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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Australia Updates the Skilled Migration Pass Mark

June 15, 2012, Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship announced changes to the pass mark for the new SkillSelect Visa.
The pass mark for the new SkillSelect visa subclasses 189, 190 and 489 will be adjusted to 60 points. SkillSelect is a new electronic service which helps the Australian government to manage the Australian skilled migration program. Applicants wanting to live and work in Australia without an employer sponsor must submit an online expression of interest (EOI) before applying for an Australian visa. Based on claims and attributes of intended migrants, the applicants will be given a score against the points test so that SkillSelect can rank scores with other EOIs. The highest scores will be invited to apply for a skilled visa.
"Delivery of a balanced migration program requires careful management," a spokesperson says. "SkillSelect will provide greater control over who can apply for a skilled visa and when they can apply."
The pass mark for existing general skilled migration subclasses 175, 176, 475, 487, 885 and 886 will stay the same at 65 points. Australia expects the new SkillSelect visas to attract more foreigners with the skills and attributes needed in Australia to register their interest in migration.
If you are interested in Australian visas , contact Migration Expert for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you. You can also try its visa eligibility assessment to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to Australia.

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