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 21 January 2022. 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 run quarterly for the remainder of the 2021-22 program year.

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 Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) 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 the 2021-22 migration program year to date 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)

 

500 200 200 900
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored*

 

250 200 200 650
Total

 

750 400 400 1,550

*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 January 2022 round have remained the same as in the previous round in January 2022, with 200 invitations issued.

For the Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream, the number of invitations issued for the quarter has also remained unchanged compared with the previous round, with 200 invitations issued.

Points Score Cut-Off

Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants required the following minimum points scores to secure an invitation in the January 2022 round.

 

Visa subclass Minimum points score Date of effect month (last invited applicant)
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 90 September 2021
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored

 

80 January 2022

 

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 January 2022 round remained the same compared with the previous invitation round, with 90 points required to secure an invitation. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI in September 2021, which means EOI applicants who achieved a score of at least 90 points and who submitted their EOI by September 2021 were issued an invitation in this round, reflecting a wait time of approximately 4 months.

The minimum points score needed to secure an invitation for the subclass 491 visa also remained unchanged from the previous round, with 80 points needed to receive an invitation. The results show that Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 80 and who submitted their EOI by January 2022 received an invitation in this round. This represents a wait time of less than 1 month.

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 no invitations were issued in the January 2022 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 following data has been published for the latest round:

Occupation (ANZSCO code) Visa Subclass Minimum points score required in the 21 Jan 2022 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) 189/494 N/A N/A
Other Engineering Professionals (2339)   189/491 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

 

Invitations Issued For Selected Occupations

Invitations issued in the January 2022 round were only for occupations as outlined in the table below.

Occupation Visa Subclass Minimum points score required in the 21 Jan 2022 invitation round
  Subclass 189 Subclass 491 (Family-sponsored stream)
Agricultural Consultant 491 N/A 80
Agricultural Scientist 491 N/A 80
Biotechnologist 491 N/A 80
Chemical Engineer 491 N/A 80
Emergency Medicine Specialist 189 90 N/A
Environmental Consultant 491 N/A 80
Environmental Scientists nec 491 N/A 85
Food Technologist 491 N/A 80
General Practitioner 189 90 N/A
Geophysicist 491 N/A 80
Life Scientist (General) 491 N/A 105
Life Scientists nec 491 N/A 95
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 189 90 N/A
Medical Laboratory Scientist 189/491 90 80
Medical Practitioners nec 189 90 N/A
Medical Radiation Therapist 491 N/A 95
Microbiologist 189/491 90 85
Midwife 491 N/A 85
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) 189 90 N/A
Neurosurgeon 189 95 N/A
Nuclear Medicine Technologist 189 95 N/A
Nurse Practitioner 189 95 N/A
Orthotist or Prosthetist 491 N/A 80
Paediatrician 189 90 N/A
Petroleum Engineer 189 90 N/A
Physiotherapist 491 N/A 80
Psychologists nec 491 N/A 80
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 189/491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) 491 N/A 80
Registered Nurse (Community Health) 189 90 N/A
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 189/491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) 189 90 N/A
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 189/491 90 90
Registered Nurse (Medical) 189/491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 189/491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) 189/491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 189/491 90 80
Registered Nurse (Surgical) 189/491 90 80
Registered Nurses nec 491 N/A 80
Social Worker 491 N/A 80
Veterinarian 189 90 N/A

State and Territory Government Nominations

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

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 41 364 36 194 124 124 82 302 1,267
Subclass 491 visa 113 501 63 104 354 188 59 136 1,518

 

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

Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total
Subclass 190 visa 385 2,782 326 370 1,144 831 1,688 1,385 8,911
Subclass 491 visa (State Sponsored) 806 1,978 529 336 1,951 1,421 221 374 7,616

 

You can access the latest monthly and aggregate data for nominations issued for the Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) 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