The points system for Australian visas is due to change in November of this year, with single men and women set to benefit.
According to the new rule, applicants who do not have a spouse or de facto partner will get 10 extra points.
In the new legislation (read more here), it suggests “points are awarded for attributes that are linked with the applicant’s ability to make the greatest economic contribution, as the key purpose of the skilled migration program is to maximize the economic benefits of migration to Australia.”
The changes are to ensure more skilled people migrate to Australia and discourage unskilled partners who come with married skilled migrants.
The amendments to the point system follow the recommendations made by the Productivity Commission.
According to the commission, around 50 per cent of Australia’s permanent skill intake is secondary applicants, many of whom have limited skills.
In its 2016 report, the Productivity Commission recommended that the points system be amended so that secondary applicants with skills and other desirable employment-related characteristics contribute significantly to the points score of the primary applicant.
Do you think this is fair? Let us know your thoughts. If you are currently a skilled worker and want more information on these changes due to come in to force in November, do not hesitate to contact us today and we will assist you.