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SkillSelect and State Nomination invitation round – 11 Sept 2020

10/30/2020

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

11 September 2020 Skill Select Round and State Nomination Results

Skill Select Invitation Round Results
11 September 2020 Skill Select

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

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 subclassNumber of invitations issued
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)350
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)  Family-Sponsored150

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

Visa subclass

Minimum points scoreAll EOIs submitted before
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)N/AN/A
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored)75Aug/2020

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

SubclassANZSCO Group
DescriptionMinimum points score
All EOIs submitted prior to: (cut-off)
1892211AccountantsN/AN/A
1892212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate TreasurersN/AN/A
1892334Electronics EngineerN/AN/A
4912334Electronics EngineerN/AN/A
1892335Industrial, Mechanical and Production EngineersN/AN/A
4912335Industrial, Mechanical and Production EngineersN/AN/A
1892339Other Engineering ProfessionalsN/AN/A
4912339Other Engineering ProfessionalsN/AN/A
1892611ICT Business and System AnalystsN/AN/A
4912611ICT Business and System AnalystsN/AN/A
1892613Software and Applications ProgrammersN/AN/A
4912613Software and Applications ProgrammersN/AN/A
1892631Computer Network ProfessionalsN/A
N/A

Invitations issued during recent months:

MonthNumber of Invitations –
Subclass 189 Independent
Number of Invitations –
Subclass 491 Family-sponsored
March 20191490Old SC489 – 10
April 2019100Old SC489 – 10
May 2019
100Old SC489 – 10
June 2019100Old SC489 – 10
July 20191000Old SC489 – 100
Aug 2019100Old SC489 – 100
Sept 2019100Old SC489 – 100
Oct 201915000
Nov 20192500
Dec 2019250New SC491 - 200
Jan 20201000300
Feb 20201000500
March 20201750300
April 20205050
May 2020550100
June 202017030
July 2020500100
August 202011090
Sept 2020350150
TOTAL (2020-2021 Program Year)960340

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

StateNumber of Invitations –
Subclass 190 State Nominated
Number of Invitations –
Subclass 491 Regional State Nominated
ACT (Canberra)
32< 20
New South Wales<200
Northern Territory41<20
Queensland00
South Australia00
Tasmania32<20
Victoria00
Western Australia00
TOTAL
(Financial Yr 2020-2021)
10634

There were no invitations points-scores published for this September 2020 invitation round for SC189 applicants. (A figure of 65 points on the DOHA Report seems to be a typing mistake) The previous cut-off for Skilled Independent (SC189) was 90 points, cut-off date July-2020.

The previous cut-off for Skilled Regional Family Sponsored (SC491) was 70 points, cut-off date April-2020 in previous invitation rounds. But this time 150 SC491 Family Sponsored applicants were invited, starting at 75 points with cut-off date Aug-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. The new October 2020 Budget has placed restrictions / quotas on various visa classes. This has reduced the available 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 were not invited at all.

For SC491 Family-sponsored Visa: Electronics Engineers were not invited at all.

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

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

For SC189 Independent Visa: Other Engineering Professionals were not invited at all.

For SC491 Family-sponsored Visa: Other Engineering Professionals  were not invited at all.

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,  May 2020 and June 2020 rounds were also very low.

Current Program year 2020-2021: July 2020 had 600 invitations.  August 2020 had 200 invitations. The current round under review (11 Sept 2020) is better than the last –  at 350 invitations for SC189 and 150 invitations for SC491 Family Sponsored (total 500 invitations).

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 having an effect on Dept of Immigration decision-makers. 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 poor.

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 60 points “independently” plus the 15 points from their family-sponsor (if invitations are starting at 75 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 September 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 have occurred since May 2020.

Current round

Invitations issued on 11 September 2020

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 11 September 2020

Visa subclassNumber
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)350
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored)150

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 subclassMinimum points scoreLatest date of effect
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)6507/2020
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored)7505/2020

Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 11 September 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 thereafter 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 491 visas in these occupations.

SubclassOccupation ID
DescriptionMinimum points scoreLatest date of effect month
189/4912211AccountantsN/AN/A
189/4912212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate TreasurersN/AN/A
189/4912334Electronics EngineerN/AN/A
189/4912335Industrial, Mechanical and Production EngineersN/AN/A
189/4912339Other Engineering ProfessionalsN/AN/A
189/4912611ICT Business and System AnalystsN/AN/A
189/4912613Software and Applications ProgrammersN/AN/A
189/4912631Computer Network ProfessionalsN/AN/A

Invitations issued during 2020-21 program year

Visa subclassJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunTotal
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)500110350960
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored10090150340
Total6002005001300

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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