Skill Select EOI Invitation Results for June 20th, 2018

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Skill Select EOI Invitation Results for June 20th, 2018

The Department of  Home Affairs (DoHA) has released the analysis of the 20th June 2018 “Skill Select” invitation results (Expressions of Interest – EOI) for the visa subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) and 489 (Skilled Family Sponsored).

EasyMigrate’s Principal Migration Consultant Mr Cyrus Misty has reviewed these results – commentary is given below.

Broad Overview:

Breaking news: Department of Immigration (now DoHA) has announced that from August 2018 there will be only ONE ROUND OF INVITATIONS PER MONTH, starting around 11 August 2018.

Recent news: Department of Immigration (now DoHA) has announced that from 1 July 2018 the “pass mark” has been increased from 60 to 65points. New invitations will only go to applicants with 65 points or more.

For the last eight months, the Dept of Immigration (now Department of Home Affairs) has once again released only 305 invitations. This level has been static since November 2017. For many months the “Accountants group” of occupations were not invited at all. This is now the third round of invitations where DOHA has finally invited Accountants, Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers! Accountants who score 80 points or more have been invited, and the cut-off date is published as 03-02-2018 which means that all “Accountant” applicants with 80 points or more who applied for their Expression of Interest (EOI)  before 03-02-2018 got invited. For the other occupations listed above, the cut-off date is 13-02-2018 (in the last round of invitations this was also 13-02-2018, so this has stayed “static”).

The total number of invitations for this financial year (July 2017 to June 2018) has been 16,296. I was hoping for a substantial increase in the number of invitations for this fiscal year (July 2017 – June 2018) … but it has not happened. There may be more invitations planned for the next financial year (July 2018 – June 2019) – let us wait and see.

I have said this before, and I think it is still relevant: Why only 305 invitations at each round? Why did this start happening from November 2017? To me, the “November 2017” date has significance because Dept of Immigration takes about eight months to process SC189 / 489-Family-Sponsored applications. It would not affect their statistics till June 2018!! But this slow-down will certainly affect their statistics in the 2018-2019 financial year. So is this a deliberate attempt to slow down the “pipeline” in preparation for some dramatic changes to be announced after July/August 2018? I hope I am wrong, but I expect dramatic changes will be published August 2018 onwards!

Once again for this latest round of invitations under the subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) visa, only 300 invitations were issued, at 75 points or above. Only five invitations were issued to SC489 Family-Sponsored applicants – 3 at 80 points and 2 at 85 points… 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. 

As I have mentioned in my previous newsletter, This is a decrease of about 2250 invitations per month compared to the October 2017 invitations; it is about 1105 invitations less than the November 2017 round. The December 2017 round, January 2017 roundFebruary 2017 roundMarch 2018 round and April 2018 round and the May 2018 Round and the two x June 2018 rounds. All of these have been very low with the number of invitations, with only 610 invitations per month (305 invitations x 2 invitation-rounds each month). I estimate that the current rounds are only about 25-30% of the usual monthly track-record before October 2017.

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

For this round, most invitations (174) were to applicants who have 75 points. Another 74 invitations went to persons with 80 points. 49 invitations were given to applicants having 85 points. 3 invitations were given to applicants with  90 points.

There were NO INVITES to applicants with 60, 65 or 70 points.

As I have mentioned before – when the number of invitations is so low, then anomalies creep in – let me explain. I estimate that about 15% of the “invitations” usually do not get taken up (because of the applicant’s changed circumstances). These “invitations” expire after 60 days and lead to a “re-invite” in the next round of invitations (maximum two invites). When the number of invitations is reduced by DIBP to a paltry 300 (instead of the usual 2000-3000 per month), then these “re-invitations” tend to skew the results and give inaccurate statistics.

For the occupations subject to pro-rata arrangements, Accountants with 80 points or more got invitations up to an EOI-date of 03-02-2018. “Auditors,” “Company Secretaries” and “Corporate Treasurers” also got invited at 80 points, with a cut-off date of 13-02-2018. This is a good development because Accountants had been excluded (or dramatically reduced) since Oct-Nov 2017 invitation-rounds!

Electronics Engineers got invited at 75 points with the date of effect 12-06-2018, so they seem to have waited ONLY EIGHT DAYS IN THE QUEUE! Unfortunately, this is only for 75 point applicants; all others lost out.

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers also got invited at 75 points with a date of effect 12-04-2018.

Other Engineering Professionals got invited at 75 points with the date of effect 12-04-2018. So for these occupations the waiting in the queue has now increased to about TEN WEEKS but only for 75-point holders! As the number of “invitations” increase over the next few rounds, this is a good sign for other engineers who are waiting at 70 points and 65 points.

ICT Professionals (Business and Systems Analysts) got invited at 75 points with visa date of effect 26-02-2018.

ICT Professionals (Software and Application Programmers) got invited at 75 points with visa date of effect 05-04-2018.  

ICT Professionals (Computer Network Professionals) got invited at 75 points with visa date of effect 01-05-2018.

So for ICT professionals, there is about 1.5 to 4 month’s waiting in the queue. The good news is only for 75-point holders. Again, if the number of invitations at each round goes up for the next financial year (July 2018 – June 2019), then more ICT professionals with 70 and 65 points are likely to be invited.

20 June 2018 Invitation Round

The table below (published by Department of Immigration – now renamed Depart of Home Affairs – DoHA) shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 20th June 2018:

Invitations issued on 20 June 2018

Visa Subclass Number
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 300
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 1400 600 600 600 600 600 600 600 15600
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 210 256 93 57 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 696
Total 2210 2256 3593 2557 1410 610 610 610 610 610 610 610 16296

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.

20 June 2018 results


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.

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 Date of effect
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 75 13/06/2018  10:03 PM
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 80 9/05/2018  12:07 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 20 June 2018 invitation round.

Occupation ID Description Points score Date of effect
2211 Accountants 80 3/02/2018  4:13 PM
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 80 13/02/2018  4:25 PM
2334 Electronics Engineer 75 12/06/2018  10:35 PM
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 75 12/04/2018  8:49 PM
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 75 12/04/2018  3:22 PM
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 75 26/02/2018  12:06 AM
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 75 5/04/2018  4:27 PM
2631 Computer Network Professionals 75 1/05/2018  9:49 AM