The Skill Select invitation round results for 13 March 2020 have been published by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department). A summary of this data is provided below for the following points-based skilled visas:
- Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent visa; and
- Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Family Sponsored visa.
State and Territory nomination approvals for the following skilled visas have also been released:
- Subclass 190 Skilled – Nominated visa; and
- Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) State Nominated visa.
Links to results for the following business visas are provided further below in this article:
- Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188); and
- Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132).
Invitation round results
Total invitations issued
The total number of invitations issued to date in the 2019/20 migration programme year are set out in the following table.
|Visa subclass||July 2019||August 2019||September 2019||October 2019||November 2019||December 2019||January 2020||February 2020||March 2020||April
|Total issued in 2019/20|
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored*
*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 (see below for more information).
Invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa in the March round have increased compared with the previous round, with 750 more invitations issued in this latest round. For the Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream, there was a decrease for the month, falling by 200 invitations in this round compared with February 2020.
Points score cut-off
Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants required the following minimum points scores to secure an invitation in the March 2020 round.
|Visa subclass||Minimum points score||Date of effect (last invited applicant)|
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||90||29 January 2020|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored
|85||5 February 2020|
Our article on the New Skilled Regional Visas to be introduced explains how EOI applicants are ranked under this process.
The data shows that the minimum points score required to secure an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the March 2020 round remained the same compared with the previous invitation round. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI on 29 January 2020. The wait time to receive an invitation this month decreased compared with last month, falling from approximately 12 ½ weeks to 6 weeks in the latest round.
The minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 491 visa has also remained the same in March compared with the previous round. Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 85 and who submitted their EOI by 5 February 2020 received an invitation in this latest round. There was a five week wait time to receive an invitation in this round, the same as in February.
This data continues the trend of a significantly higher points score being required to receive an invitation, compared with the minimum 65 points that is required to validly lodge an EOI for both subclass 189 and 491 EOI applicants.
Invitations issued based on points score in the March 2020 round are set out in the following table.
|Points score for invited applicants||Number of invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa||Number of invitations issued for the subclass 491 visa*|
*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 75% of the total number of invitations issued in March. The next highest points score required to receive an invitation in this round was 95, which made up 19% 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 (a trend which mirrors the previous month).
For the subclass 491 Family Sponsored visa, the largest number of invitations issued in March were in the 90 points score band, which accounted for 44% of the total invitations issued for the month. 95 points was the band which allocated the next highest number of invitations, making up 24% of the total number of invitations issued in the March round. 85 points was the next band, accounting for 16% of the overall invitations issued this month. The remaining invitations were, as with the subclass 189 visa, issued in a decreasing sequence in the 100 and 105 points score bands. No invitations were issued in either the 110 or 115 points score bands.
In the three months to February, we were starting to see a gradual rise in the number of invitations being issued for the subclass 491 visa, which was expected based on the Government’s efforts in pushing for a greater amount of regional migration, which we had anticipated would lead to these positive results continuing. The results this month show this trend has varied somewhat, with a slight reduction in invitations issued for the month. This is not a significant decrease, nevertheless, we will continue to watch this closely over the coming months to see where it leads. Some other factors to consider are the fact that it is likely to take some time for demand for places for this visa to build up, given it is a new visa programme (it was only introduced on 16 November 2019). As more prospective applicants learn about this visa subclass, uptake should also increase.
Invitations issued for the most in-demand occupations
The below data shows the number of invitations that were issued in March 2020 to applicants in occupations which had the highest demand for places. Invitations for these skilled occupations are pro-rated, such that they are spread out evenly throughout the year. Rather than all places being taken up at the start of the year (which would have otherwise occurred due to the strong demand for places), applying a pro-rata system means that 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 13 March 2020*||Occupation ceiling for the 2019/20 year (maximum number of invitations available)|
|Accountants (2211)||189||95||19 June 2019||646||2,746|
|Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)||189||95||31 January 2020||367||1,552|
|Electronics Engineer (2334)||189||90||29 January 2020||221||1,000|
|491||85||15 January 2020|
|Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)||189||90||18 November 2019||377||1,600|
|Other Engineering Professionals (2339)||189||90||8 December 2019||234||1,000|
|ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)||189||90||7 January 2020||601||2,587|
|Software and Applications Programmers (2613)||189||90||29 January 2020||1,908||8,748|
|491||85||4 February 2020|
|Computer Network Professionals (2631)||189||90||29 January 2020||592||2,553|
|491||90||12 March 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.
To illustrate how to interpret the above data, let’s now take a closer look at the nominated occupation category of ICT Business and System Analysts (ANZSCO code 2611). The table shows that subclass 189 EOI applicants required a minimum points score of 90, and they needed to have submitted their EOI by 7 January 2020, to secure an invitation in the March 2020 round. There were no places allocated to Subclass 491 EOI applicants for this occupation in this latest invitation round.
The data also shows that there are 2,587 total available places for this occupation category in the current year, of which 601 invitations have already been issued since 1 July 2019. This leave 1,986 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 required to secure 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 also remained the same, with the one exception being for ANZSCO code 2631, which increased by 5 points.
You can find more information on occupation ceilings and invitations issued for each nominated occupation category (including for non-pro-rated occupations) up to 13 March 2020, at the following link:
State and Territory Government nominations
Total invitations issued in February
Invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 491 and 190 visa programmes in February 2020 were as follows.
|Subclass 190 visa||86||147||78||137||46||62||190||39||785|
|Subclass 491 visa||57||0||24||114||224||112||92||12||635|
Nominations issued in February for the subclass 190 visa increased in the NT, QLD, TAS and WA, with the remaining states and territories all seeing a decrease for the month. The largest increase was in WA, which rose from only two nomination approvals in January, to 39 in February. NT was next, with an increase of 152% in February 2020 compared with the previous month. TAS increased by 72%. In QLD, the rise was 49% and in WA, 19%.
In jurisdictions experiencing a fall in invitations issued for the subclass 190 visa compared with January 2020, SA decreased by 64%, NSW fell by 60%, and VIC and the ACT saw decreases of 42% and 8% respectively.
For the subclass 491 visa, there were nil invitations issued in NSW, the same as in the previous month. In WA, VIC and TAS, there were 68%, 39% and 21% less invitations issued respectively compared with January. In jurisdictions which saw an increase, the largest were in the ACT and SA, which saw a massive 613% and 273% increase respectively. In the remaining jurisdictions, the NT rose by 33% and by a slight 5% in QLD.
Total invitations issued in 2019/2020
Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2019 to 29 February 2020 are set out below.
|Subclass 190 visa||878||1,705||283||1,000||942||648||1,559||516||7,531|
|Subclass 491 visa (State Sponsored)||65||0||64||265||311||423||259||49||1,436|
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:
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 February 2020.
For further information about the recently introduced Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, please see the following articles: