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.
So far, only 1,300 invitations were issued to prospective 189 visa and 489 visa applicants; with reference to the cut off points for invitations, even though the migration points threshold has been set at 65 points, no invitations were issued to candidates with less than 80 points. Cut off points for the pro-rata occupations are even higher than 85. 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 in August invitation round are listed as follows:
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers*||8,748||313|
|2321||Architects and Landscape Architects||2,171||125|
|2611||ICT Business and Systems Analysts*||2,587||93|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals*||2,553||91|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*||1,600||58|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*||1,552||56|
|2621||Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists||2,887||51|
|2332||Civil Engineering Professionals||3,772||41|
The number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments in July 2019 is shown in the table below:
|Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)||137||26||0||0||137||75||56||43||474|
|Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)||0||142||5||<5||181||293||<5||<5||627|
|Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)||<5||81||5||23||48||<5||125||20||306|
|Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)||0||<5||0||<5||46||<5||<5||8||63|
Subclass 489 visa is going to be replaced by subclass 491 by 16th November 2019; it is technically at the stage of being terminated by now, as no more invitations would be issued beyond 10th September 2019 under this visa subclass. Several state governments have already closed the nomination process.
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 information, it appears that candidates with less than 80 points can’t be issued with an invitation under the s/c 189 and s/c 489 (family sponsored) visa pathway.
It is our assumption that the migration points may drop through financial year 2020.
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 Immigration for their visa applications.
We understand the motivation of candidates to receive an invitation from the Department sooner; meantime, we’d remind candidates to be diligent when claiming their migration points to be accurate and correct, to avoid any possible negative outcome from the Department.
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 August 2019.
|Occupation||Occupation||Occupation Ceiling 2018-2019||Invitations 11/07/2019||Invitations 11/08/2019||Total of Invitations||Remaining|
|1341||Child Care Centre Managers||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|1342||Health and Welfare Services Managers||1,785||0||0||0||1,785|
|1399||Other Specialist Managers||3,044||0||0||0||3,044|
|2111||Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|2121||Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters||1,098||0||0||0||1,098|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*||1,552||47||56||103||1,449|
|2241||Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians||1,000||6||6||12||988|
|2245||Land Economists and Valuers||1,000||<5||<5||0||1,000|
|2321||Architects and Landscape Architects||2,171||124||125||249||1,922|
|2322||Cartographers and Surveyors||1,000||<5||<5||0||1,000|
|2331||Chemical and Materials Engineers||1,000||13||16||29||971|
|2332||Civil Engineering Professionals||3,772||26||41||67||3,705|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*||1,600||49||58||107||1,493|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals*||1,000||30||35||65||935|
|2341||Agricultural and Forestry Scientists||1,000||<5||<5||0||1,000|
|2342||Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists||1,000||6||6||12||988|
|2344||Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists||1,000||<5||<5||0||1,000|
|2346||Medical Laboratory Scientists||1,505||<5||<5||0||1,505|
|2349||Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals||1,000||<5||<5||0||1,000|
|2411||Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers||2,294||5||5||10||2,284|
|2414||Secondary School Teachers||8,052||5||7||12||8,040|
|2415||Special Education Teachers||1,111||0||0||0||1,111|
|2421||University Lecturers and Tutors||3,407||<5||<5||0||3,407|
|2512||Medical Imaging Professionals||1,203||0||<5||0||1,203|
|2514||Optometrists and Orthoptists||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|2519||Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|2521||Chiropractors and Osteopaths||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|2527||Speech Professionals and Audiologists||1,000||<5||<5||0||1,000|
|2531||General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers||3,550||14||16||30||3,520|
|2533||Internal Medicine Specialists||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|2539||Other Medical Practitioners||1,250||11||12||23||1,227|
|2611||ICT Business and Systems Analysts*||2,587||79||93||172||2,415|
|2612||Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers||1,000||7||8||15||985|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers*||8,748||265||313||578||8,170|
|2621||Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists||2,887||34||51||85||2,802|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals*||2,553||77||91||168||2,385|
|2633||Telecommunications Engineering Professionals||1,000||22||30||52||948|
|3122||Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1,000||8||11||19||981|
|3123||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|3132||Telecommunications Technical Specialists||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|3222||Sheetmetal Trades Workers||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|3223||Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers||3,983||0||0||0||3,983|
|3232||Metal Fitters and Machinists||7,007||0||0||0||7,007|
|3233||Precision Metal Trades Workers||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|3311||Bricklayers and Stonemasons||1,610||0||0||0||1,610|
|3312||Carpenters and Joiners||8,536||0||0||0||8,536|
|3322||Painting Trades Workers||3,330||<5||<5||0||3,330|
|3334||Wall and Floor Tilers||1,682||0||0||0||1,682|
|3421||Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||1,851||0||0||0||1,851|
|3422||Electrical Distribution Trades Workers||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|3423||Electronics Trades Workers||1,313||<5||<5||0||1,313|
|3611||Animal Attendants and Trainers||1,051||0||0||0||1,051|
|3991||Boat Builders and Shipwrights||1,000||0||0||0||1,000|
|4523||Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials||4,071||0||0||0||4,071|
Due to the highly competitive nature and lengthy process of the general skilled visa scheme, it’s always worth of verifying the possible migration points you can claim, to maximize your opportunity to be invited sooner.
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 family stream, study opportunities and employer sponsored. Please contact us today to discuss your pathways for a visa to Australia!