August SkillSelect Shocker!

A shocking round

The August SkillSelect round results are out, and they are a bit of a shock! Only 100 (yes, one hundred) subclass 189 visa invitations were sent out, with the vast majority of invites sent to those on 85 points. This is a massive 90% decrease in invitations for this round, and is likely to be disappointing news to a number of hopeful migrants.

In slightly better news, the Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) family sponsored invitations remained at 100, taking into account the upcoming visa closure. The lowest points required for applicants was 80 for an EOI lodged back in January 2019.

Pro-rata occupations:

Pro-rata occupations are classified as those for which there is more demand for places than there are places available.

11 August 2019 Invitation Rounds scores for pro-rata occupations are:

Occupation ID Description Minimum Points Score Latest date of EOI
2211 Accountants 90 20/07/2019 8:54pm
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 85 11/03/2019 7:14pm
2334 Electronics Engineer 85 15/07/2019 2:50pm
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 85 31/07/2019 3:21pm
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 90 07/08/2019 4:41pm
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 85 30/07/2019 12:04pm
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 85 31/07/2019 7:57pm
2631 Computer Network Professionals 80* 14/07/2019 8:37pm
*Likely to be a typo, as the advised lowest score invited was 85

Our Advice

If obtaining additional points is not possible, applicants may need to consider going to a regional area once the new Subclass 491 Skilled Regional visas open in November.

State sponsorship for a 190 visa may be the best option for applicants already living and working in Australia. Only 65 points are required, though the individual States and Territories can have additional eligibility requirements such as higher English language skills or additional work experience.

As always, we encourage applicants to seek professional advice on your options. A Migration Agent can thoroughly assess your case and explore your visa options, so you are not left waiting for an invitation that is unlikely to come.

Book in for a consultation today.

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