Subclass 190

Occupational ceilings 2017/2018 – invitations for general skilled migration visas

If you are wondering whether you are likely to receive an invitation to apply for a subclass 189, 190 or 489 visa, the Department has published a table providing useful information on the occupation ceilings and the invitations issued by the Department thus far.

The table lists the eligible skilled occupations (and the corresponding four-digit ANZSCO code), the occupation ceilings for the 2017-2018 programme year and the number of invitations to date.

For example:

  • for Accountants (Occupation ID 2211), the occupation ceiling is capped at 4785, and 478 invitations have been issued to date. 
  • for Registered Nurses (Occupation ID 2544), the occupation ceiling is 16741, and 49 invitations have been issued to date.
  • for Other Engineering Professionals (Occupation ID 2339), the occupation ceiling is 1000, and 100 invitations have been issued to date.

To see the complete table, visit

If you want to discuss your likely eligibility for these visa subclasses please contact Putt Legal.

WA Skilled Occupation List under threat!

If a Labor Government is elected in WA on 11 March 2017, they intend to significantly revise down the number of occupations on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupational List (WASMOL).

WA nominates workers who have suitable skills and work experience for occupations on the WASMOL.  You can find the current list here:

If successful in their application, the worker is granted a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) which allows them to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

According to their election campaign, the Labor Party has undertaken to decimate WASMOL. They may even remove it entirely until a review is undertaken to develop a new, much shorter, list. Due to pressure from the blue-collar unions this new and shorter list is likely to include mainly white collar professions. 

Come and see us now if you think you might be eligible for a Skilled Nomination visa (subclass 190), before it’s too late!



Australia wants graduates in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) areas to help contribute to Australia’s prosperity.

To achieve this, in May 2016 it was reported that foreign students at a Doctorate or Masters-by-research level would soon receive an extra five points towards a skilled migration (subclass 189 or 190) visa if they have studied in the STEM or ICT fields.

As of the 10 September 2016, the points test was officially amended and further details have now been provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with the Department listing the fields of education that will be accepted as STEM or ICT for the purpose of extra points.

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) defines the following Fields of Education that have been proposed to be accepted under this new points system as including:

o   Biological Sciences

o   Chemical Sciences

o   Earth Sciences

o   Mathematical Sciences

o   Natural and Physical Sciences

o   Other Natural and Physical Sciences

o   Physics and Astronomy

o   Computer Science

o   Information Systems

o   Information Technology

o   Other Information Technology

o   Aerospace Engineering and Technology

o   Civil Engineering

o   Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology

o   Engineering and Related Technologies

o   Geomatic Engineering

o   Manufacturing Engineering and Technology

o   Maritime Engineering and Technology

o   Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology

o   Other Engineering and Related Technologies

o   Process and Resources Engineering.


Graduates can determine if they are eligible for five additional points towards their points test by:

1.     Searching the CRICOS website for their qualification-;

2.     Checking their qualification is listed as being at a Doctorate or Masters-by-research level;

3.     Seeing if their qualification is listed as being in one of the above Fields of Education.


See for more information, or contact Putt Legal on (08) 9221 7682 for all your visa options.