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As we know “SkillSelect invitation rounds for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) will occur once on the 11th day of each month, effective 11 August 2018.”. Therefore, the day 11th every month is a significant milestone to potential SC 189/489 visa applicants. If you have received your invitation last week, congratulation and all the best with your visa application. To those who are still waiting for an invitation, let’s focus on how to improve your chances for the next round 11/01/2019.


What you can expect in the next round:

  • Approximately 2500 invitations will be issued with 2490 places for SC189 and 10 for SC489
  • No further invitations will be issued this year. The next invitation round will take place on 11 January 2019.  Good luck, you may find an invitation email in early hours of that morning


Goals for 2019: work out on those factors which can help you to get an invitation

  • English– getting superior results in an English language test. To score superior results, you will need the following test scores:

-(IELTS) – At least 8 for each of the 4 test components

-(TOEFL iBT) – At least 28 for listening, 29 for reading, 30 for writing and 26 for speaking

-(PTE Academic) – At least 79 for each of the 4 test components

-(OET) – At least A for each of the 4 test components

-Cambridge C1 Advanced test – At least 200 in each of the 4 test components

Depend on your personality and skills, we recommend you should try a practice test of each to see which test is more suitable for you. 10-point difference between scoring proficient and superior English could place you in an ultimate advantage of receiving an invitation.

  • Employment– If you are currently working in your nominated occupation in Australia, you will get five points extra.
  • Applying for state nomination– Applicants receive additional points for State or Regional Nomination. If you are willing to move states, you can check whether your occupation is on the list for the state and identify which state nomination is the best for your situation as the requirements can be very different between each state.
  • Further study– By completing a professional year in Australia in the occupation in which you studied, you can gain an extra 5 points. Or you may receive 5 additional points if you are an accredited translator and interpreter.


If you have any questions or need expert advices on your circumstances, book a 30-minute consultation with us today!