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Skilled Migration News – May 2019

1. SkillSelect Update

The Home Affairs published the invitation round result up to 11 April 2019. The total number of invitations dropped significantly to 110, while 100 invitations were allocated to subclass 189 and the remaining 10 were for subclass 489.

 

Due to the drop in invitation numbers, the minimum points to get an invitation in this round surged to 80 points. The cut-off time was now up to 15 March 2019. The allocation mix between non-pro-rata occupation and pro-rata occupation was 37:63. 

 

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 the remaining two rounds will keep at 105, 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.
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The top 10 occupations to receive an invitation (non-prorata occupations) are as follows:

 

 

Occupations

Occupation ID

No. of EOI invitations

1

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

2621

5

2

Other Medical Practitioners

2539

4

3

University Lecturers and Tutors

2421

3

3

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

2531

3

3

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

2633

3

6

Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

2241

2

6

Architects and Landscape Architects

2321

2

6

Chemical and Materials Engineers

2331

2

6

Electrical Engineers

2333

2

6

Registered Nurses

2544

2

6

Chefs

3513

2

 

 

For the pro-rata occupations, we saw a five-point increased in minimum points for all occupations in general. Accountants and Auditors increased to 90 points and 85 points respectively, while the minimum points for other pro-rata occupations is now 80. 

 

 

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

75

Accountants

2211

13

90

85

Computer Network Professionals

2631

8

80

75

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

2335

6

80

75

ICT Business and Systems Analysts*

2611

5

85

75

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

2212

5

85

80

Other Engineering Professionals

2339

3

80

75

Electronics Engineers

2334

1

80

75

 

 

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 6 months

Subclass 190 (state nomination) around 8-10 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

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

Subclass 190

 

Mar 2019

Feb 2019

Cumulative 2018/19

QLD

73

118

981

NSW

336

479

2,378

VIC

236

136

2,208

WA

30

31

158

SA

79

85

754

TAS

133

38

548

ACT

79

58

498

NT

23

25

239

Total

989

970

7,764

 

 

  

Subclass 489

 

Mar 2019

Feb 2019

Cumulative 2018/19

QLD

37

60

479

NSW

76

103

1,394

VIC

7

5

51

WA

3

4

17

SA

145

105

1,808

TAS

100

64

868

ACT

0

0

0

NT

20

23

231

Total

388

364

4,848

State nomination requirement changes

  

Queensland (QLD)

Business & Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) has received additional quota for the Skilled Program and is re-opening the ‘Working in Queensland’ and ‘Masters’ and ‘PhD’ Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists from Thursday, 18 April 2019. Applicants must be ONSHORE only. Once this quota has been filled the program will close again until July 2019.

The business program (for EOIs submitted through SkillSelect) remains closed until July 2019.

Please note that the below previously removed occupations for this FY are still unavailable:

 

  • ICT Business Analyst – 261111
  • Marketing Specialist – 225113
  • Finance Manager – 132211
  • Developer Programmer – 261312
  • Software Engineer – 261313
  • Civil Engineer – 233211
  • Electrical Engineer – 233311
  • Mechanical Engineer – 233512
  • Accountant (General) – 221111
  • Engineering Technologist – 233914

 

To explore your visa options, please visit our website or complete a free online assessment and book for an initial assessment with our professional migration professional.

2 thoughts on “Skilled Migration News – May 2019

  1. With the number of invites reducing in the run-up to the end of this year, any speculation as regards an increase in processing times for the 190?

    1. Hi Raquel,

      The current progressing time for the 190 is around 8-10 months. As the 190 is one of the priority processing visa subclasses, we expect the DHA will deploy more resources to process the 190 and the processing time should be able to maintain at current processing timeframe.

      Cheers,
      Freddy

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