Effective 1 July 2017, the Minister set priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas.
We allocate General Skilled Migration (GSM) applications in accordance with priority processing arrangements.
Migration Program planning levels take precedence over priority processing arrangements in determining the order in which applications are considered. This means that when necessary applications in Priority Group 4 are allocated ahead of Priority Group 3.
Within each priority group, complete applications receive preference for assessment.
Further information about
Priority processing groups and order of processing applications is available on our website.
Achieving a faster visa decision
Most 'complete' applications in Priority Groups 3 and 4 are finalised within three months of lodgement.
For your application to be 'complete' undertake
health examinations and upload all required documentation to
ImmiAccount before the application is allocated for assessment.
Refer to the online document checklist for your visa subclass on our website for details of required information.
Attach documents to your application or update your application details using
ImmiAccount. If you cannot attach documents using
ImmiAccount then you can email colour scans of documents directly to the processing team once they have contacted you.
We will contact you about the status of your application within two weeks of your allocation date.
GSM allocation dates
The tables below list the
earliest lodgement dates for applications that have been allocated to processing teams. You can use this information to calculate when your application may be allocated and to ensure your application is complete and ready for assessment.
The following allocation dates will be updated in early February 2018.
GSM SkillSelect allocation information
Priority processing information for GSM SkillSelect applications
|Visa subclass||Priority group 3||Priority group 4|
|189 Skilled – Independent (Points-tested) stream||N/A*||10 October 2017|
|190 Skilled – Nominated||25 October 2017||N/A|
|489 Skilled – Regional||25 October 2017||3 September 2017|
*N/A - indicates that the relevant visa subclass is not specified for this priority group
GSM priority exempt allocation information
Visas listed below are exempt from the priority processing direction and applications are processed in the order in which they were received
Processing information for GSM priority exempt applications
|Visa subclass||Application date|
|489 Second Provisional Stream (Renewal)||23 November 2017|
|489 Subsequent Entrant||23 November 2017|
|887 Skilled – Regional||1 September 2017|
|189 Skilled Independent (New Zealand) stream||30 August 2017|