Points Calculator for Australian Immigration

If you are looking to move to Australia and work here on a skilled visa under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, you will need to first qualify for your visa.

There are points based visas (Skilled Independent, Skilled Nominated or Skilled Regional) and also temporary and permanent non-points based (sponsored) visas available, but if you wish to apply for a points based visa you will need enough points to receive an invitation to lodge an application.

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) operate a points system and if you want to know if you have a chance of qualifying for one of these points based visas, you will need to see how many points you might get.

Points calculatorThere are lots of points calculators to be found on the Internet and some are quite whizzy. You know, answer some questions selecting your answers from the drop-down menus and all of a sudden, your points total appears at the foot of the page.

No such technology here, but not many of those websites will tell you this…

Australia opens its doors mainly to young, intelligent, skilled and qualified people, people with good English language skills, people that can offer something to Australia. It is a very selective process.

For older people, people without skills, people who do not speak good English, the answer is almost certainly “No”.

That is a very cold and hard view of how the system works, but it is probably a true reflection of how it is for the vast majority of people looking to move to Australia. That said, there are over 130 different types of visas and there will be, as there always have been in the past, exceptions to the above rules.

The list of exceptions is probably quite long, from refugees to the extremely rich. But for the vast majority, it’s all about age, qualifications, skills, understanding of the English language and very often, points.

It can be very difficult working out whether you are in a position to lodge an application or not and if you need professional assistance, do check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Points Calculator

So, grab yourself a low tech pen and an even lower tech scrap of paper and work out how many points you might get right now.


First, you get points for your age:

The basic requirement is that you are under the age of 50, but if you are…

  • Age 45 – 49 you can apply but you get 0 points for your age.
  • Age 40 – 44 = 15 points
  • Age 33 – 39 = 25 points
  • Age 25 – 32 = 30 points
  • Age 18 – 24 = 25 points

Update: Some people are unsure about how many points they get for their age, it’s very simple. Example; somebody who is 39 years and 11 months old still falls into the 33 – 39 years category. Only when they turn 40 do they go into the 40 to 44 category.

Command of the English language:

  • Superior       = 20 points
  • Proficient     = 10 points
  • Competent   =  0 points

Your English language skills are assessed using the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. There are four parts to this test, speaking, reading, listening and writing. To be superior, you will need to score a minimum of 8 for each. To be proficient, you need to score at least 7 for each part and to be competent you need to score 6 as a minimum for each of the four.

If you hold a passport from the UK, the USA, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand, you automatically qualify as competent, but that still gives you zero points. If you need more points, you will need to sit the test. For other passport holders, even though competent doesn’t score you any points, you still need to take the test toprove your competency to continue.

Please be aware that there are two types of IELTS test; the General test and the Academic test. The general IELTS is the standard English test, and the Academic is required by certain academic or medical/specialist occupations. The test that you take largely depends on what is required by the kind of work that you do and/or the requirement of potential sponsors.

Your skill

To apply for a Skilled Independent visa you do not require sponsorship, but your occupation must be on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

To apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa your skill also has to be on the SOL mentioned above and you need to be sponsored by an Australian relative who lives in a designated area, or your job needs to be on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) AND the respective state and territory shortage lists and you need to be nominated by a  state or territory government. In either of these two situations you will score an extra 10 points (regional earns higher points).

To apply for a Skilled Nominated visa you will need nomination by a state or territory government and your skill must be on CSOL AND the above-mentioned State/Territory Nominated Skilled list. This will score you an additional 5 points.

Often State and territory lists have special requirements including higher English , minimum work experience, job offers etc which you must meet before they will nominate.

Work experience in your nominated skill:

You can get extra points depending upon how much time you have spent being employed in your nominated skill. How many years experience do you have out of the last 10 years in your nominated occupation? This can sometimes include work in a closely related occupation.

