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SkillSelect and State-Nomination invitation round – 11 April 2020

04/30/2020

Cyrus Mistry Reviews Invitation Rounds Skill Select Skill Select Round Results April 2020 Subclass 190; Subclass 189; EOI Subclass 489

11 April 2020 Skill Select Round and State Nomination Results

Skill Select Invitation Round Results
11 April 2020 Skill Select

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SkillSelect EOI Invitation Round Results plus State-Nominated Invitation results are for:

  1.  Skill Select EOI Invitation Round is for people who lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI)
  2. The two GSM visa subclasses are 189 (Skilled Independent) (Australian Permanent visa) and subclass 491 (Skilled Family Sponsored) (Australian Provisional visa).
  3. The two State-nominated visa subclasses are 190 (Skilled State-nominated) (Australian Permanent visa) and subclass 491 (Skilled State Nominated Regional) (Australian Provisional visa).

EasyMigrate is a leading Australian migration agency, based in Perth, Australia. Mr Cyrus Mistry (founder of EasyMigrate) has reviewed SkillSelect EOI Invitation Round Results – see his comments below.

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Skill Select Tables

Tables:

Visa subclass

Number of invitations issued

 

 

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

50

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)  Family-Sponsored

50

For Non-Pro rata occupations the Department of Immigration has announced points cut-off as per the table below:

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

All EOIs submitted before

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

95

25/03/2020

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored)

95

10/04/2020

 

For Pro-rata occupations the Department of Immigration has announced points cut-off as per the table below:

Subclass

ANZSCO Group

Description

Minimum points score

All EOIs submitted prior to: (cut-off)

 

 

 

 

 

189

2211

Accountants

100

25/03/2020

189

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

95

16/01/2020

189

2334

Electronics Engineer

95

23/03/2020

491

2334

Electronics Engineer

95

18/03/2020

189

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

95

18/03/2020

491

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

105

19/11/2019

189

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

95

23/03/2020

491

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

105

11/12/2019

189

2611

ICT Business and System Analysts

95

13/03/2020

491

2611

ICT Business and System Analysts

105

02/04/2020

189

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

95

24/03/2020

491

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

95

10/04/2020

189

2631

Computer Network Professionals

95

21/03/2020

 

Invitations issued during the last 12 months:

Month

Number of Invitations –

Subclass 189 Independent

Number of Invitations –

Subclass 491 Family-sponsored

March 2019

1490

Old SC489 – 10

April 2019

100

Old SC489 – 10

May 2019

100

Old SC489 – 10

June 2019

100

Old SC489 – 10

July 2019

1000

Old SC489 – 100

Aug 2019

100

Old SC489 – 100

Sept 2019

100

Old SC489 – 100

Oct 2019

1500

0

Nov 2019

250

0

Dec 2019

250

200

Jan 2020

1000

300

Feb 2020

1000

500

March 2020

1750

300

April 2020

50

50

 

Invitations issued for State Nominated SC190 and Regional State-nominated SC491 (March 2020 results have been published):

State

Number of Invitations –

Subclass 190 State Nominated

Number of Invitations –

Subclass 491 Regional State Nominated

ACT (Canberra)

89

57

New South Wales

327

0

Northern Territory

54

49

Queensland

0

228

South Australia

59

142

Tasmania

116

129

Victoria

278

125

Western Australia

92

33

TOTAL

1074

763

For SC189 Independent:

  • No invitations went to applicants with 90 points or less
  • 17 invitations went to applicants with 95 points
  • 15 invitations went to applicants with 100 points
  • 12 invitations went to applicants with 105 points
  • No invitations went to applicants with 110 points or more.

For SC491-Family Sponsored:

  • No invitations went to applicants with 90 points or less
  • 27 invitations went to applicants with 95 points
  • 9 invitations went to applicants with 100 points
  • 13 invitations went to applicants with 105 points
  • No invitations went to applicants with 110 points or more.

There were no invitations to persons with 90 points or less (but historically, even at 70 points, 884 persons were invited in March 2019, 848 invited in Jan 2019 and 32 invited in February 2019).

Occupations Analysis

The cut-off for Skilled Independent (SC189) was 95 points, cut-off date 25-03-2020.

The previous cut-off for Skilled Regional Family Sponsored (SC491) was 85 points, cut-off date 05-02-2020 in previous invitation rounds and 300 persons were invited. But this time only 50 SC491 Family Sponsored applicants were invited, starting at 95 points with cut-off date 10-04-2020.

The “boom” months were between September 2018 and November 2018 at 4,350 invitations per month.

In the October 2018 invitation round, 70-point holders were also invited for SC189, but not anymore. This is due to a combination of increased numbers of applications received by the Department of Immigration and reduced quota for invitations.

For pro-rata Occupations:

For Accountants, the SC189 invitation threshold increased to 100 points (It had come down to 80 points in January 2019 and 90 points in March 2020). The cut-off date is published as 25-03-2020, which means that all “Accountant” applicants with 100 points who lodged before 25-03-2020 got invited. SC491 Family-Sponsored applicants (Accountants, Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers) were not invited at all.

For the Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers occupations, the cut-off points-score for SC189 has stayed at 95, and the cut-off date is now 16-01-2020. SC491 Family-Sponsored applicants were not invited at all.

