Am I claiming enough points? Have I claimed the right points for each component? What other extra points should I claim for my Australia Permanent Resident application? A few of the questions most Do-It-Yourself applicants ask. Some may even assume that the higher points they claim, the higher their chance of getting an approval. Most of the time, people are claiming points that they are not eligible for, which results in a refusal.
With hundreds and thousands of applications submitted every year, the competition is getting tougher; each and every one wants to stand out from the rest of the applicants, claiming unnecessary or ineligible points. While you can be prioritized over applications with lower scores, be reminded of obtaining enough verifiable supporting documents to prove the points you are claiming.
Here are some of the common mistakes people commit when claiming points:
- English Language Proficiency
People tend to mistakenly use the overall score when claiming points for the English Language. All four components in IELTS: Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking – must be taken into consideration when claiming English Language Proficient. For example, if you scored 6 in Listening and Writing, and 7 in Reading and 7 in Speaking, then you can only claim Competent Level of English (10 points) instead of Proficient English (10 points).
- Points for Employment
Many are confused when claiming employment points. Definitely, you will need to determine whether your occupation is in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Once determined and did not find exact occupation, know if your occupation is closely related, being in the same unit group. Number or work experience must be claimed with verifiable supporting documents. Lastly, you can only claim points for employment after you were deemed suitable qualified, usually after completing your degree or diploma.
- Points for Qualification
Many are not aware that Universities, regardless of which part of the world you are, are assessed on three sections. For example, a top-notch university in Singapore is in Section 1 of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), while small institutions are in Section 2 of the AQF where you Bachelor’s Degree will only be deemed equivalent to Australian Diploma or depending on per country requirement. Basically, you need to understand the AQF to know if you are claiming the right points for your qualification.
These are only a few of the common mistakes most of us commit when claiming points for Australia PR Application. With NTRUST, we will guide you accordingly all throughout your application, from the moment you seek professional advice from us until we receive the result of your visa application. Book an appointment by calling +65 6299 0245.