Skill Select EOI Invitation Results for 11th February 2019

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Skill Select EOI Invitation Results for 11th February 2019


In early- March 2019, the Department of  Home Affairs (DoHA) has released the statistical analysis of the 11th February 2019 “Skill Select” invitation results. This is for persons who lodged Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the General Skilled Migration or “GSM” visa subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) and subclass 489 (Skilled Family Sponsored).

EasyMigrate is a leading Australian migration agent, based in Perth, Australia. EasyMigrate’s Migration Consultant Mr Cyrus Mistry (our principal immigration agent in Australia) has reviewed these SkillSelect results – see his comments below.


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Broad Overview:

Recent news: Department of Immigration (now DoHA) has announced that from Financial Year 2018-2019 there will be only ONE ROUND OF SKILL SELECT INVITATIONS PER MONTH – usually around the eleventh of the month.

Recent news: From 1 July 2018 the “pass mark” has been increased from 60 to 65 points. New applicants can lodge their Expression Of Interest (EOI) with 65 points or more. Other applicants who submitted their EOI before 30 June 2018 with 60 points will continue to stay in the queue.

Our Recommendation: Most applicants with 60 or 65 points are not getting invited at all since the last 18 months or so. Many 70-pointers are also not getting invitations for a long time.

SOLUTION: apply for state-nominations also, in parallel. We have many clients who were waiting for a more than a year, so we did a file-review and recommended a suitable state-nomination option. Many of them got invited for permanent residency WITHIN 8-12 WEEKS!

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Next round will be 11 April 2019. Commentary regarding the March 2019 Skill Select invitation round will be published by EasyMigrate as soon as those statistics are made available to the public by the Department of Immigration.

Compared to the last invitation round (11 January 2019) this recent skill Select round from Department of Immigration’s “SkillSelect” division has FURTHER CUT THE NUMBER OF INVITATIONS – about 1,500 invitations. Compare this to 4,350 invitations during the “boom” months that we had between September 2018 and November 2018. This represents further “slow down” policy by the Department of Immigration for the financial year 2018-2019.

The exact number of invitations on 11th February 2019: 1,490 invitations in the Skilled Independent SC189 subclass and 10 in the Family-Sponsored Subclass 489.

For this round, most invitations (945) were to applicants who have 75 points.

Only 32 invitations went to persons with 70 points (compared to 848 in Jan 2019).

Two hundred and seventy-one invitations were given to persons with 80 points.

Two hundred and twenty-nine invitations were given to applicants having 85 points.

Thirteen invitations were given to persons with 90 points or more. 

GOOD NEWS is that the number of applicants who were invited in February 2019 for General Skilled Migration SC189 visa was still a substantial number compared to the slowdown in the financial year 2017-2018 (Oct 2017 to June 2018)!

There were NO INVITES to applicants with 60 or 65 points.

Occupations Analysis:

The cut-off for Skilled Independent (SC189) was 70 points, cut-off date 09-11-2018.

The cut-off for Skilled Family Sponsored (SC489) was 80 points, cut-off date 02-10-2018.

This is now the eleventh round of invitations where DoHA has re-commenced inviting Accountants, Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers! For Accountants, the invitation threshold has just increased to 85 points as compared to the last round of 11 January 2019. The cut-off date is published as 09-02-2019 which means that all “Accountant” applicants with 85 points or more who applied for their Expression of Interest (EOI) before 09-02-2019 got invited. In the previous month, the date was 24-08-2018! For the other occupations listed above, the cut-off points-score is still 80, and the cut-off date is 06-07-2018 (in the last round of invitations this was 27-06-2018, so this has moved backwards because of the further reduction in invitations by about 1,000 compared to last month).

Accountants, Auditors etc. had been excluded (or dramatically reduced) since Oct-Nov 2017 invitation-rounds, so this is an excellent ongoing sign that the demand continues!

Electronics Engineers got invited at 75 points with the date of effect 03-12-2018. In the October 2108 invitation round, 70-point holders were also invited, but not anymore. So this is due to a combination of factors: an increase in the number of applications received by the Department of Immigration and reduced number of invitations.

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers were previously invited at 70 points with a date of effect 02-07-2018. But new invitations for February 2019 stop at 75 points, with cut-off date 04-02-2019.

Other Engineering Professionals got invited at 75 points with the date of effect 02-11-2018, i.e. is date has moved forward by two weeks. So in this invitation round, 70-point holders have not been invited once again! 

ICT Professionals (Business and Systems Analysts) got invited at 75 points with the visa date of effect 06-09-2018 – this has moved backwards by about 20 days.

ICT Professionals (Software and Application Programmers) – the pass mark HAS GONE UP to 75 points with the visa date of effect 29-01-2019. Last invitation round date of effect was 23-01-2018 – In the previous invitation-round,  a lot of Software and Application programmers who had been waiting in the queue for a long time got selected. Unfortunately, the same thing has not happened in this skill select invitation round.  

ICT Professionals (Computer Network Professionals) got invited at 75 points with the visa date of effect 10-02-2019 – this moved forward by six months.

