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Latest Processing times for July:

As advised on the DIMA website processing of an application will usually commence within seven (7) working days of its receipt by the department.

This means that an application is receipted, acknowledged and a file number is allocated.

Once this has occurred a case officer is appointed to assess each application as soon as possible, however, the ASPC receives a large number of applications and you will not be contacted immediately. Applications lodged on the dates shown below are currently being allocated to case officers for further processing.

As of 18th July 2006 the Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre is allocating applications lodged on or before the following dates:

ONSHORE – paper based applications: 8 March 2006 (all applications)
ONSHORE- e-lodged (online) applications: 10 March 2006 (all applications)

SIR – paper based applications: 15 March 2006
SIR – e-lodged (online) applications: 1 May 2006

ONSHORE NEW ZEALAND APPLICATIONS: 22 November 2005

OFFSHORE APPLICATIONS (all paper based)
Priority Applications: In the range of 1 March to 8 March 2006
Non-Priority Applications: In the range of 28 November to 5 December 2005

Notes

Onshore: means that the visa being applied for can be granted while the applicant is in Australia.

e-lodged: applications lodged online have quicker processing times.

SIR visas: All applicants for a Skilled – Independent Regional [SIR] visa receive priority processing.

Offshore: means that the visa being applied for can only be granted when the applicant is outside of Australia.

If a visa application was made before the earliest relevant date as shown above and you have not been contacted by a case officer please contact the Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre at: adelaide.skilled.centre@immi.gov.au

Applications eligible for priority processing

1. Applicants whose nominated occupation is on the Migration Occuptations in Demand List (MODL)

2. For applicants whose nominated occupation is not on the MODL, applications for any of the following visas are given priority:

a) Skill Matching (Migrant) (Class BR) – Subclass 134 – Skill Matching
b) Skilled – Independent (Migrant) (Class BN) – Subclass 137 – Skilled – State/Territory-nominated Independent
c) Skilled – Australian-sponsored (Migrant) (Class BQ) – Subclass 139 – Skilled – Designated Area – Sponsored
d) Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional) (Class UX) – Subclass 495 – Skilled – Independent Regional (Provisional)
e) Skilled New Zealand (Residence) visa class (Class DB) – Subclass 863 – Skilled – Onshore Regional-Sponsored New Zealand Citizen
f) Skilled — Australian-sponsored Overseas Student (Residence) (Class DE) – Subclass 882 – Skilled — Designated Area-sponsored Overseas Student

Eligibility for priority processing does not mean that any processing requirements can be waived.

Finalising Applications

Please note that the information provided above is not about the time it will take to process an application to completion. The time it is expected to take to process a General Skilled Migration visa application to completion is detailed in the department’s service standards. Service standards are specified for applications lodged with complete documentation. Individual cases may take longer than the service standard depending on the completeness and complexity of the case.

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  • Mark

    Guys

    Please post any further enquiries in our Forums

    I’m locking down comments in this post now as they are not supposed to be used for questions or comments of this nature. Our forums are for that 8)

    Thanks

    Mark

  • REETIKA

    hai i applied skilled independent visa subclass 136 BN on 14 MAY 2007 i submitted my medical
    IN SEPTEMBER 2007, but still i never get any information from the immigration department.LET me know what i am going to do next? and how long it will taken to get visa.

  • REETIKA

    hai i applied skilled independent visa subclass 136 BN on 14 MAY 2007 i submitted my medical
    IN SEPTEMBER 2007, but still i never get any information from the immigration department.LET me know what i am going to do next? and how long it will taken to get visa.

  • Ashok

    Hi to all,

    I m ashok form Ahmedabad Gujarat.
    I have applied for class 136 BN Visa by papaer based application on 2nd April 2007(application ldgd date).

    My medical exmination and PCC had been completed on Dec 2007 .After that they asked to do one medical test(Chest Xray) agian in the January 2008.
    I submitted the report on 1st week of Feb 2008.

    Now can u tell me how many days will it take to get my visa?

    reply me to my email id please
    thanks in advance

  • mohib

    hi,my name is mohib and i am applying for student visa and i submitted my coe letter and medical on 8 feb 2008 and my course start date is 17 march 2008,but i did not get my visa,so kindly tell me that in how many days clearence is to be done,it almost 5 weeks completed and now iam very worried about my visa.and is there any web site from where i confirm that in how many days clearence is to be done.

