Allocation dates for General Skilled Migration applications

​​Effective 1 July 2017, the Minister set priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas.

​​We allocate General Skilled Migration (GSM) applications in accordance with priority processing arrangements.

Migration Program planning levels take precedence over priority processing arrangements in determining the order in which applications are considered. This means that when necessary applications in Priority Group 4 are allocated ahead of Priority Group 3.

Within each priority group, complete applications receive preference for assessment.

Further information about Priority processing groups and order of processing applications is available on our website.

Achieving a faster visa decision

Most 'complete' applications in Priority Groups 3 and 4 can be finalised at the time of assessment.

For your application to be 'complete' undertake health examinations and upload all required documentation to ImmiAccount before the application is allocated for assessment.

Refer to the online document checklist for your visa subclass on our website for details of required information.

Attach documents to your application or update your application details using ImmiAccount. If you cannot attach documents using ImmiAccount then you can email colour scans of documents directly to the processing team once they have contacted you.

We will contact you about the status of your application within two weeks of your allocation date.

GSM allocation dates

The tables below list the earliest lodgement dates for applications that have been allocated to processing teams. You can use this information to calculate when your application may be allocated and to ensure your application is complete and ready for assessment.

The following allocation dates will be updated in early April 2018.

GSM SkillSelect allocation information

Priority processing information for GSM SkillSelect applications
Visa subclassPriority group 3Priority group 4
189 Skilled – Independent (Points-tested) streamN/A*26 November 2017
190 Skilled – Nominated21 December 2017N/A
489 Skilled – Regional21 December 201725 September 2017

*N/A - indicates that the relevant visa subclass is not specified for this priority group

GSM priority exempt allocation information

Visas listed below are exempt from the priority processing direction and applications are processed in the order in which they were received

Processing information for GSM priority exempt applications
Visa subclassApplication date
489 Second Provisional Stream (Renewal)6 March 2018
489 Subsequent Entrant6 March 2018
887 Skilled – Regional16 October 2017
​189 Skilled Independent (New Zealand) stream16 January 2018​