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Australia:SkillSelect October 2021 invitation round

SkillSelect October 2021 Invitation round 

The Department has released information about the 29th October 2021 SkillSelect invitation round.

  • 200 x Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) invitations were issued
  • 200 x Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 491) Family Sponsored invitations were issued

Generally speaking, SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189), and thereafter the remaining to Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored.

The number of points required to secure an invitation for the subclass 189 visa increased in this round, with 90 points needed.

Minimum points

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189 – 90 points
  • Skilled Work Regional Subclass 491 Family Sponsored – 80 points

The highest ranked applicants by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For applicants who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

Latest date of effect month

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189 – 11/2020
  • Skilled Work Regional Subclass 491 Family Sponsored – 04/2020

These figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa or BIIP subclasses.

What scores did applicants need in the October 2021 round?

  • Accountants, External Auditors, and IT for 189 and 491 Family simply stated NA. That may mean that none of these occupations were invited.
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers required 90 points. 

The only invitations issued in pro-rated occupations for the subclass 189 visa in October 2021 were for Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers, which required 90 points to secure an invitation.

The points score cut-off for the subclass 491 Family Sponsored stream increased compared with July 2021, with 80 points needed to secure an invitation in this latest round.

There were no invitations issued in pro-rated occupations for the subclass 491 visa in the Family Sponsored stream in October 2021.

190 Nominations by State and Territory Governments – October 2021

The number of applicants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments for subclass 190 visa in October 2021 are:

  • Victoria – 122
  • New South Wales -248
  • Queensland – 0
  • South Australia – 126
  • Western Australia – 188
  • Tasmania – 132
  • ACT – 51
  • Northern Territory – 37

When is the next invitation round?

The department have announced they will continue to run quarterly rounds in the 2021-2022 year. That means next round will be expected in January 2022. 

How the EOI (Expression of Interest) works?

The highest ranked applicants are the first who are invited to apply for the relevant visa. Applicants with equal scores are invited in order of when they reached their points score (this is referred to as the date of effect). EOI’s submitted with earlier dates of effect are invited first.

Based on the latest data released, the minimum points score required to receive an invitation for the subclass 189 visa in the October 2021 round increased compared with the previous invitation round, with 90 points required to secure an invitation. The last invited applicant submitted an EOI in November 2020, which means EOI applicants who achieved a score of at least 90 points and who submitted their EOI by November 2020 were issued an invitation in this round, reflecting a wait time of approximately 11 months.

The minimum points score needed to secure an invitation for the subclass 491 visa also increased from the previous round, with 80 points needed to receive an invitation. The results show that Subclass 491 visa EOI applicants who achieved a minimum points score of 80 and who submitted their EOI by April 2020 received an invitation in this round. This represents a wait time of approximately 18 months.

Contact our Australian immigration specialists to prepare and lodge your skills assessment, expression of interest and skilled visa applications.