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 May 2016.
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 all required documentation, including
Form 80 - Personal particulars for assessment including character assessment (556KB PDF),
Form 1221 - Additional personal particulars (292KB PDF) information and police clearance certificates, uploaded to
health examinations undertaken 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 you cannot attach documents using
ImmiAccount then you can provide additional documentation by emailing scanned documents directly to the processing team once your application is allocated.
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. Any questions you have about your application should then be directed to that email address.
The department's service standards for individual visa 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
Please note that 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||9 March 2016|
|190 Skilled – Nominated||3 March 2016||N/A|
|489 Skilled – Regional||3 March 2016||6 December 2015|
- 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)||16 March 2016|
|489 Subsequent Entrant||16 March 2016|
|887 Skilled – Regional||17 November 2015|
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.