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 21st January 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.
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.
You will also find links to information on the number of invitations issued for the following business visas below:
- Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188); and
- Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132).
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.
The Department will run quarterly invitation rounds for the remainder of 2020-21 program year. The next invitation round will run in April 2021.*
Invitation Round Results
Total invitations Issued
The total number of invitations issued in January 2021 is set out below.
|Visa subclass||July 2020||August 2020||September 2020||October 2020||November 2020||December 2020||January 2021||February 2021||March 2021||April
|Total issued in 2020/21|
|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.
Invitations issued for the Subclass 189 visa in the January 2021 round have increased compared with the previous round, rising from 30 invitations in October 2020, to 200 being issued in the current round.
For the Subclass 491 visa – Family Sponsored stream, there was also an increase in invitations issued, with 163 granted in the current round compared with 80 in October 2020.
Points Score Cut-Off
Expression of Interest (EOI) applicants required the following minimum points scores to secure an invitation in the January 2021 round.
|Visa subclass||Minimum points score||Date of effect month (last invited applicant)|
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||65||April 2020|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored
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 October 2020 round remained the same compared with the previous invitation round, at 65 points. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI in April 2020, which means EOI applicants who achieved a score of at least 65 points and who submitted their EOI by April 2020 were issued an invitation in this round, reflecting a wait time of approximately nine months.
The minimum points score needed to secure an invitation for the subclass 491 visa also remained the same compared with the previous round, with 65 points needed to secure 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 November 2020 received an invitation in this round. This represents a wait time of approximately two 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).
Invitations Issued For The Most In-Demand Occupations
The table below shows that, with the exception of Other Engineering Professionals (ANZSCO code: 2339), no invitations were issued in the January 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 January 2021 round.
The following data has been published for the latest round:
|Occupation (ANZSCO code)||Visa Subclass||Minimum points score required in the 21 Jan 2021 invitation round||Latest date of effect month||Invitations issued to 21 Jan 2021*||Occupation ceiling for the 2020/21 year (maximum number of invitations available)|
|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||<20||1,000
|Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)||189/491||N/A||N/A||48||2,682|
|Other Engineering Professionals (2339)||32||1,000|
|ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)||189/491||N/A||N/A||2,273|
|Software and Applications Programmers (2613)||189/491||N/A||N/A||8,405|
|Computer Network Professionals (2631)||189/491||N/A||N/A||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 21 January 2021 at the following link:
State and Territory Government Nominations
Invitations issued by State and Territory Governments for the subclass 491 and 190 visa programmes in January 2021 are as follows.
|Subclass 190 visa||34||<20||75||131||78||48||<20||<20||384|
|Subclass 491 visa||<20||<20||23||<20||69||224||32||<20||382|
Total invitations issued by State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2020 to 31 January 2021 is set out below:
|Subclass 190 visa||294||357||195||382||326||321||568||205||2,648|
|Subclass 491 visa (State Sponsored)||65||101||130||210||318||753||73||42||1,692|
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:
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:
For more information about the subclass 491 visa specifically, please see the following articles:
Further Information About The State Sponsored Visa Programme
For more information on the Subclass 190 visa, please see the following:
Also see our article on the South Australian State Nomination Program for further information about the South Australian state sponsored options.
Further Information About The Skilled Independent Visa Programme
You can read more about the Subclass 189 visa (and other skilled visas) in our Australian Skilled Migration Visa List article.