Update:

Please be aware that as of 16 November 2019, the Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa has been replaced by a new Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa. This new visa has a five-year term and provides a pathway to permanent residence with a new Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa, which will be introduced from 16 November 2022.

Applications under the Second Provisional Visa stream of the Subclass 489 visa continue to be accepted. To qualify under this stream, you must hold a subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visa at time of lodgement of your application. Be aware that these visa subclasses are no longer being granted by the Department of Home Affairs.

The changes also do affect the Subclass 887 Skilled (Regional) visa permanent residence visa pathway, which continues to be available to eligible subclass 489 visa holders.

For further information about these changes, please see the following articles:

New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced

Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa

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


Skill Select Invitation Round – 11 October 2019

The latest Skill Select invitation round results, which took place on 11 October 2019, have been released by the Department. These results are for points-tested skilled visas, with the exception of the following:

  • Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) Family Sponsored visa – the last date to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) was on 10th September 2019. The last invitation round to secure an invitation was on 11th September 2019; and
  • Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) State Sponsored visa – the last date for nomination approvals was on 10th September 2019. As of 11th September 2019, nominations were no longer being approved.

This is due to the impending introduction of the new Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa on 16 November 2019.

Total invitations issued

The number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa to date in the 2019/20 migration programme year, are as follows.

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

2,700

Total

1,000

100

100

1,500

2,700

The number of invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa in the current round increased significantly from the previous month, rising from 100 invitations issued in September 2019, to 1,500 in October.

Points score cut-offs

The following minimum points score was required to receive an invitation in the October round.

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Date of effect (last invited applicant)

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

80

4th June 2019

In allocating invitations, the Department ranks each applicant based on their points score (from highest to lowest). Please be aware that a new invitation ranking system will be applied from 16 November 2019. You can refer to our article on the New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced for further information about these changes.

The data in the above table shows that the minimum points score required to secure an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the latest round decreased by 5 points compared with the previous month. It also shows that the last date when successful applicants submitted their EOI was 4th June 2019. The wait time to receive an invitation has increased substantially, rising from approximately 5 ½ weeks to 18 weeks compared with the previous month.

These results continue the trend whereby the cut-off points score required to secure an invitation is substantially higher than the minimum 65 points which is needed to validly lodge an EOI.

Invitations issued based on points score in the October 2019 round are set out below.

Points score for invited applicants

Number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa

80

318

85

992

90

149

95

38

100

3

Total

1,500

The bulk of Invitations in this latest round were issued to EOI applicants in the 85 points score band (which accounted for 66% of the total number of invitations issued in October). There were also a significant number of invitations issued in the 80 points score band (over 20% of the overall total). Invitations issued in the 90 points score band was also quite substantial, which illustrates the trend we are seeing of a gradual rise in the minimum points score which is required to secure an invitation for this visa subclass.

Occupations

Invitations issued for skilled occupations with the highest demand for places are listed below. Invitations for these occupations are pro-rated across the year to ensure a more even spread of invitations (otherwise, places would be filled up very quickly at the start of the year, leaving little opportunity, if any, for applicants to be issued with invitations in the later parts of the year).

These occupations ceilings do not apply to State Sponsored, Employer Sponsored or Business Visas.

Occupation (ANZSCO code)

Minimum points score required in the October 2019 invitation round

Date of effect

Invitations issued to 11th October 2019

Occupation ceiling for the 2019/20 year (maximum number of invitations available)

Accountants (2211)

90

6th September 2019

227

2,746

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

85

12th April 2019

129

1,552

Electronics Engineer (2334)

80

4th June 2019

77

1,000

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

80

11th December 2018

133

1,600

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

80

3rd April 2019

81

1,000

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

80

20th March 2019

214

2,587

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

80

9th April 2019

722

8,748

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

80

20th May 2019

209

2,553

To demonstrate how to interpret the above results, we take as an example the nominated occupation category of Electronics Engineer (ANZSCO code 2334). What this information shows is that subclass 189 EOI applicants needed to have at least 80 points, and they must have submitted their EOI by 4th June 2019, to have received an invitation in the October 2019 round. It also shows that there are 1,000 places available overall for this occupation category in the current year, of which 77 invitations have been issued to date. This leaves 923 places which are available to be allocated for the remainder of 2019/20 (ending on 30 June 2020).

Compared with the previous invitation round, the points score required to secure an invitation in all the above pro-rated occupation categories decreased, with the exception of ANZSCO code 2212 (which remained the same) and 2334 (for which no points score was published last month as no invitations were issued for the subclass 189 visa). 

Further information on occupation ceilings and invitations issued for each nominated occupation category (including for non-pro-rated occupations) up to 11th October 2019 is available 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 489 State Sponsored and Subclass 190 Skilled (Nominated) Visa programmes in September 2019 are listed below.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

116

277

26

92

172

134

96

156

1,069

Subclass 489 visa

0

116

117

64

197

206

39

10

749

Total

116

393

143

156

369

340

135

166

1,818

With nominations for the subclass 489 visa now closed, the most relevant data for our purposes is for the subclass 190 visa, which remains open and will continue beyond the 16 November 2019 when the new sponsored regional visas are introduced.   

For the subclass 190 visa, nominations rose in the ACT (9%), NSW (17%), QLD and SA almost tripled (with increases of 171% and 225% respectively), TAS (319%), VIC (117%) and WA, which had a huge increase from August when only 13 nominations were issued as compared with September nomination approvals of 156.

Only the NT experienced a fall in nominations issued for the month, decreasing by 69%.

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1st July 2019 to 30th September 2019 are as follows.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

359

540

111

126

362

241

248

212

2,199

Subclass 489 visa

0

765

218

114

1,859

909

58

23

3,946

Total

359

1,305

329

240

2,221

1,150

306

235

6,145

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 can be accessed at the following link:

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

 

Skill Select Results

 

Further Information

Please refer to our article titled ‘Skillselect Invitation round August 2018’ for further information about the EOI process: https://paxmigration.com.au/skillselect-invitation-round-july-2018/

You can also find our article summarising the September 2019 invitation results at the following link:

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-11-september-2019/

Sources/Links:

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

https://paxmigration.com.au/skill-select-invitation-round-11-september-2019/

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

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

https://paxmigration.com.au/skilled-regional-visas/