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Posted on December 27 2022

How many points required for Australia PR visa in 2023?

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Updated July 25 2023

Why Australia PR?

It’s a dream goal for many to obtain an Australia PR visa. It’s however necessary to learn the essential requirements and criteria to meet to qualify to apply for a PR visa in Australia.

But before we delve into those details, let’s see why permanent residency in Australia is recommended to potential immigrants all over the world.

  • With a permanent residency in Australia, you can enjoy full rights to work for any employer, in any job you prefer. The only occupations you can’t enter include public services and armed forces.
  • The fact is that Australia PR visa has a validity period of 5 years. But you can keep renewing it every 5 years indefinitely.
  • As a permanent resident in Australia, it becomes possible for you to sponsor eligible members of your family to move to Australia.
  • Australia provides world-class medical coverage to permanent residents through the Medicare scheme. Through the scheme, you can get free medical care at public hospitals, subsidies for medicines and medical services, and free access to bulk billing with general practitioners.
  • Permanent residents in Australia can access Centrelink which offers social welfare and assistance in cases of unemployment and studies.
  • If you are a permanent resident in Australia, you could have free access to government schooling.
  • With HELP (Higher Education Loans Program), Australia PR visa holders can get monetary assistance. So, you can start your studies at an Australian university without worrying about paying the fees.
  • If you have been living in Australia for four years, in which at least one year you were a permanent resident, you would become eligible to apply for Australian citizenship.
  • Children born to permanent residents in Australia automatically get Australian citizenship.
  • Australia PR visa holders can access FHOG (First Home Owners Grant). With the AUD10,000 it’s worth as of now, they could buy their first apartment in Australia. It could even be a house, townhouse, unit, or property that’s valued under AUD750,000.

About Australia PR Visa

An Australia PR visa signifies your being a permanent resident of Australia. An Australia PR gives you an unrestricted permit to live, study, and work in Australia.

To immigrate to Australia, you must first express your interest via Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection with the help of SkillSelect. A migration program, SkillSelect is the online service that brings immigration candidates to scrutiny for a skilled visa. These are candidates who submit an EOI (Expression of Interest) before getting picked up for scrutiny and assigned scores based on various factors like education, age, work experience, and language skills.

However, when compared to the rights and entitlements of a citizen, permanent residents have some differences to be aware of. These are detailed in the table below.

Rights and Entitlements

Permanent Resident Citizen
Traveling A permanent resident must carry an Australia PR visa with a valid travel authority when they want to come back to Australia as a PR.

An Australian citizen gains an automatic right to enter Australia when returning to the country from outside.

Voting

Australian permanent residents aren’t permitted to vote in government elections conducted in Australia.

Australian citizens can cast their vote in government elections held in Australia.

Government services and benefits

The government agency providing or taking responsibility for the service/benefit provided sets the rules of eligibility to access the service/benefit.

The government agency providing or taking responsibility for the service/benefit provided sets the rules of eligibility to access the service/benefit.

Evaluate your score for Australia PR

Australia immigration is based on a points system. To know the number of points you can score with all your credentials in consideration, you can use our Y-Axis Australia Immigration Points Calculator.

Points required to apply for Australia PR

For skilled immigration to Australia, the minimum points for eligibility are 65 points. If you have a score between 80 and 85 points, it becomes much easier to get an Australia PR visa.

How to calculate my Australia PR score?

Here are the various factors considered to calculate the score to determine eligibility for Australia PR.

Age

Age

Points
at least 18 but less than 25 years

25

at least 25 but less than 33 years

30
at least 33 but less than 40 years

25

at least 40 but less than 45 years

15

English language skills

English

Points
Competent English

0

Proficient English

10
Superior English

20

Skilled employment experience

Overseas skilled employment (outside Australia)

No. of years

Points
Under 3 years

0

3 to 5 years

5
5 to 8 years

10

8 years or more

15

Australian skilled employment (inside Australia)

No. of years

Points
Under 1 year

0

1 to 3 years

5
3 to 5 years

10

5 to 8 years

15
8 years or more

20

Educational qualifications

Requirement

Points
A Doctorate from an educational institution in Australia or a Doctorate from any other educational institution, that's of a recognized standard.