If your work experience is from overseas…

  • Three years =  5 points
  • Five years    = 10 points
  • Eight years  = 15 points

But you will get more points for work experience gained in Australia in your nominated occupation…

  • One year      =   5 points
  • Three years = 10 points
  • Five years    = 15 points
  • Eight years  = 20 points


  • Doctorate degree = 20 points
  • Bachelor degree   = 15 points
  • Australian Diploma or trade qualification = 10 points
  • A successful authorised skills assessment in a recognised qualification = 10 points

Extra points

There are several ways to earn extra points:

  • Studying a course in Australia that meets certain requirements = 5 points
  • By meeting the Australian Study Requirement (above) while studying in a regional area = 5 points
  • NAATI accreditation = 5 points
  • By completing a Professional Year course specified by the Minister = 5 points
  • If your partner meets the basic requirements for a skilled migration visa = 5 points


Having spoken to my MARA agent, I can now clear up the following.

A partner can assist with 5 points if they:

  • were under 50 years of age at the time of the application;
  • had at least competent English (prescribed passport holder or 6 in all 4 IELTS modules);
  • had nominated an occupation on the same skilled occupation list as the main applicant’s nominated occupation (can’t mix and match with SOL and CSOL);
  • have been assessed by the relevant assessing authority as having suitable skills for the nominated occupation (formal assessment).

How many points do you need?

The current qualifying point score to receive an invitation to lodge an application is 60.

If you have lodged an Expression of Interest ( EOI) in any of the points based skilled visas, then you will need a minimum 60 points to receive an invitation, but invitations are issued to the highest scoring EOIs so the qualification score may not guarantee success.

This is a statement I have had verified through official channels:

“The current qualifying point score is 60. If you are applying for a Skilled Independent visa, then you will need a minimum 60 points to do so, but invitations are issued to the highest score.

If you are applying for a Skilled Nominated visa, then you still need 60 points but you will be allocated the 5 ‘nomination‘ points by selecting that nominated visa sub-class so you will meet the minimum 60 points upon lodgement of the EOI.

When you apply for the state sponsorship (which must be approved by the state government or territory) you must include your EOI reference. When the state nomination is approved, the nomination points will be confirmed on the system and the invitation will be issued by DIBP automatically.

If you are applying for a Skilled Nominated visa or Skilled Regional visa, then you must ensure that the score you will achieve, once the nomination is approved (and the points confirmed) meets at least the qualifying score of 60 points. Beware of (usually) age changes which may decrease your points score after lodgement of your EOI as this will mean your score will not meet the qualifying score or you will not be able to support the age points when the application is assessed.

Getting the required number of points does not guarantee you an invitation as it depends upon availability of spaces within the selected ANZSCO occupation quota (ceiling) and also how competitive your score is. Invitations are issued to those with the highest score. Once an invitation has been issued, you will then have 60 days to lodge a visa application based upon your EOI submission (amended where required).”

 If you want the full details you can get them directly by visiting border.gov.au

What if you don’t get enough points?

It’s not always over if you don’t get enough points, there’s often things you can do to improve your tally. Just about the only thing you cannot change is your age, but you could, for example, try and improve your IELTS score, wait until you have a few more years experience or maybe come here to Australia to study.

It is important to also understand that there are many visa types, including skill-based visas that are not points-based, but instead are based on employment sponsorship and also partner visas and parent visas. So if you don’t score enough points, there may be other pathways you can go down.

Want to know exactly how many points you have?

Not only exactly how many points you have, but whether you have a realistic chance of lodging a successful visa application or not. I know this process can be very confusing, I know it can be very difficult to work out how many points your qualifications are worth, how many points you might get for your work experience, whether your skill is on one of the skills lists, none of these things are straight forward.

That’s why I have a MARA registered migration agent working with me on this website who can help you, you’ll be surprised at just how much information you will receive through my…

Visa Assessment Service.

Please DO NOT ask me to calculate your points

Update November 2013

Please read before commenting below:

Many people are asking me how many points they get for their work experience, education, qualifications and even age. This points calculator is a guide only, how many points you actually get can often take a good deal of thorough investigation.

Where did you get your qualifications? Are your qualifications recognised here? Has your work experience been relevant? Do you have any work experience in a closely related environment?

The complications are too numerous to mention.

So it is impossible for me to calculate how many points any of you might be getting no matter how much information you give me.

Up until now I have tried to answer people with these questions, if you look at the answers I have given you will see how difficult or impossible that has been.

Only the questions about age, and maybe IELTS, have straightforward answers. By the way, if you’re not sure how many points you get for your age, please see my answers to those with the same questions below.

More useful links…

All About Visas for Australian Migration
Australian Visas and Expression Of Interest (EOI): Caution!

