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SkillSelect updates – September 2017

The DIBP has released the 20 September 2017 SkillSelect invitation round’s result. Some key points are summarised as follows:

In September, there were a total of 3500 and 93 invitations were issued for subclasses 189 (point tested stream) and 489 (family sponsored stream) respectively. This represents an additional 1500 invitations for subclass 189 but 163 invitations fewer for subclass 489 when compared with the last month’s result. A total of 2,500 and 200 invitations will be made for subclass 189 and 489 respectively in October 2017.

 

For the eight occupations subject to pro-rata quota arrangement, the competition remains tough. The table below summarises occupations which require pro-rata arrangement:

Occupation Required points No. of invitations for current round Quota filled up Available quota  (%) Approx. Waiting time
Accountants 85 239 1434 3351 (70%) Next round
Auditors 75 66 396 931 (70%) 8 weeks
Electronics Engineers 65 50 300 700 (70%) 9 weeks
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 65 108 648 1,530 (70%) 31 weeks
Other Engineering Professionals 70 50 300 700 (70%) Next round
Software and Applications Programmers 65 310 1,860 4,342 (70%) 25 weeks
ICT Business and System Analysts 70 78 468 1,106 (70%) 14 weeks
Computer Network Professionals 65 65 390 928 (70%) 31 weeks

For intended migrants who work in the above eight occupations but with lower scores, you may wish to consider other visa options, such as migration via state sponsorship. You are strongly encouraged to discuss your situation with registered migration agents.

 

For occupation without any pro-rata arrangement, the current cutoff point remains at 65 and the waiting time is shortened to within one week. This implies that most of the 65 points EOI applications have been processed in the current round. We expect SkillSelect may start processing EOI applications with 60 points in the coming rounds.

 

As the required point for invitation is expected to be lowered to 60 in the coming rounds, it is a good chance for people who are working in occupations with low filled up rate to consider independent skills migration. The table below sets out some Hong Kong popular occupations with low filled up rate:

Occupation Quota for the financial year No. of invitations up-to-date for 2017/18 Filled up rate (%)
Architects and Landscape Architects 1,474 64 4.4
Civil Engineering Professionals 3,296 242 7.3
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2,639 33 1.3
Secondary School Teachers 7,910 101 1.3
Occupational Therapists 1,109 15 1.4
Physiotherapists 1,464 23 1.6
General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3,495 63 1.8
Registered Nurses 16,741 505 3.0
Psychologists 1,750 9 0.5
Social Workers 1,562 38 2.4

The above source is extracted from DIBP website: 20 September 2017 round results 

 

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