It’s been a while (April in fact) since we last saw any SkillSelect invitations to apply, however, the Australian migration department has issued a handful of invitations to apply for an Australian Visa in July.
However, before we get too excited, it appears to be a very restricted invitation round with only health, engineering and agricultural roles represented. Further details below:
SkillSelect Australian Visa Invitations Issued in July 2020
Invitations for subclass 189 Visas
In order to receive an invitation, applicants applying under these occupations required a minimum of 90 EOI points!
To reiterate our earlier point. No invitations were issued for applicants applying under Accountant, Auditor or ICT occupations in this invitation round
Invitations for subclass 491 Visas – Family Sponsored Stream
The Department also sent out invitations for the 491 visa under the Family-Sponsored Stream.
With State Nomination for the subclass 190 and 491 currently closed, 491 family-sponsored streams may be another option for General Skilled Migration applicants.
Applicants under the 491 Family-Sponsored Stream can claim 15 points if they are sponsored by an eligible relative. This may be a consideration for people struggling to get sufficient points under other visa classes.
As a case in point, the only occupation invited to apply under the Family-sponsored stream were Engineering Technologists; however, you would have needed at least 100 points to qualify for an invitation under this occupation type in July.
Was your occupation represented?
How many points did you have and when did you apply? Let us know in our comments below.