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Skillselect Invitation Round


Are you planning to move to Australia and wondering how the Skillselect Invitation Round can help you achieve your dream? The Skillselect system is a crucial part of Australia's skilled migration process, allowing individuals from around the world to express their interest in living and working in Australia. This blog will guide you through the basics of the Skillselect Invitation Round, including what it is, how it works, and tips for increasing your chances of receiving an invitation. Whether you're a skilled professional or tradesperson, understanding this process is your first step towards a new life in Australia.
 

What is SkillSelect?

SkillSelect is an online service run by the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs. It's essentially a way for Australia to manage its skilled migration programme. The system allows individuals who wish to migrate to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an Expression of Interest (EOI).

 

How Do SkillSelect Invitation Rounds Work?


Invitation rounds are a critical component of the SkillSelect process. They are essentially the method by which the Australian Government selects skilled workers from the pool of EOIs to apply for a skilled visa. These rounds typically occur monthly, but the frequency and dates can vary based on the number of applications and Australia's migration planning levels.

Submit an EOI: You start by submitting an EOI through SkillSelect, providing information about your skills, qualifications, and desired visa type.

Accumulate Points: Your EOI is then given a points score, based on factors such as age, English language proficiency, skilled employment experience, and educational qualifications.

Wait for an Invitation: If your points score is high enough, you may be invited to apply for a visa during an invitation round. The required score can vary depending on the visa type and the current demand for your skills in Australia.

Tips for Increasing Your Chances:


Improve Your English: Higher English language proficiency scores can significantly increase your points.

Gain More Work Experience: Relevant work experience, both in your home country and in Australia, can add valuable points to your EOI.

Higher Education: Obtaining higher qualifications can also contribute to a higher points score.

State Nomination: Being nominated by an Australian state or territory government can provide a substantial points boost.

SkillSelect Invitation Rounds Explained


SkillSelect conducts periodic invitation rounds for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family-sponsored. The frequency and number of invitations vary, depending on application volumes, but state or territory nominations remain unaffected.
 

Occupation ceilings for invitation rounds


An 'occupation limit' might be set for certain visas, meaning there's a maximum number of Expressions of Interest (EOIs) that can be invited for each job category. This keeps the skilled migration programme fair and diverse, allowing a wide range of professions to be considered.

The limit for each job is calculated as a percentage of the total number of people working in that job in Australia, using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

However, this limit doesn't affect those applying through state or territory nominations or the Business Innovation and Investment visa categories.

Invitation process and cut offs


Individuals with the highest points scores get the first invitations to apply for the visa they're after. If people have the same score, a tie-breaker decides who goes first, based on when they achieved their score (known as the date of effect). So, those who got their scores earlier are invited before those who got the same score later.
 

Current round


On 18 December 2023, the latest round of SkillSelect invitations was sent out. Below, you'll find a table detailing how many invitations were issued and the tie-break month for this particular round.

Visa Subclass

Number of Invitations

Tie-Break/Date of Effect Month

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

8,300

November 2023

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored

79

December 2023

 

Jobs Featured in the 18 December 2023 Invitation Round


Below is a simplified table format listing professions and their corresponding points for the SkillSelect invitation round on 18 December 2023, for both the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored. "N/A*" indicates that no invitations were issued for that profession under the subclass 491 visa.

Occupation

Points for 189

Points for 491

Audiologist

65

70

Child Care Centre Manager

65

N/A*

Chiropractor

65

N/A*

Clinical Haematologist

65

N/A*

Clinical Psychologist

70

90

Dermatologist

80

N/A*

Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

65

N/A*

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher

65

65

Educational Psychologist

70

N/A*

Emergency Medicine Specialist

65

N/A*

Endocrinologist

95

N/A*

General Practitioner

65

N/A*

Intensive Care Specialist

65

N/A*

Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

65

65

Medical Laboratory Scientist

65

75

Medical Oncologist

65

N/A*

Medical Practitioners nec

65

75

Medical Radiation Therapist

65

N/A*

Midwife

65

70

Neurosurgeon

80

N/A*

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

65

N/A*

Nurse Practitioner

65

N/A*

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

65

N/A*

Occupational Therapist

65

70

Ophthalmologist

80

N/A*

Optometrist

65

N/A*

Orthopaedic Surgeon

65

N/A*

Orthotist or Prosthetist

65

N/A*

Osteopath

65

N/A*

Paediatrician

65

N/A*

Pathologist

80

N/A*

Physiotherapist

65

65

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

70

N/A*

Podiatrist

65

N/A*

Psychiatrist

65

N/A*

Psychologists nec

65

65

Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

65

65

Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

65

65

Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)

65

90

Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)

65

85

Registered Nurses nec

65

65

Secondary School Teacher

65

70

Social Worker

65

70

Speech Pathologist

65

85

Surgeon (General)

80

N/A*

 

Invitations issued during 2023-24 program year


A detailed breakdown of invitations issued across months highlights the dynamic nature of the SkillSelect invitation rounds, emphasizing the importance of staying updated with the latest EOI data and login to SkillSelect regularly for the next SkillSelect Invitation Round.

Visa subclass

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

0

0

0

0

0

8,300

           

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored

0

0

0

0

0

79

           

The numbers mentioned earlier don't cover invitations for visas nominated by State and Territory Governments. These governments nominate individuals for certain skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas all through the month.
 

State and Territory nominations 2023-24 program year


The table below displays how many people were nominated by State and Territory Governments for migration from 1 July 2023 to 31 January 2024:

Visa subclass

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

476

992

237

626

839

419

1,976

1,356

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) State and Territory Nominated

416

978

293

319

632

289

379

715

Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

In Conclusion, the SkillSelect Invitation Round plays a pivotal role in Australia's skilled migration, offering a pathway for skilled professionals and tradespeople worldwide. With regular updates and clear criteria, it ensures a fair and efficient selection process. For those aiming to make Australia their new home, staying informed and prepared can significantly enhance your chances of success.

For more details or help with the SkillSelect application process, including tips for your SkillSelect EOI, understanding the Australian immigration points system, or information on state-sponsored visas and skilled visa requirements, contact AECC. Let us assist you in navigating your journey to living and working in Australia through the Australia SkillSelect Invitation Rounds.

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