Important: Please read before commenting…

And for those looking for professional assistance…

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  • Vineet Ambardar April 30, 2016, 11:47 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    I am 30 yrs old – 30 points
    Qualifications assessed from Engineer Australia for Mechanical engineer – 15 points
    Experience – 8 yrs plus – 15 Points (How do immigration authorities give points in this ? – Is it by taking our all experience certificates or how?)
    PTE – if i score 60 so I guess no points, Still am I making 60 points?

  • Ajay Kaushik April 28, 2016, 4:35 pm | Link

    Hi I am a secondary applicant. We(Myself and My Wife) both have applied for skill assessment through ACS, She got positive results in both Education and Experience. In my case i have done engineering diploma in computer science which is not meeting the ACS qualification criteria but my experience is meeting the same. If my wife wants to claim 5 points based on my skill assessment will its work ?
    Please suggest

  • Jo F April 27, 2016, 4:53 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Great website, with lots of useful & clear info.

    I’m considering migration from the UK, with my partner. As I’m 42, I’m looking at doing the English language tests to maximise my points…I’m just wondering if you’re aware which tests might be available in the UK, & how realistic/ easy it is for a UK citizen to achieve 8’s overall in IELTS (or equivalent in the other tests)? Do you have any recommendations on which tests are preferred by others (for things like for ease/ cost etc.)?

    I’m also wondering whether the ‘work experience’ requires the ‘sum’ of ’employed time’ in last 10 years, or whether it’s ‘time in last 10 years since becoming employed in the profession’ (i.e. whether it allows breaks in employment)?…as I have worked in my profession since 1997, but have had 2 breaks in employment over the last 10 years.

    If you have any additional suggestions too regarding my potential options, that’d be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks – Jo.

    • BobinOz April 28, 2016, 4:36 pm | Link

      Hi Jo F

      Well, I can’t help you with your work experience years, at the end of the day I’m pretty sure it’s down to the people in the immigration department to make a judgement call when it comes to how many years you really have.

      As for the IELTS exam though, I can tell you it is tough. A 8 is certainly possible, but it won’t come easy even though you are a UK citizen. I’ve never taken the test, but I know somebody who has and he wrote a post for me all about it. It is worth a read…


      Check out the comments on that page while you are there, lots of people are talking about their experiences with this test and their results. Good luck, Bob

      • Jo F. April 28, 2016, 6:27 pm | Link

        Hi Bob,

        Thank you very much for your response, which is very much appreciated – I will take a look at the link regarding the IELTS test now.

        I’m wondering if I could ask whether it is only the last 10 years employment history that is relevant to the points test, as some websites (including some of the assessing bodies such as the ACS) seem to suggest that work experience over entire employment history can be assessed/ counted?

        Thanks again,

        • Jo F. April 28, 2016, 10:35 pm | Link

          Hi Bob,

          Sorry to ask another question too, & this may seem like a silly one… I’m just wondering if you know what stage in the migration process the IELTS qualification is needed (i.e. before submitting an EOI; before submitting the visa application; or before the visa can be granted)? Is it possible to use provisional results initially when submitting the EOI or visa, with a view to qualifying at the required level prior to approval/ grant of the visa?

          Thanks again,

          • BobinOz April 29, 2016, 7:57 pm | Link

            I can’t answer these questions, you really need to be speaking to a MARA registered migration agent if you are unsure how to proceed. There are some questions I’m just not allowed to answer, please see my important notices above.

  • sourav sharma April 26, 2016, 6:19 pm | Link

    hi I am sourav sharma .I have done BBA from punjab Technical University and i have 2 year 4 month experience in telecom sector as a data Analyst.
    i have to apply for PR . Am i illegible to apply for Pr for Australia.

  • sourav sharma April 26, 2016, 6:14 pm | Link

    hi I am sourav sharma . i have 2 year 4 month experience in telecom sector as a data Analyst.
    i have to apply for PR . Am i illegible to apply for Pr for Australia.

  • Dushyant A Patel April 23, 2016, 9:52 pm | Link

    I am a bank manager in big co op bank in gujarat. My age is 42 completed, which visa is suitable for australia ?

