Latest Subclass 189 and 491 Invitation Round Analysis

The latest invitation rounds for Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) has been released. Every month the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) releases information regarding the number of invitations issued during each month. The September month has seen an increase in the number of invitations issued as compared to the previous month.

26 July 2021

In July, 500 subclass 189 visas invitations were issued. For subclass 491, the DoHA issued 150 invitations.  Compare to the August invitation round, this is an increase of 240 and 60 invitations, respectively.

Visa Types July 2021 April 2021 Change
Subclass 189 500 invites 500 invites No change
Subclass 491 250 invites 160 invites 90 increase

The overall points to receive an invitation has also dropped during this month.

Subclass 189 – The lowest score to receive an invitation was 80 points. This is a dramatic drop from the previous month, where the lowest score to receive an invitation was 90. 65 points is the lowest for the whole year.

Subclass 49165 points remained to be the lowest score to receive an invitation for a subclass 491 visa. There has been no change since last month. The 75 points includes the extra 15 points awarded to subclass 491 visa.

Whilst there is a drop in points to receive an invitation, many people who received the invitations are in targeted sectors. This is in line with the government aims to attract migrants to help with post-COVID-19 recovery.

Similarly, there are many applicants with higher points, e.g. 90/95 that did not receive an invitation during this round as their occupation is not considered to be essential services.

Subclass Occupation ID Description Minimum points score Latest date of effect month
189/491 2211 Accountants N/A N/A
189/491 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers N/A N/A
189/491 2334 Electronics Engineer N/A N/A
189 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 80 07/2019
491 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers N/A N/A
189 2339 Other Engineering Professionals 90 05/2020
491 2339 Other Engineering Professionals 70 09/2020
189/491 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts N/A N/A
189/491 2613 Software and Applications Programmers N/A N/A
189/491 2631 Computer Network Professionals N/A N/A

Invitations issued during 2020-21 program year

Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 500 110 350 30 200 500 1690
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored 100 90 150 80 163 160 743
Total 600 200 500 110 363 660 2433

The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.


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