Last updated on 10 October 2018

Processing times for state nomination of skilled and business migrants vary across visa types.

Immigration SA makes every effort to process all nominations quickly – within the timeframes listed – but this does depend on the documentation you provide.

If during assessment we discover more information is needed, processing will take longer.

Immigration SA will notify you or the authorised recipient by email once a decision has been reached.


General skilled nomination applications

Application type Current average processing time

Skilled nomination subclass 489/190

  • If you submitted your application between the 5th and 10th July, it will be processed by mid October.  Applications submitted after the 10th July will be processed within 14 weeks.

More information on processing times and expiry related concerns

14 weeks


Employer nomination applications for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) which require RCB advice

Application type Current average processing time
Applications for RCB advice 12 weeks


Business migration nomination applications

Application type Current average processing time

Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888)

Business owner permanent nomination subclass 892/893

3 weeks
Renewal of investor retirement provisional nomination subclass 405  3 weeks

Business talent permanent nomination subclass 132

Business talent review 

3 weeks

2 weeks

Significant investor provisional nomination subclass 188 1 week
Innovation and investment provisional nomination subclass 188 3 weeks

Employment support applications

Application type Current average processing time
Overseas Qualification Recognition

4 weeks
Fast track processing of 2 days eligibility

Skilled Migrant Trade Recognition Pathway Program 1 week


For information on Department of Home Affairs visa processing times please refer directly to their website:

please note that details for visa type 132, 888 and 405 are not provided.