Here are few updates and analysis of the present scenario in an attempt to give an indication of what to expect in the next few rounds of invitations. There are 8 pro rata occupations – where more eligible EOI ‘s are being lodged than there are places for the occupation. Waiting times and/or points scores for these will be higher than normal. We see that two occupations have reached their occupation ceiling and most other occupations are likely to be filled by the end of April.
The following occupation categories reached their ceiling in the 15th March round:
As we can see more invitations were issued than were available in the occupation ceiling for these two occupation categories.
Looking at the current invitation rate for pro rata occupations and the number of remaining places, we can forecast that the following occupations are most likely to be filled.
Once an occupation is filled, no further invitations can be issued in that occupation for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 or Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 (family stream) until the program reopens on 1 July 2017.If no invitations are issued in pro rata occupations between April 2017 and July 2017, this will create a significant backlog of applicants who have lodged EOIs through SkillSelect. Unless there are increases in the occupation ceilings for the pro rata occupations, we can expect either the minimum score to be higher for pro rata occupations or for the waiting time to increase for an invitation.
It is getting more competitive for applicants in pro rata occupations looking to apply for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa.People in this situation could consider:
If you would like full advice on your migration options, please book a consultation with one of our advisors. We will go through your situation in detail, and look at all your migration options. This would include advice on requirements for the most likely skilled occupations, ways to increase your points score, state nomination options as well as likely migration pathways.