Australia Immigration Update – A Weekly Review
On 1 August 2012 the first automated round of invitations to apply to migrate under the skilled independent and skilled family sponsored visas was completed under SkillSelect.
As SkillSelect is a new system, the first run of invitations was reduced in size, to allow us to ensure that all elements of the SkillSelect and electronic lodgement system are working smoothly. While this first round of invitations was small, we expect to be increasing the number of invitations issued in future invitation rounds, so that Australia can benefit from the high quality client submitting Expressions of Interest through SkillSelect. It is anticipated that the next run of invitations will occur on 1 September 2012.
Automated rounds of invitations to apply to migrate result in invitations for the following visas:
This process does not include nominations by state and territory governments, which also result in invitations being issued. State and territory governments have been nominating clients since 1 July 2012 and data on outcomes is provided below.
The number of invitations to apply to migrate issued under the August 2012 round was 100 places. This is a significantly lower number than the numbers that will be invited for future rounds. The table below shows the allocation of places by the subclass of visa:
|Visa subclass||Invitations for 1 August|
|Skilled – Independent (Subclass 189) (Permanent)||90|
|Skilled – Regional (Subclass 489) (Provisional) – Family Sponsored||10|
The following table shows points claimed by the clients who were successfully invited to apply in this round.
|Visa subclass||Points Score||Invitations|
|Skilled – Independent (Subclass 189) (Permanent)||85||5|
|Skilled – Independent (Subclass 189) (Permanent)||80||32|
|1Skilled – Independent (Subclass 189) (Permanent)||75||53|
|Skilled – Regional (Subclass 489) (Provisional) – Family Sponsored||80||3|
|Skilled – Regional (Subclass 489) (Provisional) – Family Sponsored||75||7|
In each round of invitations to apply to migrate, the highest point scorers for each subclass are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have the same level of points, the time at which they reached their current points score in that subclass (referred to as the visa status date) determines the order of invitation. EOIs with earlier visa status dates are invited before later status dates.
In this round, the lowest points score invited, and the latest visa status date invited were:
|Visa Subclass||Points Score||Visa Status date|
|Skilled – Independent (Subclass 189) (Permanent)||75||18/07/2012 11:40AM|
|Skilled – Regional (Subclass 489) (Provisional) – Family Sponsored||75||11/07/2012 13:52PM|
If you wish to compare your EOI against the outcomes of the invitation round, you can check your points score and visa status date at any time for all visa subclasses covered by your EOI.
Invitations to apply to migrate are subject to yearly occupational ceilings or upper limits. In the August round, no occupation reached its ceiling.
The numbers of invitations to apply to migrate in each occupational grouping July are available at the following link:
See: SkillSelect Activity Summary July 2012 (28KB PDF file)
The number of applicants to migrate who received nominations from State and Territory Governments during July 2012 is shown in the following table:
|Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa||12||25||1||0||20||0||25||18||101|
|Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa||0||0||0||0||5||0||0||1||6|
|Business Talent (Permanent) (subclass 132) visa||0||0||0||0||1||1||5||1||8|