  • Kumar April 15, 2016, 4:32 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I am 33. I have 10+ years of Experience as a Software tester and 1.5 years experience in Australia. I Completed Masters in computer science. I got over all 6 in IELTS, but 5 in Reading. Can you please let me know my eligibility for PR.

    • dee April 21, 2016, 8:35 am | Link

      Hi Bob, I need your opinion.
      I am 35, a secondary teacher for 11 years in the Philippines. I have a masters degree in Special Education but no relevant experience. My husband is 36 still a secondary teacher for 12 years, he is currently studying welding. We had decided to migrate to Australia using Visa 189, with our children 13 and 11. Right now I am struggling in my IELTS to get 8 in all skills, for it will help in the long run.

      I am confused Bob, which IELTS should I need, Academic or General Training?

      • BobinOz April 21, 2016, 4:42 pm | Link

        This is a question you really should be asking of a MARA registered migration agent, all I know is that for the vast majority of people general training is sufficient.

        My understanding is that academic IELTS is a specific requirement for certain professions that are highly academic. I don’t think secondary teacher falls into that category, but as I say, if you’re really unsure you should check with a MARA agent.

        It might also be worth looking at my page about How to Pass IELTS and specifically the website it links to, they may have the answer for you there.

  • Larson April 14, 2016, 8:46 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Awesome work, it just gives an detailed information that is needed for aspirants planning to move to Australia. Also your website is also user friendly and easy to navigate.

    Kudos to you and your team…..!!!

    I have a work experience of 2 years and 10 months of experience in investment banking (back office). I have done my Master in Business Administration (Finance). I am currently in age bracket of 25 – 32. I am planning to migrate to Australia. Please advise on my chances for the same.

    Many thanks in advance..

  • B S Dalawat April 14, 2016, 7:34 pm | Link

    I took PTE exam twice for Skill Migration to Australia.

    In first, during March 2016, the score was Listening 90, Reading 71, Speaking 90, Writing 85,

    In the second, During April 2016, the score was Listening 90, Reading 81, Speaking 90, Writing 78

    As both the scores are valid, and considering both, I have more than 79 in each section. Thus, will it qualify me for 20 points on language efficiency ?
    Please advise,

  • Harry April 11, 2016, 8:38 pm | Link

    Hi i have done 2 yr diploma in management and i have 6 each in ielts and also 1 yr experience in the same field my age is 25 and my sis is citizen in aus so m i eligible for point base pr?? How many points do we usually need

  • preet April 10, 2016, 5:04 pm | Link

    hey Bob i jst want to knw that if we are working in Telecom industry and our bachelors done in Information technology so that we can apply for PR or not but 70% skills are used Information technology and 30% are telecom but overall my industry is telecom. please help.

  • Pribaaji April 4, 2016, 11:57 pm | Link

    Regarding points for working in Australia .If I have started working in Australia from March 2015 upto Apr 2016 with a break of 2 months in between say may&thyme, will I be eligible for 1year local experience point?If not when will I be eligible for those points.


  • Pratyush Chandra Gaihre April 4, 2016, 11:38 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Your website features nice collection of suggestions which I found to be really helpful. Meanwhile I got confused with the ‘NAATI Accreditation’ part. Can you please suggest what should I do to secure those 5 important points? I went through their website but could not get enough.

    Thanks in advance

    • BobinOz April 5, 2016, 8:39 pm | Link

      Just Google ‘NAATI accreditation’ and you will find all the information you need. Good luck, Bob

  • Shils April 3, 2016, 4:18 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    First of all a big thanks for helping out with our queries .

    We have applied for 189 visa and payment has been made.
    I do not have birth certificate and uploaded passport copy and higher secondary certificate.
    Do I have to attach any addition declaration for the same?

    Also, we have been medically examined(chest X-ray n examination) for our visa 457almost 4 months ago of which we had supplied the HAP IDs in EOI but on requesting for medical appointment , it still shows required for above parameters whereas for our friends it showed reused and only blood test showed required.
    Do we have to do something extra for it?


