Among several permanent migration programs, Skilled migration is one of the most accessible one. Skilled visas eligibility is dependent on the score in the points test and the current minimum required score is 65 points. Skilled applicants with the highest score are invited to apply first, but due to high demand the cut off mark is much higher than the minimum one.
The table below compares the cut off marks for several ANZSCO unit groups reported in September 2018 and in May 2019. It shows that applicants need to be real wizards in their field in order to be invited to apply for a skilled visa.
- Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
- Electronics Engineer
- Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
- Other Engineering Professionals
- ICT Business and System Analysts
- Software and Applications Programmers
- Computer Network Professionals
Present-time migrants to Australia come predominantely from English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand and South Africa or from Asian countries such as China, India and the Philippines. The top three source countries of migrants in 2017–18 were:
- India with 33,310 places (20.5 per cent)
- China with 25,145 places (15.5 per cent)
- United Kingdom with 13,654 places (8.4 per cent)
The current trends indicate that employer sponsored and regional nominated migration schemes including DAMA will become more prevalent in future. With the 50% reduction in numbers of places available in the Skilled Independent category, preferences will be given to younger and more skilled migrants with higher English-language proficiency. More points will also be allocated to primary applicants if their adult secondary applicants have skills or other characteristics that are likely to improve their own labour market prospects. These types of migrants provide a demographic dividend by increasing the proportion of people in the workforce and reducing the negative impacts of ageing Australian population.
The magical Land of OZ first appeared in the classical children’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. Australia is also known as OZ due to Australian slang word “Aussie” or “Ozzie” that refers to a person from Australia or to Australia in general.