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SkillSelect and State-Nomination invitation round – 11 June 2020

07/26/2020

Cyrus Mistry Reviews Invitation Rounds Skill Select Skill Select Round Results June 2020 Subclass 190; Subclass 189; EOI Subclass 489

11 June 2020 Skill Select Round and State Nomination Results

Skill Select Invitation Round Results
11 June 2020 Skill Select

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SkillSelect EOI Invitation Round Results plus State-Nominated Invitation results are for:

  1.  Skill Select EOI Invitation Round is for people who lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI)
  2. The two GSM visa subclasses are 189 (Skilled Independent) (Australian Permanent visa) and subclass 491 (Skilled Family Sponsored) (Australian Provisional visa).
  3. The two State-nominated visa subclasses are 190 (Skilled State-nominated) (Australian Permanent visa) and subclass 491 (Skilled State Nominated Regional) (Australian Provisional visa).

EasyMigrate is a leading Australian migration agency, based in Perth, Australia. Mr Cyrus Mistry (Founding Partner of EasyMigrate) has reviewed SkillSelect EOI Invitation Round Results – see his comments below.

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Skill Select Tables

Tables:

Visa subclass

Number of invitations issued

 

 

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

170

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)  Family-Sponsored

30

For Non-Pro rata occupations the Department of Immigration has announced points cut-off as per the table below:

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

All EOIs submitted before

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

85

Feb/2020

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored)

70

April/2020

 

For Pro-rata occupations the Department of Immigration has announced points cut-off as per the table below:

Subclass

ANZSCO Group

Description

Minimum points score

All EOIs submitted prior to: (cut-off)

 

 

 

 

 

189

2211

Accountants

N/A

N/A

189

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

N/A

N/A

189

2334

Electronics Engineer

N/A

N/A

491

2334

Electronics Engineer

N/A

N/A

189

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

N/A

N/A

491

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

N/A

N/A

189

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

95

March/2020

491

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

95

Dec/2019

189

2611

ICT Business and System Analysts

N/A

N/A

491

2611

ICT Business and System Analysts

N/A

N/A

189

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

N/A

N/A

491

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

N/A

N/A

189

2631

Computer Network Professionals

N/A

N/A

 

Invitations issued during the last 15 months:

Month

Number of Invitations –

Subclass 189 Independent

Number of Invitations –

Subclass 491 Family-sponsored

March 2019

1490

Old SC489 – 10

April 2019

100

Old SC489 – 10

May 2019

100

Old SC489 – 10

June 2019

100

Old SC489 – 10

July 2019

1000

Old SC489 – 100

Aug 2019

100

Old SC489 – 100

Sept 2019

100

Old SC489 – 100

Oct 2019

1500

0

Nov 2019

250

0

Dec 2019

250

200

Jan 2020

1000

300

Feb 2020

1000

500

March 2020

1750

300

April 2020

50

50

May 2020

550

100

June 2020

170

30

TOTAL (12 months)

July 2019-June 2020

7,720

1,480

 

Invitations issued for State Nominated SC190 and Regional State-nominated SC491 (June 2020 results have been published):

State

Number of Invitations –

Subclass 190 State Nominated

Number of Invitations –

Subclass 491 Regional State Nominated

ACT (Canberra)

91

<20

New South Wales

440

906

Northern Territory

37

91

Queensland

0

206

South Australia

145

525

Tasmania

137

56

Victoria

<20

343

Western Australia

373

80

TOTAL

1,226

2,215

TOTAL

(Financial Yr 2019-2020)

11,499

5,739

There were no invitations to persons with 80 points or less (but historically, even at 70 points, 884 persons were invited in March 2019, 848 invited in Jan 2019 and 32 invited in February 2019).

Occupations Analysis

The cut-off for Skilled Independent (SC189) was 85 points, cut-off date Feb-2020.

The previous cut-off for Skilled Regional Family Sponsored (SC491) was 95 points, cut-off date April-2020 in previous invitation rounds. But this time only 30 SC491 Family Sponsored applicants were invited, starting at 70 points with cut-off date April-2020.

The “boom” months were between September 2018 and November 2018 at 4,350 invitations per month.

In the October 2018 invitation round, 70-point holders were also invited for SC189, but not anymore. This is due to a combination of increased numbers of applications received by the Department of Immigration and reduced quota for invitations.

For pro-rata Occupations:

For SC189 Independent Visa: Accountants, Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers were not invited at all.

For SC491 Family-sponsored Visa: Accountants, Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers were not invited at all.

For SC189 Independent Visa: Electronics Engineers, Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers were not invited at all.

For SC491 Family-sponsored Visa: Electronics Engineers, Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers were not invited at all.

For SC189 Independent Visa: Other Engineering Professionals  were invited at 95 points, cut-off date was March 2020.

For SC491 Family-sponsored Visa: Other Engineering Professionals  were invited at 95 points, cut-off date was December 2019.

For SC189 Independent Visa: ICT Business and System Analysts, Software and Application Programmers, Computer Network Professionals were not invited at all.

For SC491 Family-sponsored Visa: : ICT Business and System Analysts, Software and Application Programmers, Computer Network Professionals were not invited at all.

