SkillSelect invitation rounds for Australia’s Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional Visa (Provisional) (Subclass 491) are held periodically during the 2022-23 program year.
The size, frequency, and cut-off scores of the next Australia SkillSelect invitation round are determined by the Department’s application backlog and inventory at that time. The Department does not post the dates beforehand.
State or Government nomination rounds for skilled immigrants are not impacted by the Department’s invitation rounds.
When immigrating under the Independent and Skilled Work Regional Visa (Provisional) (Subclass 491) – an “occupation ceiling” may be applied to the invitations being issued. Meaning, there will be a limit on the number of Expression of Interest (EOIs) that can be targeted for skilled immigrants from an in demand occupation in Australia.
The values in the occupation ceiling are based on the percentage of stock employment figures provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for each in demand occupation in Australia.
State, Territory Nominated, or Business Innovation & Investment Visa Subclasses are not eligible for occupation ceilings.
The latest Australia SkillSelect Invitation Round was held on 25 May 2023. A total of 7427 invitations were issued to Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional Visa (Provisional) (Subclass 491) candidates – with a minimum points score of 65.
Date: 25 May 2023
Number of ITAs issued: 7427
Latest minimum point score: 65
The table below illustrates the number of invitations issued in the Australia SkillSelect invitation round held on 25 May 2023.
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||7,353|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored||74|
Invitation process and cut-offs for Latest Invitation Round
Based on a point score, the highest-ranked candidates are issued invitations to apply for the relevant visa. For candidates with equal point scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass, known as the date of effect) – determines the order of invitations.
The table below illustrates the cut-off points score issued in the Australia SkillSelect invitation round held on 25 May 2023.
|Visa subclass||Minimum points score||Latest date of effect month|
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||65||05/2023|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored)||65||04/2023|
Occupations included in the Latest Invitation Round
The table below illustrates the in-demand occupations issued invitations in the Australia SkillSelect invitation round held on 25 May 2023.
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