Skilled Migration Program 2019-20 Overview

The Department of Home Affairs has provided the total number of invitations issued in 2019-20 for different visa subclasses .

There is no doubt that the COVID 19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the 2019-20 Skilled Migration program. However, the Coronavirus pandemic was not the only major event of 2019-20 as we also saw the development and implementation of the new skilled regional visas and other significant changes on the Skilled Migration program.

Total invitations Skilled Migration 2019-20

  • Skilled Independent 189: 7,720
  • Skilled Work Regional 491 (Family sponsored): 1,480
  • Skilled Nominated 190: 11,499
  • Skilled Work Regional 491 & Skilled Regional 489: 9,685
  • Business Innovation & Investment 188: 3,612
  • Business Talent visa 132: 793

SkillSelect points test – Minimum score

In April 2020, the minimum points score to apply for Skilled Independent 189 visa and Skilled Work Regional 491 (Family sponsored) visas was set to 95 points. However, on the last invitation round occurred on the 11th June 2020, the minimum points score went down to 85 points for the Skilled Independent 189 visa, and 70 points for visa subclass 491 (Family stream).

Australia’s immigration law and visa system are very complicated. Any small mistake can waste your precious time and money, and may even lead to more serious refusal consequences. If you want to know the specific requirements of this visa, or whether your employer qualifies for the sponsorship, please contact our experienced immigration agent to help you.

Paul migrated to Australia in 1999 as an international student. After completing his IT degree at the Queensland University of Technology in 2003, he began his career as an education consultant, going on to become a registered migration agent in 2007. His professional experience covers a range of visa areas, including business sponsorship, skilled migration, partner, parent and student visas.

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