Direction No 82 provides priority processing by allowing a Sponsor to become an approved sponsor with accredited status.
The new Direction commenced on 27 March 2019 but has just been added to LEGENDCom. It includes the following provisions:
Order for considering applications
Paragraphs (a) to (d) of this item, set out the order of priority for considering TSS nomination and visa applications and subclass 457 nomination and visa applications (that is, the priority to be awarded when allocating such applications for assessment by a decision-maker), with paragraph (a) being the highest priority and paragraph (d) being the lowest priority:
(a) nomination applications lodged by approved sponsors with Accredited Status and related visa applications;
(b) nomination applications lodged for positions that are located in a regional Australia (as defined in subregulation 5.19(16) of the Regulations) and related visa applications;
(c) nomination applications lodged under the Labour Agreement stream of the TSS visa program (subclass 482 visa);
(d) all other nominations and visa applications lodged under the TSS visa program (subclass 482 visa).