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Decision Ready Checklists for Employer nomination Scheme

Decision Ready Checklists for Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa applications:

There are significant backlogs for processing of these visa applications by the Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC).

You can have your case prioritized by using the services of a registered Migration Agent. Migration Agents can lodge your application under the Decision Ready Checklist system, which is only available to agents.


DIAC has provided the following advice:

“We are still using the Decision Ready Checklist system. We have revised these Checklists and are in the process of getting these loaded onto the website – this is an internal process that may take a couple of weeks.


We are allocating applications according to date of receipt. Where we have a “decision ready” application these are prioritised, however given the large number of applications and subsequently the high number of these that are identified as “decision ready”, these are also allocated according to date of receipt. In effect we triage the “decision ready” applications out of the larger group and then allocate those by date. There are always exceptions where we may prioritise an application out of date order for a range of reasons, and any prioritisation of a “decision ready” application out of date order is determined at management level.


In terms of processing times – we are working hard to get through the pre-1 July caseload, however given the unprecedented number of applications in May and June (a 525 percent increase on the average monthly lodgements) our processing times are longer than usual. Having said that, there is light at the end of the tunnel as we get the backlog of cases down.
Please contact us for more information.