In our yesterday’s post, we mentioned that there will be changes to the points test of the skilled migration program effective 16 November 2019. Following the changes of the points test, there are also changes to how skilled visas applicants are ranked in each invitation round once Expression of Interest (EOI) has been lodged in SkillSelect. This will affect how invitations to apply for visa are issued in each invitation round if points claimed in a pool of applicants are equal. The new ranking system is as described:

  • First – primary applicants with a skilled spouse or de facto partner;
  • Equal first – primary applicants without a spouse or de facto partner;
  • Second – primary applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who can demonstrate competent English but does not have the skills for skilled partner points (age and skills);
  • Third – primary applicants with a partner who is ineligible for either competent English or Skilled partner points. These applicants will be ranked below all other cohorts, if all other points claims are equal.

According to the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, this will ensure primary applicants without a partner (singles) will be ranked equally to other primary applicants who have the same human capital attributes.

If you are uncertain how the changes in this ordering system will affect your prospect of being invited to apply for skilled visa by the Australian Department of Home Affairs, feel free to contact us for an appointment for a confidential face-to-face or phone consultation to assess your circumstances. Our friendly and professional MARA registered migration agent will be happily provide valuable advice according to your circumstances. Ausdirect Migration offices are conveniently located at Melbourne city (101 Collins Street) and Melbourne western suburbs: Point Cook & Altona.

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