The number of invites issued to applicants who want to apply for permanent residency in Australia by the country's Department of Home Affairs has drastically dropped. Australia Issues Less Permanent Residency Invitations Comparing the 1,500 invitations the Department of Home Affairs issued in March, to the 100 invitations issued in the invitation round for April for the subclass 189 visa, shows the huge drop. Only ten applicants received invitations for the Skilled Regional visa which is a provisional visa also referred to as the subclass 489. Ms. Chaman Preet, who is a migration and education expert based in Melbourne noted that this trend has similarities with that of last year's. She says that April last year only recorded 300 invites for the subclass 189 while the subclass 489 had only 5 invites. She noted that the numbers are even fewer this year but that both have a similar pattern. She also remarked that the months of May and June last year had the same records and the same is expected for this year. A lot of applicants were disappointed by the low number of invites and high cut-off points. The cut-off point for the April round of invitations was 80. Ms. Preet advised applicants to maximize this time very well by getting as more points as possible by getting higher English scores or taking the NAATI test. The high cut-off point may likely not change Some immigration experts think the high cut-off points are not going to be brought down and as such, there will be less number of invites sent out in the coming financial year. Another immigration expert, Ms. Suman Dua, who is based in Queensland, said there is a low expectation that the cut-off will be brought down. She revealed that for this financial year alone, there's been up to 22,700 invites sent to applicants for the subclass 189 visa and that the records for April alone indicate that the same will be maintained for the remaining months of May and June. The federal government has already announced its plans to cut down on immigration numbers from 190,000 down to 160,000. Stay connected to www.visatime.com to get updates about visa news from Asia, Africa, US, Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East! We will also assist you with the visa process for the chosen country.

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