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 quarter the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) releases information regarding the number of invitations issued during each quarter. The October quarter has seen an decrease in the number of invitations issued as compared to the previous quarter.
21 January 2022
In January, 200 subclass 189 visa invitations were issued. For subclass 491, the DoHA issued 200 invitations. This shows no change in the number of invitations issued compared to the October 2021 round.
|Visa Types||January 2022||October 2021||Change|
|Subclass 189||200 invites||200 invites||No change|
|Subclass 491||200 invites||200 invites||No change|
The overall points required to receive an invitation has also remained the same this quarter.
Subclass 189 – The lowest score to receive an invitation was 90 points.
Subclass 491 – 80 points was the lowest score to receive an invitation for a subclass 491 visa (family stream).
Due to the Australian Government and the Department of Home Affairs prioritising the recovery of Australia’s economy post-covid-19, the skilled occupations who were issued invitations in the 21 January 2022 were predominantly occupations in the Healthcare and Agricultural sectors.
|Occupation||Invited for Subclass||Lowest Points Score Invited
|Lowest Points Score Invited
subclass 491 (FSR)
|Emergency Medicine Specialist||189||90||N/A|
|Environmental Scientists nec||491||N/A||85|
|Life Scientist (General)||491||N/A||105|
|Life Scientists nec||491||N/A||95|
|Medical Diagnostic Radiographer||189||90||N/A|
|Medical Laboratory Scientist||189, 491||90||80|
|Medical Practitioners nec||189||90||N/A|
|Medical Radiation Therapist||491||N/A||95|
|Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)||189||90||N/A|
|Nuclear Medicine Technologist||189||95||N/A|
|Orthotist or Prosthetist||491||N/A||80|
|Registered Nurse (Aged Care)||189, 491||90||80|
|Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)||491||N/A||80|
|Registered Nurse (Community Health)||189||90||N/A|
|Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)||189, 491||90||80|
|Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)||189||90||N/A|
|Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)||189, 491||90||90|
|Registered Nurse (Medical)||189, 491||90||80|
|Registered Nurse (Mental Health)||189, 491||90||80|
|Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)||189, 491||90||80|
|Registered Nurse (Perioperative)||189, 491||90||80|
|Registered Nurse (Surgical)||189, 491||90||80|
|Registered Nurses nec||491||N/A||80|
Invitations issued during 2021-22 program year
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||250||200||200||650|
|Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored||500||200||200||900|
The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses (491 and 190 state sponsored visas). State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.
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