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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 subclass No. of invitations
Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Family Sponsored) 160
Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent visa 500

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 subclass Min. points score The latest month of effect
Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent visa 80 07/2019
Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (Family Sponsored) 65 03/2021

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.

Subclass Job ID Occupations Latest date of effect month Minimum points score
189/491 2211 Accountants N/A N/A
189/491 2334 Electronics Engineer N/A N/A
189/491 2212 Auditors, Corporate Treasurers, and

Company Secretaries

189 2335 Industrial,  Production, and Mechanical Engineers 07/2019 80
189 2339 Other Engineering Professionals 05/2020 90
491 2335 Industrial, Production, and Mechanical Engineers N/A N/A
491 2339 Other Engineering Professionals 09/2020 70
189/491 2613 Software and Applications Programmers N/A N/A
189/491 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts N/A N/A
189/491 2631 Computer Network Professionals N/A N/A

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