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Posted on October 18 2022

Why it’s the right time to apply for an Australian PR Visa?

By Editor
Updated October 26 2023

Why to apply Australia PR visa now?

  • Australia invites 195,000 immigrants to apply for a PR visa
  • The country is in dire need of skilled professionals to fill the job market needs
  • Australia invites candidates through 5 Skilled Migration programs
  • DHA has increased the visa places to 109,000

Migrate to Australia through Australia PR visa

Australia is one of the prominent destinations for overseas workers for the last few years. Thousands of immigrants want to migrate to Australia to live work and settle there. There are many reasons that people like to apply for Australia PR visa. Australia is inviting 160,000 permanent residents every year.

Different states in Australia are facing skills shortage and that is the reason, the immigration cap has been raised by 35,000 for 2022-23. So the number of invitations will increase to 195,000. Here are some of the reasons that people are planning to get an Australia PR visa.

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Australia inviting immigrants through 5 Skilled Migration programs

Most states in Australia are inviting skilled immigrants through Skilled Migration programs. Some of these programs are listed below:

  • ACT (Australian Capital Territory)nomination program
  • South Australia Skilled South Australia’s Skilled and Business Migration program
  • Migration Queensland State Nomination Program
  • Western Australia (WA) State nomination Migration Program
  • Victoria Skilled Migration Program

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Increase in the Skilled Immigration visas places

DHA accepted 79,600 visa places last year and this year the places have increased up to 109,900. This number will rise again as DHA has increased the annual migration cap.

Additional occupations and relaxed requirements

Many states in Australia are increasing the list of in-demand occupations so skilled visa applicants will have a diverse range of occupations to apply for. States have also relaxed the nomination requirements.

Visa categories

There are three most popular visa categories and candidates can apply for any of them. These categories are:

  • Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189- Permanent Visa
  • Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190- State Nominated PR visa
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491- Regional 5-year visa (offers PR Pathway after 3 years)

Occupation ceilings for invitation rounds

Occupation ceilings can be applied under the independent and skilled regional (provisional) visas. This cap means that there will be a restriction on the issuance of Expression of Interest. This cap will help in inviting immigrants for different types of skilled occupations.

Occupation included in the invitation round conducted on October 6, 2022

Here is the table that reveals the details of the invitation round held on October 6, 2022.

Job role
Visa Subclass 189 Visa Subclass 491
Offshore Onshore Offshore Onshore
Aeronautical Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Agricultural Consultant 65 N/A 70 N/A
Agricultural Engineer 65 N/A 90 N/A
Agricultural Scientist 65 N/A 65 N/A
Architect 65 N/A 65 N/A
Audiologist 65 70 65 80
Biochemist 65 N/A N/A N/A
Biomedical Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Biotechnologist 65 N/A 75 N/A
Botanist 65 N/A 85 N/A
Cardiologist 85 N/A N/A N/A
Cartographer 65 N/A N/A N/A
Chemical Engineer 65 N/A 70 N/A
Chemist 65 N/A 65 N/A
Chiropractor 65 70 N/A N/A
Civil Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Clinical Psychologist 85 65 N/A N/A
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher 65 65 70 75
Electrical Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Electronics Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Emergency Medicine Specialist 80 65 N/A N/A
Endocrinologist N/A 90 N/A N/A
Engineering Professionals nec 65 N/A 70 N/A
Engineering Technologist 65 N/A 65 N/A
Environmental Consultant 65 N/A 75 N/A
Environmental Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Environmental Research Scientist 65 N/A 95 N/A
Environmental Scientists nec 65 N/A N/A N/A
Food Technologist 65 N/A 70 N/A
Forester 65 N/A 75 N/A
Gastroenterologist 65 N/A N/A N/A
General Practitioner 65 65 N/A N/A
Geophysicist 65 N/A N/A N/A
Geotechnical Engineer 65 N/A N/A N/A
Hydrogeologist 65 N/A N/A N/A
Industrial Engineer 65 N/A 70 N/A
Intensive Care Specialist N/A 65 N/A N/A
Landscape Architect 65 N/A 100 N/A
Life Scientist (General) 65 N/A 70 N/A
Life Scientists nec 65 N/A 70 N/A
Marine Biologist 65 N/A 85 N/A
Materials Engineer 65 N/A 80 N/A
Mechanical Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 65 65 N/A N/A
Medical Laboratory Scientist 65 N/A 70 N/A
Medical Oncologist 75 N/A N/A N/A
Medical Practitioners nec 65 65 N/A N/A
Medical Radiation Therapist N/A 90 N/A N/A
Metallurgist 65 N/A 70 N/A
Meteorologist 90 N/A N/A N/A
Microbiologist 65 N/A 80 N/A
Midwife 75 70 N/A N/A
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) 65 N/A 75 N/A
Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec 80 N/A N/A N/A
Naval Architect 65 N/A N/A N/A
Neurologist 75 80 N/A N/A
Neurosurgeon N/A 65 N/A N/A
Nuclear Medicine Technologist 70 N/A N/A N/A
Nurse Practitioner 75 N/A N/A N/A
Obstetrician and gynecologist N/A 65 N/A N/A
Occupational Therapist 65 65 N/A N/A
Optometrist N/A 70 N/A N/A
Orthotist or Prosthetist N/A 70 N/A N/A
Osteopath N/A 70 N/A N/A
Other Spatial Scientist 65 N/A N/A N/A
Pediatrician N/A 65 N/A N/A
Pathologist 65 N/A N/A N/A
Petroleum Engineer 65 N/A 80 N/A
Physicist 65 N/A 90 N/A
Physiotherapist 65 65 80 N/A
Podiatrist 70 65 N/A N/A
Production or Plant Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Psychiatrist 70 75 N/A N/A
Psychologists nec 65 65 N/A N/A
Quantity Surveyor 65 N/A 65 N/A
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 65 65 N/A 70
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) 70 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Community Health) 65 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 65 65 70 65
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) N/A 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 65 65 90 N/A
Registered Nurse (Medical) 65 65 70 80
Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 65 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) 70 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 65 65 N/A N/A
Registered Nurse (Surgical) 65 65 N/A 75
Registered Nurses nec 65 65 N/A 70
Renal Medicine Specialist N/A 80 N/A N/A
Secondary School Teacher 65 65 75 85
Social Worker 65 65 75 90
Sonographer 65 N/A N/A N/A
Special Education Teachers nec N/A 95 N/A N/A
Special Needs Teacher 65 80 N/A N/A
Specialist Physician (General Medicine) N/A 70 N/A N/A
Specialist Physicians nec 65 80 N/A N/A
Speech Pathologist 65 65 80 N/A
Structural Engineer 65 N/A 65 N/A
Surgeon (General) 65 80 N/A N/A
Surveyor 65 N/A 65 N/A
Transport Engineer 65 N/A 80 N/A
University Lecturer 65 65 65 65
Veterinarian 65 N/A N/A N/A
Zoologist 65 N/A N/A N/A

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Invitation process and cut offs

Candidates who got the highest score are invited to apply for relevant visas. The invitations to candidates having the same score will be determined on the date and time when their score was received. The table below reveals the details of the invitations along with the score:

Types of Visas No. of candidates invited till October 15, 2022 Cut-off score
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 23,914 65
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) 1284 65

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