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Australian Immigration has proposed a new points test that will apply to applications made from 1 July 2011, unless the applicant is eligible for transitional arrangements.

The pass mark under the new skills test is 65 points.

Age Points

The maximum age threshold for applicants will be raised from 45 to 49. While applicants aged 45-49 will be eligible to apply, no points will be awarded for age.

•        30pts  25 – 32

•        25pts  18 – 24 and 33 – 39

•        15pts  40 – 44

•        0pts    45 – 49

English Points

The threshold English language requirement will be Competent English, which is a minimum score of 6 in each of the four components of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. No points will be awarded for English language where an applicant has Competent English. Points will only be awarded for Superior or Proficient English

•        20      Superior English (8 in each of the four components of the IELTS test)

•        10      Proficient English (7 in each of the four components of the IELTS test)

Australian work experience

•        15pts  5 years Australian work experience in the seven years before lodging an application

•        10pts  3 years Australian work experience in the five years before lodging an application

•        5pts    1 year Australian work experience in the two years before lodging an application

Overseas work experience

•        15pts  8 years overseas work experience in the ten years before lodging an application

•        10pts  5 years overseas work experience in the seven years before lodging an application

•        5pts    3 years overseas work experience in the past five years

Professional Year Points

5 points will be awarded to applicants who complete an approved Professional Year in their nominated occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

Education Points

•        20pts  PhD

•        15pts  Bachelor Degree (including a Bachelor Degree with Honours or Masters)

•        10pts  Diploma completed in Australia/ AQF III/IV completed in Australia / Offshore recognised apprenticeship

The new points test will only allow applicants to claim points for their highest level qualification.

To claim points for a qualification or apprenticeship obtained overseas, it will need to be recognised as being of a standard comparable to that awarded by an Australian education institution.

To claim points for an Australian qualification, the qualification must have been undertaken while the applicant was in Australia and it must have been completed as the result of a course of study that was at least two academic years.

Australia Study Points

Applicants who have studied in Australia and who have met the Australian study requirement will be eligible for 5 points under the new points test.

Regional Study Points

Under the new points test applicants who satisfy the Australia study requirement while studying in regional Australia will continue to be awarded an additional five points. These points will be available in addition to points claimed for the qualification and for meeting the Australian study requirement.

Community Language Points

The new points test will award 5 points to applicants who meet the requirements to claim points for community language.

The new points test will recognise applicants who are accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) in a designated language.

Points for designated language will no longer be able to be claimed on the basis of having obtained a qualification from a university where instruction was in that language.

Partner Skills Points

The new points test will continue to award 5 points where the primary applicant’s partner satisfies the threshold criteria for GSM.

Under the new points test, to claim partner points the primary applicant’s partner will need to meet the following criteria:

•        be included on the same visa application as the primary applicant

•        not be an Australian permanent resident or citizen

•        be less than 50 years old at the time of application

•        nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List, and be assessed by the relevant assessing authority as having suitable skills for the occupation

•        have Competent English

•        have been employed in a skilled occupation for at least 12 months in the 24 months before the application is lodged

Sponsorship Points

•        5pts    Nomination by a state or territory government under a state migration plan, for the purposes of a subclass 176 or 886 application.

•        10pts  Nomination by a state or territory government under a state migration plan, or sponsorship by an eligible relative, to a regional area for the purposes of a subclass 487 or subclass 475 Skilled – Regional Sponsored application.

As part of the changes accompanying the introduction of the new points test, from 1 July 2011 applicants for the Skilled – Sponsored subclass 176 or 886 visa subclasses will need to be sponsored by a state or territory government under a state migration plan.

There will no longer be a permanent family sponsored skilled migration visa however eligible family members can still sponsor relatives under the provisional sponsored skilled migration visa. Holders of a provisional sponsored skilled migration visa may be eligible for a Skilled Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887) after meeting certain eligibility criteria.