20

A minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an educational institution in Australia or a minimum qualification of Bachelor's from any other educational institution with a recognized standard.

15
A diploma or trade qualification granted by an educational institution in Australia.

10

Won a qualification/award recognized by the authority deemed relevant that assesses your nominated skilled occupation to be suitable for that occupation

10

 

In the way points-based migration works, you will get points for your highest qualification only.

Qualification for specialist education

Requirement

Points
A Doctorate degree or a Master's degree in research from an educational institution in Australia that included a minimum of 2 academic years of studies in a field that’s relevant.

10

 

The PG degree (doctorate/master's) by research has to be awarded from an education institution in Australia after a minimum of 2 academic years of studies in the following technology, science, mathematics, engineering, or specific ICT (information and communication technology) fields.

Australian study requirement

Requirement

Points
Meet the Australian study requirement

5

 

You must hold a minimum of one diploma/degree/trade qualification granted by an educational institution in Australia that meets the study requirement in Australia.

Professional Year in Australia

Requirement

Points
Completion of a Professional Year in Australia

5

 

When you were invited to apply, you had reached the completion of a Professional Year. To get eligibility for receiving these points the Professional Year you had must mandatorily have been in Accounting, Engineering or ICT/Computing, and:

  • completed in Australia in the four years before you are invited to apply for a visa
  • completed over a period of at least 12 months
  • in your nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
  • provided by one of these organizations:
    • CPA Australia
    • the Australian Computer Society
    • the Institute of Public Accountants (formerly the National Institute of Accountants)
    • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
    • Engineers Australia

Credentialled community language

Requirement

Points
Hold a qualification that has recognition in a credentialled community language

5

To get the credentialled status in a community language and to have eligibility for points to be awarded, you must have received accreditation at the level of a paraprofessional or above, have received certification at the level of a certified provisional or above, or possess a credential for community language for translating/interpreting by the body known as NAATI.

Study in regional Australia

Requirement

Points
You must hold a minimum of one diploma/degree/trade qualification granted by an educational institution in Australia that meets the Australian study requirement, obtained during the period of living and studying in a location of regional Australia deemed eligible

5

To be eligible for the award of points your educational qualification:

  • have been obtained while you lived in, and studied at a campus in, a designated regional area
  • must meet the study requirement for Australia
  • not include studies undertaken by distance education

Partner skills

Requirement

Points
Your de facto partner or spouse also have to be an applicant for this visa and meet skill, English, and age criteria. If you want to be eligible to be awarded these points your partner has to apply for the same visa subclass and mustn't be a permanent resident in Australia or a citizen in Australia. Also, you must present evidence that at the time of you being invited to lodge an application for this visa they:
·        had competent English ·        were under 45 years old ·        had a skills assessment deemed suitable from the assessing authority that’s relevant, for their skilled occupation that was nominated, and the assessment wasn’t for a Subclass 485 visa ·        had nominated a skilled occupation that's on the same list of skilled occupations as your skilled occupation that was nominated

10

Your de facto partner or spouse also have to be an applicant for this visa and have competent English skills. If you want to have eligibility for the award of these points your partner has to apply for the same visa subclass and mustn’t be a permanent resident in Australia or a citizen of Australia.

5

You are single or your partner is an Australian citizen or permanent resident

10

 

Tips to improve my Australia PR score

There are ways to increase your score so that you get a better chance at obtaining an Australia PR visa. Here are some tips that you can follow if you are interested to immigrate to Australia:

  • Improve your English language skills by re-taking language skills examinations like IELTS.
  • Do more work in relevant fields and increase your professional experience. This will increase your score for work experience.
  • Learn more courses and gain more education so that those certifications or diplomas can fetch you more points to improve your overall score.
  • It’s always better to try young. The maximum points earned for age as a factor is when you are aged between 25 and 35.
  • Try to get a nomination from the government of a state or territory in Australia for Subclass 190 visa. Permanent residency in regional areas is a better and more trending option these days.

Steps to apply for Australia PR

  • Step 1 – Check whether you have eligibility to apply for Australia PR.
  • Step 2 – Lodge an application for assessment of skills through the designated authority.
  • Step 3 - Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI).
  • Step 4 – File an application online for the PR visa. Attach all necessary attested documents.

If you are willing to migrate to Australia, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the UAE.

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