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Australia invited skilled foreign workers in latest round


Invitation rounds for the following Australian visa types are expected to be held quarterly. These include:

  • Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa
  • Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent visa (Family Sponsored visas)

The number of invitations in each round is subject to variation depending on the number of applications the Department processes.

It’s to be noted that nominations from Australia’s state or territory governments for Subclass 491 won’t be impacted by the invitation rounds conducted by the department.

The Government of Australia is monitoring migration and visa settings closely to make sure that they are

  • consistent with measures for public health,
  • not displacing employment opportunities for Australians, and
  • flexible

This will ensure that Australia can respond effectively to the imminent and long-time effects of COVID-19. As such, invitation rounds in a targeted fashion have been held since May 2020.

Current round

Invitations sent on April 21, 2021

In the table below the number of invitations sent in the invitation round by SkillSelect on April 21, 2021, is given.

Visa subclassNo. of invitations
Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Family Sponsored)160
Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent visa500

Invitation process & cut-offs

Clients who are ranked the highest in terms of point scores are issued invites to file an application for the relevant visa. For clients who share the same scores, the decision is made based on the time at which they reached their scores for that particular subclass. This is referred to as the “date of effect”. It determines the order in which they will get their invitations. EOIs with older dates of effect are sent invites before those that were reached on later dates.

Visa subclassMin. points scoreThe latest month of effect
Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent visa8007/2019
Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Family Sponsored)6503/2021

Owing to high demand and following the previous program years, the occupation groups given below will be treated with pro-rata arrangements. This move is to make sure that invitations are available across the program year.

SubclassJob IDOccupationsLatest date of effect monthMinimum points score
189/4912334Electronics EngineerN/AN/A
189/4912212Auditors, Corporate Treasurers, and

Company Secretaries

1892335Industrial,  Production, and Mechanical Engineers07/201980
1892339Other Engineering Professionals05/202090
4912335Industrial, Production, and Mechanical EngineersN/AN/A
4912339Other Engineering Professionals09/202070
189/4912613Software and Applications ProgrammersN/AN/A
189/4912611ICT Business and System AnalystsN/AN/A
189/4912631Computer Network ProfessionalsN/AN/A

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