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SkillSelect May & June 2020 Invitation Rounds Affected by COVID-19

SkillSelect May & June 2020 Rounds

After months of not releasing the number of invitations issued through SkillSelect, the Department of Home Affairs has finally released the invitation rounds for May and June 2020. Not everyone will be happy with the results.

 

 

May 2020 Invitation Round

Number of Invitations 

These are the number of invitations issued in May 2020:

Visa subclassNumber
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 550
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored 100

 

Points Cut-off Score

The minimum points to be invited is in the table below. Applicants who have equal points are assessed by the time at which they reached their points for that subclass ("date of effect"). Those who met their points earlier are given priority for invitation.

Visa subclassMinimum points scoreLatest date of effect month
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 85 12/2019
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored) 70 03/2020

 

 

June 2020 Invitation Round

Number of Invitations 

These are the number of invitations issued in June 2020:

Visa subclass

Number

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

170

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored

30

 

Points Cut-off Score

The minimum points to be invited is in the table below. Applicants who have equal points are assessed by the time at which they reached their points for that subclass ("date of effect"). Those who met their points earlier are given priority for invitation.

 

Visa subclass

Minimum points score

Latest date of effect month

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

85

02/2020

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored)

70

04/2020

 

July 2020 Invitation Round

While not officially published, we have some information about the first SkillSelect invitation round for the new migration program year in July 2020. Read more about the July invitation round here.

 

Our View

While the minimum points are encouraringly low for both rounds, the invitations seem to be focused on occupations that are critical to post-COVID-19 recovery. There are also fewer invitations in comparison to the pre-COVID-19 round in March 2020. As such, medical occupations are being invited strongly. This will be very disappointing for many occupations that are not seen as critical to the COVID-19 respones.

For those that are already in Australia and were planning to lodge a 189 or 491 visa to stay longer, it is time to look at the alternative. These could include a visitor visa or a 408 COVID-19 Pandemic event, to stay longer.

At the moment, the opportunities for skilled migration are lower, but please don’t despair. When things return to normal, the level of migration are also likely to increase.

 

Do you need help?

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Sources:

https://www.workvisalawyers.com.au/news/all/july-2020-invitation-round.html

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/invitation-rounds

https://youtu.be/m5TG6lb3Ba8 

 

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