First round of SkillSelect invitations 2020, 1300 invited

Australia first invitation 2020

This year’s first round of invitations to skilled candidates was sent in Australia recently. A total of 1300 invitations went out that enables them to live and work in Australia. 1000 invitations went to Independent visa applicants, coming under Subclass 189. Subclass 189 is a very recent one. The remaining went to the Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Family Sponsored) visa applicants.

This year, the minimum points required was reduced to 90 points.

The invite from Australia presents many occupational opportunities. The list had mostly information technology jobs than any other category. Other categories are in engineering and accounting. Invitations for certain occupations were issued on a pro-rata basis. These occupations have a high level of demand.

The first preference in allocation went to Subclass 189 Expression of Interests (EOIs). The remaining places were issued to the Subclass 491 EOIs, the Family-Sponsored visas.

The occupations on pro-rata and the scores assigned to are as follows:

Occupation ID Occupation Minimum Score Points
2211 Accountants 95 (SC189)
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries, and Corporate Treasurers 95 (SC189)
2334 Electronics Engineer 90 (SC189)
2334 Electronics Engineer 95 (SC491)
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 90 (SC189)
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 90 (SC189)
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 90 (SC189)
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 90 (SC189)
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 90 (SC491)
2631 Computer Network Professionals 90 (SC189)
2631 Computer Network Professionals 90 (SC491)

The top gainers of this round of invitations

The invitations were mostly sent to IT professionals. These included Software & Application Programmers. As many as 298 invitations went to these verticals. The invitations were issued across the Subclass 189 and Subclass 491 visa programs. Of all the invitations, 53% went to the top 5 occupations. These included:

  • Civil Engineering Professionals – 76 invites
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts – 93 invites
  • Accountants – 98 invites
  • Database & Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists – 121 invitations

On the lower side, the following occupations were included:

  • Cartographers/Surveyors (4)
  • Management Consultants (3)
  • Construction Managers (approximately 3-4 invites)
  • Medical Imaging Professionals (approximately 1-2 invites)

The bottom line

One can expect a high level of competition for invitations by March 15, 2020. These invitations will go through SkillSelect. The student visa cohort will expire on this date. In that case, you may look for alternative visa options like:

  • The Subclass 190 State Nominated visa
  • The Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional visa
  • The Subclass 485 Graduate visa (for International Students who have finished their studies)

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Australia, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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