The Department of Home Affairs officially announced the results of the SkillSelect invitation round, held on 11th December 2018. In this round, 2490 invitations were issued to the Expression of Interest candidates.
According to the new rule, Invitation rounds of a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) visas will be run once a month.
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) – 2490
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) – 10
The cut-off scores were 70 points for subclass 189 (Skill Independent visa) and 80 points for subclass 489 (Skilled Regional Visa), no change from the previous month. For the candidates who have equal scores, the time at which they reached their points for the subclass will determine their order of invitation.
DHA sent 4,350 number of invitations in the past two rounds. But in this round, DHA cut down the number and sent almost half a number of invitations. There are many reasons for DHA to do this!
Looking at the SkillSelect trend, the December is a month of clearing the backlogs as much as possible and prepare the pool for the fresh applications. That may be the reason why DHA sends out less number of invitations in this month. For example, in the 2017-18 program year, DHA issued only 305 invitations in December. Also, we shouldn’t forget that the Department of Immigration was closed for many days during the Christmas celebrations.
See the stats below!
As you can see, there is a large difference in the total number of invitations issued in 2017 and 2018. So in 2019, we may see the number crept from 3000s (Avg.) to 4000s (Avg) in every SkillSelect round.
In overall, the cut-off points in December remained the same as the November for all the occupations.
In the year 2018, we learned thoroughly that immigrating to Australia may not be so simple as it used to be in the past years. The policies and rules have been changing in every turn. And the country is susceptible to demands, more than ever.
There were even news of Australia to move all visas to temporary and making them a “Pathway to Permanent Residency in 2019″. It sure put us in a situation where more structured planning and strategy are necessary to overcome this critical situation. That is why we have secured other pathways aside from Federal invitation rounds, that is the State and Territory nominations.
Here is a sneak-peek of the Important State/Territory Updates that happened in the past 30 days!
1. On 30th January 2019, NSW sent nominations to the candidates under subclass 190 with points between 70-80. A few of our clients got their invitations in this round.
2. ACT, Canberra conducted another draw round in January 2019 and issued 205 invitations to the candidates with an in-demand occupation. The minimum point score for this round was 70. Read More!
3. The state of South Australia has reviewed its occupation list and introduced Favorable Changes for the off-shore candidates.
The Australian state nominations help you to discover the alternative pathways to permanent residency. If you are open to living in any state or territory of the country, it can offer a fast-track immigration process.
The process can be challenging and complex. Our experienced immigration consultants can help you to determine which destination will suit your career and lifestyle needs? Or which state is most likely to choose your application. At the end of the day, we need to be in the pool to get all opportunity so as long as you’re there or taking positive steps to get there!