Changes coming into effect from November 2019 will affect applicants with a partner and single applicants.
These changes will prioritise applicants who are single or whose partner can demonstrate competent English. The changes will impact subclass 189 and 190 visas.
From November 2019, the points test will be adjusted to award additional points to the primary applicants, where their partner has competent English, but cannot meet the requirements for skilled partner points.
At present, any visa applicant can claim additional points for his or her partner’s skills and English competency.
What about single applicants?
New changes will benefit single applicants also.
Single applicants will be awarded additional points to ensure they are not disadvantaged.
With that said, how the system will calculate points is not clear yet. When it does become more clear we’ll write about it here.
October 2019 – Update – Please see this post: New Australian Points Test – Updates And Clarifications