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SkillSelect Invitation Round 2019/2020

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)

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.

SkillSelect Invitation Round August 2019

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
2211 Accountants* 2,746 98
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 2,587 93
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 2,553 91
2544 Registered Nurses 17,509 68
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

Nominations by State and Territory Governments

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

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT Qld SA Tas. Vic. WA Total
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
Total 138 252 10 26 412 373 184 75 1,470

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.

How long before I receive my SkillSelect 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 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.

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 August 2019.

Occupation Occupation Occupation Ceiling 2018-2019 Invitations 11/07/2019 Invitations 11/08/2019 Total of Invitations Remaining
1213 Livestock Farmers 5,934 0 0 0 5,934
1331 Construction Managers 4,983 0 0 0 4,983
1332 Engineering Managers 1,000 0 0 0 1,000
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
2112 Music Professionals 1,000 0 0 0 1,000
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,098 0 0 0 1,098
2211 Accountants* 2,746 83 98 181 2,565
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
2243 Economists 1,000 <5 <5 0 1,000
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000 <5 <5 0 1,000
2247 Management consultant 5,269 5 5 10 5,259
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
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,000 20 23 43 957
2334 Electronics Engineers* 1,000 30 36 66 934
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 1,600 49 58 107 1,493
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000 5 5 10 990
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
2343 Environmental Scientists 1,472 <5 <5 0 1,472
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000 <5 <5 0 1,000
2345 Life Scientists 1,000 11 11 22 978
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,505 <5 <5 0 1,505
2347 Veterinarians 1,000 0 0 0 1,000
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
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,082 0 0 0 1,082
2525 Physiotherapists 1,784 <5 <5 0 1,784
2526 Podiatrists 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
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000 0 0 0 1,000
2535 Surgeons 1,000 0 0 0 1,000
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,250 11 12 23 1,227
2541 Midwives 1,218 0 0 0 1,218
2544 Registered Nurses 17,509 52 68 120 17,389
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
2711 Barristers 1,000 0 0 0 1,000
2713 Solicitors 4,650 <5 <5 0 4,650
2723 Psychologists 1,832 0 0 0 1,832
2725 Social Workers 2,128 37 39 76 2,052
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
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000 0 0 0 1,000
3212 Motor Mechanics 6,399 <5 <5 0 6,399
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
3241 Panelbeaters 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
3331 Glaziers 1,000 0 0 0 1,000
3332 Plasterers 2,100 0 0 0 2,100
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,682 0 0 0 1,682
3341 Plumbers 5,060 0 0 0 5,060
3411 Electricians 8,624 <5 <5 0 8,624
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
3513 Chefs 2,738 <5 <5 0 2,738
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,051 0 0 0 1,051
3941 Cabinetmakers 2,112 0 0 0 2,112
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
4524 Sportspersons 1,000 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 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!

Published Fri 23 August 2019. Tags: , ,

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