  • chetan patel

    Hi I am
    Chetan Patel i am from ahmedabad guj. india
    i already put my pr file in australia in 6-6-07
    i did completed my medical and pcc but i have one problem
    i did not compeleted to my ielts exam result
    i got all over 5 band but not get each
    modul 5 band
    but my wife got 4.5 band so i face diffeculty
    in ielts exam so how i can aplly other file
    any other option like sir workpermit etc.so i
    wait for your answer eagerly.
    i hope you give good answer so i can become good carrier
    thank you very much

    er

  • R.Nagarasan

    Hi friends,

    I had lodged my Visa class BN – 136 on 20 Aug 2007 and i have not yet allocatted with CO

    When will i get it ?

    Pl anybody reply me !

  • Tajinder Singh

    hi, i hav applied for visa in 25th july 2006,class BN 136, my medical has been done in september 2007,but no response after that

  • Raj

    Hiii Bhupinder have u got VISA and let me know ur s paper based or online.

  • Bharati

    Hi I am UMa,from NepalAnd I have applied for the skilled independent BN 136 visa.I have sent all the medical and police clearance certificate on June 2007 Then case offcer requested Income letter and I have sent on August 27.I did not get any response .When I will get the visa?

  • sanjeev kumar

    hi i am sanjeev i have applied for sub.136 skilled indipendent.i am working in australia.i have applied on 30/4/07 i have sumitted all reqairment.till now i didn’t get my case officer .please tell me long to take more
    thanks

  • DannyC

    According to the information below which came from the DIMA directly my visa class is one of those given priority. How will this affect the time taken to process?

    2. For applicants whose nominated occupation is not on the MODL applications for any of the following visas are given priority:

    a) Skill Matching (Migrant) (Class BR) – Subclass 134 – Skill Matching
    b) Skilled – Independent (Migrant) (Class BN) – Subclass 137 – State/Territory-nominated Independent
    c) Skilled – Australian-sponsored (Migrant) (Class BQ) – Subclass 139 – Designated Area – Sponsored
    d) Skilled (Provisional) (Class UX) – Subclass 495 – Independent Regional
    e) Skilled (Migrant) (Class VE) – Subclass 176 – Sponsored
    f) Skilled (Provisional) (Class VF) – Subclass 475 – Regional Sponsored
    g) Skilled (Residence) (Class VB) – Subclass 886 – Sponsored
    h) Skilled (Provisional) (Class VC) – Subclass 487 – Regional Sponsored

  • DannyC

    I have applied for Skilled sponsored 176 visa and have just been assigned a case officer. I completed my medical last week before my case officer requested and have also submitted all other documentation on-line including police checks. How long should i have to wait for my visa?

  • scud

    hai i applied skilled independent visa subclass 136 BN on 10.10.2006 after i submitted my medical and p.c.c on june 2007, but still i never get any information from the immigration department.
    i posted gsm post lodgement enquiry its always says internal check stage and visa is under active consideration.

    let me know what iam going to do next? and how long it will taken to get visa.

  • praveen

    hi,
    I lodged a paper based application for SIR visa on 26th April 2007. Till now, even the case officer has not been appointed. I would appreciate if anyone could give me a tentative time line for my case.
    Thanks.

  • Mark

    Hi Bhupinder

    Typically you’re looking at a time frame of about 8 – 10 weeks from requesting your meds to getting your Visa.

    I’d hope you should hear something this January.

    Good luck and well done for getting so far :)

    Regards

    Mark

  • Jaswal

    Hi I am bhupinder Jaswal.
    I had applied for Sir Visa on 20-april07 and my visa officer hve been appionted, he had asked for my medical and
    indian PCC clearence in month on Oct. which hve been submitted to him on Nov and my web site is also updated on 28 nov which shows that all the documnts hve been recived. can u tell me how much more time is requre to get visa.

  • Mark

    Hi Afaq, you would probably come in under a visa in the sponsored category.

    Click Here for links to the different visa types.

    Processing can take 6 – 12 months and is dependent on visa type and your country of origin. :)

  • Afaq Mohammed

    Hi.I am Afaq working in Dubai,I wanted to know if I have an offer from an Australian employer,what kind of visa will I be eligible for and how much time is needed to process my application?will I get permanent residency as soon as i land in Australia?

  • Administrator

    Its not that easy a question to answer Rohit, it depends on how straight forward your application is. It could be anywhere from 4 – 12 months. Suggest you look on our Forums to see if there are people who have applied at a similar time to you, this way you’ll get a better idea when you can expect to get your visa.

  • rohit

    I am rohit from india,I wanted to know about visa, i have submit file (SIR VISA) in DIMA on 8-8-06, when can i expect the visa?