The Australian Department of Home Affairs have released the results for the 21 February 2018 invitation round. Let’s take a look at the numbers!
Number of Invitations Issued
|Visa Subclass||Number of Invitations|
|Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)||300|
|Skilled Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 489)||5|
|Visa Subclass||Minimum points score required||Visa Date of Effect|
|Skilled Independent (Subclass 189)||70||10/11/2017 5:47 PM|
|Skilled Regional Provisional (Subclass 489)||80||10/02/2018 12:42 AM|
Cut-offs & the visa dates of effect for the pro-rate occupations
|Occupation ID||Description||Points Score||Date of Effect|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||80||20/01/2018 8:58 PM|
|2334||Electronics Engineer||70||7/11/2017 8:20 PM|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||70||4/11/2017 8:04 PM|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||75||14/02/2018 12:25 AM|
|2611||ICT Business and System Analysts||75||30/01/2018 4:37 AM|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers||75||10/02/2018 10:44 PM|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals||75||16/02/2018 4:28 AM|
An invitation is generally a permission given by the Australian Immigration Department to apply for the point-based general skilled migration visas. They are issued through Skill Select, which is an online expression of interest system of Australia.
Department of Home Affair invites applications with highest point score to apply for the visa. However, in cases where applicants have achieved equal points scores are invited on the basis of time they got their scores for their visa. Applicants with earlier dates of effect are generally given first priority for invitations.
The occupations that received high number of EOI’s than the number of places available in the occupation ceiling, such occupations are called pro-rata occupations. Invitations for pro-rata occupations are limited and subject to higher minimum points or longer waiting procedure times.
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