Nov 2019 Points System Change – Chance of 189 Invite

Chance of 189 PR reduces by 42% with less number of invites available starting July 2019. Software Engineer 2613 and 2631 category need 75 points to get PR now.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  6 Jan, 20


Nov 2019 Immigration Points System Changes

Spouse age should be less than 45.

Single (Un-married)10
Spouse is Australian Citizen or PR holder10
Spouse has Positive Skill Assessment and competent English10
Spouse has no Skill Assessment but competent English5
Other Cases0

EOI Ranking Order

A new ranking order will be implemented starting Nov 2019 if multiple EOIs have same number of points.

  1. Married with a skilled spouse (Spouse 10 points category).
  2. Single or un-married (Spouse 10 points category).
  3. EOI with spouse’s competent English but no skills for skilled partner points (age and skills – Spouse 5 points category).
  4. Primary applicants with a partner who is ineligible for either competent English or Skilled partner points. These applicants will be ranked lowest.

As per immigration consultants Iscah, 66% of PR applications have a spouse and 34% are single applicants.

This means that about one third of EOIs will gain 10 points immediately and leave the family applicants behind unless you have a working spouse.

Chance of Invite after Nov 2019 Spouse Points New System

You will find it difficult to get an invitation if you cannot claim spouse points after November 2019 as married people with working spouse will automatically get 5 extra points as compared to today.

Single applicants will gain the most by jumping ahead in queue with 10 points immediately and will have much better chance of invite than today.

If your Spouse has functional English today, I recommend to to improve the score and try to get at-least to competent level to fetch 5 points.

Will I gain spouse points in Nov 2019?

5 Points: You will gain 5 spouse points if your spouse has competent English score (IELTS 6, 6, 6, 6 or PTE 50 in each).

10 Points: If your spouse has ANZSCO code in same occupation list as you and has positive assessment along with competent English score, you will get 10 points.

10 Points: If you are single and ready to mingle.

10 Points: If you marry an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

0 Points: If your spouse does not fall in any of above cases.

489 Visa being Replaced by 491 Visa

489 Visa category will be completely stopped on Nov 16, 2019 and will be replaced by new visa called 491.

If you do not get an an invite in 489 by November, your 489 EOI will be useless.

189 PR Invite quota reduced by 42%

Number of invites available under subclass 189 visa has been reduced from existing 43,990 to 18,652 which account for about 42% reduction in their yearly Australian PR migration numbers for FY 2019 – 2020.


Effect of 189 Invite Reduction on Software Category

If we reduce the number of 189 invites available in year 2018-2019 for ANZSCO codes in category 2613 and 2631, we reach at these new figures for year 2019-2020:

189 number of invites available20192020
2613 – Software and Applications Programmers7,2713,053
2631 – Computer Network Professionals2,167910
2611 – ICT Business and Systems Analysts1,466850

The new quota will be available staring July 2019 Australia PR draw.

Effect of New 189 PR limits on existing EOI applications

The current pending or Australia EOI applications that are waiting for an invite will be affected if you can’t get an invite before July 2019 in the remaining draws.

The new number for 189 PR also includes the New Zealand citizen 189 quota as well.


#1 Software Engineer – 2613

As per current trends, 2613 EOI with 70 points filed have very low chances of invite.

Increase your points to 75 to have any realistic chance of invite in season 2020.

#2 ICT Business and Systems Analysts – 2611, 2631

Similarly, for ANZSCO codes in 2611 – ICT Business and Systems Analysts and 2631 – Computer Network Professionals, the minimum points required to get an invite have increased to 80 starting July this year. The chance of invite with 70 or lower points have diminished even with a waiting period.

Did you know that you can keep your current employment date BLANK while filing Australia EOI and let the work experience increase automatically to help get more points?


190 and 489 Invites are not affected

The reduction in 189 quota numbers does not affect the 190 state sponsored and 489 sponsored invitation numbers. You can still receive state invite if you have good points (normally the highest in your job code) and your job is in demand in the state.

Source: Australia MigrationĀ 


  66 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Callum Evenden
    Callum Evenden 6 Jan, 20 at 1:22 pm

    I have been trying to get PR for 10 years. Every year the rules change, every year it becomes more difficult. No agents are informed properly. I have submitted a 190 and a 189 eoi after hearing my current bridging visa could now be for 35 years!!! but am not hopeful after all i have tried several visas now over the last 10 years. And now again the rules are changing. Time to just go home. Clearly not wanted here.

  2. Sabala Rupakheti
    Sabala Rupakheti 23 Dec, 19 at 2:24 pm

    I have lodged my EOI with 75 points with the occupation “FOOD TECHNOlOGIST” on November 2019. Is there any chance to get invitation for 189?

  3. Mish
    Mish 26 Nov, 19 at 2:52 am

    Hi Anil, my points claimed is 85 pts and the date of effect is 15/11/2019. My occupation is non pro rata. Do you think there will be a chance for me to be invited for visa 189? Thank you

  4. Raj Sharma
    Raj Sharma 17 Nov, 19 at 12:06 am

    Hi, anil
    I have lodge eoi on 75 last month for business analyst. What are the chances getting the invitation considering 10 point for being single will make it 85 ?

  5. Mons
    Mons 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

    Hi Anil,
    I have submitted EOI for job code 263111 with 80 points in 189 on 26th October, 2019. And 85 points in 190 for Vic. Also, this will change to 85 and 90 respectively after 16th November rule where my spouse will get additional 5 points. When I can expect invite.

    • Mons
      Mons 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

      Also, after the invitation how Long does it take to get the visa? Does it also depend on points or it is standard for all ?

  6. Sahil
    Sahil 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

    Hi Anil,
    I have 70 points and filed for 2613 in May 2019. Post November, it will jump to 80 points. Is there any realistic chance of 189?
    Many thanks.