Migration news

New Revised Ponts For Skilled Visas

More points for the regional nominations, partner skills and certain science and technology degrees from 16/10/2019

The minister stated: “The amendments introduce a revised points system for the subclass 491 visa as well as existing General Skilled Migration visas. Points are awarded for attributes that are linked with the applicant’s ability to make the greatest economic contribution, as the key purpose of the skilled migration program is to maximise the economic benefits of migration to Australia.”

New points awards are:

  • 15 points for nomination by a family member or a regional part of a state or territory
  • Ten points for Masters or PhD level Australian qualification in specific areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – STEM).
  • Ten partner points, special rules apply – see below
  • Five points if your partner who can demonstrate Competent English. The partner can be over 45 years of age and does not need to work in a skilled occupation
  • Points will still apply based on your age, qualification, years of overseas and/or Australian skilled work experience, Australian study and English skills, as they do under the 489 visa and other skilled visas.
  • Partner Points
  • Applicants may receive 10 points for a partner if one of the following applies:
  1. They have a skilled partner. This means that their partner is under 45 years of age, obtains a positive skill assessment in a job on the same shortage list as the applicant and has Competent English; or
  2. They are single, or
  3. They have a partner who is an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen

 

Perth and Gold Coast Classified as Regional Areas

Great news for students and intending migrants planing to settle in Perth and Gold Coast as both areas being re-classified as regional from 16th Nov 2019. This will mean

  • More points for applicants in the points-test
  • More occupations to choose from
  • More opportunities for regional employers to sponsor staff for permanent residency
  • More incentives for International Students – they get more points for studying in regional area, they may get a third year of “Post Graduate Work Visa” if they live and work in regional area!!

The policy change emphasises the importance of international students to the culture, diversity and economy of the state and identifies international education as a government priority.  The Federal Government has acknowledged that, in the congested cities of the Eastern states, the infrastructure and services have not kept pace with population growth, leading to housing shortages, heavy traffic and overcrowded public transport. In contrast, Perth has the capacity to grow and WA government welcomes more international students, who are seeking a world-class education in this great city. 

Changes in WA State Nomination Migration Program for the Graduate Stream

 

The State Nomination Migration Program Graduate stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in Western Australia.

WA government announced that the Graduate Stream of the SNMP will be extended to include vocational education and training graduates who complete a qualification in WA at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless approved for delivery to international students).

The first invitation round to include VET graduates will be issued on December 2019.

Other changes to the SNMP Graduate stream are:

Studied in Higher Education, VET and/or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) will all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia. 

Work experience and job offer requirements will also be reduced. Graduates will need to either demonstrate six months of work experience or a six-month employment contract, but not both. Currently, international students need to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

A new Graduate Occupation List and updated eligibility criteria for the Graduate stream will be published on the Migration portal prior to the December invitation round. 

Source: https://migration.wa.gov.au/services/skilled-migration-western-australia/latest-news

 

Evidence of financial capacity - Subclass 500 Visa & Subclass 590 Visa

Subclass 500 - Student

For Reg 500.214(3) the primary applicant must provide evidence of sufficient available funds to:

  • meet travel expenses; living costs and expenses of AUD 21,041 if the applicant intends to stay for 12 months or more or pro rata if less than 12 months; and if the course is less than 12 months, the full amount of course fees or if the course is longer than 12 months, the fees for the first 12 months of the course.
  • meet for any secondary applicants: their travel expenses; living costs for partner of AUD 7,362 and dependent child AUD 3,152, if intending to stay for 12 months or more or pro rata if staying less than 12 months; and school fees for school age dependents of AUD 8,296 if staying more than 12 months or pro rata if staying less than 12 months, unless waived in specified circumstances.
  • evidence of financial capacity that the primary applicant’s parent, spouse or de facto partner has a personal annual income, in the 12 months immediately before the application is made, is if there is no secondary applicant at least AUD 62,222 or
    if there is a secondary applicant – at least AUD 72,592.
  • if the primary applicant is a Foreign Affairs student – the evidence of financial capacity is a letter of support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • if the primary applicant is a Defence student – the evidence of financial capacity is a letter of support from the Department of Defence.

Subclass 590 - Student Guardian

For Reg 590.216(3) a primary Student Guardian must provide evidence of sufficient funds to:

  • meet travel expenses; living costs and expenses of AUD 21,014 if intending to stay for 12 months or more, or pro rata if less than 12 months;
  • meet the primary nominating student's travel expenses; living costs and expenses of AUD 21,014 if intending to stay for 12 months or more, or pro rata if less than 12 months; and course fees
  • meet for any secondary Student Guardian applicant: travel expenses, living costs and expenses for a partner of AUD 7,362 and a dependent child of AUD 3,152; and school fees for school age dependents of AUD 8,296 if staying more than 12 months or pro rata if staying less than 12 months, unless waived in specified circumstances.
  • demonstrate that the primary Student Guardian applicant’s spouse or de facto partner has a personal annual income that is at least AUD 72,592.