SkillSelect

Skilled migration news – Nov/Dec 2018

1. SkillSelect Update

The Home Affairs announced the invitation round result of 11 October 2018. The results were as follows:

·       There was a total of 4,350 invitations offered, which was 1850 invitations more than that in the previous month. It was probably a catch up for only 1,000 invitations in July 2018. Out of the 4350 invitations, 4340 were allocated to subclass 189 visa while the remaining ten were for subclass 489 EOI applicants.

·       The minimum points to get an invitation remains at 70 points. The cut-off point has cleared up to Early September. That means if you get 70 marks, you probably have to wait 2 rounds to get invited.  

 

·        The allocation mix between non-prorata and protata is 40:60 

The top 10 occupations to receive an invitation (non-prorata occupations) are as follows:

 

Occupations

No. of EOI invitations

1

Registered Nurses

317

2

Civil Engineering Professionals

236

3

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

198

4

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

145

5

Electrical Engineers

110

6

Chemical and Materials Engineers

106

7

Other Medical Practitioners

88

8

Secondary School Teachers

72

9

Architects and Landscape Architects

47

10

Management Consultant

42

10

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

42

 

 

For the pro-rata occupations, we are glad to see that the minimum points for Software and Applications Programmers were lowered by 5 points while the points for others remain at previous level.  Please refer to the table below for details: 

 

 

Pro-rata arrangement occupations

Number of invitation in current round

Minimum points currently processed

Minimum points processed in previous round

Software and Applications Programmers

1011

70

75

Accountants

522

80

80

Computer Network Professionals

301

70

70

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

247

70

70

ICT Business and Systems Analysts

204

75

75

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

187

80

80

Other Engineering Professionals

97

75

75

Electronics Engineers

42

70

70

 

 

 

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 7-9 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 subclass 190 

The DHA has published the latest state/territory nomination statistics for the new program year as follows:

 

 

Sep 2018

Aug 2018

Cumulative 2018/19

QLD

148

109

330

NSW

228

173

405

VIC

284

292

1018

WA

0

1

1

SA

41

78

179

TAS

33

132

187

ACT

62

66

218

NT

30

35

90

Total

826

886

2428

 

 

State nomination requirement changes

Queensland (QLD)

QLD removed the following occupations from all the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOLs):

Effective from 24/10/18:

o   Civil Engineer (233211), 

o   Electrical Engineer (233311) 

o   Mechanical Engineer (233512)

Effective from 22/11/18:

o   Finance Manager (132211)

o   Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)

o   Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)

o   Developer Programmer (261312)

o   Software Engineer (261313)

If you have not received an invitation from QLD Government by today, your application is deemed to be unsuccessful.

 

Canberra/ACT

The ACT Government started a new skilled nomination system for subclass 190, called Canberra Matrix, on 29 Nov 2018.

The ACT Government will assess applications each month with a merit-based system as opposed to the previous first-in first-serve system. Under the new system, prospective migrants will gain points depending on how long they have lived in Canberra, if they have studied in Canberra and if their profession is considered in demand.

The estimated number of invitation available for the remaining 2018/19 program year will be 500.The ACT Government will practice run the program in Dec 2018, Jan and Feb 2019 before moving into a full operational run.

For details of the program and the latest ACT occupation list, please refer to http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/   

 

Tasmania (TAS)

The TAS Government has sheded some lights on what occupations in TAS are in high demand and they are sought after by adding the following statements to the “Requirements” section of the 190 visa page.

 
Regard is given to applicants who have skills in particular need in the Tasmanian economy including:

o   Health and medical professions

o   Construction industries

o   Agricultural professions”

 

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. 

We wish you have a safe and happy festive season. 

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