The contents of this article are correct as at 30 July 2010.
On 16th July 2010, changes were announced to priority processing arrangements for some General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas (those GSM visas affected are listed at the bottom of this article). Priority processing refers to the order in which the department considers applications.
From 14 July 2010, processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) are:
These priority processing arrangements apply to applications already lodged with DIAC (including those in the final stages of processing), as well as to future applications.
The time taken to process applications can change at any time. In addition, the length of time taken also depends on DIAC resources, how well-prepared the application is, whether internal security checks are needed, as well as any complications involved in the application.
At the present time, it is difficult to estimate how long individual GSM applications will take to process, although this should become apparent in coming weeks and months.
GSM visas affected
The following GSM visas are affected by priority processing:
Skilled – Independent subclass 175
Skilled – Independent subclass 176
Skilled – Regional Sponsored subclass 475
Skilled – Regional Sponsored subclass 487
Skilled – Independent Regional subclass 495
Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored (Provisional) subclass 496
Graduate – Skilled subclass 497
Skilled – Onshore Independent New Zealand Citizen subclass 861
Skilled – Onshore Australian-sponsored New Zealand Citizen subclass 862
Skilled – Onshore Designated Area-sponsored New Zealand Citizen subclass 863
Skilled – Independent Overseas Student subclass 880
Skilled – Australian-sponsored subclass 881
Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored Overseas Student subclass 882
Skilled – Independent subclass 885
Skilled – Sponsored subclass 886.
GSM visas exempt
The following visa subclasses are exempt from priority processing and will be processed in the order in which they are received:
Skilled – Recognised Graduate subclass 476
Skilled – Graduate subclass 485
Skilled – Designated Area – Sponsored (Residence) subclass 883
Skilled – Regional subclass 887.
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