The new system opened for access on 1 July, 2012 but, despite having as many as 190,000 potential Australia visa grants to issue in the 2012/13 program year, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is using controlled samples to gauge how well the system can respond.
The first round of invitations was issued in August and as the system responded as intended, the second was released in September: 450 initiations for Skilled - Independent (Subclass 189) visas were issued and 50 for Skilled - Regional Provisional - Family (Subclass 489).
On the separate assessments to determine applications, which include skills and language assessments, an applicant need only score 60 to receive an invitation for the Skilled – Nominated (Subclass 190) visa or a Skilled Regional Provisional (Subclass 489) visa but the applicant does requires a nomination from an eligible state or territory. Invitations were issued to some who had expressed an interest in the Independent (Subclass 189) visa or a Skilled Regional Provisional (Subclass 489) visa with family sponsorship, in September but these applicants who had a points score of 70 or higher.
In the SkillSelect system, Australian visas are not issued; instead, selected applications are given the opportunity to apply for a visa.
Who is offered an application depends on the applicants' occupation skills and the number of similar applications already in the system.
In the current second round of invitations, the following occupations received the most invitations, with Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visas accounting for a substantial majority.
Software and Applications Programmers
ICT Business and Systems Analysts
Generalist Medical Practitioners
Civil Engineering Professionals
Secondary School Teachers
Other Engineering Professionals
Other Medical practitioners
Computer Netowkr Professionals
Industrial, Mechanical and production Engineers
Leonie Cotton, casework manager at the Australian Visa Bureau, says that the number of inviitations issued next month will be a substantial increase.
"There was already a 500% increase in the number of invitations issued between this month and last and as there are almost 200,000 general skilled migration places available for the 2012/13 program year, it's
anticipates the number of invitations issued on a monthly basis are expected to increase as the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship have indicated that 190,000 general skilled migration places are available for the 2012/13 program year.