Allocation dates for General Skilled Migration applications

​​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 July 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 ImmiAccount and 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 ImmiAccount.

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.

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

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 subclassPriority group 3Priority group 4
189 Skilled – Independent N/A25 May 2016
190 Skilled – Nominated25 April 2016N/A
489 Skilled – Regional25 April 201627 Febuary 201​6

  • 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 subclassApplication date
489 Second Provisional Stream (Renewal)1 June 2016
489 Subsequent Entrant1 June 2016
887 Skilled – Regional17 January 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.

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