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:

  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

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