Second Canberra Matrix draw of 2023 issues higher invitations!

Second Canberra Matrix draw of 2023 issues higher invitations!

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 02 Mar, 2023 | 04:28 AM]
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On February 22, 2023, the Australian government conducted a new Canberra Matrix invitation round - the first of the year 2023. This invitation round saw a total of 919 invitations being issued to Canberra Residents and Overseas Applicants.

Out of the total candidates invited to apply for Australian Immigration Capital Territory (ACT) nominations, 511 were issued to Canberra residents, whereas, the remaining 408 invitations were issued to Overseas Applicants. Higher ITAs than the first Canberra Matrix invitation round of the year held on January 23, 2023. 

The ACT has issued these 919 invitations to candidates registered under the following streams:

Canberra Residents

Matrix nominating Small Business Owner

  • Subclass 190 visa nominations: 24 invitations with a minimum matrix score of 75. 
  • Subclass 491 visa nominations: 1 invitation with a minimum matrix score of 70.

Matrix nominating 457/482 visa holders

  • Subclass 190 visa nominations: 7 invitations.
  • Subclass 491 visa nominations: 1 invitation.

Matrix nominating Critical Skills Occupations

  • Subclass 190 visa nominations: 322 invitations.
  • Subclass 491 visa nominations: 156 invitations.

Overseas Applicants

Matrix nominating Critical Skills Occupations

  • Subclass 190 visa nominations: 13 invitations.
  • Subclass 491 visa nominations: 395 invitations.

Date: 22 February 2023

Category Number of invitations issued Total Canberra Matrix Invitation
Canberra Residents 511 919
Overseas applicants 408

According to the 2022-2023 Allocation of ACT Nomination Pages:

  • Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa: 2,025 places.
  • Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa: 2,025 places.

As of February 22nd Canberra Matrix Invitation Round:

Total Approvals: 1705 approvals | Subclass 190 - 641 approvals | Subclass 491 - 1064 approvals.

Total Refusals: 374 refusals | Subclass 190 - 90 refusals (12%) | Subclass 491 - 284 refusals (21%).

Remaining Allocation: 2,345 nomination places (552 per month) | Subclass 190 - 1,384 (pro rata 326 per month) | Subclass 491 - 961 (pro rata 226 per month).

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has a fixed number of nomination places available each month – pro-rata against the annual allocation. The highest ranked Matrix in each occupation in demand in Australia is invited to apply for ACT nomination. The cut-off for the nomination depends on the date & time of the Matrix submission, occupation cap & demand, and the remaining monthly allocation. The more the demand for an occupation in Australia – the higher the rank of the Matrix score invited.

The cut-off Matrix score is an indication only. It does not guarantee that an invitation will be issued. Also, invitations will not be issued if the candidate has an active application in the system or has previously received an ACT nomination.



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