The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has recently released results for the final SkillSelect invitation round of the 2020/2021 financial year, with some big jumps in invitation numbers for certain occupations.
The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 21 April 2021.
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||500|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491 – Family Sponsored||160|
The combined total of 660 invitations is an 81% increase on the number of invites sent in the January 2021 round.
|Visa subclass||Minimum points score||Latest date of effect month|
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||80||07/2019|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491 – Family Sponsored||65||03/2021|
The minimum points score for the 491 visa remained at 65 points, however, the 189 minimum score increased to 80 points. The most recently lodged EOI for a 491 was from March 2021, while the most recent EOI for a 189 visa was dated in July 2019 – almost a 2-year wait for an invitation.
Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 21 April 2021 invitation round.
Due to high levels of demand, some occupation groups were subjected 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 thereafter 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.
Two of the pro-rata occupations received invites this round are:
|Occupation ID||Description||Minimum Points Score||Latest date of EOI|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||80 (SC189)||07/2019|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||90 (SC189)||05/2020|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||70 (SC491)||09/2020|
Accountants, Auditors, ICT Business and System Analysts, Software and Applications Programmers, and Computer Network Professionals did not receive a single invitation in the 2020/2021 financial year.
According to the Occupation ceilings table, those who received invitations for the final round included:
- 206 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers;
- 117 Registered Nurses;
- 74 Mining Engineers;
- 73 Industrial, Mechanical, and Production Engineers;
- 41 Veterinarians (only recently added to the priority skilled migration list);
- 22 Social Workers (the first invitations this financial year); and
- 21 Other Engineering Professionals.
The balance invitations were sent to Medical Laboratory Scientists, Other Medical Practitioners, Internal Medicine Specialists, Medical Imaging Professionals, Environmental Scientists, Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals, Psychologists, and Geologists/Geophysicists/Hydrogeologists.
Note that 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.
Nominations by State and Territory Governments – March 2021
The number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2020 to the end of June 2021 is shown in the following table:
|Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)||151||205||30||170||205||145||118||115||1,139|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored||113||241||39||152||222||96||57||24||944|
|Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)||<20||296||<20||220||95||0||39||<20||674|
|Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)||<20||<20||<20||67||295||0||<20||<20||383|
Source: Department of Home Affairs