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I read some articles stating that some ICT professions included in the Skilled Occupation List 1 are not invited anymore to apply for visa 189/190 because they reach the limit.

Is anybody up to date with the situation? Is there any official source for this kind of informations? I'm going to apply for skill assessment as Software Engineer and I'm trying to understand if it's ok or it's reaching the limit.

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Hi Aris83,

no, they just divided the remaining places in these occupation rounds equally over the rest of the year. To quote from the SkillSelect Reports tab:

We have continued to receive high numbers of EOIs for below six occupations:
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers
2334 Electronics Engineers
2339 Other Engineering Professionals
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts
2613 Software and Applications Programmers
2633 Telecommunications Engineers.

Due to this high level of demand, there will be limitations on the number of invitations issued for the remainder of the 2013-14 program year.

Half of the remaining places will be allocated for state or territory government nominations and the other half will be allocated for the invitation rounds for Skilled Independent and Skilled Regional (Provisional). These arrangements will commence on 2 September 2013.

The total ceiling will remain the same for these occupations in the 2013/2014 program year as displayed in the occupational ceiling table with the relevant occupations marked with an asterisk (*).
If you take a look at the 2 Sept report you can see that only people with at least 65 points were invited in these occupation groups. Your best bet to get an invite is therefore to aim at a higher points score (partner points, IELTS training) or try to get employer sponsorship (which is not affected by the ceiling).

All the best,
Monika
 
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