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Posted on October 19 2022

Why it’s the right time to Apply for an Australian PR Visa?

By  Editor
Updated January 10 2024

Highlights about applying for an Australian PR visa at the right time

  • Australia maximized the migrant cap for immigrants by 35,000 for the 2022-2023 program year
  • Australia’s FY 2022-23 immigration target was set to 195,000
  • DHA plans to accept 109,900 skilled migrants for this program year based on the increase in Australian immigration

All you need to know about Australia immigration in 2022-23

Australia has always been a key destination for aspiring immigrants willing to settle abroad for the last few years. Thousands of foreign individuals apply for immigrating to Australia to study, work, live and settle permanently every year.

These days, there much more reasons for skilled professionals to obtain permanent residence in Australia. For the last few years, Australia is been inviting 160,000 PRs annually.

The Australian government increased its migration cap for immigrants by 35,000 for the years 2022-23 to meet the shortages of skills across different states. Australia is going to welcome 195,000 new PRs to the country in the 2022-23 program year.

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Offshore applicants get invited mostly by the State nomination programs

By using skilled migration programs of different Australian states invite nominated applications from overseas skilled professionals. Following is the list of active and open state nomination programs in Australia are:

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) nomination program
  • South Australia’s Skilled and Business Migration program
  • Migration Queensland State Nomination Program
  • Western Australia (WA) State nomination Migration Program
  • Victoria Skilled Migration Program

All the above-mentioned programs nominate overseas applicants for Australia PR visas, which are Subclass 190 and provisional visa Subclass 491.

Increase in places for Skilled Migration visas

  • DHA (Department of Home Affairs), Australia allocated 79,600 visa places in 2021 for the category of skilled migration.
  • Based on the increase in the number of visa places, DHA can accept 109,900 for skilled migration.
  • With this, the number might go further high after the newest increase by DHA in the annual migration cap.
  • This will help in encouraging skilled professionals to immigrate to Australia.

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Relaxed policies and added new Occupations

Most of the states in Australia extended their list of in-demand occupations to the relevant Skilled Occupation List (SOL), by adding an increased number of occupations.

This will help skilled visa applicants to get a wide range of occupations to nominate. The major state nomination programs also eased the requirements of nominations for skilled visa applicants.

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Visa Categories to Apply for PR Visa

By using the points-based system of GSM (General Skilled Migration) of Australia, one can apply for any of the following popular skilled visa categories.

  • Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189- Permanent Visa
  • Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190- State nominated PR visa
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491- Regional 5-year visa (offers PR Pathway after 3 years)

Occupation caps for Invitation Rounds

  • An ‘Occupation cap’ or ‘Occupation ceiling’ can be applied to invitations issued under independent and skilled regional (provisional) visas.
  • There is an upper limit for the number of EOIs that are invited under skilled migration from an occupation group.
  • This will make sure that the skilled migration program remains steady and can continue to invite aspiring immigrants across the wide variety of skilled occupations.
  • Occupation ceilings or cap values are based on the percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation.
  • Based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics employment figures represent the number of people employed in Australia for each occupation.
  • The occupation ceilings or the caps do not get applied to the State or Territory Nominated or Business Innovation and Investment subclasses.
  • The occupations included in the 6 October 2022 Invitation Round.

Read more… Jobs outlook in Australia for 2022 Step by Step Guide to Australia PR Visa in 2022

The table below shows the occupations issued invitations in the Skill Select invitation round on 6 October 2022.

