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New priority processing for skilled migration applications

The contents of this article are correct as at 26 January 2009.

In January 2009, the Department of Immigration announced new priority processing for general skilled migration applications.

It appears that general skilled migration applications will now be processed in the following order of priority:

1. Applications sponsored by a state or territory government
2. Applications for skilled occupations on the new Critical Skills List
3. Applications for skilled occupations on the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL)
4. All other skilled occupations

As at mid January 2009, the Department appears to have ceased processing applications in categories 3 and 4.

It seems that the Department will endeavour to work through a backlog of lodged applications coming under categories 1 and 2, before it resumes processing categories 3 and 4.

If your application falls into categories 3 and 4, it is likely that processing of your application will be delayed.

It is unclear at this stage how much additional time this will add to visa processing of categories 3 and 4.

It should be noted that the new priority processing does not affect the prospects (ie merits or chances of success) of a permanent residency application. Rather the new priority processing only impacts on how long it will take DIAC to process the application.

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