Some relief for Skill visa applicants – points drop of particular interest to those with pending EOI

What you need to know………

For non-pro rata occupations, the minimum score for an invitation for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa has dropped from 70 to 65 in the latest round.

Waiting time with 65 points is 30 weeks, but we expect this to reduce over the next few rounds. Eventually, we expect the minimum score to drop to 60 but it is difficult to predict when this is likely to happen.

Accountants and Auditors

Minimum score for accountants and auditors remains at 75 points. Looking at waiting times, these are not reducing as quickly as expected, so the score may remain at 75 for the next few months at least.

IT Professionals

Minimum score for ICT Business and Systems Analysts remain at 70, but the minimum score for Software and Applications Programmers and Computer Network Professionals has dropped to 65 points in the most recent round.

Engineers

Most engineering specialisations are not pro rata so the minimum score will be 65 for these occupations.
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers dropped to 65 in the most recent round, and looking at the waiting times for Electronics Engineers, we expect this occupation to follow in the next invitation round.

Other Engineering Professionals is also likely to drop from 70 to 65, but this may take another round or two.

So if you or anyone you know is thinking of applying or currently has an EOI for a 189 visa talk to us

Call 03 9614 0218 or email info@arlaw.com.au to make an initial 30 Minute consultation at our Melbourne office. (conditions apply)

For more go to www.arlaw.com.au

Note: this update, or any previous updates on this page, do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Please call our office to seek professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content on this page

Sources

SkillSelect – 23 August 2017 round results