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Latest Invitation Round GSM 2019

With close monitoring of the latest Skillselect invitation rounds, we have prepared this article that compares the latest invitation rounds and takes a look at how these changes may impact applicants.

The Department of Home Affairs announced an increase of migration points to 65 points under the general skilled visa scheme from 1 July 2018; SkillSelect invitation rounds have been updated from once a fortnight to once a month being the 11th of each month since July 2018.

Last Invitation Rounds (EOI)

So far, over 19, 640 invitations were issued to prospective 189 visa applicants; with reference to the cut off points for invitations, even though the migration points threshold has been set at 65 points.  For the May 2019 invitation round, no invitations appear to have been issued to candidates with less than 80 points with only 100 invitations being issued compared to 2,490 invitations in January 2019. Cut off points for the pro rata occupations are even higher than 80. For example, accountants are required to achieve at least 90 points and need to wait for about six months before an invitation can be received with 90 points.

EOI May Invitation Round

The top ten occupations receiving the most invitations from the beginning of the 2018/2019 financial year to date are listed as follows:

Occupation Occupation Ceiling 2018-2019 Invitations to 11/05/2019
Software and Applications Programmers 7,271 5,163
Accountants 3,753 2, 666
Registered Nurses 17,322 1, 651
Computer Network Professionals 2,167 1, 514
Civil Engineering Professionals 3,510 1, 319
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 1,780 1, 261
Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,660 1,104
ICT Business and System Analysts 1,466 1, 040
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures 1,145 952
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 713

Nominations by State and Territory Governments

The number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2018 through to mid May 2019 is shown in the following table:

Visa Subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa 591 2,747 255 1,002 812 606 2,468 186 8,667
Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa 0 1, 486 270 482 1, 895 997 59 19 3,656

Subclass 489 visa has been popular for candidates who require the state governments’ support in the additional points and are willing to move to regional area once visa is granted.  However, with only 10 invitations being sent in the latest round and the 489 ceasing from 16 November 2019 it is unlikely for new candidates to be considered without a very high points score.  

 The subclass 489 visa is going to be abolished from 16 November 2019 for new applicants and to be replaced by a newly introduced visa subclass 491.

How long before I receive my Invitation (EOI)?

Several factors would affect the waiting time in receiving an invitation, including migration points you can claim for; a number of candidates in the Pool who can claim the same or higher level of migration points under the same occupation group; date of EOI submission, etc.

With reference to the last two invitation rounds it appears that candidates with less than 80 points cannot be considered under the Subclass 189 and Subclass 489 visa pathways.

It is our assumption that the migration points may drop once the migration places become available for the new financial year from 1 July 2019.

Due to the highly competitive nature under the independent skilled visa stream, it is expected that the same level of competition applies through the state nomination process.

We understand the motivation of candidates wishing to receive an invitation from the Department sooner by increasing their points; however, we urge you to be very diligent when claiming your migration points that it is an accurate reflection of what you can claim, to avoid any possible negative outcome.

Current Occupation Ceiling

The following table shows the occupation ceiling value for each group of occupations and the number of invitations issued to each group as of 11 May 2019.

Occupation ID Description Occupation Ceiling Value 2018-19 Invitations to 09/05/2019
1213 Livestock Farmers 4,841 0
1331 Construction Managers 5,982 54
1332 Engineering Managers 1,131 22
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1,000 <5
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,302 16
1399 Other Specialist Managers 2,615 0
2111 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 1,000 0
2112 Music Professionals 1,000 0
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,000 0
2211 Accountants* 3,753 2,666
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1,342 952
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000 85
2243 Economists 1,000 0
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000 36
2247 Management consultant 3,894 231
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 1,251 299
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000 74
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000 433
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 3,510 1,319
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,000 629
2334 Electronics Engineers* 300 213
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 1,780 1,261
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000 <5
2339 Other Engineering Professionals* 700 499
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000 115
2342 Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists 1,000 6
2343 Environmental Scientists 1,716 0
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000 0
2345 Life Scientists 1,000 6
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,600 136
2347 Veterinarians 1,000 80
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,000 17
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2,488 210
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,480 362
2415 Special Education Teachers 1,000 7
2421 University Lecturers and Tutors 2,907 5
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1,224 25
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000 8
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000 <5
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000 25
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,227 58
2525 Physiotherapists 1,613 87
2526 Podiatrists 1,000 8
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000 45
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3,348 287
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000 33
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000 10
2535 Surgeons 1,000 11
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,145 613
2541 Midwives 1,000 20
2544 Registered Nurses 17,322 1,651
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 1,466 1,040
2612 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000 0
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 7,271 5,163
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,660 1,104
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 2,167 1,514
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 713
2711 Barristers 1,000 0
2713 Solicitors 3,770 146
2723 Psychologists 2,228 57
2725 Social Workers 2,125 209
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 88
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 9
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000 19
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000 <5
3212 Motor Mechanics 6,099 22
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000 0
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4,639 9
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 6,989 12
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000 0
3241 Panel beaters 1,000 0
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,594 11
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 8,372 18
3322 Painting Trades Workers 3,277 5
3331 Glaziers 1,000 <5
3332 Plasterers 2,081 <5
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,259 <5
3341 Plumbers 5,766 11
3411 Electricians 9,303 33
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,836 <5
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,019 <5
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1,769 34
3513 Chefs 2,821 76
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,045 0
3941 Cabinetmakers 1,421 <5
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000 0
4523 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 2,701 0
4524 Sportspersons 1,000 0

*Occupations that are subject to pro rata arrangements. For Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.

Published Wed 9 January 2019. Tags: , , ,

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