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Changes to priority list for subclass 485 visas effective from 23 September 2009

The contents of this article are correct as at 23 September 2009

The priority list for subclass 485 visas

Subclass 485 visas have been categorised and prioritised in the following manner:

Priority

Subclass 485

1

Applications with:
i) a
completed Australian Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at an Australian education institution in Australia.

2


Applications with:
i) a nominated occupation from teh Critical Skills List

3


Applications with:
i) a
completed Australian Bachelor degree; AND

ii) a completed Masters degreeat an Australian education institution in Australia.

4

Applications with:
i) a completed Australian Bachelor degree; AND
ii) a completed Australian Honours degree (at least upper second class level) at an Australian education institution in Australia

5

Applications with:
i) a completed Australian Bachelor degree; OR
ii) a completed Australian Masters degree at an Australian education institution in Australia

6

All other applications in the order they were received


Application Processing Times

 

Nominated Occupation on Critical Skills List

Onshore or Offshore General Skilled Migration

Time of lodgement

Estimated finalisation time of visa

Yes

Onshore

Before the end of 2009