UPDATED: Skill Select End of Year Analysis

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Skill Select 6th December 2017 Round Results

The Department of Immigration has released the analysis of the 6th December 2017 round results (Expressions of Interest) 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: I am hereby revising my end-of-year analysis regarding the Expression of Interest regime, now that the 6th December round has been announced. The total number of invitations for the last six months has been 12,331 so I expect that in the remaining financial year (Jan-June 2018) there is likely to be a slight increase in the number of invitations provided by the Department of Immigration.

Under the subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) visa, ONLY 300 invitations were issued in total with only 5 invitations under the subclass 489 (Skilled Family Sponsored) visa.  This means that most places were taken by the subclass 189 visa as it gets preference over the subclass 489 visa.  It brings the total number of invitation under the General Skilled Migration Pathway 189 and 489 to 305 invitations.  This is a decrease of 2250 invitations compared to the October 2017 invitations and 1105 invitations less than the November 2017 round.  The total invitations for the current financial year commencing 1 July 2017 are standing at 12,331.

For this round, most invitations (222) were to applicants who have 75 points.  There were NO INVITES to applicants on 70 points,  60 or 65 points. 78 invites were to applicants on 80 points with 5 invitations going to applicants having 85 points or more.

Please note 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-invitations” tend to skew the results and give inaccurate statistics. I wonder when DIBP will wake up to this reality and make necessary adjustments in their reporting.

For the occupations subject to pro-rata arrangements, Accountants got invitations at a point score of 75 for applications with a visa date of effect of 18 October 2017.  Accountants were excluded from some Oct-Nov 2017 rounds for a while so this is good news for Accountants, although the pass-mark has crept up from 70 to 75 compared to the last round of invitations!

Industrial, Mechanical, Production and Electronics Engineers got invited at 75 points with varying visa dates of effect.

ICT Business and Systems Analysts got invited at 75 points with visa date of effect 22-09-2017

Same 75 points for Software and Application Programmers and Computer Network Professionals, however their visa date of effect is better – 03-10-2017 so they seem to be standing a better chance at getting invitations”.

6 December Invitation round

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 6 December 2017.

Invitations issued on 6 December 2017

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 300             11700
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 210 256 93 57 10 5             631
Total 2210 2256 3593 2557 1410 305             12331

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.

6 December 2017 results

The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 6 December 2017 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) 75 18/10/2017 1.24 pm
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 85 4/01/2017 10.04 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 programme year.

Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 6 December 2017 invitation round.

Occupation ID Description Points score Date of effect
2211 Accountants 75 18/10/2017 1.24 pm
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 75 26/08/2017 3.06 am
2334 Electronics Engineer 75 30/10/2017 3.54 pm
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 75 27/09/2017 9.24 pm
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 75 03/10/2017 2.31 pm
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 75 22/09/2017 10.52 pm
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 75 3/10/2017 7.50 pm
2631 Computer Network Professionals 75 3/10/2017 4.32 pm

 If you have any questions about Skilled Migration, please contact our team on +61 8 9221 4888 or email cyrus.mistry@easymigrate.com.