Within the Skilled Independent Visas the number of places available for each occupation in any year is subject to Quota's. Once the occupation quota has been reached no further invitations for the visa subclasses 189 and 489 (family sponsored) will be issued for that occupation.
Whilst meeting the required selection criteria and obtaining a score of 60 points may enable you to submit an Expression of Interest this does not automatically result in an invitation to apply. The Expression of Interest is a competitive system with certain applications being provided priority processing. The amount of time it takes before you are invited to apply depends upon a number of factors and your circumstances. Different strategies might be considered to increase your likelihood of selection for invite from the EOI pool of interested applicants. EOI submissions can potentially remain in the pool for a period of up to 2 years.
Due to high demand for some occupations the DIBP issue invitations for the following occupation groups on a Pro Rata basis across the year. Priority is provided to individuals with higher points scores and where the same score to those who submitted the EOI earliest. In these occupations consideration should be given to your application strategy.
- 2211 Accountants (this occupation also considered visa granted in the other skilled visas)
- 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
- 2334 Electronics Engineers
- 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
- 2339 Other Engineering Professionals
- 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts
- 2613 Software and Applications Programmers
- 2631 Computer Network Professionals
The table below shows the Quota's or Occupation Ceilings on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), and the maximum number of invitations that can be issued for each occupation for the 2017-18 programme year. Occupation ceiling values do not represent the number of visas that will be issued, these are a maximum figure based on a percentage of local 'stock' figures (the number of people employed in Australia) for each occupation as determined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 programme year Latest update reflects details provided by the DHA following the 18 April 2018 round of visa invitations.