It is evident to all, that twice in every month, Australia’s Department of Home Affairs release SkillSelect invitations. It is an online system that helps Australia address regional skill shortages by inviting skilled workers to migrate to Australia.
In order to begin with this process, applicants need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), which is an indication given to the immigration authorities on why you should be considered for Australian visa.
To complete an EOI, an applicant is required to submit a range of information like personal information, nominated profession, education, work experience, English language proficiency, skill assessment relevant to the nominated occupation, business and investment experience (if applicable).
On 9thAugust 2017, Australia’s Department of Home Affairs released its first SkillSelect invitation round. Let’s have a look at the numbers in this round:
Number of Invitations Issued
|Visa Subclass||Number of Invitations|
|Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)||1000|
|Skilled Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 489)||123|
Number of Invitations
|Visa Subclass||Number of Invitations|
|Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)||1000|
|Skilled Regional Provisional Visa (subclass 489)||200|
**Above numbers do not include results of the State and Territory Government nominated visas i.e. for the Skilled – Nominated visa (subclass 190), Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132), and Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188). Results for these visa subclasses are created separately and provided monthly.
Number of Intending Migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Government in July 2017 are as follows:
|Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)||14||9||19||96||66||30||185||0||419|
|Skilled-Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489)||0||63||14||26||314||58||0||0||475|
|Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa||0||56||0||57||24||0||295||11||443|
|Business Talent (Permanent) (subclass 132) visa||0||9||0||23||78||0||6||10||126|
Generally, applicants with highest point score are invited to apply for the respective visa. While those with equal points scores are considered to be invited on the basis of time they got their scores for a particular subclass. Expression of Interest with earlier dates of effect are given first priority than later dates.
|Visa Subclass||Minimum points score required||Visa date of effect|
|Skilled-Independent (Subclass 189)||70||04/08/2017 6:16 pm|
|Skilled-Regional Provisional (Subclass 489)||60||08/08/2017 10:20 pm|
Occupations with Pro Rata Arrangements
Following the high level of demand, some occupations got their processing through pro rata arrangements. SkillSelect allocate the vacant places to Skilled- Independent visas (subclass 189) on a priority basis and the remaining places to Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489). In case, 189 visa get all the allocations, 489 visa will remain indigent of such invitations.
Cut-offs & the visa dates of effect for the pro-rate occupations
|ID||Occupation||Points Score||Visa date of effect|
|2211||Accountants||75||24/06/2017 11:51 am|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||75||30/05/2017 12:03 am|
|2334||Electronics Engineer||70||04/08/2017 6:16 pm|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||70||02/08/2017 10:16 pm|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||70||09/07/2017 11:37 pm|
|2611||ICT Business and ? System Analysts||70||12/04/2017 4:14 pm|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers||70||04/08/2017 5:17 pm|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals||70||04/08/2017 1:30 pm|
Those who are not aware about pro-rata occupations, here is a brief overview:
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