The new points test will continue to award points to applicants for a subclass 475 or subclass 487 who are sponsored to a regional area by an eligible family member or a state or territory government under a state migration plan. Holders of either of these provisional sponsored skilled migration visas may be eligible for a Skilled Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887) after meeting certain eligibility criteria.

This information is of a general nature and should not be taken as authoritative legal advice for specific cases. Australia has a scheme that requires persons who give immigration assistance to be registered as migration agent. The writer, Mr. Sanjayai Kapoor is a registered migration agent based at Adelaide, Australia. You can contact the author by email at:


There are many different types of Australian Visas to choose from for you to immigrate in Australia and finding the right one for you is quite difficult if you’re not much familiar with Australian Immigration Information. To help you be familiar with them, discussed below are some of its main types which you may consider to apply for your immigration to Australia.

1. Australia Skilled Visa

The government of Australia has launched a Skilled Migration Program to remedy the problem of skill shortages in their workforce. They have also confirmed that almost nine out of ten skilled independent visa holders gain employment within the first 6 months. This is to encourage more Australian applicants to live and work in Australia. So if you’re a skilled or professional person, you may be qualified for an Australian Skilled Visa.

2. Employer Sponsored Visa

If you have an employer who can sponsor your expenses for your immigration to Australia, you can apply for this. Just meet the employer and employees requirements and qualifications for you to be granted with this kind of visa.

3. Australian Visitor or Travel Visa

If you want to travel to Australia as a visitor or even on a business trip, you don’t need any more to visit an Australian diplomatic office just to process your visa application. Now, your Australian Visa can be processed online. Just apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) Visa. This visa will allow you to spend up to 3 months in Australia and you are free to see its great tourist hot spots. However, having an electronic visa would not allow you to work so you must need to have sufficient funds for you to cover the expenses of your trip.

4. Australia Work Holiday Visa

Working Holiday Visa is right for you if you want to visit Australia as a tourist and at the same time have plan to work. Since Australian Visitor Visa would not allow you to work in Australia, this type of visa would be the best option to choose. This will allow you to travel around over a 12 month period, with an option of part-time or casual employment. Only applicants between 18 to 30 years old are only qualified for this visa and passport holders from approved work holiday visa countries.

Knowing the various options to choose which visa is best for your personal needs is very important to help you decide what visa application to apply and for not to cost you with too much red tape or expenses.

This information is of a general nature and should not be taken as authoritative legal advice for specific cases. Australia has a scheme that requires persons who give immigration assistance to be registered as migration agent. The writer, Sanjayai Kapoor is a registered migration agent in Adelaide, Australia. His Registered Migration Agent no. is 1066506.

More information is available at You can contact the author by email at or by fax at (+618) 72007536

The general skilled migration scheme under Australian Migration is a class of permanent and temporary resident visas, which are granted on the basis of skills or qualifications, recent work experience, age and language ability.

Recent work experience is one of the visa threshold requirements under Australian General Skilled Migration. In order to obtain a successful visa, the applicant must have been working in a skilled occupation as listed in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL), the list of qualifying occupations published by DIAC.

To meet the employment requirement, the applicant must have been engaged in an occupation for at least 12 months within the 24 months immediately before the date of lodgement of visa application. The employment must be on a paid basis.

To satisfy employment in a skilled occupation, the applicant must have been employed in his or her nominated skilled occupation on SOL.

Recent work experience requirement is waived if the applicant satisfies 2 year study requirement undertaken in Australia and the Australian qualification is relevant to the nominated skilled occupation.

In addition to the employment experience requirement threshold, additional points will be entitled in the point test if the applicant has been employed in the occupation on SOL for at least 36 months within the 48 months immediately before lodgement of application.

This information is of a general nature and should not be taken as authoritative legal advice for specific cases. Australia has a scheme that requires persons who give immigration assistance to be registered as migration agent. The writer, Sanjayai Kapoor is a registered migration agent in Adelaide, Australia. His Registered Migration Agent no. is 1066506.

