Allocation dates for General Skilled Migration applications

General Skilled Migration (GSM) processing centres allocate applications; in accordance with priority processing arrangements; to meet the Migration Programme planning levels set by the government.

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.

This information was last updated on 7 October 2014 and the next update will occur in early November 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.

GSM SkillSelect allocation information

Lodgement dates for GSM SkillSelect applications allocated to processing teams
Visa Subclass Priority Group 3 Priority Group 4
189 Skilled – Independent N/A 25 June 2014
190 Skilled – Nominated 1 July 2014 N/A
489 Skilled – Regional 1 July 2014 25 June 2014

  • N/A - indicates that the relevant visa subclass is not specified for this priority group
  • Migration Programme planning levels take precedence over priority processing arrangements in determining the order in which applications are considered. Allocations are occurring in accordance with the requirements of these planning levels.

Further information is available about Processing of State, Territory and Regional Nominated General Skilled Migration visas and Priority processing groups and order of processing applications on our website.

GSM priority exempt allocation information

Lodgement dates for priority exempt applications allocated to processing teams
Visa Subclass Application Date
489 Second Provisional Stream (Renewal) 1 September 2014
489 Subsequent Entrant 5 August 2014
887 Skilled – Regional 6 May 2014

  • 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.

GSM non-SkillSelect allocation information

If your application is for a visa subclass that is not currently being allocated do not contact us to enquire about the progress of your application. When processing resumes you will be contacted when your application is allocated.

Lodgement dates for GSM non-SkillSelect applications allocated to processing teams
Visa Subclass Priority Group 3 Priority Group 4 Priority Group 5
176 Skilled – Sponsored All applications allocated All applications allocated Not currently allocating
475 Skilled – Regional Sponsored All applications allocated All applications allocated Not currently allocating
487 Skilled – Regional Sponsored All applications allocated All applications allocated Not currently allocating
496 Skilled – Designated Area Sponsored N/A All applications allocated Not currently allocating
886 Skilled – Sponsored All applications allocated All applications allocated Not currently allocating

  • N/A - indicates that the relevant visa subclass is not specified for this priority group.
  • All subclass 175 and subclass 885 Skilled – Independent visa applications have been allocated to processing teams.
  • The family sponsored visa subclasses listed in the table above are in Priority Group 5 and form part of the State, Territory and Regional Nominated category of the Migration Programme.

Further information is available about Processing of State, Territory and Regional Nominated General Skilled Migration visas, Priority processing groups and order of processing applications and Processing of Priority Group 5 General Skilled Migration applications on our website.

Is your application complete?

You should ensure that you have provided all supporting documentation and notified us of any changes in your circumstances.

If you lodged your application online, all supporting documentation must be attached online.

If you lodged a paper application or you cannot attach documents to your online application then you can provide additional documentation by scanning and emailing the documents directly to your processing team once your application is allocated.

It is your responsibility to provide all relevant information and supporting documentation to us. This includes undertaking any medical examinations and obtaining character clearances before your application is allocated.

If your application is in Priority Group 5 do not proceed with health and character clearances until we ask you to do so.

Health and character clearances are usually valid for one year from the date of issue. You are responsible for paying any fees and costs associated with obtaining any clearances you need for your application.

What happens when your application is allocated?

You will be notified within two weeks after your application is allocated to a processing team, and provided with an email address for all future correspondence. Any questions you have about your application should then be directed to that email address.

Last reviewed Wednesday 8 October 2014

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