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Skilled Migration News - April 2020

SkillSelect Update

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has released the March 2020 invitation rounds results. 

The total number of invitations increased from 1,300 to 2,250. Of which, 1,750 invitations were allocated to Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189). The minimum points to get an invitation in this round remained the same compared to last round, i.e. 85 points for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa – Family Sponsored stream (Subclass 491) candidates and 90 points for subclass 189 candidates. 

 

 The cutoff time for this round was as follows:

  • Subclass 189 – 90 points @ 29 January 2020, 6:37pm (last round cutoff: 16 Nov 2019, 9:23pm)
  • Subclass 491 – 85 points @ 5 February 2020, 3:56pm (last round cutoff: 8 Jan 2020, 3:06pm) 

Implications: 
The cutoff time indicates that a 90 point 189 visa candidates who submitted their EOI between 17 Nov 2019 and 29 Jan 2020 had to wait for two to four months before they can receive an invitation. 

 

The table below shows that minimum points current processed for the eight pro-rata occupations:

DHA first allocates available places to subclass 189 candidates and then the remaining to subclass 491 – Family Sponsored candidates . If all places are taken up by subclass 189 then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 491 visas in this round.

 

Pro-rata arrangement occupations

Subclass

Occupation ID

Minimum points currently processed

Minimum points processed in previous round

Software and Applications Programmers

189

2613

90

90

491

2613

85

85

Accountants

189

2211

95

95

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

189

2212

95

95

Electronics Engineers

189

2334

90

90

491

2334

85

85

Computer Network Professionals

189

2631

90

90

491

2631

90

85

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

189

2335

90

90

ICT Business and Systems Analysts*

189

2611

90

90

Processing time 

 

According to the DHA, the latest estimated visa application processing time for the following visas are as follows: 

Subclass 189 (points-tested stream) around 12 months

Subclass 190 (state nomination)   around 10-11 months 

Subclass 491 (family sponsored) around 46 days

Subclass 491 (State/Territory government nominated) around 46-51 days 

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 updates

State nomination statistics for subclasses 190 and 491

DHA has published the latest state/territory nomination statistics up to February 2020 as follows:

Subclass 190

 

Feb 2020

July 2019- Feb 2020

QLD

137

1,000

NSW

147

1,705

VIC

190

1,559

WA

39

516

SA

46

942

TAS

62

648

ACT

86

878

NT

78

283

Total

785

7,531

 

Subclass 491

 

Feb 2020

16 Nov 2019- Feb 2020

QLD

114

265

NSW

0

0

VIC

92

259

WA

12

49

SA

224

311

TAS

112

423

ACT

57

65

NT

24

64

Total

635

1,436

 

State nomination updates

Queensland (QLD)

Business & Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) advised that the subclass 491 offshore application has been closed temporarily due to COVID-19 crisis and the closure of Queensland’s borders on Wednesday 25 March 2020. However, 491 onshore is remain open.

 

Subclass 190 and all business visas (subclass 188 and 132) have met nomination allocation for FY 2019-20. New quota will be received in July 2020 and applicants will be required to submit a new EOI for Queensland State Nominated visas (subclass 190, 188, 132) at this time.

 

 

South Australia (SA)

Immigration South Australia (Immigration SA) changes its priorities to process the nomination application for health and medical professional, which includes:

  • Reduced work experience requirements for international graduates of SA – medical and health professional and those currently working as a medical or health professional in SA.
  • Medical and health professionals  who are currently workingfor the last 12 months in their nominated or closely related occupation (minimum 20 hours per week) in South Australia (or the last 6 months in their nominated or closely related occupation (minimum 20 hours per week) in a country region of South Australia) remain eligible for a permanent 190 visa. 

 

Changes to requirements for 190 visas is closed for offshore applicants and those applicants that do not meet the following requirements:

Currently working for the last 12 months in their nominated or closely related occupation (minimum 20 hours per week) in South Australia or the last 6 months in their nominated or closely related occupation (minimum 20 hours per week) in a country region (of South Australia). If you do not meet these requirements, you are only eligible to apply for 491 visa nomination.

For details, please refer to Immigration SA:  https://www.migration.sa.gov.au/news-events/news-releases/general-skilled-migration-changes