Australia’s skilled visas are based on a points system, hence the common question, “Is 75 points enough for a 189 visa?” Applicants are awarded points for age, qualification, work experience and more. The minimum points required to apply is 65. However, the more points the better chance of securing an invitation to apply for a skilled visa.
EOI and points
An EOI (Expression of Interest) is an online application via Skillselect which registers your interest in migrating to Australia. Each EOI will generate a point score. Skillselect and State Governments issue invitations based on points scores. Other considerations include occupation ceilings and specific criteria set by each State. Generally, an EOI with high points has more opportunity of being invited to apply for a skilled visa.
Moreover, applicants can lodge an EOI with 65 points or more. You can calculate your points by using our free calculator.
Once an EOI is lodged it is subject to invitation rounds for 2 years. If no invitation is issued within this period, the EOI expires. Lodging an EOI is no guarantee of securing a skilled visa. You can learn more about the skilled visa process on our website.
Is 75 points enough for 189 visa?
Australia’s Skilled independent visa (subclass 189) is highly sought after. No State Sponsorship is required, and it grants the visa holder permanent residency.
The number of people who lodge an EOI for a 189 visa far exceeds the number of places available, making it fiercely competitive. Therefore the more points the better your chances of securing an invitation to apply for a 189 visa. You cannot apply for a skilled visa without an invitation.
More recently, meeting the minimum points is not enough for most applicants to secure an invitation. The small exception to this rule is PMSOL applicants. The PMSOL was introduced during the covid pandemic, when we saw some medical professionals invited to apply on just 65 points. You can learn more about this on our blog post.
Migration Agent Darren Chatt explains, “I receive regular enquiries from applicants who have lodged an EOI and have waited 12 months and more for an invitation. They are often surprised when I explain to them that 65 points has not been enough for years. I then offer advice and insight into how applicants can increase their points, and the benefits of considering State Sponsorship under subclasses 190 and 491. Using a professional migration agent such can save people time and money. At Visa Go Australia we are lodging applications on a weekly basis. Consequently, we see patterns and requirements for securing an invitation to apply for a skilled visa.”
With 65 points being the minimum criteria, is 75 an exceptional score? Darren states that 75 points is unlikely to be considered a high enough score to obtain a 189 visa invitation. However, this may be enough to secure a State Sponsored visa (subclass 190 and 491). Therefore a good place to start is to seek professional advice from a MARA Registered Migration Agent. We offer visa consultations with agent Darren Chatt MARN:0211214 for just £60.
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