Australia Skill Select Invitation
August 10, 2017

SkillSelect Invitation Round Update August 2017

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).

The following visas are applied through SkillSelect:

  • Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)
  • Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)
  • Skilled – Nominated visa (subclass 190)
  • Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) visa (subclass 489)

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 SubclassNumber of Invitations
Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)1000
Skilled Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 489)123

Number of Invitations

Visa SubclassNumber 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)149199666301850419
Skilled-Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489)06314263145800475
Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa05605724029511443
Business Talent (Permanent) (subclass 132) visa09023780610126

How does the invitation process works in SkillSelect?

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.

Cut-offs Required 

Visa SubclassMinimum points score requiredVisa date of effect
Skilled-Independent (Subclass 189)7004/08/2017 6:16 pm
Skilled-Regional Provisional (Subclass 489)6008/08/2017 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.

  • Accountants
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
  • Electronics Engineers
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • Other Engineering Professionals
  • ICT Business and System Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Computer Network Professionals

Cut-offs & the visa dates of effect for the pro-rate occupations

IDOccupationPoints ScoreVisa date of effect
2211Accountants7524/06/2017 11:51 am
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers7530/05/2017 12:03 am
2334Electronics Engineer7004/08/2017 6:16 pm
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers7002/08/2017 10:16 pm
2339Other Engineering Professionals7009/07/2017 11:37 pm
2611ICT Business and ? System Analysts7012/04/2017 4:14 pm
2613Software and Applications Programmers7004/08/2017 5:17 pm
2631Computer Network Professionals7004/08/2017 1:30 pm

Those who are not aware about pro-rata occupations, here is a brief overview:

  • Those occupations that have more number of eligible EOIs lodged than the number of places available in the occupational ceilings are known as pro rata occupations. Invitations for pro rata occupations are restricted in each round, which leads to higher minimum points or longer waiting procedure times.
  • If you are looking for more information on SkillSelect or would like to apply for General Skilled Migration, book a consultation with our certified consultants today. We’ll not only assist on the required points for your occupations but also assure to improve your eligibility for the visa.

If you are troubled by any particular concern or question, you can also ask the same on our Immigration Forum.

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