Electronics Engineers did not get invited for SC189 in the September 2019 or October 2019.  In December 2019 they had been invited at 95 points or more, cut-off date was 04-06-2019. Electronics Engineers have been invited 95 points, cut-off date is 20-03-2020. SC491 Family-Sponsored applicants were invited for Electronic Engineer occupation at 95 points, cut-off date 18-03-2020.

Historical Analysis

The number of monthly invitations used to hover around the “two thousand-plus” around 2017 good months.  They went lower between November 2017 to June 2018 at about 305 “SkillSelect” invitations per fortnight for the EOI applicants! 

From July 2018 the invitations were on par with the good months in previous year (2017).

The two rounds of October 2018 and November 2018 EXCEEDED our expectations at 4,340 invitations.  

But the December 2018 round and January 2019  halved to 2,500 invitations. February 2019,  March 2019  were FURTHER REDUCED to 1,500 invitations, and April 2019 plus May 2019 plus June 2019 invitations were a disappointing 100 invitations only. 

July 2019 invitations had bounced back to 1,000 invitations. But August 2019 and September 2019 had fallen back to just 100 invitations! October 2019 invitations looked much better at 1,500 invitations. But November 2019 round was very poor at 250 invitations. The December 2019 was not much better – 250 invitations for SC189 and 200 invitations for SC491-Family-Sponsored. The January 2020 and February 2020 invitations were better with 1,000 SC190 invitations and 300 to 500 SC491-Family-Sponsored invitations. The March 2020 round was good at 1,750 invitations for SC189 and 300 invitations for SC491.

The current round under review (11 April 2020) was terrible –  at 50 invitations for SC189 and 50 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored.

The total number of invitations for the financial year (July 2018 to June 2019) was 22,920.

Based on July 2018,  August 2018September 2018,  October 2018November 2018 December 2018  January 2019  February 2019 March 2019April 2019 and May 2019 figures, I had forecast in my previous articles that the total number of EOI applicants invited for the financial year July 2018 to June 2019 would be  22,820 – my estimate was very close because the FINAL COUNT SkillSelect Invitation Round Results was 22,920!

Cyrus Mistry Comments

Because of the COVID19 pandemic, the current round of invitations has been drastically cut.

Recent developments around the word regarding the Coronavirus is likely to have some effect on Dept of Immigration managers. As the “migration program” especially in the GSM and State-Nominated subclasses are “long term” processes taking 12-24 months to be finalised, we hope that the DoHA management keeps these subclasses ongoing and unaffected.

The effect of “re-invitation” continues to plague the SkillSelect invitations program. In my previous articles, I had mentioned about the impact of “re-invitation”. Many applicants have changed to other countries or changed their plans but have not removed their Expressions of Interest (EOI). So they get invited, but they do not apply within the next 60 days. These applicants usually get “re-invited” as per the Dept of Immigration rules one more time! I estimate this figure to be as high as 30-40% in many occupations. This severely affects the program. For example, out of the 1,000-odd invitations in January 2020 only about 600-800 may take it up, 200-400 “invites” are wasted! This is something that the Department of Home Affairs has not been able to tackle yet.

Please keep in mind that for the SC491 FAMILY-SPONSORED visa, the applicant needs to have scored 80 points “independently” plus the 15 points from their family-sponsor (if invitations are starting at 95 points). From 16 November 2019 onwards the new Subclass 491 Regional Family-Sponsored visa has come into effect, replacing the SC489 family-Sponsored.

Our EasyMigrate website has statistics for previous SkillSelect Invitation Round Results. My ongoing analysis commencing October 2017 invitation round and right up to the most recent invitation rounds are all available on our website. 

Invitation Rounds Results

Current round

Invitations issued on 11 April 2020 by Department of Home Affairs

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 11 April 2020.

Invitations by Points Score 11 April 2020

Invitation process and cut offs

The highest ranked clients by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Latest date of effect

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

95

25/03/2020 5:36PM

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored)

95

10/04/2020 7:12PM

Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 11 April 2020 invitation round.

Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the program year.

SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored . If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 491 visas in these occupations.

Subclass

Occupation ID

Description

Minimum points score

Latest date of effect

189

2211

Accountants

100

25/03/2020  8:33PM

189

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

95

16/01/2020  6:41PM

189

2334

Electronics Engineer

95

20/03/2020  8:36PM

491

2334

Electronics Engineer

95

18/03/2020  9:45PM

189

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

95

18/03/2020  10:04PM 

491

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

105

19/11/2019  7:50PM

189

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

95

23/03/2020  12:45AM 

491

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

105

11/12/2019  5:17PM

189

2611

ICT Business and System Analysts

95

13/03/2020  4:10AM

491

2611

ICT Business and System Analysts

105

2/04/2020  3:20PM

189

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

95

24/03/2020  3:15PM

491

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

95

10/04/2020  7:12PM

189

2631

Computer Network Professionals

95

21/03/2020  10:25AM 

 

Invitations issued during 2019-20 program year

Visa subclass

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Total

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

1,000

100

100

1,500

250

250

1,000

1,000

1,750

 50

 

 

7,000

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored

 

 

 

 

 

200

300

500

300

 50

 

 

1,350

Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)

100

100

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

300

Total

1,100

200

200

1,500

250

450

1,300

1,500

2,050

 100

 

 

8,650

The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.

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