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Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of August 2008

Australian Immigration Processing time line August 2008OK Guys, it’s August already so please find below details of the Australian Immigration processing lead time for as of August 2008.

To discuss this time line then check out this thread in our forum. Also remember to check out our Australian Visa Time line Forum which has been set up specifically so that folks sharing a similar timeline can hang out and keep each other motivated during times of stress :)


The Brisbane Skilled Processing Centre (BSPC) commenced operations on 1July 2008. BSCP are processing electronically lodged applications for Classes VB and VC lodged on or after 1 July 2008.

Any paper documents received in Adelaide for these applications will be couriered to Brisbane for processing. Applicants are encouraged to provide their documents electronically either by attaching them to the application or by email.

Supporting documentation and enquiries regarding these applications should be directed to the relevant Brisbane contact point.

See: http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/visa-enquiries/professionals.htm


Visa application charges have increased with effect from 1 July 2008. The new charges apply to visa applications received by the department on or after this date. For information on the new charges please refer to Form 990i which is available from the department’s website.

See: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/


Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre (ASPC) is responsible for processing the following applications

Offshore applications – all paper based and electronically lodged applications
Onshore applications – all paper based applications
Onshore applications – electronically lodged applications received before 1 July 2008.


Capital Investment – This advice remains current as at 11 July 2008

As of 3 December 2007 all State/Territory Treasury Corporations who were gazetted to accept designated securities have withdrawn this facility.

Consequently it is no longer possible to lodge a deposit with any of the State/Territory Treasury Corporations in order to claim bonus points.

The department is investigating the implications this will have on affected applications and as soon as any further information comes to hand relating to this matter applicants will be contacted directly by their case officer.

Applicants not yet allocated a case officer can continue to check this email for updates and information will be added to the department’s website when available.

Communicating with ASPC

Information on making telephone or email enquiries to ASPC is located at

See: http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/visa-enquiries/professionals.htm

This system has been established to provide consistent and efficient responses to email enquiries and you are requested not to send enquiries to individual departmental officers regarding an application unless specifically requested to do so.

Please note that the departmental officers who email out the acknowledgement letters are not able to respond to enquiries sent to their individual email addresses.


Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre is currently receipting new applications within service standards. Once an application has been receipted it undergoes validity checking and an acknowledgement letter with client information and a receipt will be sent. If an application is determined to be invalid documents will be returned and a refund of the visa application charge arranged.

As of 29 July 2008 the ASPC Administration Section is processing applications as follows:

Onshore Applications: receipting and acknowledging paper based applications received on 28 July 2008.

Offshore Applications: receipting and acknowledging applications received on 28 July 2008.

Once an application has been acknowledged it will be allocated to a case officer for further assessment as soon as possible, however, as GSM Adelaide receives a large number of applications and you will not be contacted immediately.

ASPC PROCESSING INFORMATION – For the week of 29 July 2008

Applications lodged on or before the dates shown below have been allocated to case officers for further processing.

Skilled Migration Applications lodged before 1 September 2007

Onshore Skilled visas (permanent and provisional)

Student/Graduate applications – Class DD and DE visas
Subclass 880: 31 August 2007 (paper), 31 August 2007 (e-lodged)
Subclass 881: 31 August 2007 (paper), 31 August 2007 (e-lodged)
Subclass 882: 31 August 2007 (paper), 31 August 2007 (e-lodged)

Offshore Skilled visas (permanent and provisional)

Skilled Migration visas – All paper based applications for Class BN, BQ,
BR, UX and UZ visas Subclasses 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 495 and 496: 11 June 2007

General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas processed by ASPC

General Skilled Migration visas: Class VE
Subclasses: 175 and 176
E-lodged: 21 November 2007
Paper lodged: 19 September 2007

General Skilled Migration visas: Class VF
Subclasses: 475, and 476,
E-lodged: 25 November 2007
Paper lodged: 19 September 2007

General Skilled Migration visas: Class VB
Subclasses: 885, 886, and 887
E-lodged: 14 December 2007 (applications lodged before 1 July 2008 only)
Paper lodged: 30 October 2007

General Skilled Migration visas: Class VC subclass 487 only
E-lodged: 12 November 2007 (applications lodged before 1 July 2008 only)
Paper lodged: 19 September 2007

General Skilled Migration visas: Class VC subclass 485 only
E-lodged: 4 December 2007 (applications lodged before 1 July 2008 only)
Paper lodged: 19 September 2007

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.
Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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