General Skilled Migration (GSM) processing centres allocate applications; in accordance with priority processing arrangements; to meet the Migration Programme planning levels set by the government.
The tables below list the earliest lodgement dates for applications that have been allocated to processing teams. You can use this information to determine when your application will be allocated and to ensure your application is complete and ready for assessment.
This information was last updated in early December 2015.
Effective 1 July 2012, the minister set priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. Allocation dates outlined below reflect these priority processing arrangements.
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|Visa Subclass||Priority Group 3||Priority Group 4|
|189 Skilled – Independent||N/A||1 June 2015|
|190 Skilled - Nominated||8 June 2015||N/A|
|489 Skilled - Regional||8 June 2015||1 June 2015|
- N/A - indicates that the relevant visa subclass is not specified for this priority group
- Migration Programme planning levels take precedence over priority processing arrangements in determining the order in which applications are considered. Allocations are occurring in accordance with the requirements of these planning levels.
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|Visa Subclass||Application Date|
|489 Second Provisional Stream (Renewal)||20 July 2015|
|489 Subsequent Entrant||20 July 2015|
|887 Skilled – Regional||30 June 2015|
- Subclasses 489 – Renewal, 489 – Subsequent Entrant and 887 Skilled - Regional are exempt from the priority processing direction and applications are processed in the order in which they were received.
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If your application is for a visa subclass that is not currently being allocated do not contact us to enquire about the progress of your application. When processing resumes you will be contacted when your application is allocated.
|Visa Subclass||Priority Group 3||Priority Group 4||Priority Group 5|
|176 Skilled – Sponsored||All applications allocated||All applications allocated||Not currently allocating|
|475 Skilled – Regional Sponsored||All applications allocated||All applications allocated||Not currently allocating|
|487 Skilled – Regional Sponsored||All applications allocated||All applications allocated||7 June 2010|
|496 Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored||N/A||All applications allocated||Not currently allocating|
|886 Skilled – Sponsored||All applications allocated||All applications allocated||7 June 2010|
- N/A - indicates that the relevant visa subclass is not specified for this priority group.
- All subclass 175 and subclass 885 Skilled – Independent visa applications have been allocated to processing teams.
- The family sponsored visa subclasses listed in the table above are in Priority Group 5 and form part of the Skilled Regional Sponsored category of the Migration Programme.
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You should ensure that you have provided all supporting documentation and notified us of any changes in your circumstances.
If you lodged your application online, all supporting documentation must be attached online.
If you lodged a paper application or you cannot attach documents to your online application then you can provide additional documentation by scanning and emailing the documents directly to your processing team once your application is allocated.
It is your responsibility to provide all relevant information and supporting documentation to us. This includes undertaking any medical examinations and obtaining character clearances before your application is allocated.
If your application is in Priority Group 5 do not proceed with health and character clearances until we ask you to do so.
Health and character clearances are usually valid for one year from the date of issue. You are responsible for paying any fees and costs associated with obtaining any clearances you need for your application.
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You will be notified within two weeks after your application is allocated to a processing team, and provided with an email address for all future correspondence. Any questions you have about your application should then be directed to that email address.
Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection