Since the new SkillSelect system took effect on 1 July 2012:
- 10,000 skilled applicants have lodged an expression of interest since 1 July via the online SkillSelect platform.
- The lowest points score issued an invitation was 75, noting:
- 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.
- the points scores vary up to 85 across the two visa subclasses.
- The Federal Government has invited 100 people to apply for a visa, noting:
- 90% of those invitations were for a subclass 189 visa (skilled independent).
- The remaining 10% were for a subclass 489 skilled regional family-sponsored visa.
- The invitations were mainly made to healthcare professionals, follow – with doctors, dentists and nurses leading the way.
- The next categories of invitations were dedicated to ICT analysts, programmers and accountants.
- State and Territory governments invited 400 skilled workers to make an application, noting:
- South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia led the way in sending out visa invitations, mainly for subclass 190 visas.
- 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.