Invitations Issued By The Department Of Home Affairs

The latest Skill Select results for the 11th September 2020 invitation round have been published by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department). They apply to the following points-based skilled visas:

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

We provide a summary of these results in this article.

State And Territory Government Nominations

Data has also been released showing the number of nominations approved by State and Territory Governments for the following skilled visas:

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

Links to data on the number of invitations issued for the following business visas are also set out below:

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

Department Of Home Affairs Update

The following statement has been issued by the Department:

The Government is closely monitoring migration and visa settings to ensure they are consistent with public health measures, are flexible and do not displace job opportunities for Australians, so that Australia can effectively respond to the immediate and subsequent impacts of COVID-19. As such, targeted invitation rounds have occurred since May 2020.*

Invitation Round Results

Total Invitations Issued

The total number of invitations issued in September 2020 are set out below.

Visa subclass July 2020 August 2020 September 2020 October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 January 2021 February 2021 March 2021 April

2021

May

2021

Jun

2021

Total issued in 2020/21
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

 

500 110 350   960
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored*

 

100 90 150   340
Total

 

600 200 500                   1,300

*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.

Invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa in the September round have increased compared with the previous month, rising from 110 invitations in August, to 350 being issued in the current round.

For the Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream, there was also an increase in invitations issued for the month, with 150 granted in this round compared with 90 in August 2020.

Points Score Cut-Off

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

 

Visa subclass Minimum points score Date of effect month (last invited applicant)
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 65 July 2020
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored

 

75 August 2020

 

Please refer to our article on the New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced to read about how EOI applicants are ranked under this process.

The highest ranked applicants are the first who are invited to apply for the relevant visa. Applicants with equal scores are invited in order of when they reached their points score (referred to as the date of effect). EOI’s submitted with earlier dates of effect are invited first.

According to the published data, the minimum points score needed to secure an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the September 2020 round decreased compared with the previous invitation round, falling from 90 points in the last round to 65 points in September. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI in July 2020, which means EOI applicants who achieved a score of at least 65 points and who lodged their EOI by July 2020 were issued an invitation in this round, reflecting a wait time of approximately two months.

The minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 491 visa remained the same as last month, with 75 points required to secure an invitation. The results show that Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 75 and who submitted their EOI by August 2020 were issued an invitation in September. This represents a wait time of approximately one month.

As in the previous few months, information showing the number of invitations issued based on points score have again not been published this month (this data had been released in previous invitation rounds).

Invitations Issued For The Most In-Demand Occupations

The table below shows that no invitations were issued in August 2020 to applicants in occupations which had the highest demand for places. Invitations for these skilled occupations are pro-rated to ensure availability of invitations across the program year.

As in the previous month, all invitations issued in September appear to have been issued for only non-pro-rated occupations.

The following data has been published this month:

Occupation (ANZSCO code) Visa Subclass Minimum points score required in the 11 Sep 2020 invitation round Latest date of effect month Invitations issued to 11 Sep 2020* Occupation ceiling for the 2020/21 year (maximum number of invitations available)
Accountants (2211) 189/491 N/A N/A 0 1,000
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212) 189/491 N/A N/A 0 1,619
Electronics Engineer (2334)   189/491 N/A N/A Less than 20 1,000
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335) 189/491 N/A N/A 48 2,682
Other Engineering Professionals (2339)       189/491 N/A N/A Less than 20 1,000
ICT Business and System Analysts (2611) 189/491 N/A N/A 0 2,273
Software and Applications Programmers (2613)       189/491 N/A N/A 0 8,405
Computer Network Professionals (2631)       189/491 N/A N/A 0 2,245


*Please note these are total invitations issued across the subclass 189 and 491 Family Sponsored visas from 1 July 2020 to date. The Department does not release figures to show the break-up of invitations issued between these two visa subclasses. Occupation ceilings also do not apply to State and Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

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 September 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 state sponsored programmes in August 2020 are as follows.

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 32 1 41 0 0 32 0 0 106
Subclass 491 visa 8 0 10 0 0 16 0 0 34
Total 40 1 51 0 0 48 0 0 140

 

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2020 to 31 August 2020 are set out below:

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 32 1 41 0 0 32 0 0 106
Subclass 491 visa (State Sponsored) 8 0 10 0 0 16 0 0 34
Total 40 1 51 0 0 48 0 0 140

 

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

More Information

Further Information About Skill Select

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 – 11 August 2020.

Further Information About The Skilled Regional Visa Programme

To learn more about the subclass 491 visa (as well as the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa, to be introduced on 16 November 2022, and which will enable subclass 491 visa holders to qualify for permanent residence in Australia), 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

Applications for the new provisional regional sponsored visas are now open

For more information about the subclass 491 visa specifically, please see the following articles:

Subclass 491 Regional Visa

491 Visa Adelaide

Further Information About The State Sponsored Visa Programme

For more information on the Subclass 190 visa, please see the following:

Subclass 190 State Sponsorship Visa

Adelaide 190 Visa

Roadmap for skilled applicants – which road should I take?

Further Information About The Skilled Independent Visa Programme

You can read more about the Subclass 189 visa (and other skilled visas) in our Roadmap for skilled applicants – which road should I take? article.

Sources/Links:

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

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

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