Why is it taking longer to obtain a skilled visa?

SUBCLASS 189 VISA DOORS BEING CLOSED FOR IMMIGRANTS
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AUSTRALIA 13,800 INVITATIONS ISSUED SINCE JULY 2017 UNTIL 21ST MARCH 2018 WHEREAS IN DECEMBER JANUARY FEB MARCH ONLY 600 INVITATIONS ISSUED WITH CEILING OF 44000 (2)NEW ZEALAND CITIZENS ALSO ELIGIBLE WITH 10,000 APPLYING EATING OUT OTHER IMMIGRANTS QUOTA (3)IMMIGRANTS ALSO APPLYING IN LARGE NUMBERS AS ONLY REQUIRE 60 POINTS WITH NO JOB OFFER

Why is it taking longer to obtain a skilled visa?

There are two primary reasons it’s taking longer to secure a skilled visa:

Securing an invitation to apply for a skilled visa has become more difficult

Once you have obtained a positive skill assessment and English Language Test score you will be in a position to lodge your Expression of Interest (EOI). Once submitted you must wait for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the skilled visa.

As result of Immigration reducing the number of invitations available, the points required for securing an invitation has fluctuated to 70 and beyond. Previously the points required for an ITA were 60, and while you can still successfully lodge an EOI on 60 points it is highly unlikely you will receive an invitation at this given time. This in turn has seen people waiting substantially longer to receive an invitation to apply for a 189 Skilled Independent Visa, with many people opting for alternative solutions such as State Sponsorship or increasing their points through an English Language Test.

The reason for the decline in ITA’s is to allow for the expected influx of New Zealand citizens who are now eligible under the GSM pathway. Between 60,000 and 80,000 Kiwis are eligible for this new visa, according to different estimates. As a result Immigration has heavily reduced the number of spaces available to overseas applicants.
More applicants applying through the General Skilled Migration pathway

The introduction of a new visa pathway for New Zealand citizens has dramatically increased the amount of people applying for Australian skilled migration. The Government introduced this new visa, merging it with the existing GSM programme but not increasing the number of visas available in the scheme. Put simply, New Zealanders already residing in Australia are taking visas that previously went to overseas immigrants.

Forty four thousand places in Australia’s skilled independent visa program have traditionally gone to applicants who are living overseas. But now as many as ten thousand New Zealanders who are already residing and working in Australia will be part of this annual allocation, thus reducing the number of visas available to overseas applicants.

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