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Skilled migration news – March 2018

Skilled Migration News - March 2018
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The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has released the two invitation rounds (21 February 2018 and 7 March 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. 70-pointers accounted for only around 16.7% and 23.3% of the total number of invitation in 21 February and 7 March invitation rounds respectively. In either round, the 75 pointers got the most invitations.

For 21 February round, DHA continued to clear most of the backlogs for some of the pro-rata arrangement occupations, such as ICT Business and System Analysts, Auditors and Software and Application Programmers. The invitations allocated to these three pro-rata arrangement occupations accounted for approximately 57% of the total invitations of this round. Among the non pro-rata occupations, Other Medical Practitioners (18), General Practitioners (17) and Registered Nurse (17) were the three types of occupations which received the most invitations.

Similarly, for 7 March round, the proportion allocated to non pro-rata applicants accounted for around 41%. We can also see that several non pro-rata arrangement occupations got double digit invitations – Registered Nurse (16), Other Medical Practitioners (14), Civil Engineering Professional (11) and Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists (11).

It is worth noting that no invitation has been offered to Accountants since 3 January 2018. As mentioned in our previous post, this may due to the ceiling has been reached and this may suggest that no further invitation will be given to Accountant for the rest of this financial year. For details, please visit our previous post regarding the Accountants’ invitation.

 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 7 March round

Quota filled up

Remaining quota (%)

Approx. waiting time for those who reached the required points

Accountants (2211)

N/A

N/A

2633

N/A

Not available

Auditors (2212)

80

16

906

421 (32%)

7 weeks

Electronics Engineers (2334)

70

12

447

553 (55%)

16 weeks

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335)

70

27

1,039

1,139 (52%)

17 weeks

Other Engineering Professionals (2339)

75

13

572

428 (43%)

Next round

Software and Applications Programmers (2613)

75

77

3,185

3,017 (49%)

Next round

ICT Business and System Analysts (2611)

75

19

1,067

507(32%)

5 weeks

Computer Network Professionals (2631)

75

16

671

647 (49%)

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

101

6.9

Civil Engineering Professionals

3,296

368

11.2

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

2,639

52

2.0

Secondary School Teachers

7,910

173

2.0

Occupational Therapists

1,109

25

2.3

Physiotherapists

1,464

40

2.4

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

3,495

108

3.1

Registered Nurses

16,741

729

4.4

Psychologists

1,750

23

1.3

Social Workers

1,562

108

6.9

Processing time for 189 and 190 visas in general

According to the DHA, the estimated visa application processing time as of 20 March, 2018 for the following visas are as follows:

Subclass 189 (points-tested stream) –  around 9 – 12 months (No change in processing time compared with previous announcement)

Subclass 190 (state nomination) – around 9 – 12 months (No change in processing time 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 

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

 

Feb 2017

Jan 2017
(For reference)

From July 2017 – Feb 2018

QLD

94

82

747

NSW

419

395

1751

VIC

318

320

2006

WA

0

0

0

SADDLE

107

73

655

IAS

60

75

363

ACT

89

85

460

NT

33

24

170

Total

1120

1054

6152

 

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.

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