How to score high points for skilled visa appication

How to score high points, the Australian General Skilled Migration Programme (“GSM”) aims to attract talented and experienced immigrants in certain qualified occupations in order to address skill and labor shortages.


The General Skilled Migration program offers points-tested independent visas, such as the Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189), state- or territory-sponsored visas, such as the Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190), and regional visas for skilled workers (subclass 491)

GSM Programme Background

The GSM Program uses a points-based system to rank and prioritize candidates based on attributes like education, work experience, and language proficiency. The relevant State Government will then evaluate an applicant’s Expression of Interest (“EOI”) and, based on the applicant’s overall point total, invite the applicant to submit a visa application. As the system is competitive by nature, the greater your overall score, the better your chances are of getting an invitation.

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How to increase points for 189, 190 and 491 Visas

Planning ahead is crucial when moving to Australia because there are various ways to enhance your total points, some of which must be handled before submitting your EOI. The three methods listed below can help you raise your overall point total for skilled immigration to Australia.


1. Credentialed Community Language Test – Five Points

The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (“NAATI”) have recently developed a Credentialed Community Language (“CCL”) Examination that awards five additional points for skilled migration for its successful completion. The ability of applicants to interpret two recorded dialogues based on a conversation between a speaker of your chosen language other than English (LOTE) and an English speaker will be examined.

With only a five second pause allowed following the conclusion of each section, you will be graded on your ability to communicate the sense and significance of what each speaker stated. You must participate with minimum deviance from the accepted pronunciation, style, emotion, and register, and you must be able to exhibit proper comprehension in both English and the LOTE.


The five extra points you’ll receive after passing this test could give you the advantage you need to get invited by the appropriate State Government, so you should think about using them as a way to strengthen your EOI.

2. Regional Study – Five Points

You may add five more points to your EOI if you decide to attend a school that is situated in an Australian Designated Regional Area (“DRA”). Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Wollongong, Newcastle, Canberra, Hobart, Lake Macquarie, Geelong, and the Illawarra are examples of regional areas. You must have completed either a single qualified qualification requiring at least two (2) years of academic study or a combination of qualifications requiring at least two (2) years of academic study in order to receive the additional five points.

The qualification cannot be pursued via remote education, and you must have both studied and lived in a DRA. To qualify, the study must have taken a minimum of 16 calendar months to complete, and the degree or certificate must be listed on the Commonwealth Registry of Institution and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). A degree, diploma, or trade qualification could be the qualification.

This is compatible with the regional incentive campaign launched by the Australian government to promote increasing migration to Australia’s regional districts. If you meet the requirements listed above, you can also be qualified for a second subclass 485 visa under the Post-Study Work stream.

3.Partner Skills – Maximum 10 Points 

If the applicant’s de facto partner or spouse meets specified age, educational, occupational, and English language requirements, they are eligible to receive an additional five points. The primary applicant’s spouse must meet the requirements in order to receive the full 10 points:

  • be under 45 years of age at time of invitation to apply;
  • hold a suitable skills assessment from the relevant skills assessing authority for their nominated occupation;
  • provide evidence of at least competent English demonstrated through either an IELTS, PTE, TOEFL, OET or Cambridge test or a valid passport from an eligible country; and
  • hold an eligible occupation.

The principal applicant’s partner must work in a field that is listed on one of the Regional Occupation Lists, the Short-Term Skilled Occupations Lists, or the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills Lists. The list of required occupations will vary depending on the specific visa subclass.

The principal applicant’s partner may work in any of the three occupations on the aforementioned three lists for the subclass 491 (State Supported) visa. The subclass 189 (Independent) and subclass 491 (Family Sponsored) visas demand that the primary applicant’s partner have an occupation on the MLTSSL, while the subclass 190 permits either an occupation on the STSOL or the MLTSSL.

There are numerous ways for applicants to increase their GSM Program points in order to submit a more competitive EOI and win an invitation from the State Government that is nominating them. Please get in touch with our licensed migration agents and immigration lawyers to learn more about your options and to receive assistance in maximizing your chances of receiving an invitation.

We will look into your choices for a visa and secure your application. As part of our services, we will determine whether your application for a partner visa is eligible, assist you in leaving an abusive relationship, and give you thorough guidance on your chances of success.


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)

Number of years Points
Less than 3 years 0
At least 3 but less than 5 years 5
At least 5 but less than 8 years 10
At least 8 years 15

Educational qualifications

Requirement Points
A Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or a Doctorate from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard. 20
At least a Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or at least a Bachelor qualification, from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard. 15
A diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution. 10
Attained a qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation as being suitable for that occupation 10

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