Monday, July 19, 2010

New DIAC Processing Priorities

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship has just announced a new Processing Priority for visa applications. Here is the current priority list:

  1. Applications from people who are employer sponsored under the ENS and the RSMS.
  2. Applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency with a nominated occupation that is specified on that state or territory’s state migration plan.
  3. Applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 3 in effect from 1 July 2010.
    See: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/new-list-of-occupations.pdf 
  4. All other applications are to be processed in the order in which they are received.
GSM visas affected

The following GSM visas are affected by priority processing:

  • Skilled – Independent subclass 175
  • Skilled – Independent subclass 176
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored subclass 475
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored subclass 487
  • Skilled – Independent Regional subclass 495
  • Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored (Provisional) subclass 496
  • Graduate – Skilled subclass 497
  • Skilled – Onshore Independent New Zealand Citizen subclass 861
  • Skilled – Onshore Australian-sponsored New Zealand Citizen subclass 862
  • Skilled – Onshore Designated Area-sponsored New Zealand Citizen subclass 863
  • Skilled – Independent Overseas Student subclass 880
  • Skilled – Australian-sponsored subclass 881
  • Skilled – Designated Area-sponsored Overseas Student subclass 882
  • Skilled – Independent subclass 885
  • Skilled – Sponsored subclass 886.
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