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Allocation Dates for General Skilled Migration Applications

The tables below list the earliest lodgement dates for applications that have been allocated to case officers. You can use this information to determine when your General Skilled Migration (GSM) application will be allocated and to prepare your application for assessment.

This information was last updated on 30 April 2014 and the next update will occur in late May 2014.

Effective 1 July 2012, the minister set priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas. Allocation dates outlined below reflect these priority processing arrangements.

If you have applied for a visa that is not currently being processed (these are marked with an * in the table below) please do not contact the department to enquire about the progress of your application. When processing resumes you will be contacted when your application is allocated.

 

Earliest lodgement dates for applications allocated to case officers

Visa Subclass Priority Group 3 Priority Group 4 Priority Group 5
189 Skilled – Independent N/A Within 10 weeks of lodgement N/A
190 Skilled – Nominated Within 7 weeks of lodgement N/A N/A
489 Skilled – Regional Within 7 weeks of lodgement Within 10 weeks of lodgement N/A
175 Skilled – Independent N/A All applications allocated All applications allocated
176 Skilled – Sponsored(e-lodged) Within 8 weeks of an approved nomination All applications allocated 18 January 2008*
176 Skilled – Sponsored(paper) Within 8 weeks of an approved nomination All applications allocated 8 October 2007*
475 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (e-lodged) Within 8 weeks of an approved nomination All applications allocated 28 January 2008*
475 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (paper) Within 8 weeks of an approved nomination All applications allocated 20 September 2007*
496 Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored N/A All applications allocated 22 August 2007*
885 Skilled – Independent N/A All applications allocated All applications allocated
886 Skilled – Sponsored(e-lodged) Within 8 weeks of an approved nomination All applications allocated 11 December 2009*
886 Skilled – Sponsored (paper) Within 8 weeks of an approved nomination All applications allocated 13 March 2009*
487 Skilled – Regional Sponsored(e-lodged) Within 8 weeks of an approved nomination All applications allocated 25 December 2009*
487 Skilled – Regional Sponsored (paper) Within 8 weeks of an approved nomination All applications allocated 30 June 2009*

 

Notes:

  • N/A – indicates that the relevant visa subclass is not specified for this priority group.
  • The department has amended the way that information is presented for Priority Group 5 to provide a date for each subclass and lodgement method.
    Where an * is included after this date then:

    • The department is not currently allocating applications for this subclass.
    • This date is an indication of which applications have been allocated.  Any applicants who lodged an application before this date and have not been contacted by a case officer should be aware that the department cannot now action their application until processing recommences for this subclass.
    • Processing decisions are made in accordance with migration programme planning levels and priority processing arrangements.

Further information is available about the processing of Skilled Regional Sponsored (including family sponsored) visa applications.
See: Processing of Skilled Regional Sponsored General Skilled Migration Visas

Further information is available about the priority processing groups and the order of processing applications.
See: Priority processing groups and order of processing applications

Further information is available about the processing of Priority Group 5 applications.
See: Processing of Priority Group 5 General Skilled Migration Applications

 

Priority exempt applications

Visa subclasses 489 – Second Provisional Stream (Renewal) and 887 Skilled Regional are exempt from the priority processing direction and applications are processed in the order in which they were received by the department.

 

Priority exempt applications

Visa Subclass Application Date
489 Renewal 6 March 2014
887 Skilled – Regional 17 November 2013

 

Subsequent entrant applications

Subsequent entrant applications (subclass 489) lodged before 1 March 2014 have been allocated to a case officer.

Click here for more information.

Source: Dept. Immigration & Border Protection

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