Australia is the most desired country for immigration and PR (Permanent Residency) across the world. The growing economy and brilliant job opportunities attract many immigrants to migrate to Australia. The Australian government and immigration authority (MARA) offer various categories to apply for PR Card.

Some of the most sought after categories are subclass 189, subclass 190 and other nominated visas. The immigration process that Australian authorities follow is Point based which are scored according to the credentials such as age, education, work experience, language, skills etc.

Although the minimum point score needed to apply in Skill Select System for the above point tested visa categories is 60 points, however, this score is often not enough to receive ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Skilled PR visa in Australia. Hence, if you are also a skilled worker looking to apply and obtain Skilled Permanent visa in Australia, you must be wanting to know as to what could beright immigration point score to qualify for the Australian PR visa in the year 2018.

Invitations issued on 3 January 2018

On 3rd January Invitation round DIBP issued total 305 invitation, i.e. 300 invitation for Subclass 189 Visa and 5 candidates were invited for subclass 489 visa.

Find below the table indicating the cut off marks and date of effect for both Subclass 189 Visa and Subclass 489 Visa:

Visa SubclassPoints scoreDate of effect
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)7021-09-2017 18:52
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)8010-11-2017 21:08


As you can see, the qualifying marks to obtain Australia PR invitation from DIBP as per the latest Invitation round were 70 points or above, i.e. the applicants with point score 70 or above in online Skill Select System got the invitation to apply Subclass 189 visa. Although the qualifying score or cut off marks change in every invitation round, however, still it is an important indication about the cut off trend at the moment.

In view of high demand, and to keep with the last years, following occupation groups will remain under pro data arrangements to make certain the availability of invitations throughout the program year.

Cut off for the Pro-rata occupations – 3rdJanuary 2018 invitation round

Occupation IDDescriptionPoints scoreDate of effect
2211AccountantsN/AN/A
2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers7513-09-2017 10:51
2334Electronics Engineer7020-09-2017 23:47
2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers7502-01-2018 23:00
2339Other Engineering Professionals7031-10-2016 17:37
2611ICT Business and System Analysts7030-08-2017 00:03
2613Software and Applications Programmers7021-09-2017 18:50
2631Computer Network Professionals7021-09-2017 18:52


If you wish to apply Australia PR visa in the year 2018, you may get in touch with highly experienced Australian Immigration specialist at Permits and Visas Immigration at +97145538913. You can also e-mail your query to Permits and Visas Immigration Consultants Email – ID: info@permitsandvisas.com