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SkillSelect – an Update – 10,000 EOIs lodged, and 500 invitations issued since 1 July 2012, mainly for health professionals, ICT analysts, programmers and accountants

Since the new SkillSelect system took effect on 1 July 2012:

  1. 10,000 skilled applicants have lodged an expression of interest since 1 July via the online SkillSelect platform.
  2. The lowest points score issued an invitation was 75, noting:
    1. the pass mark for the points-based test for skilled migrants has been reduced from 65 to 60 points as of 1 July 2012, however SkillSelect is designed to select those with high points, or skills in high demand.
    2. the points scores vary up to 85 across the two visa subclasses.
  3. The Federal Government has invited 100 people to apply for a visa, noting:
    1. 90% of those invitations were for a subclass 189 visa (skilled independent).
    2. The remaining 10% were for a subclass 489 skilled regional family-sponsored visa.
    3. The invitations were mainly made to healthcare professionals, follow – with doctors, dentists and nurses leading the way.
    4. The next categories of invitations were dedicated to ICT analysts, programmers and accountants.
  4. State and Territory governments invited 400 skilled workers to make an application, noting:
    1. South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia led the way in sending out visa invitations, mainly for subclass 190 visas.
    2. Queensland was the only state not to issue a single nomination between July 1 and August 1, DIAC figures show.

We have seen many changes in migration rules since we first started helping families migrate to Australia in 2002.

New systems always get a boost on processing time, and the new SkillSelect program is likely to lead to increased turnaround times – a 4-6 week turnaround is likely once an invitation is issued.

There are ways of maximising your points on your EOI profile and we can help maintain your ;profile to ensure you get selected ASAP, and to ensure you are aware of an invitation being issued ASAP.

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