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Posted on October 20 2022

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

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By  Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Highlights: Apply for Australian PR Visa

  • Australia is one of the popular overseas destinations among immigrants.
  • To address skill shortages in the country, Australia has raised the immigration cap.
  • Australia has 5 popular immigration programs.
  • The places in Skilled Immigration visa have been increased.
  • Australia offers 3 visa categories.

Australia has been one of the popular destinations for individuals who aspire for overseas immigration. Every year multiple individuals register for Australian immigration to study, work, live, or settle permanently in the country in the Southern hemisphere.

Now, there are reasons more than one, especially for skilled professionals, to apply for the Australia PR or permanent residency visa. In the past few years, Australia has continued to annually invite around 160,000 immigrants for permanent residency.

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To address the skill shortages in various states, for the year 2022-23, the government of Australia has extended its migration cap by 35,000. Therefore, in 2022-23, the country will welcome 195,000 new immigrants as permanent residents of Australia. Given below are some more reasons to migrate to Australia under this program year.

1. Most States invite offshore applicants to their nomination programs

The Skilled Migration programs of most states in Australia are inviting applications for nominations from international skilled professionals. Some of the state nomination programs in Australia are:

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

All the aforementioned programs nominate the candidates for an Australia PR visa, that is, provisional visa Subclass 491 and subclass 190.

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2. Increase in Skilled Migration visa places

Last year, the Australian DHA or Department of Home Affairs allocated 79,600 places for the visa for the category of Skilled Migration. This year, the DHA has announced an increase in the number of visa places, that is, 109,900 for the skilled migration category.

The count is likely to increase after the changes by DHA in the migration cap for each year. It is good news for international skilled professionals wanting to migrate to Australia.

3. More Occupations and Ease of Requirements

Many Australian states have added to their in-demand occupations list, that is, significant SOL or Skilled Occupation List. It means that the applicants for a skilled visa will have a broad range of occupations to select from. The major programs for state nominations have also eased their nomination requirements for skilled visa candidates.

Major Australian Visa Categories

Through the point-based GSM or General Skilled Migration of Australia, one can apply in any of the 3 skilled Visa categories. They 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 Australia PR after 3 years)

Occupation Ceilings for Invitation Rounds

An 'occupation ceiling' is applicable for invitation rounds issued through autonomous and provisional skilled regional visas. It means that there will be a practical upper limit to the number of EOIs or Expressions of Interest to be invited in the stream of skilled migration from a field of occupation.

It ensures that the program of skilled migration remains steady and continues to issue invitations to immigrants across various skilled occupations.

The values in the occupation ceiling are based on the percentage of reserve employment figures for every occupation. Employment figures published by the Bureau of Statistics of Australia represent the number of individuals employed in Australia for each occupation.

Occupation ceilings are not applicable to State or Territory Business Innovation or Nominations and subclasses of investment visas.

Occupations on October 6, 2022, Invitation Round

The details of occupations-based invitations for the Skill Select Invitation Round held on October 6 2022 are given in the table below:

 Job Roles

Subclass 189 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 Gynaecologist

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

Paediatrician

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

Process of invitation and cut-offs

The individuals who have the highest rank through the points score system are issued an invitation to apply for a suitable visa. The candidates who have the same points scores and the date of effect, which means the time at which they attained their points score for the specific subclass determine when they receive an invitation. EOIs with prior dates of effect are issued invitations before later dates of effect.

Visa subclass

Minimum points score Latest date of effect month

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

65 Oct-22
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – 65

Oct-22

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