SkillSelect – Invitation rounds


Invitation round 11 September 2019

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. Applicants are asking "Are 65 points enough for a 189 visa?" Unfortunately, although you can lodge an Expression of Interest with 65 points, the DHA have not invited applicants for a considerable time as only the highest ranked applicants by points score are being invited to apply for a subclass 189 visa for Australia. In the last published invitation round held on 11 September 2019,  applicants with a points score of 85 whose Date of Effect was 03 August  2019 received invitations. A total of 100 applicants were invited to submit a Skilled Independent visa application. Please note that selective occupations such as Accountants and some ICT and Engineering professionals require a higher points score.

A total of 100 places were allocated to Skilled Regional applicants (subclass 489) with a date of effect on 15 August 2019 and with a points score of 85.

Applicants being nominated by a state or territory government (sub classes 190 and 489) are not subject to to monthly invitation rounds and will automatically receive an invitation once the nomination has been approved. Places for these visa classes are very competitive due to the Skilled Independent invitation mark remaining high.

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.

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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SkillSelect – Invitation rounds

SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visas and then remaining to Skilled – Regional...


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