More information is available at You can contact the author by email at or by fax at (+618) 72007536

Moving your base to another country is no joke. You need to plan your finances, job, security, lodging, and similar aspects before becoming an immigrant. In countries, such as Australia, immigrants are sincerely welcomed. The government also offers lucrative packages, incentives, and security to help the immigrants settle down in the country. And, those who plan their settlement to this country intelligently end up being happy, successful, and prosperous.

Here is a checklist that could easily be your lifeline for being a successful immigrant in Australia.


The first phase is the Pre-Visa Application stage where you need to decide whether you immigration would be profitable, feasible, and secured move for you. Don’t forget to look into the needs of your family. If you’ve decided for immigration, be sure to know how to pick the right moves. Here are some steps in this stage…

  • Is immigration the right move for you?
  • Have you selected the correct immigration agent?
  • Do you know the best visa option for you?


The second phase is the Visa Application stage where you need to check options that would help you sail through the immigration process. Remember, there are hurdles but each can be crossed through careful approach. You need first identify the hurdles and annul each of them one after the other.

  • Have you collated documents, photos, and credentials for the visa application?
  • Are passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, custody documents ready?
  • Have you secured formalities for IELTS certification? If not, check the following…
  • Secure the University transcripts
  • Secure documents for English language certification
  • Secure academic qualifications, licenses, work experience certificates
  • Check respective assessments and qualifying tests
  • Create resume as per Australian Standard
  • Identify the locales, important commercial and business spots
  • Pick the city or locale you wish to reside
  • Secure appointment letter
  • Secure character assessment, police clearance, and medical clearance report
  • Sign up Statement of Australian Values
  • Secure approval of Regional Certification Body, Nomination approval letter
  • Have you done your homework on Australia? If not, check the following…
  • Do you have a job to sustain yourself or a sponsor? If not, check the following…
  • Once formalities done, have you put forward your visa application and acquired the approval letter?


The third phase is the Settlement stage. This stage starts once you have completed your visa formalities, it is time to move and settle in Australia. In the phase, you can decide whether you want to shift your base completed and start life afresh or plan otherwise. Here are some important steps in this stage…

  • Have you picked the appropriate freight transport firm?
  • Do you know what items you can take with you to Australia? If not, check out the site:

  • If you have a pet, do you know the formalities of securing its travel? If not, check the following…
  • Check quotes for companies, such as Keringa and Kookaburra
  • Secure certifications pet’s vaccination, geriatric profile, and other medical records


  • Have you changed the postal address in important places, such as telephone department, City Council, Security and Insurance firms, Banks, credit and debit card departments, and so on – if you wish to continue with them?
  • Did you get an electricity certificate, tax certificate,
  • Have you been communicating with essential departments – online?
  • Do you know the rules of driving – if you wish to drive in Australia? Get a valid international driving license if necessary
  • Is your finance and bank formalities done? If not, here are some checklists…
  • Secure a reference letter, bank’s client code, and SWIFT code of the branch
  • Sign up fax indemnity document with the bank
  • Is your movable and immovable asset well managed? If not, look into the following checklist.
  • Hire a competent attorney
  • Secure policy numbers, account details, and other necessary documents
  • Did you annul your phone, ISP, mobile, DSTV or MNET, security firm, SABC, as applicable?
  • Have you secured your family’s immunization records, church membership – if applicable, reference certificate for volunteer and NGO work?
  • Is your kid’s transfer certificate acquired
  • Did you acquire your family’s medical certificates and other credentials?
  • Do you know the varied retirement benefits and schemes of Australia?
  • Did you look into your allocation pension?
  • Have you carefully wind-up your operations in your native country?


Lastly, don’t forget to keep in touch with relatives, friends, attorneys, consultants, and others who can help you with valuable information and tasks while you are away in Australia.

