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
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 years and one is eligible to apply for a PR visa after 2 years.
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