October 2020 only 30 invitations were issued for subclass 189 down from 350 in September 2020 which means many of those who have lodged their Expression of Interest (EOI) are still waiting for an invitation despite high point scores.
80 invitations were also issued in October 2020 for subclass 491 Family sponsored down from 150 in September 2020.
Why so few invitations?
The May to October rounds has been different from every round for the last few years. Government priorities have changed at least in the short term to address covid-19 and economic response.
The current processing priorities (with the highest priority listed first) are:
What scores did applicants need in the October round?
Which occupations have been selected and how many invitations so far this migration year? (189/491 Family)
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers <20
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 65
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 141
2333 Electrical Engineers 98
2334 Electronics Engineers <20
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 48
2336 Mining Engineers 20
2339 Other Engineering Professionals <20
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists <20
2342 Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists <20
2345 Life Scientists <20
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 241
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals <20
2524 Occupational Therapists <20
2525 Physiotherapists <20
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 24
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 68
2535 Surgeons <20
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 92
2541 Midwives <20
2544 Registered Nurses 414
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 76
2723 Psychologists 30
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians <20
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians <20
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists <20
How many places have been filled for 189?
990 people have been invited
It is important to note that in the next months, some of these 189 places will be filled by eligible 189 New Zealand passport holder who do not require an invitation for a visa.
What if you have a high point score but do not work in a critical sector?
While the priorities remain as they are above, it is unlikely in the short term that a high point score will be sufficient for you to be invited.
What now for people that have high point scores but do not work in a critical sector?
The migration year resets on the 1 July each year. This year everything started a little later because the delay in the Federal budget. – we will see changes again to skilled numbers and priorities at that time.
This is the link to the Australian Department of Home Affairs to read the full release: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/invitation-rounds
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