Results for the March 2017 SkillSelect invitation rounds have been released, we summarised the recent trends for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Skilled Regional Provisional subclass 489 applicants.
Invitations Issued for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visas
The minimum score required for applicants to receive an invitation for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa remains at 60 points for occupations which are not "pro-rata".
The table below summarises the current situation for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 and Skilled Regional Provisional (Family Sponsored) subclass 489.
|| % Filled
|189 - Most Occupations
|Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
|ICT Business and System Analysts
|Software and Applications Programmers
|Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
|Other Engineering Professionals
|Computer Network Professionals
|Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489
The General Skilled Migration program certainly appears to be behind planning levels.
Much will depend on the Department of Immigration's reaction to this. Options they could consider would be:
- Raising the occupational ceiling for pro rata occupations - this would meet the program and result in lower points requirements for an invitation
- Relaxing the restriction on pro rata occupations applying for family sponsored 489s - this would probably still not meet the planning level for the program, but would be a boon for people with permanent resident relatives in Australia
- Do nothing - in this case, we can expect the number of pro rata invitations to be increased in the short term to attempt to get closer to program numbers
If you would like advice on your likely eligibility for migration to Australia, please book a consultation with one of our advisors.
Source : Acacia immigration Australia