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Latest Invitation Round GSM 2019

With close monitoring of Skillselect invitation rounds, we have prepared this article that compares the August’s invitation round with previous ones and takes a look at how these changes may impact applicants.

Last SkillSelect Invitation Rounds (EOI)

Since July 2019, only 1,500 invitations have been issued to prospective 189 visa and 489 visa applicants.  Even though the migration points threshold has been set at 65 points, no invitations were issued to candidates with less than 85 points. Cut off points for the pro-rata occupations are even higher than 85. For example, accountants are required to achieve at least 95 points before an invitation can be received!

Skill Select Invitation Round September 2019

Nominations by State and Territory Governments

The number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments in September 2019 is shown in the table below:

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT Qld SA Tas. Vic. WA Total
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) 106 237 85 34 53 32 96 13 656
Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 0 507 96 49 1,481 410 18 9 2,570
Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188) 0 88 <5 119 19 <5 149 6 383
Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132) 0 <5 0 34 24 <5 <5 <5 69
Total 106 835 182 236 1,577 444 267 31 3,678

 

Subclass 489 visa has now closed for future applications, as no invitations will be issued beyond 10th September 2019 due to the fact it is being replaced by the 491 visa in November of this year.

Candidates who have received invitations can still apply for the Subclass 489 visa within 60 days of receiving the invitation.

How long before I receive my SkillSelect Invitation (EOI)?

Several factors will affect the waiting time in receiving an invitation, including migration points you can claim for; the 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 three invitation rounds, it appears that candidates with less than 85 points will not be issued with an invitation for a Subclass 189 visa.
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 have witnessed that candidates boost their migration points by claiming additional points that they are not eligible for, receiving an invitation and submitting their visa applications, with a negative outcome from the Department of Home Affairs for their visa applications.

We understand the motivation of candidates wishing to receive an invitation sooner; however, we remind candidates to be diligent when claiming their migration points that it is accurate and correct, to avoid any possible negative outcome.

Current Occupation Ceiling for SkillSlect

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 September 2019.

Occupation Occupation Ceiling 2019-2020 Invitations 11/07/2019 Invitations 11/08/2019 Invitations 11/09/2019 Total of Invitations Remaining
Livestock Farmers 5,934 0 0 0 0 5,934
Construction Managers 4,983 0 0 0 0 4,983
Engineering Managers 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Child Care Centre Managers 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,785 0 0 0 0 1,785
Other Specialist Managers 3,044 0 0 0 0 3,044
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Music Professionals 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,098 0 0 0 0 1,098
Accountants* 2,746 83 98 113 294 2,452
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1,552 47 56 65 168 1,384
Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000 6 6 7 19 981
Economists 1,000 <5 <5 <5 Unknown Unknown
Land Economists and Valuers 1,000 <5 <5 <5 0 1,000
Management consultant 5,269 5 5 6 16 5,253
Architects and Landscape Architects 2,171 124 125 125 374 1,797
Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000 <5 <5 <5 Unknown Unknown
Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000 13 16 19 48 952
Civil Engineering Professionals 3,772 26 41 57 124 3,648
Electrical Engineers 1,000 20 23 29 72 928
Electronics Engineers* 1,000 30 36 42 108 892
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 1,600 49 58 67 174 1,426
Mining Engineers 1,000 5 5 5 15 985
Other Engineering Professionals* 1,000 30 35 40 105 895
Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000 <5 <5 <5 Unknown Unknown
Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists 1,000 6 6 7 19 981
Environmental Scientists 1,472 <5 <5 <5 0 1,472
Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000 <5 <5 <5 0 1,000
Life Scientists 1,000 11 11 11 33 967
Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,505 <5 <5 <5 0 1,505
Veterinarians 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,000 <5 <5 <5 0 1,000
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2,294 5 5 5 15 2,279
Secondary School Teachers 8,052 5 7 8 20 8,032
Special Education Teachers 1,111 0 0 0 0 1,111
University Lecturers and Tutors 3,407 <5 <5 5 Unknown Unknown
Medical Imaging Professionals 1,203 0 <5 <5 Unknown Unknown
Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Occupational Therapists 1,082 0 0 0 0 1,082
Physiotherapists 1,784 <5 <5 <5 0 1,784
Podiatrists 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000 <5 <5 <5 Unknown Unknown
General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3,550 14 16 17 47 3,503
Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Psychiatrists 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Surgeons 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Other Medical Practitioners 1,250 11 12 12 35 1,215
Midwives 1,218 0 0 0 0 1,218
Registered Nurses 17,509 52 68 86 206 17,303
ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 2,587 79 93 107 279 2,308
Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000 7 8 13 28 972
Software and Applications Programmers* 8,748 265 313 361 939 7,809
Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,887 34 51 71 156 2,731
Computer Network Professionals* 2,553 77 91 103 271 2,282
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 22 30 34 86 914
Barristers 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Solicitors 4,650 <5 <5 <5 Unknown Unknown
Psychologists 1,832 0 0 0 0 1,832
Social Workers 2,128 37 39 39 115 2,013
Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 8 11 12 31 969
Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Automotive Electricians 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Motor Mechanics 6,399 <5 <5 <5 Unknown Unknown
Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 3,983 0 0 0 0 3,983
Metal Fitters and Machinists 7,007 0 0 0 0 7,007
Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Panelbeaters 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,610 0 0 0 0 1,610
Carpenters and Joiners 8,536 0 0 0 0 8,536
Painting Trades Workers 3,330 <5 <5 <5 Unknown Unknown
Glaziers 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Plasterers 2,100 0 0 0 0 2,100
Wall and Floor Tilers 1,682 0 0 0 0 1,682
Plumbers 5,060 0 0 0 0 5,060
Electricians 8,624 <5 <5 <5 Unknown Unknown
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,851 0 0 0 0 1,851
Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Electronics Trades Workers 1,313 <5 <5 <5 Unknown Unknown
Chefs 2,738 <5 <5 <5 Unknown Unknown
Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,051 0 0 0 0 1,051
Cabinetmakers 2,112 0 0 0 0 2,112
Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000
Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 4,071 0 0 0 0 4,071
Sportspersons 1,000 0 0 0 0 1,000

Our Advice:

Due to the highly competitive nature and lengthy process of the general skilled visa scheme, it’s always worth confirming the possible migration points you can claim, to maximise your opportunity to be invited.

There are certain factors that you may consider to increase your points, such as Partner Skills, higher English skills, additional work experience, state nomination/sponsorship.

The registered migration agents at Migration Downunder are all highly qualified and will be happy to assess your options for not only skilled migration but also for a family stream, study opportunities and employer sponsored. Please contact us today to discuss your pathways for a visa to Australia!

Published Wed 9 January 2019. Tags: , , ,

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