Skilled visa applications now being priority processed

by Ray Clancy on July 13, 2012

in Australia Immigration

Highest priority to be given to visa applications from those sponsored under RMS

New priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas for Australia are now under way.

Since the beginning of the month the highest priority is being given to visa applications from people who are sponsored under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) programme, followed by those applying under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) programme.

After that priority is given to applicants who are nominated by a state or territory government agency, those who have nominated an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List and then all other visa applicants.

Also applications for visa subclasses 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, or 489 which are submitted through SkillSelect will be given the highest priority within each priority processing group.

The priority processing arrangements have been introduced to allow the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to consider and finalise visa applications in an order of priority that the Australian government considers appropriate.

‘The changes to priority processing arrangements were made to address the needs of industry by targeting skills in demand across a number of sectors, while ensuring that the Skilled Migration Programme is responsive to the current economic climate and the needs of the Australian economy,’ said a DIAC spokesman.

‘The new priority processing arrangements apply to all current applications, including those in the final stages of processing. Priority processing arrangements are subject to changes in response to Australia’s economic situation and do not change visa eligibility criteria,’ he added.

It does mean that those at the bottom of the priority list could wait some time for their applications to be dealt with. DIAC recommends that these applicants might want to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect; continue to await a decision on their visa application; consider their eligibility for an employer sponsored visa; consider their eligibility for nomination by a state or territory government under a state migration plan; apply for another substantive visa or withdraw their application.

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farhatkhan July 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I have applied for the immigration and my occupation is Database Admin. I am ACS approved, CO allocated also. The DIAC has confirmed about my job from my company where I am working as DB Admin. Still they asked from me for the form80 02 months. So , my question is that , why they have asked for form80. Reply me please and to what time I have to wait for this clearance of form 80. In addition, I belong to Pakistan.



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