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Published on July 14th, 2012 | by john.weir

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New priority processing for skilled visas to Australia

The Australian government has announced new priority processing arrangements for its skilled migration programme.

Recently set by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP, the priority processing arrangements allows DIAC to consider visa applications in an order of priority that the minister considers appropriate.

The new processing priorities apply to the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and certain points based skilled migration.

From July 1, 2012, processing priorities (with highest priority listed first) are applications from people who:

  • Are sponsored under the RSMS program.
  • Are sponsored under the ENS program.
  • Are nominated by a state or territory government agency.
  • Have nominated an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List – Schedule 1 effective from July 1, 2012.
  • All other applications.

This means regional employer sponsored visas will continue to be given the highest processing priority.  Applications for visa subclasses lodged through SkillSelect (186, 187, 188, 189, 190, or 489) will be given the highest priority within each of their respective processing groups.

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