Can you get 60 points?

Use this tool to determine your chances of receiving an invitation for a General Skilled Migration Visa.


Most frequent questions and answers


Your English capability is very important. There are different tests you can take however they all generally focus on your 4 aspects of English: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Often you will need to score well in ALL of these aspects.


Documenation from your previous employers/businesses required. Generally more recent experience is considered more valuable and it must be closely related to your occupation. Documents may have to be translated.


The correct level and associated qualifications are definately required. It is always good to check the Australian Bureau of Statistics ANZSCO information to get an indication of the qualifications required for particular occupations.

Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) 

This list contains occupations that are in HIGH DEMAND within Australia. If you have an occupation on the MLTSSL list you may be elidgible to apply for a:

  • 189 Skilled Independent
  • 190 Skilled Nominated
  • 489 Skilled Regional 

*See list here*

Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

The STSOL list contains occupations that are in MODERATE DEMAND within Australia. If you have an occupation on the STSOL list you may be eligible to apply for a:

  • 190 Skilled Nominated
  • 489 Skilled Regional

*See list here*

Note: The items on the lists are subject to change.

An assessment body will match your education and experience with an occupation, they will examine your history and then determine your level of skill against a chosen ANZSCO occupation code.

What do they assess?

Each assessment body has their own requirement, it is important to closely examine their requirements 
so that your assessment can go through smoothly. ​

Where to assess?

You can check which bodies corresponds to your occupation by checking out the SOL and the CSOL lists. There are different assessment bodies depending on what occupation you want to be assess for.​

Does it cost?

There is generally a charge for this service, and it can take some time (sometimes 3 months). This is a required step in most skilled migration pathways.

123 Migration can assist and advise in the assessment process and speed up your application.

Skills Assessment

Assessment bodies may require a specific IELTS score, in highly professional occupations it can be as high as 8 across all bands.


Visa Criteria

Skilled visas generally have a minimum IELTS requirement, this may change depending on what ‘visa stream’ you take.


State/Employer Sponsorship

To be sponsored by the state or a regional visa then the state will have another set of IELTS requirements.


There are alternative English tests (here), our consultations make your pathway clearer.​

Whether you are looking for a sponsor or thinking of coming to Australia to work, it is important that your present yourself well to Australian employers. 

Some tips include:

  • Adopt a universal email address, something like a ‘’. It should also reflect your name not your alter ego. A country specific email may suggest to employers you are not committed long term.
  • Adjust your regional settings to ‘Australia’ and your language settings to ‘English’. By not adjusting your regional settings your time-stamps will be wrong and email footers in other languages.
  • Employers don’t read large paragraphs on how your a ‘team player’. Try to present your skills and experience in dot point format it will show that you can communicate effectively.
  • A different color paper or just making your font and style look professional will help. Try to find the balance between professional and interesting.
  • Make sure your spelling and grammar are perfect! A misspelled word can say that you are not focused or do not have attention to detail. Ask a friend or a colleague to check it thoroughly.


Note: A CV is a work in progress so don’t worry about past mistakes. Remember to always keep making adjustments and looking for feedback. Good Luck!

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