Skill Select Results February 21st, 2018
The Department of Immigration has released the analysis of the 21st February 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: Once again, 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 dated 7th February 2018! Once again, not a single “Accountant” was invited! The total number of invitations for this financial year (July to February) has been 13,856 so I expect that in the remaining financial year (March-June 2018) it is likely that there will be some increase in the number of invitations provided by the Department of Immigration.
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. Under the subclass 489 (Skilled Family Sponsored) visa a meagre 5 invitations were issued, at 80 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, February 2017 round have been low numbers, 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 SC190 and state-nominated SC489.
For this round, most invitations (204) were to applicants who have 75 points. Another 30 invitations went to persons with 80 points. 7 invitations were given to applicants having 85 points or more.
51 applicants were invited at 70 points. There were NO INVITES to applicants with 60 or 65 points.
I wish to highlight once again 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. I am looking forward to Department of Immigration (now Department of Home Affairs making the necessary adjustments to their reporting-tables.
For the occupations subject to pro-rata arrangements, Accountants did not get any invitations. 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 70 points with the date of effect 07-11-2017, so they seem to have about three-four months waiting in the queue.
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers got invited at 70 points with a date of effect 04-11-2017, this date has now gone slightly “backwards” since the last invitation which is perhaps the effect of “re-invitation” as mentioned above.
Other Engineering Professionals got invited at 75 points with the date of effect 14-02-2018. In the January 2018 round, this date was a “2016” date and I had mentioned that it seems to be an aberration – I was right. The new date 14-02-2018 is quite significant – waiting in the queue is down to ONE WEEK 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 30-01-2018 and 16-02-2018 – about 1 month’s waiting in the queue, but the good news is only for 75-point holders.
21 February 2018 Invitation Round
The table below (published by Department of Immigration – now renamed Depart of Home Affairs) shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 21 February 2018.
Invitations issued on 21 February 2018
|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
|Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)||2000||2000||3500||2500||1400||600||600||600||13200|
|Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)||210||256||93||57||10||10||10||10||656|
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.
21 February 2018 results
The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 21 February 2018 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.
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)||70||10/11/2017 5:47 PM|
|Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)||80||10/02/2018 12:42 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 program year.
Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 21 February 2018 invitation round.
|Occupation ID||Description||Points score||Date of effect|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||80||20/01/2018 8:58 PM|
|2334||Electronics Engineer||70||7/11/2017 8:20 PM|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||70||4/11/2017 8:04 PM|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||75||14/02/2018 12:25 AM|
|2611||ICT Business and System Analysts||75||30/01/2018 4:37 AM|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers||75||10/02/2018 10:44 PM|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals||75||16/02/2018 4:28 AM|
The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2017-2018 program year for each occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group.
Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation. Stock employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and represent the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation.
Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.
Occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 program year
|Occupation ID||Description||Occupation Ceiling Value 2017-18||Invitations to 21/02/2018|
|1341||Child Care Centre Managers||1000||7|
|1342||Health and Welfare Services Managers||1374||11|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*||1327||890|
|2241||Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians||1000||32|
|2245||Land Economists and Valuers||1000||11|
|2321||Architects and Landscape Architects||1474||96|
|2322||Cartographers and Surveyors||1000||24|
|2331||Chemical and Materials Engineers||1000||155|
|2332||Civil Engineering Professionals||3296||357|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*||2178||1012|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals*||1000||559|
|2341||Agricultural and Forestry Scientists||1000||59|
|2346||Medical Laboratory Scientists||1487||43|
|2349||Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals||1000||16|
|2411||Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers||2639||51|
|2414||Secondary School Teachers||7910||165|
|2415||Special Education Teachers||1000||6|
|2512||Medical Imaging Professionals||1113||22|
|2514||Optometrists and Orthoptists||1000||10|
|2519||Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals||1000||0|
|2521||Chiropractors and Osteopaths||1000||9|
|2527||Speech Professionals and Audiologists||1000||20|
|2531||General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers||3495||125|
|2533||Internal Medicine Specialists||1000||8|
|2539||Other Medical Practitioners||1000||191|
|2611||ICT Business and Systems Analysts*||1574||1048|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers*||6202||3108|
|2621||Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists||2391||202|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals*||1318||655|
|2633||Telecommunications Engineering Professionals||1000||321|
|3122||Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1000||22|
|3123||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1000||26|
|3132||Telecommunications Technical Specialists||1000||11|
|3222||Sheetmetal Trades Workers||1000||1|
|3223||Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers||4426||14|
|3232||Metal Fitters and Machinists||5330||17|
|3233||Precision Metal Trades Workers||1000||0|
|3311||Bricklayers and Stonemasons||1271||10|
|3312||Carpenters and Joiners||6968||17|
|3322||Painting Trades Workers||2780||5|
|3334||Wall and Floor Tilers||1407||0|
|3421||Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||1427||4|
|3422||Electrical Distribution Trades Workers||1000||2|
|3423||Electronics Trades Workers||1878||22|
|3991||Boat Builders and Shipwrights||1000||0|
*Occupations that are subject to pro-rata arrangements. For Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.
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