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Invitation rounds for the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa and the provisional Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa (Family Sponsored), are anticipated to be run quarterly.  Dates for the rounds are subject to change.  Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the Department of Home Affairs.

The State and Territory government nominated visas (Subclasses 190 and 491) are not impacted by the Departmental invitation rounds.

The Department will run quarterly invitation rounds for the remainder of 2020-21 program year and the next invitation round will run in April 2021.

The 21 April 2021 Skill Select Invitation Round:

  • Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa – 500 invitations
  • provisional Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa (Family Sponsored) – 160 invitations

Pro-Rata Occupations (minimum points score):

  • Accountants (2211) – N/A
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (2212) – N/A
  • Electronics Engineer (2334) – N/A
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2335) – 80 (189)
  • Other Engineering Professionals (2339) – 90 points (189) and 70 points (491)
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts (2611) – N/A
  • Software and Applications Programmers (2613) – N/A
  • Computer Network Professionals (2631) – N/A

The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses (190/491).