First SkillSelect Round for 2021-2022

July SkillSelect Round

Welcome to the first SkillSelect invitation round for the 2021-2022 financial year! Conducted on 26 July, a total of 750 invitations were issued; 500 of those for a Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa and 250 for the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Family Sponsored) visa.

Following the trend of the last few rounds, the minimum points score for the 491 visa continued at 65 points, and the 189 minimum score remained at 80 points. The most recently lodged EOI for a 491 was from March 2021, while the most recent EOI for a 189 visa was way back in July 2019.

Pro-Rata Occupations

Two of the pro-rata Engineering occupations received invites this round:
Occupation ID Description Minimum Points Score Latest date of EOI
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 90 (SC189) 04/2021
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 90 (SC189) 04/2021

Cloudy Outcomes

As Occupation Ceilings have not been published, review of the available EOI data has provided no clarity on which occupations actually received invitations. We are hopeful that this information will be updated shortly to allow for more in-depth analysis.

It is likely that the Government continues to focus on in-demand skills that appear on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (please note Pharmacists were added to the list after the 26 July round).

New Financial Year

With the new financial year comes the reopening of State and Territory Migration programs, with new occupation lists and requirements.

We also saw an increase to Government lodgement fees across a broad range of visa types, with the most significant being an increase to Citizenship by Conferral fees; up almost 72% to $490 per adult applicant.

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