The first SkillSelect invitation round of the 2021-2022 financial year has finally been published!
Following the trend of the last few rounds, the minimum points score for the 491 visas continued at 65 points, and the 189 visas minimum score remained at 80 points.
The most recently lodged EOI for a 491 was from March 2021, while the most recent EOI for a 189 visa was way back in July 2019.
Occupations that have received invitations in the last rounds include:
- Nurses (and specialisations)
- ICT Security Specialists
- Civil Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Environmental Engineer
- General Practitioner
- Mining Engineer
- Transport Engineer
More so it would seem as being due to tradition (rather than the reality of a migration program dealing with a pandemic); a number of occupation groups are treated with pro-rata arrangements. This move is to make sure that invitations are available across the program year.
Two of the pro-rata Engineering occupations received invites this round:
|Occupation ID||Description||Minimum Points Score||Latest date of EOI|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||90 (SC189)||04/2021|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||90 (SC189)||04/2021|
New Immigration Year
We also saw an increase in Government lodgement fees across a broad range of visa types, with the most significant being an increase to Citizenship by Conferral fees; up almost 72% to $490 per adult applicant.