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
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.
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||2212||Auditors, Corporate Treasurers, and|
|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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EOI – Expression of Interest