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Skill Select Results February 21st, 2018

03/06/2018

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

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 13200
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 210 256 93 57 10 10 10 10 656
Total 2210 2256 3593 2557 1410 610 610 610 13856

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
2211 Accountants N/A N/A
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
1213 Livestock Farmers 4196 0
1331 Construction Managers 5400 49
1332 Engineering Managers 1155 12
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1000 7
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1374 11
2211 Accountants* 4785 2633
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1327 890
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1000 32
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1000 11
2247 Management consultant 3285 10
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
2333 Electrical Engineers 1042 184
2334 Electronics Engineers* 1000 435
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
2347 Veterinarians 1000 21
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
2524 Occupational Therapists 1109 24
2525 Physiotherapists 1464 37
2526 Podiatrists 1000 5
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1000 20
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3495 125
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1000 8
2534 Psychiatrists 1000 5
2535 Surgeons 1000 9
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1000 191
2541 Midwives 1090 7
2544 Registered Nurses 16741 713
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
2711 Barristers 1000 0
2713 Solicitors 4161 73
2723 Psychologists 1750 22
2725 Social Workers 1562 105
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 22
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1000 26
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1000 11
3211 Automotive Electricians 1000 0
3212 Motor Mechanics 5980 47
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
3241 Panelbeaters 1344 1
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1271 10
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 6968 17
3322 Painting Trades Workers 2780 5
3331 Glaziers 1000 1
3332 Plasterers 2103 3
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1407 0
3341 Plumbers 5507 4
3411 Electricians 9354 27
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1427 4
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1000 2
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1878 22
3513 Chefs 2675 55
3941 Cabinetmakers 1905 2
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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