  • Leandro April 3, 2016, 6:34 am | Link

    Dear Sir

    I am a System and Telecomunications Engineer. My experience is not as wide as I want but I’m working on that. My question is if I’m elegible, I’m doing a postgraduate course, in my country is a course of one year. That tittle can increase my points ?. they acept this postgraduate title as more points ?
    I’m just giving an future scenary
    age pool 33 – 39
    postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems
    ielts – 7 or 8

    by the way thanks for your advice. Sir. Greetings from South America

  • Manish Kumar March 30, 2016, 3:38 pm | Link


    I’m manishdid my MBA and 6 years of experience in IT. Desperately interested for applying Australian PR.

    Please let me know my percentage for getting PR status through my email se.manishkumar@gmail.com


  • Yadav March 29, 2016, 4:19 pm | Link


    I have done the initial assessment from one MARA registered migration agent and based on the evaluation my points are Age – 30, Education – 15, Exp – 00. And I yet to appear for IELTS.
    Now they are pushing me to apply for the PR as my skill have good demand over there (SAP FICO) . But I am bit confused to apply as Iam not getting any points from Exp Part.

    May I know your suggestions,

    Best Regards

  • Milan kapoor March 28, 2016, 4:08 pm | Link

    There is no good MARA agent available nearby me(Chandigarh, India). All they seek is money and no satisfactory feedback. What should I do? Who can help to handle such situation where we cant even get a proper guidance.

    • BobinOz March 29, 2016, 6:22 pm | Link

      A couple of you did offer suggestions for Milan about who to talk to and I do thank you both for that, but I have removed them because there is only one agent that I recommend and whom I know I can fully trust. He lives just 30 minutes from me, so he is based here in Brisbane, Australia, and he is MARA registered. We have regular meetings so we can keep up to date with what’s going on and I can ensure he is offering my readers a good service.

      I highly recommend him and you can read about his services on my Visa Assessment Service page.

  • Milan kapoor March 28, 2016, 4:04 pm | Link

    Hello Bob,
    Just want to know, Is PTE valid now for PR. Will that PTE exam be valid for both study or PR.

    • Rano March 30, 2016, 4:33 pm | Link

      yep, it is valid.

      • Milan kapoor March 31, 2016, 8:04 pm | Link

        That means giving PTE is good option, as same test will be valid in both Study and PR visa?

        • Rano March 31, 2016, 8:42 pm | Link

          Yes for PR you can do PTE test, for study as well, but you can check with the specific course provider if you want. PTE is definitely accepted by DIBP (Immigration department)

  • charle March 28, 2016, 1:53 am | Link

    hello sir!

    i would just like to ask, my wife will take conversion course in nursing in adelaide for 1 year. it will lead to registration. after that i would
    like my wife to take leadership and management diploma courses too. 1 year. will we qualify for the Australian study requirement? and will she also take another 10
    points for the diploma course she took? thank you and godbless!

  • Ali Rao March 27, 2016, 11:36 am | Link

    i am currently on 55 points, i was reading somewhere that we get 10 points for our relative living in australia. is it true, since i have my aunty ( my mom’s sister) living here.
    secondly i wanted to ask, if i get this 10 points i will be on 65 point. i just wanted to know if it is wise to apply at 65? or shall i complete my masters first and then apply, since i am on international student visa and doing my masters from here, but it will take me 1.5 years to complete that.


    • Rano March 27, 2016, 12:05 pm | Link

      I don’t think you get points for relative living here, unless the relative is sponsoring you for visa in a regional part of australia. I think for 489 visa with an eligible relative sponsorship gives 10 points. Check here https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/489-

      Also if you haven’t done 2 years of study in Australia, i don’t think you can appy just yet, even better, if you can study your course in regional area. But to know for sure, consult a migration agent….Better spend some money to get good solid advice.

      • Ali Rao March 28, 2016, 11:24 pm | Link

        I did ask two agents, they said i can apply. I was just taking a second opinion.
        And yes i am talking about relative sponsoring to get those 10 points.