So for most ICT professionals, there is now a substantial waiting in the queue for their Expression of Interest to be converted into an “invite”.

The good news is that the list still continues to include at least a few 70-point scorers in some occupations! Again, if the number of invitations at each round goes up for the next invitation rounds in this general skilled migration program, then more occupations with 70 and 65 points are likely to be invited.

Please note that the EOI date resets each time an applicant does an “upgrade” or change, e.g. additional points for age, extra points for work-experience, successful NAATI test, etc.

In my earlier articles, I was hoping that the number of “invitations” rises over the next few rounds – BUT IT REDUCED BY ALMOST 65% for this month compared to “boom” months! This is certainly not a good sign for all occupations who are waiting at 70 points and 65 points. This may be a slowdown due to financial-year adjustments – based on the July2018-June2019 quota.

Historical Analysis:

The number of monthly invitations used to hover around the “two thousand-plus” mark for last few months and were even lower between November 2017 and June 2018 at about 305 “SkillSelect” invitations per fortnight for the EOI applicants! 

For July 2018, 1,010 invitations had been issued to persons who had lodged their Expression of Interest (EOI). This was better than the 610 invitations being issued from Nov 2017 onwards until June 2018. But still a lot less than the 2,000-odd invitations that were being issued per month before October 2017. Until January 2019 the number of invitations were regularly above the two-thousand mark in the 11 August 2018, AND the 11 September 2018SkillSelect results – then jumped up to 4,340 invitations on 11 October 2018 and 11 November 2018 invitations. December 2018 and January 2019 invitation-rounds have seen a drop-back to the 2,000+ levels.

The total number of invitations for the last financial year (July 2017 to June 2018) was 16,296.

Based on July 2018,  August 2018September 2018,  October 2018November 2018,  December 2018 and January 2019 figures, the total number of EOI applicants invited for this financial year (July 2018 to June 2019) could be (21,130 divides by 8 multiply by 12) = approx. 31,700 per year which would mean a substantial increase in Subclass 189and Subclass 489 (Family) invitations compared to the previous financial year 2017-2018. There may be even more invitations planned for the next four months (March 2019 – June 2019) – let us wait and see.

The effect of “re-invitations” continues to plague the SkillSelect invitations program. In my previous articles, I had mentioned about the effect of “re-invitation”. Many applicants have moved on 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 Dept of Immigration rules one more time! I estimate this figure to be as high as 30-40% in many occupations. This seriously affects the program because out of the 1,500-odd invitations in February 2019 only about 900-1000 get taken up! This is something that the Department of Home Affairs has not been able to tackle yet.

For this latest round of invitations under the subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) visa, 1,490 invitations were issued, at 70 points or above. Only ten invitations were issued to SC489 Family-Sponsored applicants –at 80 points or above… so as you can see, the SC489 FAMILY-SPONSORED applicant needs to have scored 70-75 points “independently” plus the 10 points from their family-sponsor. 

On our EasyMigrate website, we have the statistics. My ongoing analysis for the  October 2017 invitations; the November 2017 invitation round and the December 2017 round are available. January 2018 roundFebruary 2018 roundMarch 2018 round, April 2018 roundMay 2018 Round, the two x June 2018 rounds, the 11th July 2018, 11th August 2018   the 11 September 2018,  October 2018November 2018December 2018 and January 2019 invitation rounds are also available on our website. I estimate that the Nov 2017 to June 2018 rounds were only about 30-40% of the usual monthly track-record before October 2017, but from July 2018 the invitations are on par with the good months up to September 2017 in previous years, and the two rounds of October 2018 and November 2018 EXCEEDED our expectations.  But the December 2018 round and January 2019 has halved to 2,500 invitations. Now February 2019 is FURTHER REDUCED to 1,500 invitations.

Please note that these figures do not include invitations under the state-nominated subclass 190 and state-nominated “Regional” subclass 489.

Invitations issued on 11 February 2019

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 11 February 2019.

Visa subclass Number
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 1,490
Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 10

During 2018-19 program year the following numbers of invitations have been issued:

11 February 2019 results

The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 11 February 2019 round.

Graph showing the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 11 February 2019 round

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 Date of effect
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 70

9/11/2018  11:49 pm

Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 80

2/10/2018  12:46 pm

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.

Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 11 February 2019 invitation round.

Occupation ID Description Minimum points score Date of effect
2211 Accountants 85 9/02/2019  5:53 pm
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 80 6/07/2018  3:53 pm
2334 Electronics Engineer 75 3/12/2018  2:37 pm
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 75 4/02/2019  11:11 am
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 75 2/11/2018  2:03 pm
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 75 6/09/2018  3:40 pm
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 75 28/01/2019  9:03 pm
2631 Computer Network Professionals 75 10/02/2019  5:01 am

Invitations issued during 2018-19 program year

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 1,000 2,490 2,490 4,340 4,340 2,490 2,490 1,490         21,130
Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489) 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10         80
Total 1,010 2,500 2,500 4,350 4,350 2,500 2,500 1,500         21,210

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.