With effect from 16 November 2019, the SkillSelect Points Test has been updated to include Partner Points.
The Points Test is used to rank applicants for the following visas:
Subclass 189 Skilled Independent
Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated
Subclass 491 Regional Provisional
The new addition to the Points Test is the update of the Partner Skills Points category.
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and meet age, English and skill criteria
For you to be eligible for the award of these points your partner must be an applicant for the same visa subclass and must not be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen. Additionally, you will need to provide evidence that when you were invited to apply for this visa that they:
were under 45 years old
had competent English
had nominated a skilled occupation that is on the same skilled occupation list as your nominated skilled occupation
had a suitable skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for their nominated skilled occupation, and the assessment wasn’t for a Subclass 485 visa.
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and has competent English
For you to be eligible for the award of these points your partner must be an applicant for the same visa subclass and must not be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen.
You are single or your partner is an Australian citizen or permanent resident
The NSW Government’s State Sponsorship October intake has now closed for the Subclass 190 Visa. 1000 applications were quickly generated and applicants have now been contacted by the NSW Government. Information is now available on upcoming 2015 intakes.
The NSW Government has just announced that the next intake for State Sponsorship for the Subclass 190 Visa will be on 22 October 2014at 10am. An updated occupation list has also been published which excludes Accountants and certain ICT occupations.