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New Processing Priorities for Skilled and Sponsored Visas

New visa application processing priorities have come into effect on 28 October 2022. The new Direction applies to skilled and employer-sponsored visas of the following Subclasses:

  • 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 now to be 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 Hong Kong SAR passport or British National (Overseas) passport.

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

  • 134311 - School Principal

  • 421111 - Child Care Worker

  • 423111 - Aged or Disabled Carer

  • 423312 - Nursing Support Worker

  • 423313 - Personal Care Assistant

The new arrangements apply to pending visa applications lodged before, on or after the commencement of the new Direction.

For more information please Contact Us or email

Elan Rysher is a Registered Migration Agent and Qualified Student Counsellor. He is the main Writer for ImmiUpdates and the founder of Rysher Migration. Elan has many years of experience working in immigration, finance and health. Being a former migrant himself, Elan is passionate about helping others fulfil their Australian dream.


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