How many points South Africans need to get an Australian work visa

To be invited to apply for an Australian work visa, you must meet a set of specific requirements. Known as the Australian skilled points test, you need a minimum of 65 points, notes specialist immigration firm Sable International.

“In short, some Australian visas require a points test to ensure the skilled migrants entering the country will make an impactful contribution to the nation’s economy,” said Sam Hopwood, director at Sable International.

“The points test looks at factors such as the applicant’s age, work experience, English language knowledge and, should they have one, their partner’s credentials. To pass the Australian immigration points test, you must score 65 or more. Different sections of the test weigh more towards the total.”

Currently, there are two other major requirements to move to Australia as a work visa holder. Your career must appear on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List and you need employer sponsorship. The other options are the Global Talent visa and Business Innovation and Investment Programme visas.

“You may still express interest in a work visa which will ensure your invitation to apply will arrive sooner, should you get one, once visa processing in Australia reopens,” said Sam Hopwood.

“These requirements give you points to meet a minimum threshold. This is known as the Australian skilled points test and you need a minimum of 65 points.”

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Below, Sable International published an immigration points calculation guide to help you figure out if you have enough points for Australian immigration.

Work experience outside of Australia

Work experience inside of Australia

Your qualifications and their weighting in the immigration points test

Australian study requirement

If you completed a degree, diploma, or trade qualification from an Australian education institution, you might meet the Australian study requirement.

This also requires you to have studied at an Australian institution for at least two academic years (92 weeks). If you meet this, you will gain an additional 5 points.


English language

Here is a breakdown of the scores required by popular testing agencies for the English levels listed above:

You can read more about Australia’s point system and the visas available on Sable International’s website here.

Read: How a traffic offence can impact South Africans planning to move to the UK

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