Skill Select EOI Invitation Results for March 21st, 2018
The Department of Immigration has released the analysis of the 21st March 2018 round results (Expressions of Interest – EOI) 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: For the sixth time in succession, the number of invitations provided by the Dept of Immigration is very low and disappointing. – only 305 which is the same as the last round of invitations! Once again, not a single “Accountant” was invited! The total number of invitations for this financial year (July to March 2018) has been 14,466 so I expect that in the remaining financial year (April-June 2018) it is likely that there will be some increase in the number of invitations provided by the Department of Immigration… but I am beginning to lose hope.
Once again for this latest round of invitations under the subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) visa, only 300 invitations were issued, at 70 points or above. Only five invitations were issued to SC489 Family-Sponsored applicants – 4 at 80 points and 1 at 75 points.
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 round, and February 2017 round and March 2018 round have all been very low with the number of invitations, with only 610 invitations per month (305 invitations x 2 invitation-rounds each month). My estimate is that the current rounds are only at 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 (193) were to applicants who have 75 points. Another 50 invitations went to persons with 80 points. 10 invitations were given to applicants having 85 points or more.
47 applicants were invited at 70 points. There were NO INVITES to applicants with 60 or 65 points.
As I have mentioned before – when the number of invitations are so low, then anomalies creep in – let me explain. My estimate is 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 did not get any invitations on 21st March 2018. I am hoping that DIBP recommences invitations for “Accountants” soon. Accountants have been excluded (or dramatically reduced) since Oct-Nov 2017 invitation-rounds!
Electronics Engineers got invited at 75 points with the date of effect 20-03-2018, so they seem to have waited ONLY ONE DAY IN THE QUEUE! Unfortunately, this is only for 75 point applicants, all others lost out.
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers got invited at 70 points with a date of effect 14-11-2017.
Other Engineering Professionals got invited at 75 points with the date of effect 09-03-2018. The new date 09-03-2018 is quite significant – waiting in the queue is down to TWO 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, Software Programmers and Network Professionals) got invited at 75 points with visa date of effect ranging between 07-02-2018 and 16-03-2018 – about 1 month’s waiting in the queue, but the good news is only for 75-point holders.
21 March 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 21 March 2018.
Invitations issued on 21 March 2018