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No further Invitations for Other Engineering Professionals (2339) and Computer Network Professionals (2631)!

No further Invitations for Other Engineering Professionals (2339) and Computer Network Professionals (2631)!

Updated numbers for occupation ceilings under the SkillSelect Programme!

Every year the Australian migration programme sets an occupation ceiling for each skilled occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The occupation ceiling limits the number of invitations (Invitation to Apply) which can be issued to a particular occupation under the SkillSelect programme.

As of 31 March 2017 two groups of occupations have met their respective occupation ceilings and will no longer receive further invitations for this programme year. The two groups of occupations are:

·         Other Engineering Professionals (ANZSCO Group 2339)

·         Computer Network Professional (ANZSCO Group 2631)

If your nominated occupation is from the ANZSCO Group above, you will not receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) until the invitation rounds from 1 July 2017 onwards.

The occupation ceilings apply to the subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa and subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (Relative) categories. State or Territory Nominated visas (subclass 190 and 489), Employer Sponsored (subclass 457, ENS 186 and RSMS 187) or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses are not subject to the occupation ceilings.


Other Occupation Groups nearing their Occupation Ceilings

There are many other occupation groups which are reaching the occupations ceilings. The following groups may be reaching their ceilings in the next rounds of invitations:


Occupation Ceiling

Invitations to Date

2211 – Accountants



2212 – Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers



2331 – Chemical and Materials Engineer



2332 – Civil Engineering Professionals



2333 – Electrical Engineers



2334 – Electronics Engineers



2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers



2611 – ICT Business and Systems Analyst



2613 – Software and Applications Programmers



2633 – Telecommunications Engineering Professionals







Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

As the migration programme year 2016-17 comes close to its end the planning numbers or quotas for certain occupations or visa subclasses may be filled. Applications affected by such scenarios will need to wait until 1 July 2017 or later to receive further progress on the application.

Applicants who are keen to move on with their visa application can consider applying for state nomination or sponsorship, as the state nominated visas are not subject to the occupation ceilings. It is however important to note the requirements and obligations of the state sponsorship before applying.

This information is accurate on 31 March 2017


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