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Skilled migration news – April 2018

Skilled Migration News - April 2018
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The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has released the three invitation rounds (21 March 2018, 4 April 2018 and 18 April 2018) results since our last monthly update. The number of Invitation remained at 305 in each round. 300 were allocated to subclass 189 visa while the remaining five were for subclass 489 EOI applicants. We expect this trend will continue in the coming rounds till the end of the current financial year.

Given that only a small number of invitations were offered in each round, only 70 points or above were invited, while the 75 pointers got the most invitations in all three rounds. 

For 21 March round, DHA continued to clear most of the backlogs for the pro-rata arrangement occupations, such as Software and Application Programmers, Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers and ICT Business and System Analysts,. The invitations allocated to these pro-rata arrangement occupations accounted for approximately 56% of the total invitations of this round.

 

Among the non pro-rata occupations, Other Medical Practitioners (18), Registered Nurse (17), Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists (14) and Telecommunications Engineering Professionals (13) were the four types of occupations which received the most invitations.

 

Similarly, for 4 April round, the proportion allocated to non pro-rata applicants accounted for around 39%. We can also see that several non pro-rata arrangement occupations can get double digit invitations: Other Medical Practitioners (18) , Registered Nurse (16), and Civil Engineering Professional (14).

 

We also noticed that more invitations were allocated to 80 or 85 pointers in 18 April 2018 invitation rounds than the previous two rounds. The reason for that can be explained by the 45 invitations allowed to Accountants in this round. Although Accountants is in the pro-rata list, no invitation has been offered since early 2018. The minimum points to get an invitation for Accountant is 80 and has to wait for at least five months. 

 Estimated processing time for pro-rata arrangement occupations

The table below shows the estimated waiting time for pro-rata arrangement occupations.

Occupation

Required points

Total invitations issued for 18 April round

Quota filled up

Remaining quota (%)

Approx. Waiting time for those who reached the required points

Accountants (2211)

80

45

2678

2107(44%)

24 weeks

Auditors (2212)

80

12

950

377 (28%)

11 weeks

Electronics Engineers (2334)

70

8

472

528 (53%)

19 weeks

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

70

20

1,113

1,065 (49%)

21 weeks

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

75

9

606

394 (39%)

4 weeks

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

75

58

3397

2,805 (45%)

5 weeks

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

75

15

1,120

454(29%)

9 weeks

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

75

12

715

603 (46%)

Next round

 

Filled up rate for some popular occupations in Hong Kong 

The table below sets out some Hong Kong popular occupations with low filled up rate. All of them are not under pro-rata arrangement.

Occupation

Quota for the financial year

No. of invitations up-to-date for 2017/18

Filled up rate (%)

Architects and Landscape Architects

1,474

114

7.7

Civil Engineering Professionals

3,296

405

12.3

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

2,639

57

2.2

Secondary School Teachers

7,910

189

2.4

Occupational Therapists

1,109

28

2.5

Physiotherapists

1,464

44

3.0

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

3,495

147

4.2

Registered Nurses

16,741

774

4.6

Psychologists

1,750

26

1.5

Social Workers

1,562

115

7.4

 

 

Processing time for 189 and 190 visas in general

According to the DHA, the estimated visa application processing time as of 23 April, 2018 for the following visas are as follows:

Subclass 189 (points-tested stream)        around 8 – 11 months (processing time was shortened by 1 month compared with previous announcement)

Subclass 190 (state nomination)              around 8 – 11 months (processing time was shortened by 1 month compared with previous announcement)

This is for indicative purpose only. Please bear in mind that processing times are impacted each month by changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, complex cases, and incomplete applications.

State nomination statistics for subclass 190 and policies update

DHA has not released the latest figures for April 2018. As such we have stated the latest (March 2017) figures here for reference:

 

Mar 2017

Feb 2017
(For reference)

From July 2017 – March 2018

QLD

97

94

844

NSW

583

 419

2334

VIC

394

318

2400

WA

0

0

0

SA

44

107

699

TAS

189

60

552

ACT

159

89

619

NT

37

33

207

Total

1503

1120

7655

 

Given the subclasses 189 and 190 visas are very competitive,  you are strongly encouraged to talk to your Registered Migration Agent (“RMA”) for professional advice. For those who are looking for a RMA or are thinking of migration through Skilled migration categories, please visit our website and complete a free online assessment to book for an initial assessment with our professional migration professional.

 

QLD update

 

QLD announced that from 11 May 2018, they suspended issuing new invitations for business and skilled applications until further notice. 

Source: BSMQ (https://migration.qld.gov.au/latest-news/bsmq-temporarily-suspends-issuing-new-invitations-for-business-and-skilled-applications/)

 

VIC update (Updated on 16/5/18)

VIC announced that due to high volume of application, they have stopped to accept new applications as a temporarily measure. The state will continue to assess those application received prior to 15 May 2018 but delay is expected for notifying the outcome. 

Source: Live in Melboure (https://liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au/news-events/news/2018/temporary-closure-of-skilled-migration-visa-applications)  

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