Electronics Engineers did not get invited for SC189 in the September 2019 or October 2019.  In December 2019 they had been invited at 95 points or more, cut-off date was 04-06-2019. Electronics Engineers have been invited 95 points, cut-off date is 20-03-2020. SC491 Family-Sponsored applicants were invited for Electronic Engineer occupation at 95 points, cut-off date 18-03-2020.

Historical Analysis

The number of monthly invitations used to hover around the “two thousand-plus” around 2017 good months.  They went lower between November 2017 to June 2018 at about 305 “SkillSelect” invitations per fortnight for the EOI applicants! 

From July 2018 the invitations were on par with the good months in previous year (2017).

The two rounds of October 2018 and November 2018 EXCEEDED our expectations at 4,340 invitations.  

But the December 2018 round and January 2019  halved to 2,500 invitations. February 2019,  March 2019  were FURTHER REDUCED to 1,500 invitations, and April 2019 plus May 2019 plus June 2019 invitations were a disappointing 100 invitations only. 

July 2019 invitations had bounced back to 1,000 invitations. But August 2019 and September 2019 had fallen back to just 100 invitations! October 2019 invitations looked much better at 1,500 invitations. But November 2019 round was very poor at 250 invitations. The December 2019 was not much better – 250 invitations for SC189 and 200 invitations for SC491-Family-Sponsored. The January 2020 and February 2020 invitations were better with 1,000 SC190 invitations and 300 to 500 SC491-Family-Sponsored invitations. The March 2020 round was good at 1,750 invitations for SC189 and 300 invitations for SC491. April 2020 and May 2020 rounds were also very low..

The current round under review (11 June 2020) was terrible –  at 170 invitations for SC189 and 30 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored.

The total number of invitations for the financial year (July 2019 to June 2020) was 7,780 for SC189 Independent and 1,480 for SC491 Family-Sponsored.

Cyrus Mistry Comments

Because of the COVID19 pandemic, the current round of invitations has been drastically cut.

Recent developments around the word regarding the Coronavirus is likely to have some effect on Dept of Immigration managers. As the “migration program” especially in the GSM and State-Nominated subclasses are “long term” processes taking 12-24 months to be finalised, we hope that the DoHA management keeps these subclasses ongoing and unaffected. But the number of invitations issued in recent rounds is not encouraging.

The effect of “re-invitation” continues to plague the SkillSelect invitations program. In my previous articles, I had mentioned about the impact of “re-invitation”. Many applicants have changed to other countries or changed their plans but have not removed their Expressions of Interest (EOI). So they get invited, but they do not apply within the next 60 days. These applicants usually get “re-invited” as per the Dept of Immigration rules one more time! I estimate this figure to be as high as 30-40% in many occupations. This severely affects the program. For example, out of the 1,000-odd invitations in January 2020 only about 600-800 may take it up, 200-400 “invites” are wasted! This is something that the Department of Home Affairs has not been able to tackle yet.

Please keep in mind that for the SC491 FAMILY-SPONSORED visa, the applicant needs to have scored 55 points “independently” plus the 15 points from their family-sponsor (if invitations are starting at 70 points). From 16 November 2019 onwards the new Subclass 491 Regional Family-Sponsored visa has come into effect, replacing the SC489 family-Sponsored.

Our EasyMigrate website has statistics for previous SkillSelect Invitation Round Results. My ongoing analysis commencing October 2017 invitation round and right up to the most recent invitation rounds are all available on our website.

Invitation Rounds Results

Current round

Invitations issued on 11 June 2020 by Department of Home Affairs

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 11 June 2020 – these are copied from Dept of Home Affairs website and appended below for your convenience:

Overview

Invitation rounds for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored visas, anticipated to be run each month. Dates for the rounds are subject to change.

Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the Department.

Note: State or territory government nominations for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) will not be impacted by the departmental invitation rounds.

The Government is closely monitoring migration and visa settings to ensure they are consistent with public health measures, are flexible and do not displace job opportunities for Australians, so that Australia can effectively respond to the immediate and subsequent impacts of COVID-19. As such, targeted invitation rounds occurred in May and June 2020.

Current round

Invitations issued on 11 June 2020

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 25 May 2020

Visa subclass

Number

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

170

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored)

30

 

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.

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Latest date of effect

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

85

02/2020

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored)

70

04/2020

Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 11 June 2020 invitation round.

Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous program years, the below occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the program year.

SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored. If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

Subclass

Occupation ID

Description

Minimum points score

Latest date of effect month

189/491

2211

Accountants

N/A

N/A

189/491

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

N/A

N/A

189/491

2334

Electronics Engineer

N/A

N/A

189/491

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

N/A

N/A

189

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

95

03/2020

491

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

95

12/2019

189/491

2611

ICT Business and System Analysts

N/A

N/A

189/491

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

N/A

N/A

189/491

2631

Computer Network Professionals

N/A

N/A

Invitations issued during 2019-20 program year

Visa subclass

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Total

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

1,000

100

100

1,500

250

250

1,000

1,000

1,750

 50

550 170

7,720

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored

         

200

300

500

300

 50

100 30

1,480

Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)

100

100

100

                 

300

Total

1,100

200

200

1,500

250

450

1,300

1,500

2,050

 100

650 200

9,500

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.

 

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