Skill Select EOI Invitation Results for May 23rd, 2018

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Skill Select EOI Invitation Results for May 23rd, 2018

The Department of  Home Affairs (DoHA) has released the analysis of the 23rd May 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:

Broad Overview: Once again the Dept of Immigration (now Department of Home Affairs) has released only 305 invitations which is the same as the invitation-rounds since November 2017! After many months of harsh policy where no Accountants were being invited, DOHA has finally invited Accountants, Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers in this latest round of invitations! Accountants who score 80 points or more have been invited and the cut-off date is published as 17-01-2018 which means that all “Accountant” applicants with 80 points or more who applied for their Expression of Interest (EOI)  before 17-01-2018 got invited. For the other occupations listed above, the cut-off date is 12-02-2018.

The total number of invitations for this financial year (July 2017 to May 2018) has been 15,686. I was hoping for a substantial increase in the number of invitations for this fiscal year (July 2017 – June 2018) … but I am beginning to lose hope. There may be more invitations planned for next financial year (July 2018 – June 2019) – let us wait and see.

I have made the above “optimistic” statement, but my thoughts and fears are as follows: 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 so 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 in July 2018? I hope I am wrong, but I expect dramatic changes will be published in July 2018!

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 – 4 at 80 points and one 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. 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 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 (192) were to applicants who have 75 points. Another 95 invitations went to persons with 80 points. 11 invitations were given to applicants having 85 points. Two invites went to persons with 90-95 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. 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-invitation” 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 17-01-2018.  “Auditors”, “Company Secretaries” and “Corporate Treasurers” also got invited at 80 points, with a cut-off date of 12-02-2018. 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 17-05-2018, so they seem to have waited ONLY ONE WEEK IN THE QUEUE! Unfortunately, this is only for 75 point applicants; all others lost out.

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers got invited at 75 points with a date of effect 16-05-2018.

Other Engineering Professionals got invited at 75 points with the date of effect 03-04-2018. The new date 03-04-2018 is quite significant – waiting in the queue is down to SIX 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 18-02-2018.

ICT Professionals (Software and Application Programmers) got invited at 75 points with visa date of effect 26-03-2018.

ICT Professionals (Computer Network Professionals) got invited at 75 points with visa date of effect 18-04-2018.

So for ICT professionals, there is about 1 to 3 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, 65 and 60 points are likely to be invited.

23 May 2018 Invitation Round

Invitations issued on 23 May 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 15000
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 210 256 93 57 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 686
Total 2210 2256 3593 2557 1410 610 610 610 610 610 610 15686

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.

23 May 2018 results – 


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 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 18/05/2018  3:15 PM
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 80 26/04/2018  6:49 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 23 May 2018 invitation round.

Occupation ID Description Points score Date of effect
2211 Accountants 80 17/01/2018  2:50 PM
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 80 12/02/2018  3:27 PM
2334 Electronics Engineer 75 17/05/2018  12:13 AM
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 75 16/05/2018  7:41 PM
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 75 3/04/2018  11:27 PM
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 75 18/02/2018  7:19 AM
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 75 26/03/2018  12:06 AM
2631 Computer Network Professionals 75 18/04/2018  7:08 PM