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Skilled Migration News – June 2019

1. SkillSelect Update

The Home Affairs published the invitation round result up to 9 May 2019. The total number of invitations remained at 110, while 100 invitations were allocated to subclass 189 and the remaining 10 were for subclass 489. The allocation mix between non-pro-rata occupation and pro-rata occupation was 2:3.

 

Due to the significant drop in invitation numbers in recent rounds, the minimum points to get an invitation hovered at 80 points. The cut-off time was now up to 22 March 2019, compared to 15 March 2019 for the previous round, meaning that the backlog is accumulating. 

 

Implications:

For 2018-19 program year, the number of invitations issued for subclasses 189 and 489 was around 22,700. This number has already exceeded the number in last program year (2017/18: Total number of invitations was around 16,000). As such, we expect the number of invitations issued for June invitation round will keep at current level to make the total invitations for the year close to 23,000.

For the next program year, with the places reserved for subclass 189 applicants will be slashed to only 18,652. We will expect the invitations in each round will sit between 500 and 800. The minimum points to get an invitation will hover at the high point level between 75 and 85. EOI applicants with 70 points are encouraged to seek professional advice on how to increase your points in order to have a higher chance to get an invitation. 

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

 

Life Scientists

2345

6

 

Civil Engineering Professional

2332

4

 

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

2621

4

 

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

2411

3

 

University Lecturers and Tutors

2421

3

 

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

2633

3

 

Chemical and Materials Engineers

2331

2

 

University Lecturers and Tutors

2421

2

 

Other Medical Practitioners

2539

2

 

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

3122

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

25

80

80

Accountants

2211

13

90

90

Computer Network Professionals

2631

8

80

80

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

2335

6

80

80

ICT Business and Systems Analysts*

2611

5

85

85

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

2212

5

85

85

Other Engineering Professionals

2339

3

80

80

Electronics Engineers

2334

1

85

80

 

 

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 6-7 months

Subclass 190 (state nomination) around 11-14 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 update

Queensland (QLD)

In our May Issue , we mentioned that QLD was reopened  the ‘Working in Queensland’ and ‘Masters’ and ‘PhD’ Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists from Thursday, 18 April 2019. Unfortunately, the quotas have been filled up since 10 May 2019. 

Business & Skills Migration Queensland (BSMQ) will continue to process those EOI’s that have previously been lodged from 18 April – 10 May 2019 12pm until quota has been reached. 

BSMQ advises that those who missed this round,  to consider to apply again with a new EOI in early July this year. As the Queensland business and skilled state nomination programs will re-open again with new quotas and new criteria for 2019-20 financial year in early July 2019. 

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

 

April 2019

Mar 2019

Cumulative 2018/19

QLD

21

73

1,002

NSW

369

336

2,747

VIC

260

236

2,468

WA

28

30

186

SA

58

79

812

TAS

58

133

606

ACT

93

79

591

NT

16

23

255

Total

903

989

8,667

 

Subclass 489

 

Apr 2019

Mar 2019

Cumulative 2018/19

QLD

3

37

482

NSW

92

76

1,486

VIC

8

7

59

WA

2

3

19

SA

87

145

1,895

TAS

129

100

997

ACT

0

0

0

NT

39

20

270

Total

360

388

5,208

 

 

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