The Department of Home Affairs (the Department) has released the Skill Select invitation round results for 11 February 2020, which are summarised below.

Data has been published for the following points-based skilled visas:

  • Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent visa; and
  • Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Family Sponsored visa.

Results for approvals of State and Territory nominations for the following skilled visas have also been released:

  • Subclass 190 Skilled – Nominated visa; and
  • Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) State Nominated visa.

We also provide relevant links to results for the following business visas (see further below in this article):

  • Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188); and
  • Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132).

Total invitations issued

The total number of invitations issued to date in the 2019/20 migration programme year are set out below.

Visa subclass

July 2019

August 2019

September 2019

October 2019

November 2019

December 2019

January 2020

February 2020

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

Jun 2020

Total issued in 2019/20

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

1,000

100

100

1,500

250

250

1,000 1,000

5,200

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored*

200

300 500

1,000

Total

1,000

100

100

1,500

250

450

1,300 1,500

6,200

 

*The information in the above table for the subclass 491 visa is for the family-sponsored stream only. State Nominated invitations (including for the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa) are issued separately by each State and Territory Government (further information is provided below).

Invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa in the January round have remained the same as in the previous round, with 1,000 invitations issued. For the Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream, an additional 200 invitations were issued in this round compared with January 2020.

Points score cut-off

The following minimum points scores were required by Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants to secure an invitation in the February 2020 round.

 

Visa subclass Minimum points score Date of effect (last invited applicant)
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 90 16 November 2019
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored

 

85 8 January 2020

 

We recommend that you refer to our article on the New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced, in which we explain how EOI applicants are ranked under this process.

The information in the above table shows that the minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the February 2020 round remained the same compared with the previous invitation round. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI on 16 November 2019. The wait time to receive an invitation this month decreased slightly compared with last month, from approximately 14 ½ weeks in January to 12 ½ weeks in the latest round.

The minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 491 visa decreased by 5 points in February compared with the previous round. Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 85 and who submitted their EOI by 8 January 2020 received an invitation in this latest round. There was a five week wait time to receive an invitation in this round, compared with four weeks in the January round.

This data reflects the ongoing trend of a significantly higher points score being required to secure an invitation, compared with the minimum 65 points needed to validly lodge an EOI for both subclass 189 and 491 EOI applicants.

Invitations issued based on points score in the February 2020 round are set out below:

Points score for invited applicants Number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa Number of invitations issued for the subclass 491 visa*
85 0 189
90 555 156
95 323 88
100 73 49
105 32 17
110 15 1
115 2 0
Total 1,000 500


*This data is for the family-sponsored stream only.

Most invitations were issued to EOI applicants with a points score of 90 for the subclass 189 visa in this round, which accounted for 56% of the total number of invitations issued in February. The next highest points score required to secure an invitation in this round was 95, which made up 32% of invitations issued. The remaining invitations were issued in a decreasing sequence in the 100, 105, 110 points score bands, and two invitations were issued in the highest points band score of 115.

For the subclass 491 Family Sponsored visa, the majority of invitations issued in February were in the 85 points score band, which accounted for 38% of the overall invitations issued for the month. 90 points was the band which allocated a next highest number of invitations, making up 31% of the total number of invitations issued in the February round.  The remaining invitations were, as with the subclass 189 visa, issued in a decreasing sequence in the 95, 100, 105 and 110 points score bands. No invitations were issued in the 115 points score band.

We are starting to see a gradual rise in the number of invitations being issued for the subclass 491 visa in the three months since it first commenced on 16 November 2019. This is to be expected, given the Government’s recent efforts in promoting regional migration, which should see these positive results continue. It will also likely take some time for demand for places for this visa to build up, given it is a new visa programme. As knowledge about this visa subclass grows, uptake should also increase. The 5-point reduction in the cut-off score this month compared with January 2020 is also welcome and follows a 5-point fall in the previous month.

Occupations

The following table shows the number of invitations which were issued in February 2020 to applicants in occupations which saw the highest demand for places. Invitations for these skilled occupations are pro-rated, so that they are spread out evenly throughout the year. This prevents all places being taken up at the start of the year, and therefore means EOI applicants can still receive invitations in the middle and end of the year.

Available places are first allocated to the subclass 189 visa, with any remaining issued to subclass 491 Family Sponsored EOI applicants. If all places are taken up by the subclass 189 visa, then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 491 visas in these occupations.

