Invitations Issued By The Department Of Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affairs (the Department) has released the results for the latest Skill Select invitation round, which took place on 26 July 2021. These results are for the following points-based skilled visas:

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

Invitation rounds are anticipated to be run quarterly.

A summary of these results is provided in this article.

State and Territory Government Nominations

The number of nominations approved by State and Territory Governments for the following skilled visas have also been released:

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

State and territory government nominations are not impacted by departmental invitation rounds and occur independently of this process.

A summary of these results are also provided in this article.

You will also find links to information on the number of invitations issued for the following business visas below:

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

Department Of Home Affairs Update

The Department has issued the following statement:

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 July 2021 is set out below.

 

Visa subclass July 2021 August 2021 September 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022 February 2022 March 2022 April

2022

May

2022

Jun

2022

Total issued in 2021/22
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

 

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

 

250 250
Total

 

750 750

 

*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 July 2021 round have remained the same as the previous round in April 2021.

For the Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream, there was an increase in invitations issued for the month, rising from 160 in April 2021, to 250 in the current round.

Points Score Cut-Off

Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants required the following minimum points scores to secure an invitation in the July 2021 round.

 

Visa subclass Minimum points score Date of effect month (last invited applicant)
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 80 July 2019
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored

 

65 March 2021

 

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 (this is referred to as the date of effect). EOI’s submitted with earlier dates of effect are invited first.

Based on the latest data released, the minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the July 2021 round remained the same compared with the previous invitation round, with 80 points points required to secure an invitation. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI in July 2019, which means EOI applicants who achieved a score of at least 80 points and who submitted their EOI by July 2019 were issued an invitation in this round, reflecting a wait time of approximately 24 months.

The minimum points score needed to secure an invitation for the subclass 491 visa also remained the same as in the previous round, with 65 points needed to receive an invitation. The results show that Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 65 and who submitted their EOI by March 2021 received an invitation in this round. This represents a wait time of approximately four months.

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

Occupation Ceilings

An occupation ceiling applies to invitations issued under the Subclass 189 visa and Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream. This means that there are a limited number of EOI’s which can be issued for each occupation.

This has been put in place to ensure the skilled migration program is balanced and facilitates the issuing of invitations to prospective applicants across a range of skilled occupations.

Occupation ceilings are compiled based on a percentage of employment figures for each occupation. The employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and represents the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation.

Occupation ceilings do not apply to State and Territory Nominated or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

Invitations Issued For The Most In-Demand Occupations

The table below shows that, apart from the occupations of Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (ANZSCO code: 2335) and Other Engineering Professionals (ANZSCO code: 2339), no invitations were issued in the July 2021 round 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.

The remainder of invitations have been issued for non-pro-rated occupations in the July 2021 round.

The following data has been published for the latest round:

Occupation (ANZSCO code) Visa Subclass Minimum points score required in the 26 Jul 2021 invitation round Latest date of effect month
Accountants (2211) 189/491 N/A N/A
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212) 189/491 N/A N/A
Electronics Engineer (2334) 189/491 N/A N/A
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)
  189 90 April 2021
 

 

491

 

N/A N/A
Other Engineering Professionals (2339)  
  189 90 April 2021
  491 N/A N/A
ICT Business and System Analysts (2611) 189/491 N/A N/A
Software and Applications Programmers (2613)   189/491 N/A N/A
Computer Network Professionals (2631)   189/491 N/A N/A


State and Territory Government Nominations

Invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 491 and 190 visa programs in June 2021 are as follows.

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 88 1,381 124 37 342 268 310 298 2,848
Subclass 491 visa 45 621 130 180 352 336 8 70 1,742

 

Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 is set out below:

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 802 3,272 500 944 1,589 991 1,410 1,030 10,538
Subclass 491 visa (State Sponsored) 598 1,656 500 901 1,763 1,670 206 209 7,503

 

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

Skilled Regional Visa Program

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

State Sponsored Visa Program

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

Subclass 190 State Sponsorship Visa

Adelaide 190 Visa

Australian Skilled Migration Visa List

Skilled Independent Visa Program

You can read more about the Subclass 189 visa (and other skilled visas) in our Australian Skilled Migration Visa List article.

Sources/Links

Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs – Immigration and citizenship – Visas – Working in Australia – SkillSelect – Invitation rounds

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