Australia Selects Workers for Residency Twice a Month

Australia has 190,000 permanent resident visas in the Occupation and Family-based streams: 128,550 places for skilled migrants including employer sponsored migrants, skilled independent migrants and business migrants; 60,885 places for family migrants who are sponsored by family members already in and 565 places for special eligibility migrants, who include former permanent residents and have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia.

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Australia Selects Workers for Residency Twice a Month
Posted on April 30, 2014 | Australia

Australia’s Selection of Skilled Workers for Permanent Residency for April 2014

For Skilled Workers all over the world who wish to apply for Australian permanent residency, the current Expression of Interest program allows online application for faster results.

To qualify as an independent skilled migrant or one who is sponsored by any Australia State or Territory, an applicant must obtain a minimum 60 points.  The online application is done thru SkillSelect.  However, it is required that an aspiring applicant provide evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS exam score) and a positive assessment by the authorized assessing authority by the Australian government.

Selection is held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, rather than the first and third for the rest of the programme year.  You can log on to for a free online assessment on whether you would qualify to apply under any of the visa categories under SkillSelect. For a FREE assessment on whether you could qualify, complete our online assessment on this page.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) announced that “in April 2014, the two rounds will comprise a maximum of 2430 invitations for clients who have submitted an Expression of Interest for the Skilled - Independent or Skilled - Regional (Provisional) visa subclasses.

The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the April 2014 invitation rounds according to DIBP are as follows, including the other official announcement:

14 April 2014                                                                                                                                                                               

Visa Subclass

Maximum Number

Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)


Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489)


28 April 2014

Visa Subclass

Maximum Number

Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)


Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489)


Due to a large number of applications there will be a limit of 15 invitations for subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Sponsored) visas until further notice. This change was implemented from the 24 February 2014 invitation round.

Please note that this will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or territory nominated) visas and nominations for these visas can continue.

Processing priority groups and order of processing

Priority processing arrangements apply to skilled migration applications. They determine the order in which the department considers applications. Applications accorded a higher priority under the arrangements will be processed ahead of lower priority applications, regardless of when the application is lodged.

The following table details processing priorities for skilled migration applications.

Note: The highest priority is listed first. SkillSelect applications (187, 186, 190 and 489) will be the highest priority in each group.


Priority Group Number

Application Type


Applications under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).


Applications under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS).


Nominated by a state or territory government agency for an occupation specified on that agency’s State Migration Plan (SMP).

Order of processing will be:

  1. applications lodged from 1 July 2012 through SkillSelect (subclass 190 and 489 applications)
  2. applications in this priority for other General Skilled Migration (GSM) subclasses (subclass 176, 475, 487 and 886 applications).


Applications with nominated occupations on the Skilled Occupation List Schedule 1.
See: Skilled Occupation List (108KB PDF file)

Order of processing will be:

  1. applications lodged from 1 July 2012 through SkillSelect (subclass 189 and 489 applications)
  2. applications within this priority for other GSM subclasses (subclass 175, 176, 475, 487, 885 and 886 applications).


All other applications, which include the following
Note: These subclasses are not listed in order of processing:

  1. applications for a State or Territory Sponsored visa (subclass 176, 475, 487 and 886 applications) where a state or territory approved nomination has either not been provided or has not been accepted by the department
  2. applications for a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 175 and 885 applications) where the nominated occupation is not on the SOL
  3. applications for a family sponsored skilled migration visa (subclass 176, 475, 487, 496 and 886 applications) where the nominated occupation is not on the SOL.


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