Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the points test and how does it work?

The Commonwealth Government assesses most general skilled migration visas against a points test. In order to be eligible for a points-tested general skilled migration visa, you need to meet the pass mark for your visa. The Commonwealth Government changes the pass mark in response to Australian labour market needs and it is important to check the pass mark immediately before lodging an application as your application is assessed the pass mark in effect on the day you lodge your application.

Points are awarded for a variety of factors including skill, age, English language ability, your occupation, Australian work experience and Australian qualifications.

At present, the pass mark for the skilled independent (migrant) visa (subclass 175) is 120. The pool mark for this visa is 100. If you meet the pass mark, you are eligible to lodge your application. If you do not meet the pass mark but score above the pool mark, your application will be held on file for up to two years after assessment. If the pass mark is lowered by the Commonwealth Government at any time in that two year period and your score satisfies the new pass mark, your application will be processed further.


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