Expression of Interest and Invitations to Apply for a 189 Visa

Australia manages its Skilled Independent Migration Visa Application Program, through an Expression of Interest (EOI), points based, "SkillSelect" program (subclass 189 and 190 visas).

For the points based skilled migration visa, your EOI will be ranked according to your score on the appropriate Points Test, requiring at least 60 points. Your EOI will remain in the pool for a maximum of two years.

Obtaining an invitation to apply for a 189 skilled independent visa Individual visa applicants will be invited to apply for a visa based upon a Points Calculation. Applicants are selected from the pool of applicants generally in relation to their score (highest scoring individuals) and then by EOI date (earlier submissions). Please note however that other factors may also impact on this.

Therefore, at any particular time an individual who is in the pool of EOIs who has submitted an EOI with e.g. 70 points would be ranked higher than individuals with less than 70 points, but lower than someone with 70 points who had submitted their EOI at an earlier date.

The following list provides the recent waiting times for an individual who has submitted an Expression of Interest for the 189 visa with a score of 60 points (NB: this does not include occupations in high demand which are issued on a pro-rata basis, see below).
Note invitations are currently generally made twice a month so waiting times can be longer depending upon the date lodged. As can be seen it can be difficult to predict how soon an invitation will be issued due to a number of unpredictable factors that may occur. Invitations for the family sponsored 489 visa may take longer.

Note that since the start of the 2017-18 migration year more than 60 points have been required to obtain an invitation to apply for a 189 visa. The 'prior to' date below is the date before which the EOI would need to have been submitted at the lowest points level. This is a result of a number of factors that interplay, we are currently seeing the number or points required slowly reduce.

  • July 2016- June 2017 holders of 60 points and over received invitations
  • between 12 July 2017 and 20 December between 65 and 75 points were required
  • 03 January 2018 - 70+ points (EOI's submitted prior to 21/09/2017)
  • 18 January 2018 - 70+ points (EOI's submitted prior to 13/09/2017)
  • 07 February 2018 - 70+ points (EOI's submitted prior to 31/10/2017)
  • 21 February 2018 - 70+ points (EOI's submitted prior to 10/11/2017)
  • 07 March 2018 - 70+ points (EOI's submitted prior to 20/11/2017)
  • 21 March 2018 - 70+ points (EOI's submitted prior to 27/11/2017)

ProRata Occupations

In addition to this the demand for each occupation is monitored and quotas are set for each occupation. Where occupations are in high demand these may be offered on a pro-rata basis which has the result of targeting higher scoring applicants (therefore strategies might be considered for individuals with lower points).

Occupations invited on a pro-rata basis (consideration of application strategy may be appropriate).

  • 2211 Accountants
  • 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 following table provides an example of the number of points required (and deeming dates) to obtain invitations for individuals who have submitted an Expression of Interest for the 189 visa for an occupation currently issued on a pro-rata basis). (Source DIBP).

Table showing ProRata occupation invites