General Skilled Migration (GSM) processing centres allocate applications in accordance with priority processing arrangements; and to meet the Migration Programme planning levels set by the government.
This information will be updated in early March 2017.
Effective 15 September 2015, the minister set priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. Allocation dates outlined below reflect these priority processing arrangements.
Achieving a faster visa decision
Most 'complete' applications are finalised within three months of lodgement. Incomplete applications are less likely to be finalised within three months of lodgement because additional documentation might be required before the application can be finalised.
A 'complete application' has
health examinations undertaken and all required documentation uploaded to
ImmiAccount before the application is allocated for assessment.
Refer to the document checklist for your visa subclass for details of required information. Attach documents to your application or update your application details using
If your application cannot be finalised immediately you will receive advice that your application has been allocated to a processing team. This will occur within two weeks of your allocation date and provide an email address for contact with the processing team.
If you cannot attach documents using
ImmiAccount then you can provide additional documentation by emailing colour scans of documents directly to the processing team once your application is allocated.
Individual visa application processing times are dependent on a number of factors.
About GSM allocation dates
The tables below list the earliest lodgement dates for applications that have been allocated to processing teams. You can use this information to determine when your application will be allocated and to ensure your application is complete and ready for assessment.
Within each priority group, ‘complete applications’ will receive preference for assessment.
GSM allocation dates
The tables below list the
earliest lodgement dates for applications that have been allocated to processing teams. You can use this information to determine when your application will be allocated and to ensure your application is complete and ready for assessment.
GSM SkillSelect allocation information
Migration Programme planning levels take precedence over priority processing arrangements in determining the order in which applications are considered. Allocations occur in accordance with the requirements of these planning levels. This means that when necessary applications in Priority Group 4 are allocated ahead of Priority Group 3.
Priority processing information for GSM SkillSelect applications
|Visa subclass||Priority group 3||Priority group 4|
|189 Skilled – Independent ||N/A||4 January 2017|
|190 Skilled – Nominated||19 January 2017 ||N/A|
|489 Skilled – Regional||19 January 2017 ||4 January 2017|
- N/A - indicates that the relevant visa subclass is not specified for this priority group
Further information about
Processing of State, Territory and Regional Nominated General Skilled Migration visas and
Priority processing groups and order of processing applications is available on our website.
GSM priority exempt allocation information
Subclasses 489 – Renewal, 489 – Subsequent Entrant and 887 Skilled - Regional are exempt from the priority processing direction and applications are processed in the order in which they were received
Processing information for GSM priority exempt applications
|Visa subclass||Application date|
|489 Second Provisional Stream (Renewal)||19 January 2017|
|489 Subsequent Entrant||19 January 2017|
|887 Skilled – Regional||24 October 2016|
This page no longer includes information about the pre SkillSelect visas (subclasses 175, 176, 475, 487, 495, 496, 885 and 886) because these applications have either been finalised,
capped and ceased, or are currently allocated to a visa processing team.