The Australia Migration department announced the details of the second Skill Select Invitation round of 2020 and pleasingly the number of invitations are relatively healthy with 1500 invitations issued. Invitations were issued under the Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) and Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa.
Australia Visa Invitations issued on 11 February 2020
The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 11 February 2020.
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||1,000|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family-Sponsored||500|
The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 11 February 2020 round.
As was the case during the invitation rounds in January, the number of points required under the 189 Skilled independent visa class still remains high with a minimum of 90 points required for an invitation to apply. Pleasingly, during February we saw 189 invitations issued under the 491 Regional Visa scheme with 85 points being required.
Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro-rata occupations in the 11 February 2020 invitation round.
Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below occupation groups are subject to pro-rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the program year.
SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family-Sponsored. If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 491 visas in these occupations.
|Subclass||Occupation ID||Description||Minimum points score||Latest date of effect|
|189||2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||95||01/12/2019 3:57am|
|189||2334||Electronics Engineer||90||16/11/2019 7:32pm|
|491||2334||Electronics Engineer||85||22/12/2019 10:06pm|
|189||2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||90||17/09/2019 2:06pm|
|189||2339||Other Engineering Professionals||90||11/11/2019 4:19pm|
|189||2611||ICT Business and System Analysts||90||07/11/2019 7:50pm|
|189||2613||Software and Applications Programmers||90||16/11/2019 9:23pm|
|491||2613||Software and Applications Programmers||85||06/01/2020 11:07pm|
|189||2631||Computer Network Professionals||90||16/11/2019 3:07pm|
|491||2631||Computer Network Professionals||85||03/01/2020 10:24pm|
Invitations issued during 2019-20 program year
The table below details the total number of invitations issued to EOI applicants during the 2019 – 2020 program year. Please use the scrolll bar at the bottom of the table to scroll right if required.
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||1,000||100||100||1,500||250||250||1,000||1,000||5,200|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family-Sponsored||200||300||500||1000|
|Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)||100||100||100||300|
The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.
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