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Invitation Rounds



Invitation rounds for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – Family Sponsored visas will be run cyclically during the 2022-23 program year. Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the Department. State or territory government nominations for skilled visas will not be impacted by the departmental invitation rounds.

Occupation Ceilings for Invitation Rounds


An 'occupation ceiling' may be applied to invitations issued under independent, and skilled regional (provisional) visas. This means there will be a reasonable upper limit on how many Expressions of Interest can be invited for skilled migration from an occupation group. This ensures that the qualified migration program remains balanced and continues to invite intending migrants across various professional occupations. Occupation ceiling values are based on each occupation's percentage of stock employment figures.


Employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and represent the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation. Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.


Current Round


Invitation process and cut off


The highest ranked individuals by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For those who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached 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.


Occupations included on the 22 August 2022 Invitation Round


The table below shows the occupations that issued invitations in the SkillSelect invitation round on 22 August 2022.


Lowest Points Score Invited subclass 189 (Points-tested stream)Lowest Points Score Invited subclass 491 (Family Sponsored Regional)













Invitations issued during 2022-23 program year

The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.

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