  • Biju March 26, 2016, 2:12 pm | Link

    I in Australia with 457 visa working as a chef only 6 months now I passed vetasess qualification .But my ielts score is 5.5 only .my qualification is3 year diploma in hotel mangement .i have overseas experience 8 years .iam eligible to apply for direct pr application please kindly give a reply for me

  • Rano March 22, 2016, 12:02 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for a great website! I wanted to ask you, is it possible to claim points for 2 different diploma/degrees completed in Australia. The 2 courses were 2 years or more in duration, fulltime. Are loosely related to each other. However, I will be getting the skills assessment for my diploma, but wanted to somehow include my bachelor degree for extra points. I gather I can’t use both for lets say 10 points for diploma and 15 for degree, but I’m wondering if I can at least get the 5 points for completing ‘one or more degrees/diploma in Australia’? I hear that it is only if the assessor for my diploma mentions the bachelor degree in the assessment as being related, then I wilI be able to claim the 5 points. Is this true? thanks 🙂

  • Williams March 22, 2016, 6:27 am | Link

    Hola tengo una duda sobre la experiencia y titulo, mi titulo es tecnico profesional mando medio, avalado por una universidad, desde el año 2005 trabajo en el área , puede que me den u otorguen algun punto por el titulo?..aunque no sea un nivel terciario o un VET de AU..evaluandolo con los años de experiencia?, gracias

    • Me March 22, 2016, 1:10 pm | Link

      Dude, If you cant even write a question in English forget it. There aint no way you will ever get any visa apart from tourist or leaky boat!

      • BobinOz March 22, 2016, 6:08 pm | Link

        Como indico claramente en el artículo anterior, no calcular los puntos para las personas . Buena suerte, Bob

  • sudha March 21, 2016, 4:11 am | Link


    I did my graduation in Instrumentation Engineering from INDIA. I have total 9 years experience into IT. Since my Study and experience are different , are my points reduced or not considered?

    • Keyur April 2, 2016, 11:23 pm | Link

      Hi Sudha,

      I am in the same boat as yours. I also seek to know the answer for this as well. Thanks for asking it.

  • Shasi March 19, 2016, 10:19 am | Link

    Hi,I am from Sydney.I am a student.i studied MBA..my ielts score is 5.5 overall.my visa is upto this September and I can’t get good score in ielts.if there is any idea can you please give me suggestions to get PR..

    • Me March 22, 2016, 1:12 pm | Link

      Pay the money and engage an immig agent. Or you will be a fail

    • M April 15, 2016, 12:07 pm | Link

      Sorry but you will need to pass IELTS. There is no shortcut. Anyone who tries to tell you there is is not speaking the truth. If you cannot achieve a satisfactory score, you will need to keep practising until you can If you have studied an MBA, then your English must already be fairly good. Keep trying.

  • vj March 15, 2016, 5:14 pm | Link


    How many points can be claimed for Indian B.Tech degree after doing the Migration Skills Assessment by Engineers Australia, 10 or 15?

  • Looks rani March 13, 2016, 3:26 am | Link

    Or for aus only

  • pardeep March 10, 2016, 11:02 pm | Link

    I am govt teacher I have 5.5 band and my brother is citizen of Australia. can I apply for pr

  • Nasir Mahmood March 10, 2016, 10:48 pm | Link

    How r u all?
    Dear friends and members,
    if some one is getting hurdles in IELTS for getting 7 in each!
    Contact me once.

    • kesava March 10, 2016, 10:50 pm | Link

      hii im struggling to get 7 in all… Tell me what should i do??

      • Nasir Mahmood March 15, 2016, 5:58 am | Link

        You all who need good score in IELTS for Australia immigration, contact me through my email or skype, for detaild discussion!

        • BobinOz March 21, 2016, 8:36 pm | Link

          I have now removed all contact details to Nasir Mahmood. I asked him to contact me directly to tell me how he intended to help the people that contacted him, he has not done that.

          I am not happy for somebody to promote their business on my website without having the decency to tell me how they operate. Anybody who does decide they want to contact this person should exercise caution, in my opinion.

          Many thanks, Bob

          • M April 15, 2016, 12:09 pm | Link

            Wise move, Bob.

        • kishore March 22, 2016, 3:30 pm | Link

          Hi Nasir
          pl send ur email address or ur phone number

    • rezvan March 15, 2016, 1:01 am | Link

      Can you help me to get a good score in PTE or IELTS please

      • Rano March 26, 2016, 6:01 pm | Link

        You can google PTE prep classes as these are advertised or if you’re good at studying yourself, jump on youtube, there are free lessons and tips there. I used youtube, and got 7 each first try. I’m pretty good with languages though, so you might need professional help.

