In the first Australia Skill Select round of 2020 held in January, the Department of Home Affairs issued 1300 skilled visa invitations. In the opinion of Australian immigration experts, this is a great start and gives a positive sign for those who are eagerly waiting to obtain their Australian visa. The experts predict that the Department would issue the same number of invites every month this program year.
For the current program year, Australia has set a target of 16652. Of this, around 4000 have been set aside for New Zealand citizens and 12652 seats are remaining. So far, the Department has issued 5000 invites and 30 per cent of the invitees have secondary applicants.
Of the total 1300 invites issued in January 2020 Skill Select round, 1000 invitations were issued to candidates from Skilled-Independent (189) visa streams and 300 invites to 491 family-sponsored streams. Among the Skilled-Independent (189) visa applicants who received invitations, the score of 646 candidates was 90 points, while 285 applicants had 95 points and around 70 applicants had more than 100 points. Immigration experts predict that if this trend continues, points cut off are likely to come down by almost five points, especially with non-pro-rata occupations.
The increase in the number of invitations in January 2020 is preceded by a slowdown of almost two months and this has made immigration aspirants hopeful. Besides, the round also had a high number of 491 family-sponsored invitees.
IT occupations are most in-demand
In the January 2020 invitation round, the highest number of invites was issued to Software and Application Programmers, a total of 298 invitations across 189 and 491 visa programs. Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists with 121 invitations and ICT Business and Systems Analysts with 93 invitations are the other IT occupations that have received the highest number of invites.
Other than IT professionals, accountants and Civil Engineering professionals have also received a high number of invites.
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