On 4 November, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) selected 976 Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) from the pool of interested migrants. The selection comprised 950 invitations issued for the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) Visa and 26 invitations issued for the Skilled – Regional Provisional (Subclass 489) Visa.
This brings the total number of invitations issued in the 2013-14 migration year (which runs from July 2013 to June 2014) to 9842. Applicants nominated by state governments are invited to apply straightaway and their numbers to date (a further 6907 as at the end of October) are therefore not included in this total. Given that the government’s quota for skilled migrants including employer sponsored migrants (those with offers of employment in Australia), skilled independent migrants (those who do not require offers of employment) and business migrants (business owners and investors) is 128,550 for this migration year, we are still a fair way away from getting anywhere near the annual target.
In the SkillSelect system, 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 visa date of effect) determines their order of invitation. EOI’s with earlier dates of effect are invited before those with later dates.
In this selection round, the cut-off was made at 60 points and all Subclass 189 applicants with higher points scores as well as those who had lodged their EOI’s before 1 November 2013 at 10:49 pm were selected and invited to apply. Similarly all Subclass 489 applicants on higher points and those who had lodged their EOI’s before 2 November 2013 at 2:05 am were also invited. Any applicants remaining in the pool on 60 points should expect to be selected at the next selection.
As advised previously, high numbers of EOI’s have been received for the following six groups of occupations and as such invitations for these occupations are being issued on a pro-rata basis in each invitation round. This means that they are subject to a higher cut-off for points and earlier dates of effect compared to other occupations:
- Chemical and Materials Engineers
- ICT Business and Systems Analysts
- Electronics Engineers
- Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
- Other Engineering Professionals
- Software and Applications Programmers
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