Australia Immigration SkillSelect Invitation Round Update
Invitation rounds for Australia Immigration under Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored visas used to run once a month. However, now Invitation rounds for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored visas, are anticipated to be run quarterly. Dates for the rounds are subject to change.
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.
21 April 2021 Result
The Department of Home Affairs issued 660 invitations on 21 April 2021. 500 invitations were issued under Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and 160 invitations were issued under Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored.
|Visa subclass||Invitations Sent||Cut Off Score|
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||500||80|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored)||160||65|
The invited candidates will have 60 days to submit their application for Australia Immigration.
Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 21 April 2021 invitation round
Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the program year:
|Subclass||Occupation ID||Description||Minimum points score||Latest date of effect month|
|189/491||2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||N/A||N/A|
|189||2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||80||07/2019|
|491||2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||N/A||N/A|
|189||2339||Other Engineering Professionals||90||05/2020|
|491||2339||Other Engineering Professionals||70||09/2020|
|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||SC 189||Family SC 491||Total|
Note: The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa sub-classes 190 & 491 (State and Regional Nomination) as State and Territory Governments nominate applicants throughout the year as per their own criteria.
Source: Department of Home Affairs