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16 November: Partner Points Changes Now In Force

Thinking of applying for the 189, 190 or the new 491 regional visa? Don't forget that the partner points changes are now in force.


Here's a reminder of what these partner points changes are:

  1. If you have a skilled* spouse/de facto partner, they can add an additional 10 points to your points score (previously 5 points)

  2. If your spouse/de facto partner is not 'skilled*', but has competent** English, they can add 5 points to your points score (previously 0 points)

  3. Applicants without a spouse or de facto partner will be awarded an additional 10 points (previously 0 points)

* What's considered a 'skilled' partner?

'Skilled' partners are those who:

  • are applying for the same subclass of visa as the primary applicant

  • is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident

  • at the time of invitation was under 45

  • at the time of invitation nominated a skilled occupation

  • at the time of invitation had a suitable skills assessment

  • at the time of invitation had competent English

** What's considered 'competent' English?

IELTS: 6.0 in each band, or PTE: At least 50 for each of the 4 components, or equivalent


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