SkillSelect – Invitation rounds


SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled Independent applicants and if all places are taken up there will be no invitations issued for any applicants being sponsored by a relative. Only the highest ranked applicants by points score are being invited to apply for a subclass 189 visa for Australia. In the last invitation round held on 11 July 2018, all applicants on 75 points and above received invitations and additionally, applicants whose visa date of effect was on or before 06 March 2018 and who had a points score of 70 also received invitations. A total of 1000 applicants were invited to submit a Skilled Independent visa application .- an increase of 40% on previous months. If this trend continues, an applicant who lodged an Expression of Interest for a Skilled Independent visa (non pro-rata occupation) can expect to wait approximately 4 months for an invitation if they have reached 70 points.

Applicants being nominated by a state or territory government (subclasses 190 and 489) are not subject to to monthly invitation rounds and will automatically receive an invitation once the nomination has been approved.

SkillSelect comprises of 3 main visa streams for skilled applicants who are not being sponsored or nominated by an employer.  

Skilled Independent - visa subclass 189

This visa class will enable you to reside permanently anywhere in Australia. Generally, if you select this visa option you can claim points for your age, qualification(s), work experience and English via a test (please see attached points test summary).

Skilled Nominated visa - subclass 190 (5 points for the nomination)

To be able to apply for this visa you will need to have an occupation on a state/territory skills in demand list and be committed to residing in the nominating state or territory for 2 years.

Skilled Regional (provisional) visa subclass 489 (10 points for the nomination or sponsorship).

You can be nominated by a state or territory government or sponsored by a close relative and must be prepared to reside in a regional or designated area of Australia for a minimum of 2 years.





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