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.
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.
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|
|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|
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:
|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.
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.
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|
|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|
|2121||Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters||1,000||0|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*||1,342||952|
|2241||Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians||1,000||85|
|2245||Land Economists and Valuers||1,000||36|
|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|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*||1,780||1,261|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals*||700||499|
|2341||Agricultural and Forestry Scientists||1,000||115|
|2342||Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists||1,000||6|
|2344||Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists||1,000||0|
|2346||Medical Laboratory Scientists||1,600||136|
|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|
|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|
|2539||Other Medical Practitioners||1,145||613|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|3311||Bricklayers and Stonemasons||1,594||11|
|3312||Carpenters and Joiners||8,372||18|
|3322||Painting Trades Workers||3,277||5|
|3334||Wall and Floor Tilers||1,259||<5|
|3421||Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||1,836||<5|
|3422||Electrical Distribution Trades Workers||1,019||<5|
|3423||Electronics Trades Workers||1,769||34|
|3611||Animal Attendants and Trainers||1,045||0|
|3991||Boat Builders and Shipwrights||1,000||0|
|4523||Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials||2,701||0|
*Occupations that are subject to pro rata arrangements. For Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.