Occupation (ANZSCO code) Visa Subclass Minimum points score required in the 10 January 2020 invitation round Date of effect Invitations issued to 11 February 2020* Occupation ceiling for the 2019/20 year (maximum number of invitations available)
Accountants (2211) 189 95 17 May 2019 491 2,746
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212) 189 95 1 December 2019 279 1,552
Electronics Engineer (2334)   189 90 16 November 2019 166 1,000
  491 85 22 December 2019
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335) 189 90 17 September 2019 287 1,600
Other Engineering Professionals (2339)       189 90 11 November 2019 177 1,000
ICT Business and System Analysts (2611) 189 90 7 November 2019 455 2,587
Software and Applications Programmers (2613)       189 90 16 November 2019 1,444 8,748
  491 85 6 January 2020
Computer Network Professionals (2631)       189 90 16 November 2019 448 2,553
  491 85 3 January 2020


*Please note these are total invitations issued across the subclass 189 and 491 visas (as well as the 489 visa before its closure), from 1 July 2019 to date. The Department does not release figures to show the break-up of invitations issued between these three visa subclasses.

We’ll now demonstrate what the data in the above table shows. If the take the nominated occupation category of Software and Applications Programmers (ANZSCO code 2613), subclass 189 EOI applicants needed a minimum score of 90 points, and they must have submitted their EOI by 16 November 2019, to receive an invitation in the February 2020 round. Subclass 491 EOI applicants nominating this occupation needed to have a minimum points score of 85 and had to submit their EOI by 6 January 2020 to secure an invitation in this round.

The information also shows that there are 8,748 total places available for this occupation category in the current year, of which 1,444 invitations have been issued to date. There are thus 7,304 places remaining to be allocated throughout the rest of 2019/20 year (ending on 30 June 2020).

For the subclass 189 visa, the points score needed to receive an invitation in all the above pro-rated occupation categories remained the same compared with the previous monthly round.

For the subclass 491 visa, all pro-rated occupation categories for which invitations were issued this month decreased (by 5 points for ANZSCO codes 2613 and 2631, and 10 points for ANZSCO code 2334). This was also the case in the previous two monthly invitation rounds.

You can find more information on occupation ceilings and invitations issued for each nominated occupation category (including for non-pro-rated occupations) up to 11 February 2020, at the following link:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/occupation-ceilings

State and Territory Government nominations

Invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 491 and 190 visa programmes in January 2020 are set out in the table below.

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 93 370 31 92 127 36 330 2 1,081
Subclass 491 visa 8 0 18 109 60 142 151 37 525
Total 101 370 49 201 187 178 481 39 1,606

 

Nominations issued in January for the subclass 190 visa increased in the ACT, NSW, NT and SA, with the remaining states all seeing a decrease for the month. The largest increase was in NSW, which rose by 109% in January 2020 compared with the previous month. The NT increased by 82%. In SA, the rise was 59% and, in the ACT, 58%.

In states experiencing a fall in invitations issued for the subclass 190 visa compared with December 2019, WA decreased by 97%, TAS fell by 44%, and QLD and VIC saw decreases of 16% and 5% respectively.

For the subclass 491 visa, there were 8 invitations issued in the ACT, and 37 in WA in January, compared with nil in the previous month in both jurisdictions, while NSW remained the same with no invitations being issued for the month. TAS saw a fall of 9% compared with December. In jurisdictions which saw an increase, there was a massive 236% rise in VIC, 160% in QLD, 122% in SA, and 20% in the NT.

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2019 to 31 January 2020 are as follows.

 

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 792 1,558 205 863 896 586 1,369 477 6,746
Subclass 491 visa (State Sponsored) 8 0 40 151 87 311 167 37 801
Total 800 1,558 245 1,014 983 897 1,536 514 7,547

 

You can access the latest monthly and aggregate data for nominations issued for the Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) subclass 188 visa and the Business Talent (Permanent) subclass 132 visa at the following link:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/invitation-rounds

Further Information

Please refer to our article on the Skillselect Invitation round August 2018 results for further information about the EOI process.

Also see the results of the previous invitation round in our article on the Skill Select Invitation Round – 10 January 2020.

For further information about the new Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, please see the following articles:

New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced

An overview on all Skilled Regional Sponsored Visas

Further Regulations released for the new regional sponsored visas to commence from 16 November 2019

Applications for the new provisional regional sponsored visas are now open

Subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates and additional information.

Contact us to book a no-obligation consultation for your visitor visa.

Sources/Links:

https://paxmigration.com.au/skillselect-invitation-round-july-2018/

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-10-january-2020/

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/invitation-rounds

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/occupation-ceilings