SkillSelect and State Nomination invitation round – 11 Sept 2020
11 September 2020 Skill Select Round and State Nomination Results
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SkillSelect EOI Invitation Round Results plus State-Nominated Invitation results are for:
- Skill Select EOI Invitation Round is for people who lodged an Expression of Interest (EOI)
- The two GSM visa subclasses are 189 (Skilled Independent) (Australian Permanent visa) and subclass 491 (Skilled Family Sponsored) (Australian Provisional visa).
- 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
|Visa subclass||Number of invitations issued|
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||350|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family-Sponsored||150|
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)||N/A||N/A
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored)||75||Aug/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||2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||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||N/A||N/A|
|491||2339||Other Engineering Professionals||N/A||N/A|
|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 recent 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|
|Dec 2019||250||New SC491 - 200|
|TOTAL (2020-2021 Program Year)||960||340|
Invitations issued for State Nominated SC190 and Regional State-nominated SC491 (August 2020 results have been published):
|State||Number of Invitations –|
Subclass 190 State Nominated
|Number of Invitations –
Subclass 491 Regional State Nominated
|ACT (Canberra)||32||< 20|
|New South Wales||<20||0|
(Financial Yr 2020-2021)
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.
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.
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).
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
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:
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.
Invitations issued on 11 September 2020
The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 11 September 2020
|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 subclass||Minimum points score||Latest date of effect|
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||65||07/2020|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored)||75||05/2020|
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.
|Subclass||Occupation ID||Description||Minimum points score||Latest date of effect month|
|189/491||2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||N/A||N/A|
|189/491||2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||N/A||N/A|
|189/491||2339||Other Engineering Professionals||N/A||N/A|
|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 2020-21 program year
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||500||110||350||960|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored||100||90||150||340|
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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