October News

General Skilled Migration

SkillSelect results for the 20 September round have been released. For most occupations, the required score continues to decline. The required score for Accountants to receive an invitation has increased to 85 points. NSW has released its Priority Skilled Occupations List for 2017-18 and should soon start nominating applicants for the Skilled Nominated 190 visa.

Visa Subclass Number
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1750
Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) 47

Invitation process and cut offs

The highest ranked clients by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the visa date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

Visa Subclass Points score Visa date of effect
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 65 13/09/2017 12.05 am
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 60 19/09/2017  4.27 am


Invitations issued during 2017-18

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Total
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 2000 2000 3500 7500
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 210 256 93 559
Total 2210 2256 3593 8059

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