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2021 Department of Home Affairs Invitation Rounds Updates



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Invitation rounds updates from The Department of Home Affairs

 

Highlights:

  • The Department will run quarterly invitation rounds for the remainder of 2020-21 program year.
  • Invitation rounds for Skilled Independent visas have been run each month so far.
  • The next invitation round is likely to run in January 2021.

 

Overview of Invitation Rounds

 

Invitation rounds for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored visas, anticipated to be run each month. Dates for the rounds are subject to change.

Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the Department.

Note: State or territory government nominations for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) will not be impacted by the departmental invitation rounds.

 

The Government is closely monitoring migration and visa settings to ensure they are consistent with public health measures, are flexible and do not displace job opportunities for Australians, so that Australia can effectively respond to the immediate and subsequent impacts of COVID-19. As such, targeted invitation rounds have occurred since May 2020.

The Department will run quarterly invitation rounds for the remainder of 2020-21 program year. The next invitation round will run in January 2021.

 

Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 21 October 2020 invitation round.

 

Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous program years, the below occupation groups will be subject 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.

 

Pro rata occupations in the 21 October 2020 invitation round.

 

Subclass

Occupation ID

Description

Minimum points score

Latest date of effect month

189/491

2211

Accountants

N/A

N/A

189/491

2212

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

N/A

N/A

189/491

2334

Electronics Engineer

N/A

N/A

189/491

2335

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

N/A

N/A

189/491

2339

Other Engineering Professionals

N/A

N/A

189/491

2611

ICT Business and System Analysts

N/A

N/A

189/491

2613

Software and Applications Programmers

N/A

N/A

189/491

2631

Computer Network Professionals

N/A

N/A

 

Invitations issued during 2020-21 program year

Visa subclass

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Total

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

500

110

350

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

990

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored

100

90

150

80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

420

Total

600

200

500

110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1410

 

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.

 

 

State and Territory nominations

 

State and Territory nominations 2020-21 program year

 

Nominations by State and Territory Governments – September 2020

 

The number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments in September 2020 is shown in the table below:

 

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

Qld

SA

Tas.

Vic.

WA

Total

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

96

101

20

<20

66

62

157

0

518

Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored

26

95

<20

<20

43

194

<20

0

378

Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)

<20

117

0

<20

<20

0

136

<20

295 

Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)

0

0

0

<20

48

0

<20

<20

69 

Total

125

313 

34

35

170

256

309

<20

1260

 

Nominations by State and Territory Governments – 2020-21 total activity

 

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:

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

Qld

SA

Tas.

Vic.

WA

Total

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

128

102

61

<20

66

94

157

0

624

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored

34

95

24

<20

43

210

<20

0

412

Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)

<20

117

0

<20

<20

0

136

31

312 

Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)

0

0

0

<20

48

0

<20

<20

74 

Total

165

314 

85

35

170

304

309

40

1422 

 

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