Job roles
Visa Subclass 189 Visa Subclass 491
Offshore Onshore Offshore Onshore
Aeronautical Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Agricultural Consultant 65 N/A 70 N/A
Agricultural Engineer 65 N/A 90 N/A
Agricultural Scientist 65 N/A 65 N/A
Architect 65 N/A 65 N/A
Audiologist 65 70 65 80
Biochemist 65 N/A N/A N/A
Biomedical Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Biotechnologist 65 N/A 75 N/A
Botanist 65 N/A 85 N/A
Cardiologist 85 N/A N/A N/A
Cartographer 65 N/A N/A N/A
Chemical Engineer 65 N/A 70 N/A
Chemist 65 N/A 65 N/A
Chiropractor 65 70 N/A N/A
Civil Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Clinical Psychologist 85 65 N/A N/A
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher 65 65 70 75
Electrical Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Electronics Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Emergency Medicine Specialist 80 65 N/A N/A
Endocrinologist N/A 90 N/A N/A
Engineering Professionals nec 65 N/A 70 N/A
Engineering Technologist 65 N/A 65 N/A
Environmental Consultant 65 N/A 75 N/A
Environmental Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Environmental Research Scientist 65 N/A 95 N/A
Environmental Scientists nec 65 N/A N/A N/A
Food Technologist 65 N/A 70 N/A
Forester 65 N/A 75 N/A
Gastroenterologist 65 N/A N/A N/A
General Practitioner 65 65 N/A N/A
Geophysicist 65 N/A N/A N/A
Geotechnical Engineer 65 N/A N/A N/A
Hydrogeologist 65 N/A N/A N/A
Industrial Engineer 65 N/A 70 N/A
Intensive Care Specialist N/A 65 N/A N/A
Landscape Architect 65 N/A 100 N/A
Life Scientist (General) 65 N/A 70 N/A
Life Scientists nec 65 N/A 70 N/A
Marine Biologist 65 N/A 85 N/A
Materials Engineer 65 N/A 80 N/A
Mechanical Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 65 65 N/A N/A
Medical Laboratory Scientist 65 N/A 70 N/A
Medical Oncologist 75 N/A N/A N/A
Medical Practitioners nec 65 65 N/A N/A
Medical Radiation Therapist N/A 90 N/A N/A
Metallurgist 65 N/A 70 N/A
Meteorologist 90 N/A N/A N/A
Microbiologist 65 N/A 80 N/A
Midwife 75 70 N/A N/A
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) 65 N/A 75 N/A
Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec 80 N/A N/A N/A
Naval Architect 65 N/A N/A N/A
Neurologist 75 80 N/A N/A
Neurosurgeon N/A 65 N/A N/A
Nuclear Medicine Technologist 70 N/A N/A N/A
Nurse Practitioner 75 N/A N/A N/A
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist N/A 65 N/A N/A
Occupational Therapist 65 65 N/A N/A
Optometrist N/A 70 N/A N/A
Orthotist or Prosthetist N/A 70 N/A N/A
Osteopath N/A 70 N/A N/A
Other Spatial Scientist 65 N/A N/A N/A
Paediatrician N/A 65 N/A N/A
Pathologist 65 N/A N/A N/A
Petroleum Engineer 65 N/A 80 N/A
Physicist 65 N/A 90 N/A
Physiotherapist 65 65 80 N/A
Podiatrist 70 65 N/A N/A
Production or Plant Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Psychiatrist 70 75 N/A N/A
Psychologists nec 65 65 N/A N/A
Quantity Surveyor 65 N/A 65 N/A
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 65 65 N/A 70
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) 70 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Community Health) 65 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 65 65 70 65
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) N/A 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 65 65 90 N/A
Registered Nurse (Medical) 65 65 70 80
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 65 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) 70 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 65 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Surgical) 65 65 N/A 75
Registered Nurses nec 65 65 N/A 70
Renal Medicine Specialist N/A 80 N/A N/A
Secondary School Teacher 65 65 75 85
Social Worker 65 65 75 90
Sonographer 65 N/A N/A N/A
Special Education Teachers nec N/A 95 N/A N/A
Special Needs Teacher 65 80 N/A N/A
Specialist Physician (General Medicine) N/A 70 N/A N/A
Specialist Physicians nec 65 80 N/A N/A
Speech Pathologist 65 65 80 N/A
Structural Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Surgeon (General) 65 80 N/A N/A
Surveyor 65 N/A 65 N/A
Transport Engineer 65 N/A 80 N/A
University Lecturer 65 65 65 65
Veterinarian 65 N/A N/A N/A
Zoologist 65 N/A N/A N/A


Also read…

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The cut-offs and invitation process

  • The individuals who obtained a points score and are ranked high will be sent ITA (invited to apply) for the relevant visa.
  • If the individuals have the same or the equal number of points scores, then the time when they reached their points score for that particular subclass will determine their order of invitation.
  • EOI (Expressions of Interest) will be sent with earlier dates of effect and will be invited before the later dates.
Types of Visas No. of candidates invited till October 15, 2022 Cut off scores
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 23,914 65
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) 1284 65


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