The federal government of Australia will be going to introduce new changes to the points system for new migrants, in which migrants can score more points than ever before.
According to the Migration Amendment Regulations 2019, the new points system will be beneficial for both single migrants as well as migrants with a skilled spouse or de facto partner.
Single migrants are now eligible for ten extra points, while migrants with a skilled spouse or de facto partner can also avail the same benefit.
David Coleman, Australian Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, explained these changes by saying that applicants are awarded points based on their potential to contribute to Australia’s economy.
In other words, the more economic benefits of migration to Australia, the more points for migrants on their points test.
Other changes to the points system include more points for applicants for being nominated by a State or Territory government, being sponsored by a family member living in regional Australia, and having a spouse or de facto partner with competent English abilities.
The complete changes to the new points test will see applicants scoring more points for:
Having a skilled spouse or de facto partner (10 points)
Having a nomination from a State or Territory government (15 points)
Being sponsored by a family member residing in regional Australia (15 points)
Having specific STEM qualifications (10 points)
Being single (10 points)
Having a spouse or de facto partner with competent English (5 points).