Best Regards

Sanjayai Kapoor

Registered Migration Agent (Australia)



Trained caregiver has become an integral part in our culture today. A child would need a nanny to take care of the day-to-day needs, so would a recuperating patient. And, aged people too need constant care as their children go out for work. In short, nurses trained for different purposes are needed immensely in urbanized countries, such as Australia.

To meet this challenge, the government and the Immigration Department has formulated schemes and options to attract nurses from different locales in the world to Australia. These schemes seem to have an impact on the people as Australia has already become one of the lucrative destinations for the nurses to pursue their profession and earn some good amount of money.

Nurses in Demand

Surveys say that more than 50 percent of the existing nurses in Australia are due to retire in the next ten years or so. About 50,000 and more nurses would retire in the next five years. The void created with these vacancies would create a huge problem for those who need caregivers.

Additionally, there is also a growing demand for childcare workers, mental healthcare nurses, and caregivers for the aged. There is also a shortage of qualified nursing staff due to long stay at the daycare centers.

Factors like this have added up to create a strong demand for nurses in Australia. And, this demand is being meted by the state and federal administration. The Commonwealth Department of Education Science and Training (DEST) has even pointed out that each year more than 500 nursing staff come over to Australia to find a better living for themselves.

Working Issues for Nurses

It is not easy for an overseas nurse to find a top job in Australia with only her past experience. The nurses must have experience which is accepted by Australia’s nursing association. Further, the nurses should be able to interact with the patients in Australia and adjust to the lifestyle and needs of the patients.

For instance, the staff planning to work in Australia as caregivers should acquire at least “Band 7” in each test carried out by the IELTS. The nurses must also have adequate interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with the patients.

Meeting the Demand

The Australian Nursing Council (ANCI) has come up with an assessment program where the skills required for an overseas nurse are checked. Points are earned by the applicants who appear for this assessment program.

A qualified nurse specialized for mental healthcare, midwife tasks, and disability care could easily earn around 60 points to get top coveted jobs in Australia. This option adds a fillip to the nurse who already has good amount of nursing experience earlier. The nurses who are not registered can also acquire prestigious job in Australia by availing the accreditation program.

The government has also come up with pay hikes, incentives, and performance benefits to attract nursing staff who want to pursue their career in Australia. A qualified nurse could easily take home AU$ 49,000. The incentives and salary scale increases if the nurses are promoted to coordinators and team leaders.

Secured and Lucrative Career

Childcare givers with valuable experience have good scope to earn a better livelihood in this country. Adequate job security and comfort of living are provided by the government and the agencies who hire the overseas nursing staff in Australia.

Although nurses may have to initially pass competency tests, the successful candidates have a wide scope of opportunities opened in front of them. Australia has a good demand for nurses and hopes to meet the demand by providing better compensation to the staff that comes across to this country to make a kick start to their career.


Each year hundreds of people immigrate to Australia in search of better jobs, settlement, and security. However, attempts to move one’s base to Australia without a registered migration agent can be damaging to the immigration process. Many lose their chances to settle in Australia just because they did not hire a registered migration agent. Not only are there added advantages to engage a legal agent, it is also safe and hassle free.

Registered Migration Agent

A registered migration agent is a migration expert who is listed under the Australian Migration Agents’ Registration Authority (MARA). A certified MARA expert would be able to increase chances of getting visa applications approved, finalizing the sponsorship requirements, and getting the best available options in the Australian immigration process.

A MARA agent would succeed in character tests, acquire Immigration Law qualifications, and conform to the code of conduct that is followed by MARA. As a result, MARA agents have a greater knowledge and commitment in ensuring smooth migration for the foreigners.


Making a Mark

Hiring a competent MARA migration agent has a positive effect in the immigration process. The agent can thoughtfully guide clients in the migration matters so that they can maximize their chances of getting sponsorships and visas. Moreover, problems and delays are immensely reduced. The registered agents know the updated tips and information on Australian immigration process and can suitably advice their clients.

And, if there are litigations involved in the immigration process, it is all the more essential to hire the registered migration agent who can represent clients legally in court.


