Skilled migration visa processing times

The Department publishes information listing the lodgement dates of applications that have been or will soon be allocated to case officers.
See: Allocation Dates for General Skilled Migration Applications

Processing priority groups and order of processing

Priority processing arrangements apply to skilled migration applications. They determine the order in which the department considers applications. Applications accorded a higher priority under the arrangements will be processed ahead of lower priority applications, regardless of when the application is lodged.

The following table details processing priorities for skilled migration applications.
Note: The highest priority is listed first. SkillSelect applications (187, 186, 190 and 489) will be the highest priority in each group.

Priority Group NumberApplication Type
1Applications under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).
2Applications under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS).
3Nominated by a state or territory government agency for an occupation specified on that agency’s State Migration Plan (SMP).

Order of processing will be:
  1. applications lodged from 1 July 2012 through SkillSelect (subclass 190 and 489 applications)
  2. applications in this priority for other General Skilled Migration (GSM) subclasses (subclass 487 and 886 applications).

Applications with nominated occupations on the Skilled Occupation List Schedule 1.
See: Skilled Occupation List

Order of processing will be:

  1. applications lodged from 1 July 2012 through SkillSelect (subclass 189 and 489 applications)
  2. applications within this priority for other GSM subclasses (subclass 487, 885 and 886 applications).
5All other applications.

Processing times

To view current processing times, see the visa page for the specific visa subclass you are applying for. On the visa page, two processing times will be displayed, indicating how long it takes to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of all applications submitted globally. Processing times apply from the date your application is lodged.