85 points on Skill Select needed, to be invited to apply for 189 visa


International student graduated in Australia now need to score at least 85 points on Skill Select while they submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) to be hopeful of getting an invitation to apply Australian permanent residency visa 189. Invitation round on 11 November 2019 result outcome makes it clear candidates who have point score below 85 on their EOI may not get an invitation to apply for 189-visa in the near future. The point scores and date of effect cut off for the pro-rata occupations shows a green signal for 85 plus points scorers for an invitation in next couple of invitation rounds. Many engineering and information technology occupation’s log seems not that long for 85 points. But, accounting professionals would suffer the most. 

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85 points on Skill Select needed, to be invited to apply for 189 visa - NepaliPage

Source: Department of Home Affairs Australia figures.

Invitation round took place on 11 November 2019 sent 130 invitations to the candidates claimed 85 points on Skill Select. Sixty-five invitations sent to 90 pointers, 45 candidates claimed 95 points on Skill Select were invited on November round. Interestingly ten candidates claimed 100 points on Skill Select, also secured invitation for Australian permanent residency visa on the same round. The recent Department of Home Affairs statistics confirmed scoring 100 points on Skill Select is not the impossible thing as many of us think. The number of candidates claiming 100 points on Skill Select has been mounting than the last couple of invitation rounds.

The November 2019 round only invited 250 candidates to apply for a 189-subclass visa, and this is the Australian permanent residency visa. It’s a dramatic drop than October 2019 round. On October round the DHA has invited 1500 candidates to apply for 189-visa. During July to November this year, DHA has invited 2950 candidates altogether. 

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Besides this 189-subclass skilled independent visa, different states and territory governments nominated 3581 candidates for skilled nominated visa subclass 190 from July to October this year. Another 3946 candidates were nominated for skilled regional provisional visa subclass-489 visa, which is the pathway to Australian permanent residency. These figures are evident there is a better likelihood to get a nomination from state and territories if international students and migration aspirants meet their criteria for nomination.


Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro-rata occupations on 11 November 2019

Subclass Occupation ID Description Minimum points score Latest date of effect
189 2211 Accountants 90 10/04/2019  5:53pm
189 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 85 19/06/2018  3:18pm
189 2334 Electronics Engineer 85 21/10/2019  12:14am
189 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 95 10/11/2019  6:56pm
189 2339 Other Engineering Professionals 85 29/10/2019  7:53am
189 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 85 23/10/2019  12:15am
189 2613 Software and Applications Programmers 85 31/10/2019  9:45am
189 2631 Computer Network Professionals 85 28/10/2019  9:19pm
Source: Department of Home Affairs Australia figures.
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