Australian Immigration process requires a lot of documentations. Often, there are criteria which need to be understood and summarily met by the prospective immigrants. MARA representatives are well-versed with the nitty-gritty of immigration.

The harsh reality is that once an application fails to succeed, the chances of moving to Australia becomes potentially remote. Certified agents are experts who have been dealing with these aspects everyday. They know the correct visa for a client and how to prepare a formidable case to make it successful. No wonder, it is illegal to practice immigration formalities for clients without being a registered professional for it.


Immigration process requires a lot of documentations. From visa applications to visa grants, these paperwork related tasks are done precisely by registered migration agents. Care is taken that forms are correctly filled up and all information, supporting credentials, and documents are supplied to the officials granting visas to immigrants.

In short, MARA agents take precautions to follow the procedures and regulations that are applicable for visa applications to ensure that applications are perfect and not incomplete.

Communication and Interactions

Apart from documentations, the Australian immigration process also requires interactions with the visa approval agents and the clients. There are queries to be answered, follow-ups, and discussions which can be efficiently done by the registered agents. As it is not possible for people to know the laws and bylaws of the immigration process, the agents represent them and make work much easier.

Word of Caution

Unregistered agents are illegal in Australia. Surveys show that they do more harm than good in the immigration process. Firstly, the agents are hardly aware of the updated laws and policies of migration. As a result, they provide faulty advice to the clients and fumble during the visa application procedure. In short, the clients are often left in the lurch during the immigration process midway.

Today, visa application, submission, and other immigration steps are costly. It is not economical to forgo an opportunity due to the callousness of a migration agent. Why allow immigration issues to be handled by an illegal agent with no qualifications to manage the same? For an issue that is so important to you and your family, choose the registered migration agent to successfully get through immigration hurdles.

Best Regards

Sanjayai Kapoor

Registered Migration Agent (Australia)


Australia has a great scope for pursuing a lucrative career. There’s a need for specialists in almost all major profession. If you are an engineer, nurse, teacher, or an accountant there is enough jobs for you in the industrial and commercial belt of Australia. …But, many fumble and miss the opportunity. Why? – Simply because they lack the suave skill to communicate in English, work on the basic mannerism to express one’s thought in the language, and master the interpersonal skills.

How to Get a Firm Foothold in Australia

If you are an expert in your field with some experience, it is easy for you to pick up a coveted job in Australia – however, be sure to pass the IELTS test that checks your potency in the English language. To get a work permit in Australia, candidates must secure some basic points in this assessment.


Many immigrants come across to Australia each year in search of better pastures. Some are Indians, Koreans, and Japanese, while few others are from Jamaica, Denmark, and France. The problem with many of the people who wanted to work in Australia is that they cannot communicate with the Australians in English and also understand their spoken language.

Although powerful in their respective subjects, they cannot express themselves well in the corporate, hospitality, and medical sectors. As a result, the Australian government formulated an assessment test, IELTS, to pick those who also knew the English language well.


The cut-off marks for each specialization is different. For instance, a nurse would need to immensely communicate with the patients, know his wants and likings, and so on. An engineer at the oil sector would not have to deal with the customers but with his peers and superiors. As such, the qualifying marks for IELTS score for a nurse would be higher than the oil sector engineer. In short, the points needed for the test vary from one visa to another.

In the Skilled Visa category, the candidates who secure high marks in IELTS test get permanent residency status while those who get low marks don’t quality for this coveted status.


There are perhaps not many issues for those whose first language has been English during their educational years. They’d successfully pass the IELTS test with flying colors with little homework. But for those applicants whose medium has not been in English, passing the test or securing a high score is rather difficult.

Moreover, the cost of appearing for the IELTS test is high. It would rather become difficult for the applicants from abroad to appear again and again for this test. The result for not passing this test would mean that they have to go back to their native country and forgo all opportunities to work in Australia.

 Best Regards

Sanjayai Kapoor

Immigration Help