October 2, 2017


Results for the 6th September 2017 round of SkillSelect have been released. The take away from this round is that the required scores for Subclass 189 invitations have started to drop. This is good news for applicants who have been proactive to complete their skill assessment and submit their application into the EOI pool. This article looks at the Skill Select invitation rounds so far in the 2017-18 program year and looks at the required points and waiting times for the most popular skilled occupations. Skilled Independent visa Subclass 189 – Non Pro Rata Occupations For non-pro rata occupations, the […]
August 24, 2017

State Nomination Update for July – August 2017

State nomination numbers for July 2017 are available. Insights from these are as follows: ACT:  a small number of 190 nominations were approved. NSW: a large number of 489 nominations were approved, but only a small number of 190 nominations. NSW has not yet released its State migration program and so we expect 190 nominations to increase in number after this. Northern Territory: nominations for both 190 and 489 visas being issued. Still to update their State migration plan Queensland: a very large number of 190 and 489 nominations being issued. South Australia: a large number of 489 nominations being issued compared to 190 […]
August 24, 2017

Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visa

 [Family Sponsored] If you have close family ties in Australia, then you might want to consider the 489 route as your door of opportunity. More 489 family sponsored invitations have been issued so far compared to last year. The numbers are 343 versus 300 for last year. 489 Family Sponsored Invitations – 2016-17 versus 2017-18 Program Year Round 2016-17 2017-18 Round 1 100 110 Round 2 100 110 Round 3 100 123 Total 300 343 Waiting times are very low for the 489 family sponsored stream and 60 points is sufficient to obtain an invitation. This visa is valid upto 4 […]
August 11, 2017

Occupation Ceilings for skilled immigration to Australia [2017-18]

DIBP has finally released the occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 Program Year. Good news for Accountants, Software Engineers and Mechanical Engineers as these occupations have been provided with significantly higher ceilings! Following is what it looks like in terms of ceiling increase for these occupations. Hence there is a good likelihood of the possibility of being invited to apply for a visa even if the applicant has a lower points score in comparison to the asking points score in the previous program year 2016-17 : Accountants: From 2500 places in 2016-17, this has now increased to 4785 places, which is an […]
July 3, 2017


The Skilled Occupations lists for the 2017-18 program year have been released. This article explains how the new lists work and which occupations have been added and removed. General Skilled Migration From 1 July, all applicants need to be under 45 years of age, at the date of invitation. Previously, legislation was released which amended the Skilled Independent Sub class 189 visa, but it is now clear that this will also be the case for Skilled nominated subclass 190 visas and for Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visas. New skilled occupations lists also apply for people invited on or after 1 […]
May 16, 2017

Immigration updates in the Budget for 2017 -18

The Commonwealth 2017-18 Budget was out a week ago and important initiatives affecting visa applicants were announced: Employers who sponsor employees for temporary and permanent visas will need to pay a training levy fee. Details on Temporary Parent visas to apply from 1 November 2017 Visa application fee increases to apply from 1 July 2017 Training Levy for Employers Sponsoring Staff The Australian Government is establishing a Skilling Australians Fund, prioritised towards apprenticeships and traineeships in occupations in high demand that currently rely on skilled migration, or with future growth potential, including in regional Australia. The new Training levy for […]