    • simranjit singh March 15, 2016, 3:39 am | Link

      hello sir, i want to get 7 bands in each ilets exam, provide me some data and information for this

      • BobinOz March 15, 2016, 4:37 pm | Link

        For those of you who have been asked to contact Nasir Mahmood direct, please be aware that he will almost certainly ask you for money. A quick Google search shows that he is a professional IELTS coach, although his British Council page seems to have now disappeared.

        He does have a Facebook page though.

        Nasir, I would have much preferred it if you had actively helped people on these pages rather than try to direct them to your own personal business. Please contact me directly, a link to my contact page is in the footer, to explain how you intend to help my readers.

        Meanwhile, if anybody does need help with IELTS, I recommend How to Pass IELTS.

        Many thanks, Bob

        • Roji Uthuppan March 30, 2016, 2:17 pm | Link

          Please send me the details of how can I get good score in the IELTS.

          • Rano March 30, 2016, 4:38 pm | Link

            There is no short cut, you need to study and study hard. Find a good reputable teacher and only do the test after you have studied at least for a whole month. I can tell you my friend from Thailand had to do the test 15 times! Thats no joke, I’m not exaggerating! She finally passed and got 7 each. I have never seen anyone more persistent. I would have given up after the second test… 🙂

      • Me March 22, 2016, 1:16 pm | Link

        A bit of hint. If you are asking someone forr free advice its a very good idea to say please and thankyou. Just an interested observer

  • Khyati March 10, 2016, 9:12 pm | Link


    I had a quick question if someone can help me out with. My brother and I stay here and he holds his PR. Can he give me 5 points for being my sibling (kinda sponsorship i guess)?

    I am trying to get 7 each in ielts but in 1 of 4 modules, i won’t get. Thus, it is a bit frustrating.

    Thank you in advance for help.

    Kind Regards,

    • Nasir Mahmood March 15, 2016, 6:15 am | Link

      Hi ,
      we have good and positive results of IELTS as per Australian department of immigration and border protection,

  • BobinOz March 2, 2016, 4:18 pm | Link

    Those of you who have asked questions recently about points, visa eligibility and other questions about how it works do need to speak to a MARA registered migration agent if you are unsure about anything.

    Please read my important notices at the foot of the article. Thanks, Bob

  • kathy carter March 2, 2016, 2:02 am | Link

    Hi, we have been undecided to move for the last couple of years and now we want to do it my hubby is 46 and i will be 44 in march, is it possible to apply for a permanent residency while im under 45, as we probably will not be able to move there till im over 45, will i be able to activate it once im 45??

  • Anna February 23, 2016, 10:30 pm | Link

    i have question about calculation of the professional experience. I heard information, that some occupations need, for example, 2 years traineeships/ professional practice and it isn’t added to my professional experience.
    I have working from my graduation . And I already have passed five years working in the profession. So, can I get 10 points (5 years work experience) or 5 points (3 years work experience)?
    Because of this I could have unpleasant surprise while migrant agent will be calculated this. It is true?

  • jagpreet February 23, 2016, 8:06 pm | Link

    Respected Sir….kindly let me know if i am eligible to apply for victoria state nomination as i am a PhD degree holder with 8 years of experience….
    Thanks in advance

  • Abijith February 22, 2016, 10:57 pm | Link

    I’m 27 years old, my I’m Graduated in Bachelors of Engineering., 3+ years of Experience as Software Engineer.

    I have a plan to migrate to Australia. Could someone educate me the chances of getting an Australian PR and also I have relatives there.

    Waiting for Advices and Suggestions..

    Thanks in Advance.

  • Faheemuddin February 22, 2016, 1:02 pm | Link


    I’m Faheemuddin did my MBA and 7 years of experience in banking, finance, accounting. Desperately interested for applying Australian PR.

    Please let me know my percentage for getting PR status through my email mkfu7719@gmail.com


  • selena February 22, 2016, 4:25 am | Link

    Hi Bob, you seem to be really willing to help and I’ve been dropping in on your site the last few months. Am wondering if you might know the answer to my question.
    I’m desperate to move to aus from the uk but my husband, although interested, likes to drag his heels 🙁 I thought we had till he was 50 so was planning a make or break holiday to help him decide but have just seen a reference to the cut off being 45 – I could cry, he’s 44! He would be the main visa applicant and his profession is on the MODL. My question is, if you are on the MODL does that override the 45yr old cut off? Or if not, if we could get him a job in advance might that override the cut off too? What about savings, is there a way in if you have enough in the bank to show you can support yourself? Am worried my dream might be over, really hope you might be able to advise. Thanks in advance x

    • BobinOz February 22, 2016, 6:57 pm | Link

      No, this isn’t a question I can help with at all, see Would I Qualify? You really need to be speaking directly to a MARA registered migration agent, and fast!

