How does the new processing priority work?

Lowest processing priority will be given to family stream visa applications sponsored by a person who arrived in Australia as an illegal maritime arrival (IMA) and now holds a permanent visa. This means these applications will only be processed after all other Family Stream applications have been processed.

Lowest processing priority does not apply to applicants who are sponsored by Australian citizens. Processing of these applications will continue as normal.
There is no exception for affected family members facing compelling or compassionate circumstances.

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