The results for the latest Skill Select invitation round, which took place on 9th May 2019, have been released by the Department. The information published applies to the following skilled visas:

  • Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visa
  • Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa
  • Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

We provide a summary of these results below.

State and Territory nomination approvals for the following business visas have also been released:

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

Links to this information are also provided in this article for your reference.

Total invitations issued

The data in the table below shows the number of invitations issued in each round of the current 2018/19 migration programme year, and the aggregate number of invitations issued since July 2018 this year.

Visa subclass

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

April

2019

May

2019

Total issued so far in 2018/19

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

1,000

2,490

2,490

4,340

4,340

2,490

2,490

1,490

1,490

100

100

22,820

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

110

Total

1,010

2,500

2,500

4,350

4,350

2,500

2,500

1,500

1,500

110

110

22,930

The data in the table for the subclass 489 visa applies to the family-sponsored stream only. It does not include State and Territory Government nomination invitations (which are granted by each State and Territory under a separate process). The monthly results for State Sponsorship approvals are provided later in this article.

The results in the above table show that the number of invitations issued for both the subclass 189 and 489 visas have remained unchanged compared with the previous round in April 2019. The substantial reduction in invitations issued for the subclass 189 visa last month (which fell to 100) has been maintained in the current round.

One further invitation round remains in the current migration programme year, which is expected to take place on the 11th June 2019.

Points score cut-offs

To secure an invitation in the 9th May 2019 round required EOI applicants to achieve the following minimum point scores:

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Date of effect (last invited applicant)

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

80

22nd March 2019

Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa*

85

28th April 2019


*This data applies to the family-sponsored stream only.

What does this data mean?

The ‘Date of effect’ is the last date when invited applicants achieved their points score in the May 2019 invitation round (i.e. which is the date when they submitted their EOI). This information shows that subclass 189 visa Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants who submitted their EOI by 22nd March 2019, and who received a score of at least 80 in the points test were issued an invitation in this latest round. This cut-off score has remained unchanged since the previous invitation round, although the wait time to receive an invitation increased by approximately 3 weeks compared with the April round (rising from 4 to 7 weeks).

Subclass 489 visa EOI applicants who achieved a score of at least 85 in the points test, and who submitted their EOI by 28th April 2019, were issued an invitation in the latest round. This minimum points score has increased by 5 points compared with the April 2019 round. The wait time to receive an invitation fell significantly, from approximately 6 months to 2 weeks. The rise in the minimum points score required for subclass 489 EOI applicants to receive an invitation, combined with the small number of invitations issued, makes securing an invitation even more competitive.

This information also illustrates that the minimum points score which both subclass 189 and 489 EOI applicants needed to achieve to secure an invitation in this latest round was higher that the 65 points required to validly lodge an EOI.

Invitations issued in the 9th May 2019 round based on points score 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 489 visa*

80

36

0

85

37

10

90+

27

0

Total

100

10


*This data applies to the family-sponsored stream only.

Invitations issued to subclass 189 EOI applicants decreased in the 80 points score band and increased in the 85 and 90+ bands compared with the previous month, although given the relatively small numbers involved, these movements were only minor.

For the subclass 489 visa, all 10 invitations were issued to applicants who scored 85 points compared with the April 2019 round, when 4 invitations were issued in this band and the remainder issued in the 80-band score (80 being the previous invitation round cut-off score).

Occupations

Data for the most popular skilled occupations (with invitations pro-rated throughout the year) for the current migration year to date are outlined below:

Occupation (ANZSCO code)

Minimum points score required in the May 2019 invitation round

Date of effect

Invitations issued to 9th May 2019

Occupation ceiling for the 2018/19 year (maximum number of invitations available)

Accountants (2211)

90

1st May 2019

2,666

3,753

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212)

85

28th December 2018

952

1,342

Electronics Engineer (2334)

85

2nd May 2019

213

300

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

80

22nd March 2019

1,261

1,780

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

80

18th January 2019

499

700

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

85

3rd May 2019

1,040

1,466

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

80

10th February 2019

5,163

7,271

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

80

20th March 2019

1,514

2,167

What does this data mean?

To illustrate how to interpret the information in the above table, we refer to the nominated occupation category of Electronics Engineer (2334). The data shows that applicants who achieved at least 85 points and submitted their EOI by 2nd May 2019, received an invitation in the 9th May 2019 round. It also illustrates that there are 300 places for this occupation category overall in the current migration programme year, of which 213 have been filled as at 9th May 2019.  This leaves 87 places yet to be allocated in the final invitation round this migration year (which is due to take place in June 2019).

The Department has published the occupation ceilings and the aggregate number of invitations issued for each nominated occupation category (including those which are not pro-rated) up until the 9th May 2019 at the following link:

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

Compared with the April 2019 invitation round, the minimum points scores required to secure an invitation in the current round remained unchanged for all of the above pro-rated occupation categories, with the exception of Electronics Engineer (2334). The minimum points score for this occupation category increased by 5 points. This has resulted in a decrease in the wait time for EOI applicants to secure an invitation for this ANZSCO category from approximately 1 month in the April round, to one week in the current round.

There was an increase in the wait time to secure an invitation for ANZSCO code 2613 (rising from 4 to 13 weeks) compared with the April round. For the remaining pro-rated occupation categories, changes in wait times have been relatively minor (moving by approximately a few weeks to 1 month at most).

State and Territory Government nominations

Invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 489 and 190 visa programmes in April 2019 are set out below.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

93

369

16

21

58

58

260

28

903

Subclass 489 visa

0

92

39

3

87

129

8

2

360

Total

93

461

55

24

145

187

268

30

1,263

Nominations issued in April 2019 to subclass 190 and 489 EOI applicants increased in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW), Northern Territory (NT) and Victoria (VIC). Nominations decreased in the remaining States of Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA) and Tasmania (TAS) as compared with March 2019.

The NT had the largest increase for the month, rising by 28% in overall invitations issued. Breaking this down into visa subclasses, 190 nominations fell while 489 nominations rose in April 2019.

For the remaining jurisdictions which experienced increases in April 2019, total invitations issued rose by 18% in the ACT, 12% in NSW and 10% in VIC. Nominations issued for both the subclass 190 and 489 visas rose in all of these jurisdictions, except for 489 nominations issued in the ACT, which remained at nil (as was the case in the previous month).

In QLD, there was a significant fall in nominations issued for both the 190 and 489 visa subclasses, with an overall decrease of 78%. Nominations decreased for both subclass 190 and 489 visa subclasses by 71% and 92% respectively.

SA saw a fall of 35% in overall nominations issued in April 2019 compared with the previous month (subclass 190 and 489 nominations both decreased in this State).

In TAS, overall nominations issued in April 2019 decreased by 20%. Although nominations for the subclass 190 visa fell, there was a rise in subclass 489 nominations for the month.

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1st July 2018 to 30th April 2019 are set out in the table below.

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Subclass 190 visa

591

2,747

255

1,002

812

606

2,468

186

8,667

Subclass 489 visa

0

1,486

270

482

1,895

997

59

19

5,208

Total

591

4,233

525

1,484

2,707

1,603

2,527

205

13,875

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 has also be released and can be accessed at the following link:

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

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 April 2019 invitation results at the following link:

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

Sources/Links:

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

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