Pass mark for skilled migration under the PBS changes »

The pass mark for points tests under the new SkillSelect visa system will be reduced from 65 to 60 points with effect from 1 July 2012.

The new points requirement will be applied to visa subclasses 189, 190 and 489. These three visa subclasses represent the new streamlined visa classes announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). 

The pass mark for existing general skilled migration subclasses 175, 176, 475, 487, 885 and 886 will remain at 65 points.

Anyone hoping to apply for a skilled migrant visa in the affected subclasses will first need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) using the SkillSelect system, and then be invited to make a visa application.

SkillSelect is a new electronic service for managing the skilled migration program. Intending migrants without an employer sponsor wanting to live and work in Australia will need to complete an online EOI, then based on claims of their skills and attributes, will be allocated a score against the points test. SkillSelect will rank intending migrant’s scores against other EOIs.

The highest ranking migrants across a broad range of occupations may be invited to apply for a skilled visa.

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