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Australian Skilled Visa – Processing Priorities

The Department of Home Affairs has finalised over 2,780,000 visas since 1 June 2022. This
includes over 43,000 temporary skilled applications and over 47,000 permanent skilled visa
applications. These delivery numbers have only been possible because there are 260 more staff working on visa processing than there were at the start of May 2022.

The new announcement helps small businesses seeking to recruit overseas workers. It speeds up processing for all occupations and makes the process less complicated. This change will allow more applications to be processed faster, particularly for the critical Temporary Skill Shortage visa, which is designed to respond quickly to labour market needs.

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The following skilled visas are subject to Ministerial Direction No. 100:​

  • Subclass 124 (Distinguished Talent)
  • Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme)
  • Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme)
  • Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment) (Provisional)
  • Subclass 189 (Skilled – Independent)
  • Subclass 190 (Skilled – Nominated)
  • Subclass 191 (Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional))
  • Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled))
  • Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage)
  • Subclass 489 (Skilled – Regional (Provisional))
  • Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional))
  • Subclass 494 (Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional))
  • Subclass 858 (Global Talent)
  • Subclass 887 (Skilled – Regional)
  • Subclass 888 (Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent).

Skilled visa applications are processed in the following order of priority:​

  1. Visa applications in relation to a healthcare or teaching occupation.
  2. For employer sponsored visas, visa applications where the applicant is nominated by an Approved sponsor with Accredited Status.
  3. Visa applications in relation to an occupation to be carried out in a designated regional area.
  4. For permanent and provisional visa subclasses, visa applications that count towards the migration program, excluding the Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)) visa.
  5. All other visa applications.​

For all categories above, priority will be given to holders of eligible passports.

Within each category above, for provisional and permanent skilled visa applications, priority is given to visa applications where the primary applicant is located outside Australia at the time the visa application is made.​

Healthcare or Teaching Occupations

  • ANZSCO Sub-major Group 25 – Health Professionals
  • ANZSCO Minor Group 241 – School Teachers
  • ANZSCO Minor Group 411 – Health and Welfare Support Workers
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 1341 – Child Care Centre Managers
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 2346 – Medical Scientists
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 2721 – Counsellors
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 2723 – Psychologists
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 2725 – Social Workers
  • ANZSCO Unit Group 3112 – Medical Technicians
  • ANZSCO occupations:
    • 134311 – School Principal
    • 421111 – Child Care Worker
    • 423111 – Aged or Disabled Carer
    • 423312 – Nursing Support Worker
    • 423313 – Personal Care Assistant.​

Processing priorities for other skilled visa applications

All other skilled visa applications are assessed in order of date of lodgement.

Visa application lodgement requirements

To assist in processing, it is important to lodge a complete application and provide all supporting documents as soon as possible. We may not ask you for further documents before making a decision on your visa application.

  • If you have applied for your visa in ImmiAccount, the checklists provided will help you in making sure you include all required documents in your application.
  • If you did not apply for your visa in ImmiAccount, please refer to the relevant webpage for your visa subclass. You must ensure you have included all documents listed in the Gather your documents section under Step by Step instructions.​​​

Processing times

For more information see global processing times.​​

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