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Skilled Migration Points Test Increase From 1 July

Border Protection Peter Dutton along with Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge announced the government is restoring the Skilled Migration Points Test to 65 points from 60 points from 1 July.

The changes will apply to three unsponsored permanent residence visas: · Subclass 189 – Independent skilled · Subclass 190 – Skilled nominated visa · Subclass 489 – Skilled regional (Provisional) visa

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the changes would enhance the integrity of Australia’s skilled visa system and the quality of migrants coming to our country.

“Whether it’s through tax reform or migration policy, the Government will always put Australian workers first,” Mr Dutton said.

“But where an Australian worker cannot be found, we need to ensure that businesses can get the skills they need to continue to grow and prosper.

"Raising the points test mark will help to ensure we get migrants with valued skills and strong prospects for integration.”

The Points Test was reviewed by the former Labor Government in 2011.

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