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By Migration Agent Sydney | Migration Agent Sydney, Visa | 7 Jan 2016

The table below demonstrates the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round in December 2015- 

Invitations issued on 4 December 2015

Visa Subclass Number
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 700
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 5

Source: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil/4-december-2015-round-results 

During 2015-16 the following number of invitations have been issued:

Visa subclass July August September October November December Total
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 2300 2300 2300 2000 2300 700 11900
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 80 80 80 40 40 5 325
Total 2380 2380 2380 2040 2340 705 12225

The figures above do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses, such as the Subclass 190 (State Sponsored - Permanent) or Subclass 489 (Regional - Temporary) visa's. 

The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 4 December round -

point score graph

Source: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil/4-december-2015-round-results 

Invitation process and cut offs

The highest ranked applicant's by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. Visa applicant's who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the visa date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

Visa Subclass Points score Visa date of effect
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 60 8/10/2015 9.55 pm
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 65 10/10/2015 12.35 pm

Due to the continuing high numbers of EOIs received for the below occupations, invitations for the following occupations will be issued on a pro rata basis in each monthly invitation round over the 2015-16 programme year.  

SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) visas and then remaining to Skilled – Regional (subclass 489) (Provisional – Family Sponsored) visas. If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in any of the below occupations: 

  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Accountants
  • Software and Applications Programmers.

The points score and the visa date of effect cut-off for the above occupations in the 4 December 2015 invitation round is as follows. Below points score and visa date of effect is for Skilled Independent (subclass 189).

Points scores and the visa dates of effect cut off for the above occupations in the 4 December 2015 invitation round

Points Description Points score Visa date of effect
2211 Accountants 70  21/09/2015 5.25 pm
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 65  12/09/2015 2.57 am
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 60 12/06/2015 3.41 pm

Source: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Skil/4-december-2015-round-results 

Note: the following occupation group has reached its ceiling and no more invitations will be issue during the 2015-16 programme year:

  • 2212 – Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasures

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