Update – Current invitation round – 18 Oct 2017

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On 18 October 2017, Department of Immigration and Border Protection (hereafter ‘DIBP’) conducted invitation round for not only skilled – independent (hereafter ‘subclass 189’) but also skilled – regional (provisional) (hereafter ‘subclass 489’).

Invitations issued during 2017-18

In this round, DIBP issued 1,250 and 5 invitations respectively for subclass 189 and subclass 489. Since July 2017, total 10,616 invitations have been issued. During 2017-18 financial year, 3,500 invitations for subclass 189 were issued on September (see table 1), which is the highest figure since July 2017. For subclass 489, the highest figure of invitations is 256 on August 2017. In this round, State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses are not included.

Table 1 Invitations issued during 2017-18

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Total
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)

2,000

2,000

3,500

2,500

10,000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)

210

256

93

57

616

Total

2,210

2,256

3,593

2,557

        10,616

DIBP ‘18 October Invitation round’ <https://www.border.gov.au/WorkinginAustralia/Pages/18-october-invitation-rounds.aspx>

 

Invitations by Point Score

Clients who ranked the highest point would be invited to apply their visa.  In this round, more than 400 clients who have achieved 75 points score are invited to apply for visa in subclass 189 visa scheme (See Figure 1), followed by clients having 70 points score (around 370 invitations) and 65 points score (around 360 invitations).

If there are clients who have same points score, client who has Expressions of Interest (hereafter EOI) with earlier dates of effect will be invited.

Figure 1 Invitations by Point Score on 18 October 2017

Invitations by Points Score 18 October 2017 DIBP ’18 October Invitation round’ <https://www.border.gov.au/WorkinginAustralia/Pages/18-october-invitation-rounds.aspx>

There are eight occupation groups subjected to pro rata arrangement due to high levels of application. The groups are as following:

  • Accountants
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
  • Electronics Engineers
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • Other Engineering Professionals
  • ICT Business and System Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Computer Network Professionals.

In this round, clients in Accountants and Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers occupation would be needed to have 75 points score in order to be invited with certain visa date of effect. (See table 3).

The cut off score for ICT Business and System Analysts, and other Engineering Professionals is 70 points score. The point score for clients in the remaining occupations is 65 (See table 2).

Table 2 Point scores and the Visa dates of effect for pro rata occupations

Occupation ID

Description

Points score

Visa date of effect

2211

Accountants

75

04/09/2017 10.01 pm

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

75

08/08/2017 12.03 am

2334

Electronics Engineer

65

18/09/2017  11.31 pm

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

65

27/04/2017  11.34 pm

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

70

16/10/2017 12.06 am

2611

ICT Business and System Analysts

70

20/07/2017 3.30 pm

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

65

18/04/2017  8.50 pm

2631

Computer Network Professionals

65

04/03/2017  8.30 pm

DIBP ’18 October Invitation round’ <https://www.border.gov.au/WorkinginAustralia/Pages/18-october-invitation-rounds.aspx>

 

Invitation rounds will be issued twice a month. The maximum numbers for next invitation rounds (9 and 22 November 2017) will be 700 and 5 for subclass 189 and 489 respectively.

Please be noted that all invitation is now keep on 65 points so, applicants who are waiting for invitation with 60 points could not get invitation in any occupations since July 2017.

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