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State Territory and Regional Area Nomination

As the Migration Programme takes precedence over priority processing arrangements planning levels can affect the order in which applications are considered during the programme year.

Priority processing arrangements apply to most skilled migration applications. These arrangements are set by a Ministerial Direction and determine the order in which we consider applications subject to meeting planning levels within the Migration Programme.

Each year visa planning levels are set by the government for the programme year which forms the Migration Programme. The Migration Programme determines the maximum number of visas that can be granted in each visa category each year.

State, Territory and Regional Nominated visa processing

The State, Territory and Regional Nominated category comprises applicants for a General Skilled Migration visa who are nominated by a State or Territory government agency or are family sponsored.

These visas include:

  • Skilled Nominated subclass 190
  • Skilled Regional Sponsored subclass 487
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489
  • Skilled Designated Area-sponsored (Provisional) subclass 496
  • Skilled Sponsored subclass 886.


Source: Australian Immigration Website

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