General Skilled Migration Update - September 2017
SkillSelect results for the 20 September round have been released. For most occupations, the required score continues to decline. The required score for Accountants to receive an invitation has increased to 85 points.
NSW has released its Priority Skilled Occupations List for 2017-18 and should soon start nominating applicants for the Skilled Nominated 190 visa.
This article looks at the latest SkillSelect invitation round and at the NSW State Migration Plan for 2017-18.
20 September Skill Select Invitation Round
For non-pro rata occupations, the required score for a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 invitation remains at 65 points. However, waiting times with this score are now down to 1 week, so we expect the required score to drop to 60 points in the next invitation round.
Most pro rata occupations remain stable, but the occupation of Accountant required 85 points in the last round, up from 75 points. The same number of invitations was issued in the 20 September round (239), so this result is very difficult to understand. We are currently seeking clarification from the Department of Immigration as it appears that there may be an error with the SkillSelect system.
We will post further information as it becomes available. Below is a summary of results by occupation for the 20 September round:
NSW Priority Skilled Occupations List Released
NSW has released the long-awaited Priority Skilled Occupations List. So far this program year, NSW has not granted many 190 Nominations and we expect that NSW will resume the invitation and processing of Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 nominations in the coming weeks.
The NSW list is similar to the list for Independent and Family Sponsored visas (IFSOL). There have been a number of occupations added and subtracted as compared to the 2016-17 list:
Occupations Added -
The following occupations which are also on the IFSOL have been added:
Chemical, Electronics, Industrial, Production and Plant Engineers
ICT Security Specialists
Civil Engineering Technicians
There are also a number of occupations which are not on the IFSOL which are available for NSW nomination including:
Butcher or Smallgoods Maker
Occupations Removed -
A number of occupations which are on the IFSOL have been removed including:
Surveyors, Cartographers and Other Spatial Scientists
Agricultural Engineers, Consultants and Foresters
Teachers of the hearing and sight impaired, as well as special education teachers
Chiropractor and Osteopaths
A range of Medical practitioner specialisations - such as General Practitioners, Cardiologists, Surgeons etc
Electrical and electronics trades such as Electrician (Special Class), Electronic Instrument Trades Workers, Radio Communications Technicians, Telecommunications Field Engineers and Cable Jointers
Boat Builders and Shipwrights
Other occupations appear to have been removed as a result of being also removed from the IFSOL, including:
Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
The results in the latest SkillSelect round are very unexpected for accountants. For all other occupations, results were in line with expectations and we expect the required points for a 189 invitation to reduce to 60 for non-pro rata occupations in the next round.
NSW has reduced their priority skilled occupations list somewhat, but there are still some great opportunities for state nomination through NSW.
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