The general points test set out in Schedule 6D of the Regulations is designed to recognize those points tested skilled Filipino migration visa applicants who have the skills and other attributes that will allow them to find skilled employment in Australia and settle quickly into the community.
RESPALL (Migration) Aust. is organizing a series ‘FREE SkillSelect Information Seminar’ throughout the major Philippine Metro Areas to explain the application process that Filipino professionals face when apply to migrate to Australia from the Philippines.
The 13 Factors in Schedule 6D as listed below need to be addressed to ensure their SkillSelect Visa Application for Australia from the Philippines is successful.
Part 6D.1 Age qualifications
The points awarded for age reflect the Filipino applicant’s potential contribution to the Australian economy in their lifetime. This reflects the focus of the points test on labor market contribution and the balance between the future contributions to the economy of points tested Filipinos and the average welfare and health costs as they age. Australian Bureau of Statistics data and departmental research indicates that highly skilled Filipino migrants who come to Australia between the ages of 25 and 32 add the most benefit to the Australian economy in terms of lifetime earnings.
Part 6D.2 English language qualifications
Research indicates that Filipino migrants with higher levels of English language proficiency (ability) have a better chance of finding skilled employment and settling into the Australian community. For this reason, Filipino applicants for skilled migration are required to demonstrate that they have good English language skills and additional points are awarded to applicants with strong English language skills.
Part 6D.3 Overseas employment experience qualifications
The awarding of points for skilled employment factors recognizes the benefits of extensive work experience in a nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation in providing for successful labor market outcomes. Filipinos with relevant Australian and overseas skilled employment in the 10 year period immediately before the date the applicant was invited to apply for this visa can be considered for the purpose of awarding points.
Part 6D.4 Australian employment experience qualifications
The higher weighting of points able to be awarded for Australian skilled employment recognizes the value that firsthand experience and understanding of the Australian work environment can have in assisting Filipino migrants to establish themselves in the Australian labor market and settle into life in Australia.
Part 6D.5 Aggregating points for employment experience qualifications
Australian and overseas employment experience factors are assessed separately, subject to the maximum number of points that can be awarded for any combination of skilled employment experience being set at 20. This is consistent with the overall policy objectives of the points test settings being a mechanism for selecting Filipino applicants who present an optimal mix of attributes across a range of qualifications, and to ensure that disproportionate weight is not given to any one factor.
Part 6D.6 Australian professional year qualifications
Filipino applicants are eligible for points under Part 6D.6 only if they have, in the relevant period, completed a professional year (PY).
The PY is a structured professional development program combining formal learning and workplace experience. As the focus is on developing skills that will assist applicants to secure employment, PY courses will not be specified without industry support.
There are currently three PY programs for which points can be awarded:
Part 6D.7 Educational qualifications
Under Part 6D.7 of Schedule 6D, Filipino applicants are eligible for points for the highest level of qualification awarded by either an Australian or other educational institution at the time of invitation and which is of a recognized standard.
The awarding of points recognizes the correlation between the level of qualification attained by a Filipino applicant and the potential for success in the Australian labor market, in terms of obtaining skilled employment and higher salaries. To obtain points for this factor, Filipino applicant’s educational qualification does not have to be related to their nominated skilled occupation, as the awarding of points reflects the value of higher learning and its contribution to human capital.
Part 6D.8 Australian study qualifications
Generally, Australian educational qualifications are obtained if Filipino applicants are living and studying in Australia. In certain instances, a Filipino applicant may claim points for Australian qualifications that are obtained while they lived overseas. For example, Australian education providers deliver courses overseas that meet the requirements of certain Australian qualifications (for example, a bachelor degree in Engineering at the University of the Philippines (UP)). Educational institutions in such cases award qualifications stating that the applicant meets the requirements of a specific Australian educational qualification.
Part 6D.9 Credentialed community language qualifications
Item 6D.9 recognizes the economic and social value to the Australian community of the contribution of accredited community language skills, particularly in the languages of Australia’s trading partners and of new and emerging, as well as established, communities in Australia such as Filipino (Tagalog).
Filipino applicants are eligible for five points if they provide evidence that at the time of invitation to apply for the visa they were accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) at the para-professional level (level 2 or above). Proficiency can be demonstrated in either translating or interpreting.
Part 6D.10 Study in regional Australia or a low-population growth metropolitan area qualifications
The points awarded under 6D.10 for study in regional Australia or a low-population growth metropolitan area (LPGMA) recognize the important contribution Filipino migrants make to regional Australia. Awarding points for 6D.10 is intended to encourage permanent settlement in regional Australia and some metropolitan areas with low population growth rates.
Filipino applicants are eligible for 5 points if they have met the Australian study requirement while living and studying at an Australian educational institution in a regional area or LPGMA, if none of the study constituted distance education.
Part 6D.11 Partner skill qualifications
Under 6D.11, 5 points may only be awarded if the spouse or de facto partner of the Filipino primary applicant:
Part 6D.12 State or Territory nomination qualifications
Filipino applicants can be invited to apply for a SN-190 or SP-489 visa if they have been nominated by a State/Territory agency.
Part 6D.13 Designated area sponsorship qualifications
Filipino applicants can be invited to apply for a SP-489 visa if they have been nominated by a Regional State/Territory agency or is sponsored by a family member in a regional area.
If you are interested to attend a possible workshop in Cebu City on Nov. 14, 2015 please indicate your intentions this by entering your details to the following link and become a Key Provider of Income (KPI) for yourself and your family members by moving up and stepping into Australia as a Filipino Permanent SkillSelect Visa Applicant.
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