The excitement that I shared last month when the number of invitations issued almost appeared to be returning back to normal was short-lived.
The Australian migration department has recently adjusted their 2019/2020 migration program by ‘borrowing‘ 2000 places from the 189 allocations (was 18652 places) and giving 1000 extra places to the 491 (really 489 backlogs) and 1000 extra places to the 494 (probably 187 backlog). I’m unsure if this is the reason why Novembers invitation may have been trimmed, however, it makes logical sense.
In total, only 250 invitations were issued during the month of November for applicants looked to apply under the 189 Skilled independent visa class.
Skilled Independent 189 Visa Invitations November 2019
The following graph shows the points for applicants who were invited to apply in the 11 November 2019 round. for November 2019, the minimum points required to receive an invitation was 85 points.
Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 11 November 2019 invitation round.
Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below occupation groups will be 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 – Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass 489). If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.
|Subclass||Occupation ID||Description||Minimum points score|
|189||2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||85|
|189||2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||95|
|189||2339||Other Engineering Professionals||85|
|189||2611||ICT Business and System Analysts||85|
|189||2613||Software and Applications Programmers||85|
|189||2631||Computer Network Professionals||85|
Invitations issued during 2019-20 program year
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||1,000||100||100||1,500||250||2,950|
|Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489)||100||100||100||300|
So there we have it, only 3,250 invitations issued since July 2019. Lets really hope these numbers pick up as we head towards the end of the calendar year.