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Skilled migration news – Sep 2018

Skilled Migration
SkillSelect Update

The latest invitation round was conducted on 11 August 2018. The results were as follows:

  • There are 2500 invitations offered, 2490 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 allocation mix between non-prorata and protata is 47:53

 The graph below set out the allocation of invitations by point score in July’s rounds (for subclass 189 only).

SkillSelect 11 Aug 2018 Round
189 EOIs in August 2018

The top 10 occupations (excluding pro-rata occupations) to receive an invitation are as follows:

 

 

Occupations

No. of EOI invitations

1

Registered Nurses

188

2

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

132

3

Civil Engineering Professionals

125

4

Other Medical Practitioners

109

5

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

94

6

Electrical Engineers

68

7

Chemical and Materials Engineers

60

8

Secondary School Teachers

52

9

Architects and Landscape Architects

45

9

General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers

45

For the pro-rata occupations, we are happy to see that the minimum points for some of the pro-rata occupations were lowered by 5 points. 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

512

75

75

Accountants

264

80

85

Computer Network Professionals

152

70

75

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

125

70

75

ICT Business and Systems Analysts*

103

75

80

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

94

80

80

Other Engineering Professionals

49

75

80

Electronics Engineers

21

75

75

The new occupation ceiling values in 2018/19

On 29 August 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) released the updated the skilled migration occupations ceiling values for 2018/19 program year. There was no change in occupations in the lists. We observed that there were 17 occupations with the ceiling values increased, whilst there were 19 occupations have their values reduced.

The table sets out some popular occupations that has increased in ceiling values for 2018/19 program year:

Occupation ID

Description

2017-18 Ceiling

2018-19 Ceiling

Change

2613

Software and Applications Programmers*

6202

7271

1069

2631

Computer Network Professionals*

1318

2167

849

2544

Registered Nurses

16741

17322

581

2414

Secondary School Teachers

7910

8480

570

2725

Social Workers

1562

2125

563

2723

Psychologists

1750

2228

478

2621

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

2391

2660

269

2332

Civil Engineering Professionals

3296

3510

214

2525

Physiotherapists

1464

1613

149

3513

Chefs

2675

2821

146

2539

Other Medical Practitioners

1000

1145

145

2524

Occupational Therapists

1109

1227

118

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*

1327

1342

15

Note: * refers to pro-rata arrangement occupation

Some popular occupations that has reduced in ceiling values for 2018/19 program year are set out below:

Occupation ID

Description

2017-18 Ceiling

2018-19 Ceiling

Change

2541

Midwives

1090

1000

-90

2611

ICT Business and Systems Analysts*

1574

1466

-108

3423

Electronics Trades Workers

1878

1769

-109

2531

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

3495

3348

-147

2411

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

2639

2488

-151

2321

Architects and Landscape Architects

1474

1251

-223

2339

Other Engineering Professionals*

1000

700

-300

2713

Solicitors

4161

3770

-391

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*

2178

1780

-398

2334

Electronics Engineers*

1000

300

-700

2211

Accountants*

4785

3753

-1032

Note: * refers to pro-rata arrangement occupation

Processing time for 189 and 190 visas in general

According to the DHA, the estimated visa application processing time as of 22 August 2018 for the following visas are as follows:

Subclass 189 (points-tested stream) around 9-14 months

Subclass 190 (state nomination) around 6 -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.

State nomination statistics for subclass 190 

 

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

 

July 2018

QLD

73

NSW

4

VIC

442

WA

0

SA

60

TAS

22

ACT

90

NT

25

Total

716

 

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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