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Australia: SkillSelect Update for May-June 2020

Posted on July 30, 2020
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The Department of Home Affairs of the Australian government has released details of the SkillSelect invitation rounds held on May 25 and June 11, 2020.

Total 850 SkillSelect invitations were issued in May-June 2020. While 200 invitations were issued on June 11, the May 25 invitation round involved 650 invitations being sent.

A skilled worker or business person from abroad interested in Australia immigration will be required to go through the SkillSelect which is needed for completing their Expression of Interest [EOI] profile online.

Do keep in mind that there is no fee involved for the creation or submission of an EOI in SkillSelect. An EOI is not a visa application.

A skills assessment – by the relevant assessing authority in Australia – might be required for certain programs.

An EOI, once successfully created, will remain in SkillSelect and will be valid for the next 2 years.

Under the SkillSelect, invitations are issued on a monthly basis. Generally, the SkillSelect invitation rounds are held from –

Skilled Independent visa [subclass 189]
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – family-sponsored

 The total number of invitations issued in any SkillSelect round will vary as per the volume of applications than under processing with the Department of Home Affairs.

In view of the COVID-19 situation, “targeted invitation rounds occurred in May and June 2020”.

SkillSelect round of invitation – June 11, 2020

Draw date: June 11, 2020
Total invited: 170 + 30 = 200
Subclass 189 170

[Minimum points score: 85]

Subclass 491 30

[Minimum points score: 70]

*In a SkillSelect invitation round, it is the highest-ranked profiles as per their points score that are issued invitations to apply for the relevant visa.

The order of invitation of EOI profiles with equal points is based on the time of reaching their points score for that particular subclass. This is referred to as the “date of effect”.

EOIs with earlier dates of effect get precedence over those with later dates.

Pro-rata occupations in the June 11 invitation round

Keeping in view the high demand, specific occupations are subject to the pro-rata arrangement which also ensures that invitations can be issued throughout the year.

By a “pro-rata” arrangement is meant that if the occupation is similar, the SkillSelect will first make the allocation for subclass 189. Places remaining will then be made over to subclass 491.

If all the available spaces ate taken up by subclass 189, no invitations will be issued under subclass 491 for the same occupation.

Subclass Occupation ID Description Minimum points score
189 / 491 2211 Accountants Not available
189 / 491 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers Not available
189 / 491 2334 Electronics Engineer Not available
189 / 491 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers Not available
189 / 491 2339 Other Engineering Professionals 95 [for both 189 & 491]
189 / 491 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts Not available
189 / 491 2613 Software and Applications Programmers Not available
189 / 491 2631 Computer Network Professionals Not available

SkillSelect round of invitation – May 25, 2020

Draw date: May 25, 2020
Total invited: 550 + 100 = 650
Subclass 189 550 [Minimum points score: 85]
Subclass 491 100 [Minimum points score: 70]

Pro-rata occupations in the March 25 invitation round

As per the pro-rata arrangement, for the same occupation, SkillSelect first allocates available places to Subclass 189. Remaining places are later allocated to Subclass 491.

If all of the places are claimed by subclass 189 visas, no invitations will then be issued for subclass 489 visas in those occupations.

Subclass Occupation ID Description Minimum points score
189 / 491 2211 Accountants Not available
189 / 491 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers Not available
189 / 491 2334 Electronics Engineer Not available
189 / 491 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers Not available
189 / 491 2339 Other Engineering Professionals Not available
189 / 491 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts Not available
189 / 491 2613 Software and Applications Programmers Not available
189 / 491 2631 Computer Network Professionals Not available

SkillSelect Invitations issued during the 2019-20 program year [from July 2019 to June 2020]

Skilled Independent visa [subclass 189] Skilled Work Regional [Provisional] visa [subclass 491] – Family-Sponsored Skilled Regional [Provisional] visa [subclass 489] Total invitations in the month
July 2019 1,000 100 1,100
August 2019 100 100 200
September 2019 100 100 200
October 2019 1,500 1,500
November 2019 250 250
December 2019 250 200 450
January 2020 1,000 300 1,300
February 2020 1,000 500 1,500
March 2020 1,750 300 2,050
April 2020 50 50 100
May 2020 550 100 650
June 2020 170 30 200

Hence, the total number of SkillSelect invitations in the 2019-20 program year comes to 10,150.

Skilled Independent visa [subclass 189] 7,750
Skilled Work Regional [Provisional] visa [subclass 491] – Family-Sponsored 2,100
Skilled Regional [Provisional] visa [subclass 489] 300

Thinking of migrating to Australia in 2020 as a skilled worker? Get in touch with us today!

If you are looking to Migrate, Study, Invest, Visit, or Work Overseas, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No. 1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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