia. It contains 181 occupations listed and identified as being in demand in Australia to ensure that the Skilled Migration Program is demand-driven rather than supply-driven for the benefits of the country. It also specifies that To be eligible for independent skilled migration applicants must have relevant qualifications in occupations mentioned on the SOL. Occupations that have been identified as no, not in demand including- cooks and hairdressers, were removed from the list. The SOL is updated annually as per changes seen in the country.

The family stream of the Migration Program has decreased due to the skill stream reflecting the shift in focus towards the Migration Program which was more closely targeted at meeting the labor needs in the market of the Australian economy.

Noting that during 1996–97 the majority of visas that were granted under the Migration Program were in the family stream, figuring for 50.5 percent of the total migration through the program.

Therefore, the planning scheme shifted such that there were lesser visas given for the family stream. This resulted in the family stream (2009–10) is set at 60 300 visas which represent just 35.7 % of the total program visas.

The family stream comprises four main categories that are listed below:-

  • Partner– This category includes spouses also valid for same-sex partners.
  • Child– Including for the dependent child or step-child, a child adopted, and orphan relatives. Under this category, the child must be below 18 years, not married.
  • Parent and Other Family– This category including an aged and dependent relative.

What are the Pros of Having a PR Visa?

  • You can live, travel and work anywhere in Australia.
  • You can pursue higher education in Australia and can apply for educational loans from their government or private banks
  • You become eligible for Social Security benefits after two years of having a PR visa like Australians.
  • You can sponsor the PR of your family members if they meet all the requirements.
  • You can apply for jobs in every sector including government jobs and enjoy all the faculty given to them.
  • You can travel to New Zealand and can also apply for a New Zealand visa.
List of documents required for PR Visa Application:
  1. Application form
  2. A copy of the Report of Educational Credential Assessment
  3. Original Birth certificate
  4. You have to get a Character certificate
  5. If you have a Proof of nomination (otherwise not mandatory)
  6. Online downloaded or scanned copy of test results of IELTS or PTE exam for English proficiency.
  7. Your 2 passport size photos
  8. Spouse Skill documents if your spouse is also applying for a PR visa
  9. If have to get a Police Clearance Certification (PCC) from a nearby police station.
  10. Business reference letters (if applicable)


What is the Australian PR fee?

Fee payment can be done via Credit or Debit card. Australia PR fee is around $4045, which is granted with 189 or 190 or 489 Skilled independent visas. The total PR fees for a family of two adults and 1 Child will be around $7,080.

Australia PR Visa Eligibility Criteria

  • It is important to express an interest in a specific skill for particular situations.
  • Check out the Skilled Occupation List Australia to know whether your skills are qualified for overseas movement.
  • Learn the particular requirement which you can easily grab. With the help of SkilledSelect, you can get a handful of skilled visas.
  • Before beginning with online EOI, make sure you have arranged your document in perfect order.
  • To enter into the EOI particular, follow the step-by-step instructions mentioned in the Skilled Select support site.
  • Register the EOI unique ID that was created while creating the EOI profile.
  • Attempt the answers of all EOI questions. The complete process to get an Australia visa and receive the permit post submission your application will take around 6 to 11 months. 


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