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Skilled Migration News – July 2019

Skilled Migration News July 2019
1. SkillSelect Update

The Home Affairs has published the last invitation round of program year 2018/19. The total number of invitations remained at 110, while 100 invitations were allocated to subclass 189 and the remaining 10 were for subclass 489. Due to the limited invitation numbers, only candidates with 85 points or above were invited in this round. The allocation mix between non-pro-rata occupation and pro-rata occupation was 2:3.

The top 10 occupations to receive an invitation (non pro-rata occupations) in current round are as follows:

 

Occupations

Occupation ID

No. of EOI invitations

1

Civil Engineering Professional

2332

8

2

Registered Nurses

2544

5

3

Chemical and Materials Engineers

2331

4

3

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

2633

4

5

Life Scientists

2345

3

5

University Lecturers and Tutors

2907

3

5

Other Medical Practitioners

2539

3

8

Electrical Engineers

2333

2

8

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

2341

2

8

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

2621

2

8

University Lecturers and Tutors

2421

2

8

Social Workers

2725

2

8

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

3311

2

           

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

Pro-rata arrangement occupations

Occupation ID

Number of invitations in current rounds

Minimum points currently processed

Minimum points processed in previous round

Software and Applications Programmers

2613

23

85

80

Accountants

2211

13

95

90

Computer Network Professionals

2631

4

85

80

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

2335

6

85

80

ICT Business and Systems Analysts*

2611

5

85

85

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

2212

5

90

85

Other Engineering Professionals

2339

3

85

80

Electronics Engineers

2334

2

90

85

2. Estimated processing time

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

Subclass 189 (points-tested stream) around 7-8 months

Subclass 190 (state nomination) around 9-13 months

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.

3. State nomination updates

State nomination statistics for subclasses 190 and 489

The Home Affairs has published the latest state/territory nomination statistics for the current program year as follows:

Subclass 190

 

May 2019

April 2019

Cumulative 2018/19

QLD

87

21

1,089

NSW

825

369

3,572

VIC

113

260

2,581

WA

31

28

217

SA

88

58

900

TAS

75

58

681

ACT

188

93

779

NT

13

16

268

Total

1,420

903

10,087



Subclass 489

 

May 2019

Apr 2019

Cumulative 2018/19

QLD

13

3

495

NSW

96

92

1,582

VIC

3

8

62

WA

2

2

21

SA

129

87

2,024

TAS

200

129

1,197

ACT

0

0

0

NT

33

39

303

Total

476

360

5,684

 

State Nomination news

Queensland (QLD)

Business & Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) advised that the Queensland business and skilled programs have not been opened and the new Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) has not been published.

It is anticipated that the programs will be reopened by the end of July (date-to-be confirmed).

In the meantime, applicants should not contact BSMQ and must not submit any EOI until the new programs are officially opened.

New South Wales (NSW)

The NSW Government advised that they announce the 2019-20 program in the coming weeks. A new NSW Priority Skilled Occupation List is currently under construction and will be announced when the program is opened for application.

South Australia (SA)

Immigration South Australia (Immigration SA) advised that South Australia state nomination programs are now open for application.

Please refer to the following link for the latest occupation list of SA : bit.ly/2NwFiK8.