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Which occupations get the fastest invitations for Australia?

Posted on February 5, 2020
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Australia’s Department of Home Affairs holds an invitation round every month – usually the 11th day of the month – for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) as well as the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – family sponsored.

Let us get an overview of the subclasses to be discussed here:

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

For those invited workers and New Zealand citizens that have the skills needed in Australia to live and work anywhere in Australia on a permanent basis.

  • Skilled Independent visa [subclass 189] – Points-tested stream
  • Skilled independent visa [subclass 189] – New Zealand stream

Note: If you are an Indian applying for subclass 189, you:

  • Cannot apply unless invited to apply
  • Must be under 45 years of age to be invited
  • Don’t need a nominator/sponsor
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family-Sponsored

A provisional visa for those skilled workers that wish to live and work in regional Australia. Stay in Australia for 5 years while you live, study and work in a designated regional area of the country.

Note:- For applying for subclass 491, you must have:

  • Either a nomination by a State/Territory, or be sponsored by an eligible relative
  • Occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list
  • Suitable skills assessment for the occupation
  • Received an invitation to apply
  • Satisfactorily met the points test requirement

IMPORTANT:

Do keep in mind that you cannot apply for either 189 or 491 unless you receive an invitation to apply.

While generally the invitation round is held on the 11th day of each month, the dates for the rounds are subject to being changed.

The latest invitation round was held on January 10, 2020.

The State/Territory nominations for subclass 491 are not to be affected by these monthly invitation rounds.

The total number of invitations sent in any such round commonly referred to as the SkillSelect invitation round depends on the volume of applications under processing with the Department of Home Affairs at that moment.

The SkillSelect invitation round on January 10 saw invitations being sent as per:

Visa subclass No. of Invitations Minimum points score Latest date of effect
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)   1,000 90 2/10/2019

11:05pm

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family-Sponsored    300 90 16/12/2019

1:01am

The minimum points score required was 90.

For the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), the 1000 invitations sent were as per:

Invitations Points Score
646  90
285  95
 45 100
 17 105
 6 110
 <5 115

In the category of Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored visa, on the other hand, the 300 invitations sent were as per:

Invitations Points Score
168  90
 82  95
 42 100
   8 105

By the “date of effect” is meant that time when that particular profile reached the points score for that specific subclass. This comes into play when the profiles have equal points. In such cases, it is the date of the effect that determines the order of invitations to be sent. Those expressions of interest that have an earlier date of effect will be invited before the later dates.

Occupations that received invitations in January 10 invitation round were:

Subclass Occupation ID Description
189 2211 Accountants
189 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
189 2334 Electronics Engineer
491 2334 Electronics Engineer
189 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
189 2339 Other Engineering Professionals
189 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts
189 2613 Software and Applications Programmers
491 2613 Software and Applications Programmers
189 2631 Computer Network Professionals
491 2631 Computer Network Professionals

IMPORTANT:

In keeping with the trend of the previous years and the current high demand, the above-mentioned occupation groups will be subject to pro rata or proportionate allocation to ensure that invitations can be sent throughout the year.

Simply put, this means that SkillSelect initially allocates the available places to subclass 189. The remaining places are then allotted to 491. Subsequently, if all the places are taken up by subclass 189, then there will be no invitations issued for 491 in these occupations.

How many migrants will be invited in any occupation by Australia in 2020?

There is an “occupational ceiling” on the number of invitations to be issued by Australia under the skilled independent regional [provisional] visas. There is a cap on the Expressions of Interest [EOIs] that are to be selected for skilled migration from any specific occupation group. Once the limit is reached, no further invitations will be issued for that specific occupation in that program year.

Occupation ceilings for the 2019-20 program year:

[Note. – Occupation ceilings are NOT applicable to subclasses related to:

  • Investment visa
  • State/territory nominated
  • Employer-sponsored
  • Business innovation

Occupation ceilings for the 2019-20 program year.

ANZSCO code Description Occupation Ceiling for 2019-20
1213 Livestock Farmers 5,934
1331 Construction Managers 4,983
1332 Engineering Managers 1,000
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1,000
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,785
1399 Other Specialist Managers 3,044
2111 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 1,000
2112 Music Professionals 1,000
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,098
2211 Accountants* 2,746
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1,552
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000
2243 Economists 1,000
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000
2247 Management consultant 5,269
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 2,171
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 3,772
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,000
2334 Electronics Engineers* 1,000
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 1,600
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000
2339 Other Engineering Professionals* 1,000
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000
2342 Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists 1,000
2343 Environmental Scientists 1,472
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000
2345 Life Scientists 1,000
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,505
2347 Veterinarians 1,000
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,000
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2,294
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,052
2415 Special Education Teachers 1,111
2421 University Lecturers and Tutors 3,407
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1,203
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,082
2525 Physiotherapists 1,784
2526 Podiatrists 1,000
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3,550
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000
2535 Surgeons 1,000
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,250
2541 Midwives 1,218
2544 Registered Nurses 17,509
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 2,587
2612 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 8,748
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,887
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 2,553
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000
2711 Barristers 1,000
2713 Solicitors 4,650
2723 Psychologists 1,832
2725 Social Workers 2,128
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000
3212 Motor Mechanics 6,399
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 3,983
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 7,007
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000
3241 Panelbeaters 1,000
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,610
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 8,536
3322 Painting Trades Workers 3,330
3331 Glaziers 1,000
3332 Plasterers 2,100
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,682
3341 Plumbers 5,060
3411 Electricians 8,624
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,851
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1,313
3513 Chefs 2,738
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,051
3941 Cabinetmakers 2,112
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000
4523 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 4,071
4524 Sportspersons 1,000

*Subject to pro rata arrangements.

Most popular occupations in Australia’s 2019-20 program year:

Certain occupations are more popular than the rest. These are also reaching their individual occupation ceilings much faster than the others. These occupations include:

ANZSCO code Description Invited so far
2211 Accountants*   378 out of 2,746
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*   215 out of 1,552
2247 Management consultant     14 out of 5,269
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects   240 out of 2,171
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers     55 out of 1,000
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals    299 out of 3,772
2333 Electrical Engineers    187 out of 1,000
2334 Electronics Engineers*     126 out of 1,000
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*     221 out of 1,600
2339 Other Engineering Professionals*     136 out of 1,000
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts*     348 out of 2,587
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 1,156 out of 8,748
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists     252 out of 2,887
2631 Computer Network Professionals*     345 out of 2,553
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals     171 out of 1,000

*Subject to pro rata arrangements.

Which occupations are getting invitations the fastest?

Based on the current trends, occupations that are getting invitations the fastest of them all are:

ANZSCO code Description
2211 Accountants*
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts*
2613 Software and Applications Programmers*
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists
2631 Computer Network Professionals*

*Subject to pro rata arrangements.

While many occupations are in high demand in Australia in 2019-20 program year, the highest occupation ceiling of 17,509 places is for Registered Nurses [ANZSCO Code 2544].

With the individual allocation of 8,000+ places each, Electricians [ANZSCO Code 3411], Carpenters and Joiners [ANZSCO 3312], Software and Applications Programmers [ANZSCO Code 2613], and Secondary School Teachers [ANZSCO Code 2414] are also in great demand in Australia.

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