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Friday 15th June 2012
Volume 218

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Change to the skilled migration pass mark
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A passmark announcement was made this morning in relation to the new visa classes which begin on the 1st of July 2012.

Change to the Skilled Migration Pass Mark for SkillSelect Visas from 1 July 2012 

Today, DIAC has announced that they will lower the points test pass mark for applicants who will submit Express of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect from 1 July 2012.

Currently, the points test pass mark for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas is 65. From 1 July 2012, if you are applying for the new SkillSelect  subclasses 189, 190 and 489, you will only need 60 points.
(For the details of these new subclasses, please refer to our previous newsletter Vol. 215).

As explained in our recent newsletter <Vol.216>, you are still able to apply for current GSM visas (subclasses 885, 886 and 487) until 31 December 2012. For these visas, the pass mark will remain 65 points. 

You can have a look at this DIAC announcement from here.


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One has to wonder why DIAC has reduced the pass mark for the new SkillSelect visas but not for the current GSM visas 885 886 487 etc.
The current visa classes which will continue until the end of this year have the same criteria and points test so why the difference?
Clearly the only answer is that DIAC is trying to force feed its new system but the new system has many traps for the unwary, in particular to PIC 4020, the powers to reject and then place bans on visa applicants.  
So what do you do if you only can reach 60 points but not 65 currently? Obviously you will lodge the EIO anyway and then keep your fingers crossed the invitation will be granted as soon as possible.
If you are on a 485 visa or just recently finished your 2 years Australian study and can reach 65 points then don't even think about the EOI and use the current visa system. You will have this privilege until the end of the year even though DIAC hasn't placed this information of their web site. No prizes for guessing why.
Next week we will be writing about the new EIO now more of the regulations have been released.
Karl Konrad

Managing Director 

Karl Konrad



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