Australia has a points-based immigration system, as do the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore.
To be asked to apply for an Australian work visa, you must score at least 65 points on the Australian skilled points exam. Each satisfied requirement is rewarded with points. The points exam takes into account factors such as your age, job experience, English language proficiency, and, if applicable, the credentials of your spouse.
Which visas are affected by the points-based system?
The Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
The Skilled Nominee Visa (Subclass 190)
Regional Skilled (Provisional) visa (Subclass 489) – invitation route
Regional Skilled Worker Visa (Provisional) (Subclass 491)
You must have a job on Australia’s list of skilled occupations to be eligible for any of these visas.
Credits and exemptions
Prior learning credit may lessen the amount of study necessary.
In this situation, if your program is CRICOS-registered for 138 weeks (3 years) and consists of 24 equal-weighted units, after completing 16 units, you will have completed two academic years. This implies you can spend up to 8 study credits while still finishing two academic years.
You cannot utilize the credited units to meet the Australian study requirement if you are currently utilizing them as part of another course; you obtained credit for a study performed within Australia in a non-CRICOS-certified course, or you received credit for a study completed abroad.
Credit for non-award courses or study abroad may only be utilized if it is accepted as part of “recognized prior learning” (RPL) by your education provider and cannot be used to directly complete the Australian study requirement.
Your academic transcript should clarify how credits from earlier learning contribute to your certification, which will be used to fulfill the Australian study requirement. This clarifies that the credits are part of the qualifying award.