Just three months into the new program year and there are signs that skilled migration invitations are going to be in short supply without a state or territory sponsorship.
September SkillSelect invitation round
The latest report on invitations issued by the Department of Home Affairs shows that only 100 were issued for the Skilled Independent subclass 189 visa. This remained at the same level seen in August 2019 but is a significant drop from the 1000 invitations issued in July 2019. The minimum points cut-off score has also increased to 85 points after being at 80 points for the past two months.
The report also includes invitations issued for the Skilled Regional subclass 489 visa (family sponsored stream). These have remained at 100 invitations, but the minimum cut-off score has also increased to 85 points.
Occupation specific cut-off scores are also utilised by the Department and several have been increased since the previous round in August. The cut-off score for Accountant has been increased from 85 points to 95 points. Cut-off scores have also been increased for Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (85 points to 95 points), Other Engineering Professionals (90 points to 95 points) and Computer Network Professionals (80 points to 85 points).
The report does not include invitations issued by state and territory governments for the state/territory sponsored version of the Skilled Regional subclass 489 visa (soon to be 491 visa) or the Skilled Nominated (permanent residency) subclass 190 visa.
While many applicants may have a preference for and might meet the minimum requirements for the Skilled Independent subclass 189 visa, the state or territory sponsorship pathway might be the only way to secure a visa without a long wait (or risk missing out entirely).
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