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» Australian Skilled Visa Application Priority Processing Order
While the Australian visa application process is specific to individual applications and can take any length of time from a few weeks to a few years, understanding the Australian visa application priority processing order will help to give some idea of where you stand in relation to other applications.
The priority processing order is two sets of directions for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) that clearly states the order in which immigration officers will process skilled Australian permanent and provisional visa applications.
Before reading on, please understand that priority processing DOES NOT affect your visa eligibility in any way, and ONLY determines how quickly your visa application will be entered into processing upon lodgement to DIAC.
Applications from people who are employer sponsored under the Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) program or who have applied for a Skilled – Regional (subclass 887) visa.
Applications from people who are nominated by a state or territory government agency for an occupation specified on that agency's State Migration Plan.
Approx. 12 - 24 months.
Applications from people who have nominated an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) - Schedule 1.
Approx. 18 months.
All other applications are to be processed in the order in which they are received.
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