Occupation ceilings for the 2017-18 programme year
Occupation ceiling for the 2017-18 program year will stay on the same level as for 2016-17. The figure of 190,000 was announced by Department of Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton on a budget day 09 May 2017. It is not clear if new NZ stream of 189 visa will be part of 190,000 intake. If so – following The Guardian The Australian government estimates about 60,000-70,000 New Zealanders in Australia who might be eligible for 189 visa. Leaving about 130,000 for other nations. We do not know yet:
- the exact numbers of available visas for various occupations from skilled occupations lists
- minimum scores for most popular occupations to have a chance for an invitation
- whether pro rata provisions will be introduced for most popular occupations straight away at the beginning of financial year.
We may need to wait for another week or two for the first round of invitations. Write below your name and email and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll send an update to all subscribers once we’ll know these answers.
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Remember that occupation ceilings do not apply to Employer Sponsored, State or Territory Nominated or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses. If you apply for 186, 187, 190 you don’t have to be worried about ceilings. If you don’t have enough points for 189 – you may consider checking if there is a state nominating your occupation and go ahead with 190 instead. Each state has their own list of occupations and their own rules, so unless you’ll ask Migration Agent Charles (Karol) Nowak for advice, you’ll have to check each state separately.
Occupation ceilings for the 2016-17 program year explained
In the table below you’ll see the occupation ceilings for the 2016-17 financial year for each occupation from the list of skilled occupations sorted by ANZSCO code unit group, and the number of invitations that have been issued for that financial year. Table is taken from last round of invitations. As you may notice having 60 points is not enough for some of the most popular occupations. I spoke yesterday to a nice lady who lodged EOI for Electronics Engineers 2 months ago with 65 points wondering why she did not get an invitation to apply for a visa yet. She wasn’t aware of ceiling and pro rata provisions, so she will very likely not get an invitation at all. There is a lot of different things in migration law only experienced migration agents are aware of. Do yourself a favor and book a consultation with a migration agent to make sure you are on the right path to get your visa sorted.
|ANZSCO group||Occupation Description||Occupation Ceiling Value 2016-2017||Total Invitations issued for FY 2016-17||Points required for 189|
|2631||Computer Network Professionals||1426||1482||65|
|2339||Other Engineering Professionals||1000||1018||65|
|2212||Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers||1413||1413||75|
|2335||Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers||1539||1539||75|
|2611||ICT Business and Systems Analysts||1482||1482||70|
|2613||Software and Applications Programmers||5662||5662||75|
|2633||Telecommunications Engineering Professionals||1000||1000||60|
|2332||Civil Engineering Professionals||2174||2150||60|
|2331||Chemical and Materials Engineers||1000||932||60|
|2539||Other Medical Practitioners||1315||896||60|
|2341||Agricultural and Forestry Scientists||1000||231||60|
|3122||Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1000||161||60|
|2321||Architects and Landscape Architects||1391||542||60|
|2241||Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians||1000||132||60|
|2312||Marine Transport Professionals||1000||130||60|
|2322||Cartographers and Surveyors||1000||120||60|
|2512||Medical Imaging Professionals||1000||116||60|
|3123||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians||1000||97||60|
|2527||Speech Professionals and Audiologists||1000||76||60|
|2533||Internal Medicine Specialists||1000||57||60|
|2521||Chiropractors and Osteopaths||1000||42||60|
|2245||Land Economists and Valuers||1035||73||60|
|3132||Telecommunications Technical Specialists||1000||32||60|
|2349||Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals||1000||25||60|
|1341||Child Care Centre Managers||1000||22||60|
|2514||Optometrists and Orthoptists||1000||11||60|
|3422||Electrical Distribution Trades Workers||1000||7||60|
|2519||Orthotist or Prosthetist||1000||5||60|
|3222||Sheetmetal Trades Workers||1000||2||60|
|3991||Boat Builders and Shipwright||1000||2||60|
|3233||Precision Metal Trades Workers||1000||0||60|
|2415||Special Education Teachers||1126||21||60|
|1342||Health and Welfare Services Managers||1177||48||60|
|2346||Medical Laboratory Scientists||1602||158||60|
|3334||Wall and Floor Tilers||1475||6||60|
|2411||Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers||1822||264||60|
|3421||Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics||1701||27||60|
|3311||Bricklayers and Stonemasons||1751||34||60|
|3423||Electronics Trades Workers||1993||65||60|
|3322||Painting Trades Workers||2871||23||60|
|2531||General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers||3495||502||60|
|3223||Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers||4466||61||60|
|3232||Metal Fitters and Machinists||6677||96||60|
|2414||Secondary School Teachers||8032||647||60|
|3312||Carpenters and Joiners||7718||146||60|
What is an occupation ceiling?
It’s nothing about painting a ceiling while working as a painter, as some of you may expect, nope.
An occupation ceiling is a limit. For every financial year Department of Immigration is setting a limit on the number of invitations they are going to issue through SkillSelect program for some professions, which might be eligible for a Skilled Visa (are listed on SOL or CSOL)
These limitations do apply to:
- Skilled independent visas (189)
- Skilled regional sponsored visas (489)
- Skilled or business state or territory sponsored visas
Before you’ll lodge your EOI, better check if ceiling has been reached for particular year, otherwise you may never receive an invitation even having 100 points.