Over the past few years, the number of professionals applying for the Australian General Skilled Migration visa has increased tremendously. It is because professional occupations such as accounting, IT, engineering, and more, seem promising for the applicants.

However, not every application applied is able to get a positive outcome or faster processing. It is because a lot of applications lack higher points. If you are a professional and wish to apply to General Skilled Migration visa in Australia then it is best to achieve higher points.

Being experts in the industry here we share some tips to achieve higher points for an Australian PR Visa.

What Do Higher Points Mean?

Higher points imply better chances to get a positive visa outcome as well as faster processing of the application.

Openings for professional occupations get filled fast that means higher your points are, better are your chances of getting invited. The minimum score needed for most of the occupations is 60-65. At Debika Migration Services, we make efforts to increase your points to 70-75 to make sure you get a positive and quick outcome.

Ways to Score Higher Points?

Since more points are now needed to successfully achieve the General Skilled Migration visa, the finest plausible way out is to achieve maximum points and let your application get approved on a pro-rate basis.

Some ways you can follow are:

  1. Achieve a ‘superior/proficient’ score in English language exams like TOEFL/IELTS/PTE and more.
  2. Get State Sponsorship (Visa 190).
  3. Successfully complete the ‘professional year’ in the country.
  4. Get Regional Sponsorship (Visa 489).
  5. Successfully complete the tertiary course from an institute in the regional area of Australia.
  6. Successfully complete a tertiary course in Australia.
  7. Achieve work experience in Australia.
  8. Successfully clear the NAATI examination.

Let’s have a detailed description of all these ways one by one.


      1. English Language Exam (TOEFL/PTE/IELTS and more)


The government of Australia provides additional points to those who possess better English.

For a ‘proficient’ level of English the additional point allotted in the point test is 10 for the following exams are:

  • OET: B pass in each component
  • IELTS: 7+ in each component
  • Cambridge (CAE): 185+ in each component
  • PTE Academic: 65+ in each component
  • TOEFL iBT: 24 in Listening, 27 Writing, 24 Reading, 23 Speaking

For a ‘superior level’ of English the additional point allotted in the point test is 20 for the following exams are:

  • Cambridge (CAE): 200+ in each component
  • OET: A pass in each component
  • TOEFL iBT: 28 in Listening, 30 Writing, 29 Reading, 26 speaking
  • IELTS: 8+ in each component
  • PTE Academic: 79+ in each component

Anything below the ‘superior and proficient’ level receives 0 points.


      2. State Sponsorship (Visa 190)


The extra points given for this category is 5 points. The government of Australia provides additional points for migration to some specific states. This is an incentive for migrants to select such states.

Applying to the Visa 190 will offer you an additional 5 points. This visa has a slight difference than the 189 Visa, which is that you have to stay in a nominated state for the first 2 years after migrating to Australia.


       3. Professional Year Program


Successfully completing the professional year program in Australia will get you ready for professional employment within the country. It offers a substitution for one year experience and hence lets you earn 5 additional points.

Remember, professional year program can be completed only in Australia.


       4. Regional Sponsorship (Visa 489)


The Visa 489 is a provisional visa that ultimately converts into PR after 4 years. Just like the State Sponsorship (Visa 190), even this visa can let you earn additional points for migrating to a regional area to qualify through the Provisional visa.

It lets you earn 10 additional points and you are needed to work and live in a regional area for 4 years. As soon as you complete 4 years, your visa will convert into PR (Visa 887).


       5. Study in Regional Area of Australia


If you successfully complete study in any regional area of Australia then you qualify for 10 additional points. You can complete a full-time degree, advance diploma or diploma, or any higher education degree having duration of at least 2 years for the principal course.


       6. Study in Australia


Those who have studied in Australia and have completed a full-time diploma, advance diploma, or degree or any other higher education degree program having a duration of at least 2 years for the main course then you get to earn 5 additional points.


       7. Work Experience


Work experience in Australia lets you earn more points than experience in overseas study. For instance, 3 years of overseas experience is similar to 1-year experience in the Australian study.

Here see below the points that you get relative to the years of experience you possess:

  • Experience of 8 years or more – 20 points
  • Experience of 5 years or more – 15 points
  • Experience of 3 years or more – 10 points
  • Experience of 1 year or more – 5 points


       8. NAATI Examination


The NAATI exam is a language examination that lets you earn 5 additional points. This examination is offered by the government to encourage multiculturalism in the country and for this reason, it is also known as ‘community language points’. But, this test is available only within Australia. You cannot appear for this test from an overseas location.

In order to get 5 additional points, you have to be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters or NAATI.

Remember, you have to achieve the ‘paraprofessional score of level 2 or higher’ to earn the additional 5 points.

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