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That Pathway to PR May Have Just Got Easier - Additional Points Now Available for Skilled Migrant Visas

November 25, 2016


General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applications – for 189, 190 and 489 visas -  rely on the famous “points test”. The GSM pathway to permanent residence will now be enhanced for certain graduates with postgraduate, research-level qualifications.


For applicants after 10 September 2016, an additional 5 points will be available to graduates from Australian universities with postgraduate research-level qualifications in:


·         Science

·         Technology

·         Engineering

·         Mathematics

·         Some Information and Communication (ICT) Technology fields

Postgraduate research-level qualifications include Doctoral (e.g. PhD) or Masters level qualifications.

Qualifications in the following fields are proposed to be accepted for this additional 5 points – these fields are defined in the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS):


Biological Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Earth Sciences
Mathematical Sciences
Natural and Physical Sciences
Other Natural and Physical Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
Computer Science
Information Systems
Information Technology
Other Information Technology
Aerospace Engineering and Technology
Civil Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology
Engineering and Related Technologies
Geomatic Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
Maritime Engineering and Technology
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology
Other Engineering and Related Technologies
Process and Resources Engineering.


Graduates who want to determine the eligibility of their qualification may search the CRICOS Website at


To search CRICOS, go to the above link, enter your CRICOS course code and see the “Field of  Education” of your course. If your field of education matches one of the above fields, and is at the academic Doctorate or Masters by research level, you may eligible for the additional 5 points in the points test for GSM application purposes.

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