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Fast-track your General Skilled Migration Application

The contents of this article are correct as at 20 April 2009

Fast-track your General Skilled Migration Application

The Immigration Department has responded to economic conditions in Australia by re-ordering processing of certain general skilled migration (GSM) visas. Applicants with a successful nomination from a State or Territory government are taking priority, followed by applicants whose nominated occupation appears on the Critical Skills List (CSL). This leaves GSM applicants whose occupation is on the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL) but not the CSL as well as all other remaining applicants at the back of the queue, meaning longer delays in these applications being finalised. 

Is there anything that non-prioritised applicants can do to avoid lengthy processing delays?

Yes. Two possible options exist.

Option 1

Applicants who are about to lodge an application OR applicants who have already lodged an application should consider seeking a State or Territory government sponsorship which will move their application to the highest priority position.

The Immigration Department processing centres have indicated that processing of State or Territory government sponsored applications will commence within 10 working days once the department has received and approved a nomination from the State or Territory authority.

Option 2

Applicants who have already lodged their application might want to look for an Australian employer who could sponsor them for a subclass 856 - Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or subclass 857 = Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).

Processing for ENS or RSMS applications is likely to occur faster than the processing for non-priority GSM applications, usually being finalised within 3 months.

If you would like to discuss ways for you to fast track your GSM application please click Visa Lawyers Australia to contact us.