"SkillSelect is a major change to how Australia manages its skilled migration program.

SkillSelect helps to ensure the skilled migration program is based on the economic needs of Australia.  It will support the Australian Government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers. As a result, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship expects to significantly reduce the time taken to process a visa application.

SkillSelect will also help address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This will be of particular benefit to employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia."

In August 1, 2012, DIAC announced the results of the first round of applications received through SkillSelect (below).  Take note that while 60 points is the minimum required to lodge a skilled migrant application, those selected had 75 as the lowest total.

 

SkillSelect Invitations to apply to migrate - Round 1 August 2012 Results

On 1 August 2012 the first automated round of invitations to apply to migrate under the skilled independent and skilled family sponsored visas was completed under SkillSelect.

As SkillSelect is a new system, the first run of invitations was reduced in size, to allow us to ensure that all elements of the SkillSelect and electronic lodgement system are working smoothly. While this first round of invitations was small, we expect to be increasing the number of invitations issued in future invitation rounds, so that Australia can benefit from the high quality client submitting Expressions of Interest through SkillSelect. It is anticipated that the next run of invitations will occur on 1 September 2012.

Automated rounds of invitations to apply to migrate result in invitations for the following visas:

This process does not include nominations by state and territory governments, which also result in invitations being issued. State and territory governments have been nominating clients since 1 July 2012 and data on outcomes is provided below.

1 August results

The number of invitations to apply to migrate issued under the August 2012 round was 100 places. This is a significantly lower number than the numbers that will be invited for future rounds. The table below shows the allocation of places by the subclass of visa:

Visa subclass

Invitations for 1 August

Skilled - Independent (Subclass 189) (Permanent)

90

Skilled - Regional (Subclass 489) (Provisional) - Family Sponsored

10

Total

100

 

The following table shows points claimed by the clients who were successfully invited to apply in this round.

Visa subclass

Points Score

Invitations

Skilled - Independent (Subclass 189) (Permanent)

85

5

Skilled - Independent (Subclass 189) (Permanent)

80

32

1Skilled - Independent (Subclass 189) (Permanent)

75

53

Skilled - Regional (Subclass 489) (Provisional) - Family Sponsored

80

3

Skilled - Regional (Subclass 489) (Provisional) - Family Sponsored

75

7

 

Invitation process and cut offs

In each round of invitations to apply to migrate, the highest point scorers for each subclass are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have the same level of points, the time at which they reached their current points score in that subclass (referred to as the visa status date) determines the order of invitation. EOIs with earlier visa status dates are invited before later status dates.

In this round, the lowest points score invited, and the latest visa status date invited were:

Visa Subclass

Points Score

Visa Status date

Skilled - Independent (Subclass 189) (Permanent)

75

18/07/2012 11:40AM

Skilled - Regional (Subclass 489) (Provisional) - Family Sponsored

75

11/07/2012 13:52PM

 

If you wish to compare your EOI against the outcomes of the invitation round, you can check your points score and visa status date at any time for all visa subclasses covered by your EOI.

Occupational Ceilings

Invitations to apply to migrate are subject to yearly occupational ceilings or upper limits. In the August round, no occupation reached its ceiling.

The numbers of invitations to apply to migrate in each occupational grouping July are available at the following link:
See: SkillSelect Activity Summary July 2012 (28KB PDF file)

Nominations by State and Territory Governments – July 2012

The number of applicants to migrate who received nominations from State and Territory Governments during July 2012 is shown in the following table:

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Total

Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190) visa

12

25

1

0

20

0

25

18

101

Skilled - Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa

0

0

0

0

5

0

 

 

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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