Drastic drop in the number of invites issued for permanent residency visa in April
Compared to 1500 invitations issued in March, the Department of Home Affairs issued only 100 invitations for subclass 189 visa in the April invitation round. It is anticipated this trend will continue.
There has been a drastic drop in the number of invites issued by the Department of Home Affairs to applicants hoping to apply for Australia’s permanent residency.
Compared to 1500 invitations issued in March, the Department of Home Affairs issued only 100 invitations for subclass 189 visa in the April invitation round. While ten applicants were invited for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).
The low number of invitation coupled with a cut-off at high points has left many applicants disappointed.
The invitations were cut-off at 80 points in April round.
Some experts believe the cut-off at high points is unlikely to change resulting in a lesser number of invites in the new financial year.
According to the data published by Department of Home Affairs, a total of 22,720 applicants have received invitations for subclass 189 visa in the current financial year. Only 100 invitations have been issued for subclass 489 visa.
While subclass 189 visa is for “invited workers and New Zealand citizens with skills” Australia needs, to live and work permanently anywhere in the country; subclass 489 is a temporary skilled regional visa for skilled workers to live, work and study in specified regional areas of Australia.
The federal government has already announced the plans to reduce immigration intake to 160,000 from 190,000.