Invitation Round July 2021: Australian Migration


Invitation Round July 2021: Australian Migration

For anyone intending to migrate to Australia or transition from a temporary residence to a permanent residence, you might want to be aware of the July Invitation Round for 2021. Generally, the invitation rounds for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored visas, are expected to be run quarterly. Dates for the rounds will vary depending on the circumstances.

Invitation numbers in each round will alter based on the number of applications being processed by the Department. With that being said, the State or territory government nominations for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) will not be impacted by the departmental invitation rounds.

Currently the Government is being vigilant as they carefully monitor migration and visa settings to ensure they are consistent with public health measures, are flexible and do not displace job opportunities for Australians, so that Australia can effectively respond to the immediate and subsequent impacts of COVID-19. For the remaining 2021-22 program year, the Department will run quarterly invitation rounds.

When invitations are issued under the independent, and skilled regional (provisional) visas, an “occupation ceiling” might be applied. Occupation ceiling refers to an upper limit imposed on the total number of EOIs that will receive invitations for skilled migration from a particular occupation group. This allows the skilled migration program to maintain balance and pursue attracting migrants that will fill out a variety of skilled occupations.

This occupation ceiling values are dependent on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation.  The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides the required employment numbers, that rightly depicts the total number of people employed in Australia in each occupation.

It is important to note that the occupation ceilings, however,  do not apply to State or Territory Nominated or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

Invitation Round 2021

July Invitation Round 2021

The first invitations from the July invitation round have already been issued on 26th July 2021. 250 invitations have been issued for Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) and 500 invitations have been issued for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) [Family Sponsored].

Generally, the applicants are ranked based on the point score. Then the highest rank applicants are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For those applicants with equal points scores, the time at which they have achieved their points score for that subclass (referred to as the date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates. The minimum point score for Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) has been 80 and the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) [Family Sponsored] has been 65 for the July round invitation.

To better deal with the high influx of demand and keeping in line with the previous program years, the occupation groups listed below are generally subjected to a pro rata system. The pro rata arrangements allow the invitations to be available throughout the program year.

Firstly, the SkillSelect allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189), and then the remainder of the space is assigned to Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored. In case all the places are occupied by subclass 189 visas then there will not be any invitation for subclass 491 visas in these occupations.

Subclass  Occupation ID Description Minimum Points Score Latest date of effect month
189/491 2211 Accountants N/A N/A
189/491 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers N/A N/A
189/491 2334 Electronics Engineer N/A N/A
189 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 90 04/2021
491 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers N/A N/A
189 2339 Other Engineering Professionals 90 04/2021
491 2339 Other Engineering Professionals N/A N/A
189/491 2611 ICT Business and System Analysts N/A N/A
189/491 2613 Software and Applications Programmers N/A N/A
189/491 2631 Computer Network Professionals N/A N/A

July Invitation Round: State and Territory Governments Nomination 2020-21

The number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2020 to the end of June 2021 is shown in the following table:

Visa Subclass ACT NSW NT Qld SA Tas. Vic. WA Total
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) 802 3272 500 944 1589 991 1410 1030 10538
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491) State and Territory Nominated 598 1656 500 901 1763 1670 206 209 7503
Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (Subclass 188) 23 2068 <20 1065 374 <20 558 246 4355
Business Talent (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 132) <20 33 <20 300 587 <20 42 85 1062
Total 1425 7029 1016 3210 4313 2679 2216 1570 23458

If you are someone who is actively looking for permanent residency in Australia and would like professional consultation regarding your personal situation then do not hesitate to contact us. At Path Migration, we have a team of immigration lawyers who specialize in immigration law.

Given the mammoth of experience the team brings in, we provide feasible and practical counselling on your successful pathway to Australia. The team is well adept with knowing what helps increase the chances of success for your application.

If you are unsure whether this visa category applies to you or not or if you are looking to be successfully nominated, then don’t hesitate to contact us or directly email us at


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