Every month – approximately on the 11th day of the month – Australia holds an invitation round, commonly referred to as the SkillSelect round.
Invitation rounds are held from –
|Skilled Independent visa [subclass 189]|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – family sponsored|
The total number of invitations that are issued in each month will be according to the number of applications currently being processed by the Australian government.
|Latest draw: March 13, 2020|
|Total invited: |
Subclass 189 – 1,750
Subclass 491 – 300
|Points of those invited to apply in this round: |
Subclass 189 [total 1,750 invited]
1,311 invitations – 90 points
341 invitations – 95 points
67 invitations – 100 points
20 invitations – 105 points
9 invitations – 110 points
2 invitations – 115 points
Subclass 491 – [total 300 invited]
48 invitations – 85 points
131 invitations – 90 points
71 invitations – 95 points
44 invitations – 100 points
6 invitations – 105 points
In each of the invitation rounds, it is the highest ranked clients based on their points’ score that are invited to apply for the corresponding visa.
Do keep in mind that in case of clients that have an equal number of points as their score, it is the time at which they had reached the score for that subclass that will decide their order for receiving an invitation. This is referred to as “the date of effect”.
Certain occupations are subject to a pro rata arrangement. Put simply, this means that for the same occupation, SkillSelect will first allocate the available places to Subclass 189. The remaining places will then be allocated to Subclass 491.
In case all of the available places for that occupation are taken up by Subclass 189, then no invitations will be issued for those occupations under Subclass 491.
The pro rata arrangement is in place in view of the high demand for particular occupations. The arrangement also ensures that invitations can be issued across the program year.
Pro rata occupations in March 13 round along with their minimum points score
|Subclass||Occupation ID||Description||Minimum Points Score|
|189||2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||95|
|189||2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||90|
|189||2339||Other Engineering Professionals||90|
|189||2611||ICT Business and System Analysts||90|
|189||2613||Software and Applications Programmers||90|
|491||2613||Software and Applications Programmers||85|
|189||2631||Computer Network Professionals||90|
|491||2631||Computer Network Professionals||90|
|Subclass||Invitations issued [July 2019 to March 2020]|
|Skilled Independent visa [subclass 189]||6,950|
|Skilled Work Regional [Provisional] visa [subclass 491] – Family Sponsored||1,300|
|Skilled Regional [provisional] visa [subclass 489]||300|
Invitations issued during 2019-20 program year
State and Territory nominations in February 2020
Following is a combined list of the State and Territory nominations for – Subclass 190, 491, 188, and 132.
|Nominating State / Territory||Nominations sent in February 2020|
|Australian Capital Territory [ACT]||147|
|New South Wales [NSW]||267|
|Northern Territory [NT]||103|
|South Australia [SA]||335|
|Western Australia [WA]||77|
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