Australian visa skillselect invitation round results October 2020
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Australian SkillSelect Invitation Rounds – October 2020

The Australian government has released the latest Skillselect invitation round statistics with their report detailing minimum points score requirements, but also minimal Invitations with only a handful of invitations issued to candidates during the month of October.

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 21 October 2020 and as you can see, the numbers are very small with only a total of 110 candidates receiving invitations to apply for an Australian Visa Last Month

Australia Visa Skillselect Round October 2020

Visa subclass Number
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 30
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family-Sponsored 80

The most recently lodged EOI for a 189 visa was from September 2020, while the most recent EOI for a 491 was from April this year.

The highest-ranked candidates by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For candidates 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 month
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 65 09/2020
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored) 65 04/2020

Who Received Australia Visa Invitations in October 2020?

As per previous rounds, no subclass 189 or 491 Visa invitations were issued to the pro-rata occupations last month meaning that the focus for October was likely on the COVID occupations identified as part of the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

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So where did they go?

According to the Occupation Ceiling table, there were:

  • 79 Registered Nurses;
  • 14 Other Medical Practitioners;
  • 13 Internal Medicine Specialists;
  • 2 Psychologists; and
  • 1 Medical Laboratory Scientist.

Australia Visa Invitations issued during the 2020-21 program year

So it’s fair to say that the numbers are bleak so far with 189 visa invitations dropping from 500 in July 2020 down to only 30 invitations last month.

491 Visa applications haven’t been any more impressive with only 80 invitations issued last month (compared to a high of 150 invitations in September).

It is anticipated that Invitations rounds are likely to remain small for the rest of the financial year, due to the large decrease in Subclass 189 quota in the 2020-21 program.

At this stage, the focus appears to be on occupation and not on points score, so those with skills in key areas have a higher chance of receiving an invitation.

How are you tracking? Did you receive an invitation?

Did you apply or receive a skillselect invitation to apply for an Australian Visa last month? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know how you are tracking in our comments below.

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