      • Selena February 23, 2016, 4:45 am | Link

        Ok will do, thanks very much for getting back to me so quickly, looks like I have some calls to make! :/ Best wishes 🙂

  • Anji February 21, 2016, 4:06 am | Link

    Anjum age 31
    Mba banking finninace
    Iekts 7 each
    Now in austrlia but nit aware did i direct go for apply pr?
    Working experunce last 4 year agi 3 years in banking
    So can i clamied pounts for that
    Consultant misguidnece so justing doing dd diploma here
    Very confuse

    • Sally February 28, 2016, 8:57 am | Link

      Gee, are you sure your IELTS score was 7? The spelling here is a bit unusual. Or is a 7 in IELTS pretty low?

      • Me March 22, 2016, 1:22 pm | Link

        I ped the mans ze monees andz he saids i have 7s scorzs haha

  • Parul Arora February 17, 2016, 9:49 pm | Link

    My brother applied for Australian PR. All over he gained 60 points. its been 1 year 6 months, agency is not pushing his case and saying to give IELTS exam again or wait for the time when govt. come down in their cut off to 60 points. Please suggest what we can do to get the PR now. How much time we have to wait for.

  • Luiz February 17, 2016, 6:34 pm | Link


    Great forum, finally found a place where people share information.
    2 more questions, for the ielts score, is it necessary a overall 7, or a needs to be a 7 each part (reading, writing, listening, speaking) ?
    How hard is to get an 8? I’m looking for a coach to make it happen, contacts are very welcome.


    • BobinOz February 20, 2016, 7:10 pm | Link

      If you need an IELTS score of 7 overall, then you need to score at least 7 for each of the four parts.

      If English isn’t your first language, then I suspect it would be quite difficult to get a 8 across all four, but nothing is impossible. If you need help, check out my page called How to Pass IELTS.

      • Betty March 11, 2016, 2:43 pm | Link

        Hi Bob,
        Any idea if with OET can I apply for Australian PR

  • Mark February 17, 2016, 6:35 am | Link

    I am wanting to emigrate to australia, However 7 years ago i was sentenced to 2years imprisonment for class A drugs. however since then i have change my life and i have a degree. would i be considered ? or would i be just turned away ? any advice would be grateful.


    • BobinOz February 17, 2016, 4:39 pm | Link

      If you Google “Fact Sheet 79 – The Character Requirement” then you will know as much about this situation as I do. If in doubt, you should speak to a MARA registered migration agent.

  • akhila February 15, 2016, 11:30 pm | Link

    Hi,, this is akhila my brother in law is there in australia , he is black in colour Is there any c olour consideration in the ilets exam he is losting is 7 points by the half mark, or one mark . can you give answer as soon as possibe …

    • BobinOz February 16, 2016, 4:24 pm | Link

      Strange question, but the IELTS exams are marked the same for everybody irrespective of the colour of their skin.

      • gurmukh singh March 5, 2016, 11:45 am | Link

        hi this is gurmukh i want to know that i am able to complete my point as in present i am studying diploma of accounting or how many point is needed.

  • Joseph February 11, 2016, 12:12 am | Link

    Hi my wife is a registered nurse in australia , she have only 1 yr and 7 months experience from India recently got job in vic , currently she have only 55 point , if present hospital provide any job offer letter whether she would b able to apply for 190 eoi or 190 visa.

  • Danica February 8, 2016, 9:38 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I’ve been looking for websites to help my cousin move to Australia. Yours is definitely one of the most helpful =) Just wanted to say thanks!

  • Sivakumar B.G February 4, 2016, 3:00 pm | Link

    Dear sir,

    I completed b.e(mechanical) & M.E (Engineering Design) . I have teaching experience is 4 yrs. My age is 27 . Let me know that I am eligible for PR

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