Australian Immigration and Priority Processing of Visas

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How quickly Australian visas are granted depends largely on their processing priority. In 2012 the Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship laid out a new system for determining different Australian visa application processing times.

Priority processing is broken into 5 groups in order of priority, with group 1 being processed the fastest. Understanding these times is an important factor in deciding which visa you'd like to apply for.

The following table gives a detailed breakdown of the processing times for different visa applications.

Australian priority processing table


Visa applications included


  • Applications sponsored under the Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS)


  • Applications under the Employer Nominated Scheme


  • Applications from people nominated by a state or territory government under a state migration plan



  • All other applications


See our Australian General Skilled Migration page to check what visa is right for you.

Or try our free online Australian General Skilled Migration points test to see if you score enough points for your visa.

Further Information, help, and advice has over twenty years of experience helping people immigrate to countries all over the World. If you feel that you can pass the points test and wish to immigrate to Australia, fill out our free assessment form and one of our representatives will contact you shortly.

For more information and advice on Australian immigration law and Australian visa applications please contact us on 0344 991 9222 or at