Skill Select End of Year Analysis

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Skill Select 9th November 2017 Round Results

The Department of Immigration has released the analysis of the 9th November 2017 round results (Expressions of Interest) for the visa subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) and 489 (Skilled Family Sponsored). EasyMigrate’s Principal Migration Consultant Mr Cyrus Mistry has reviewed these results:

Broad Overview: I have done an end-of-year analysis regarding the Expression of Interest regime. The total number of invitations for the last six months has been approx. 11,300 so I expect that in the remaining financial year (Jan-June 2018) there is likely to be a slight increase in the number of invitations provided by the Department of Immigration.

Under the subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) visa, 700 invitations were issued in total with only 5 invitations under the subclass 489 (Skilled Family Sponsored) visa.  This means that most places were taken by the subclass 189 visa as it gets preference over the subclass 489 visa.  It brings the total number of invitation under the General Skilled Migration Pathway 189 and 489 to 705.  This is a decrease of 550 invitations since 18 October 2017 round.  The total invitations for the current financial year commencing 1 July 2017 are standing at 11,321.

For this round, most invitations (375) were to applicants who have 75 points.  Approximately 175 invites were to applicants on 70 points. There were no invitations for applicants who have 60 or 65 points. 141 invites were to applicants on 80 points with 9 invitations going to applicants having 85 points or more.

For the occupations subject to pro-rata arrangements, Accountants got invitations at a point score of 75 for applications with a visa date of effect of 15 September 2017.  Accountants were excluded from the previous rounds for a while so this is good news for Accountants!

Industrial, Mechanical, Production and Electronics Engineers got invited at 70 points with varying visa dates of effect.

ICT Business and Systems Analysts got invited at 70 points with visa date of effect 26-07-2017

Same 70 points for Software and Application Programmers and Computer Network Professionals, however their visa date of effect is better – 21-10-2017 so they seem to be standing a better chance at getting invitations”.

SkillSelect Round Results from 9th November 2017

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect round on 9th November 2017

Invitations issued on 9 November 2017

Visa Subclass Number
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 700
Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) 5

During 2017-18 program year the following numbers of invitations have been issued:

Invitations issued during 2017-18 program year

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June Total
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 2000 2000 3500 2500 700               10700
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 210 256 93 57 5               621
Total 2210 2256 3593 2557 705               11321

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.

9 November 2017 results

The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 9 November 2017 round.

Invitation process and cut off

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 visa date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass 489). If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

Visa Subclass Points score Visa date of effect
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 70 21/10/2017 2.21 am
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 80 31/05/2017 3.25 am

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 programme year.

Point scores and the visa dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 9 November 2017 invitation round.

Occupation ID Description Points score Visa date of effect
2211 Accountants 75 15/09/2017 5.11 pm
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 75 23/06/2017 3.58 pm
2334 Electronics Engineer 70 19/10/2017 7.23 pm
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 70 20/10/2017 7.11 pm
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 70 20/10/2017 8.40 pm
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 70 28/07/2017 7.16 pm
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 70 21/10/2017 1.46 pm
2631 Computer Network Professionals 70 21/10/2017 2.21 pm

Above information has been sourced from Department of Immigration & Border Protection.

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