January 5th, 2018
DIBP Explain the slowdown in skillselect invitations –
As we advised recently the 189s are likely to include New Zealand 189s this program year, our estimate is 12000 of the 43,990. As well DIBP have a backlog of cases that they would like to reduce for both processing reasons and in our view the introduction of a new points test in the next 12 months.
DIBP recently replied to a question about the slowdown in skillselect with the following reply …
The Skilled migration programme is based on Australia’s economic needs. It supports the Government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers.
Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation. The ceiling on each occupation is not a target, SkillSelect does not necessarily intend on inviting that many applicants over the year. The ceilings ensure the skilled migration programme is not dominated by a narrow group of occupations.
Please note, the occupational ceiling numbers for the Subclass 189 visa also includes the Subclass 189 visa (NZ stream).
They also say on their skillselect site the following ..
Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the department.