Order for Processing Visa Applications (Order of Consideration)

Did you know that the Department of Home Affairs has a direction which states the order of consideration for visa applications? Directions are used to consider and dispose of visa applications in the appropriate order of consideration; and to review decisions pertaining to those applications in the appropriate order of consideration.

In Direction 92 and 93 holders of eligible passports, specified as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China or British National (Overseas) passports are given the highest priority within the variously prioritised applications.

Holders of these eligible passports onshore are given first priority and then eligible passport holders offshore the next highest priority.

Direction No. 92 – Order of Consideration — Certain Skilled Migration Visas

The order of consideration for nominations in this Direction include (in order of priority):

  1. those with PMSOL occupations, Global Talent Employer Sponsored Agreement, Subclass 188 visa SIV stream and Agriculture sector occupation;
  2. Critical Sector occupations not covered above;
  3. Employer Sponsored or Regional Sponsored visa by an employer who is a party to a labour agreement under a DAMA;
  4. Subclass 494 (Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional)) visa, with Accredited Status approved sponsor given priority within this cohort or lodged by a party to a labour agreement if not already mentioned;
  5. Employer Sponsored with Accredited Status approved sponsors or nominations lodged by a party to a labour agreement to have precedence;
  6. Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) lodged by Accredited Status approved sponsors to have precedence;
  7. All other nominations.

Note: Onshore applications will be given priority over offshore in (3) to (7):

The order of consideration for visa applications in this Direction include (in order of priority):

The priority list is as follows:

  1. Employer Sponsored or Regional Sponsored with PMSOL occupation; Agriculture Sector occupation; Global Talent Employer Sponsored Agreement; the Global Talent Program applicants; the Subclass 188 SIV stream; all other Subclass 188 applications 
  2. Other Critical Sector occupations with approved nominations not already mentioned;
  3. Employer Sponsored or Regional Sponsored by an employer who is a party to a labour agreement under a DAMA.
  4. Subclass 494 with priority where nominated by an approved sponsor with Accredited Status or nominated by a party to a labour agreement
  5. Subclass 491
  6. Employer Sponsored with priority where nominated by an approved sponsor with Accredited Status, or nominated by a party to a labour agreement;
  7. Visa applications for an Employer Sponsored Visa (482 and 186)
  8. Subclass 187 with precedence to those nominated by an approved sponsor with Accredited Status are to have precedence
  9. Subclass 489
  10. Subclass 190
  11. Subclass 189
  12. All other visa applications.

Note: Onshore applications will be given priority over offshore in (3) to (7).

Direction 93 – Order of Priority Allocation within the Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa program and Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) visa program

The order of consideration for nominations in this Direction include (in order of priority):

  1. PMSOL occupations; Global Talent Employer Sponsored Agreement; and Agriculture Sector occupations;
  2. Critical Sector occupations not covered above;
  3. Occupations to be carried out in regional Australia, with precedence for those lodged under a DAMA; lodged by approved sponsors with Accredited Status; lodged by a party to a labour agreement not mentioned above;
  4. Lodged by approved sponsors with Accredited Status not mentioned above;
  5. Lodged by a party to a labour agreement not mentioned above;
  6. All other Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) and existing Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) visa holders.

Note: Onshore applications will be given priority over offshore.

The order of consideration for visa applications in this Direction include (in order of priority):

  1. PMSOL occupations; Global Talent Employer Sponsored Agreement; Global Talent Program; and Agricultural Sector occupations;
  2. Critical Sector occupations not covered above;
  3. Occupation to be carried out in regional Australia with precedence given to those Nominated under a DAMA; by approved sponsors with Accredited Status; Labour Agreement stream of the Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa program.
  4. Accredited Status sponsored not mentioned above;
  5. Those under a Designated Area Migration Agreement not mentioned above;
  6. Those under Labour Agreement stream of the Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) not mentioned above;
  7. All other Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa program, including Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)).

Note: Onshore applications will be given priority over offshore.

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