How many points do you get for your age in PR application?
This blog was originally published in July 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
As of 1 July 2017, Department of Home Affairs (DHA) have lowered the Age-limit requirements for Skilled Migration Visas to be reduced to under 45 to be invited to apply for the visa.
Hence, the critical age now is 44 years and you must have not turned 45 to receive an Invitation to Apply via SkillSelect (i.e. must be under 45 years of age to receive an Invitation to Apply).
You can still apply for the visa if you turn 45 “after you receive an “Invitation via SkillSelect”.
This age-limit has been implemented to the below visa subclasses:
General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas
Skilled Independent (Points-tested) Subclass (189) Visa
Skilled Nominated (Permanent) Subclass (190) Visa
Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass (489) Visa
Age Points in Skilled Migration
The following points are received depending on the age-band you fit into:
18 to 24 years: 25 points
25 to 32 years: 30 points
33 to 39 years: 25 points
40 to 44 years: 15 points
45+: Not eligible
This new age-limit has replaced the earlier age-limit of under 50 years to receive an Invitation to Apply via SkillSelect.
This reduction in the age-limit has significantly limited the future PR aspirations of many prospective applicants around the world.
If you are currently aged 32, 39 or 44, and you are serious about applying for your PR to Australia, then you should initiate your application as soon as possible.
In reality although, if you are currently aged between 40 to 44 years, then you score 50% less for your age than the highest possible band which can make meeting the points test criteria for Skilled Migration harder. However, it’s certainly possible.
Over the years, we have been fortunate to be able to assist various age-critical applicants in strictly tight timeframes and help them achieve their migration goals.
You can read some of our Client Success stories here.
Please do keep in mind though, that your overall points-test score depends on many other factors as well and you will need to be strategic to be able to ensure that you can meet the current required Pass marks for skilled migration = 65 points.
Ageing Population in Australia
In 2015, the median age in Australia was 37.2.
In 2017, there were 3.8 million Australians aged 65 and over (15% of total population).
By 2057, it is projected there will be 8.8 million people aged over 65 in Australia (22% of total population);
(source: www.aihw.gov.au and www.abs.gov.au)
The intention of the Department of Home Affairs in lowering the age-limit for skilled migration is to tackle the challenge of Ageing population in Australia and attract young & skilled migrants who can contribute to the success of Australian economy and the community as a whole.