The August 2020 round has been released.
August 2020 only 110 invitations were issued for subclass 189 down from 500 in July 2020 which means many of those who have lodged their Expression of Interest (EOI) are still waiting for an invitation despite high point scores . 90 invitations were also issued in August 2020 for subclass 491 Family sponsored down from 100 in July 2020.
The May to August rounds have been different from every round for the last few years.
Importantly not all applicants that achieved the appropriate score received invitations. This is line with a statement made by the acting Immigration Minister recently in which he indicated the skilled occupations may be selected by occupations in most need.
For subclass 189 – in August the lowest score anyone required was 90 (that includes occupations in most need in Australia such as nurses, doctors and other allied health).
For subclass 491 – Family – Most occupations required 75 points – that includes 15 points provided by family for these visas.
However, there are many people waiting for invitations with 90/95 plus points who did not get an invitation who had occupations not considered essential services.
Accountants, External Auditors and some Engineers and IT for 189 and 491 Family simply stated NA. That may mean that none of these occupations were invited.
What now for those with occupations other than essential services?
If you don’t know how you can achieve the points required for the subclass 189 visa or you may not have a “critical sector” occupation you need to ensure you are planning your migration strategy.
If you would like advice on your points scores or how to navigate your way through the migration maze please contact Visa Lounge today through our enquiry form.
The full Department of Home Affairs’ s release is below: