Visa application processing times

Last updated: 16 February 2018 (for month ending 31 January 2018)

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor 1 business day 1 business day
600 Visitor Tourist* 20 days 33 days
600 Visitor Business Visitor 9 days 20 days
600 Visitor Frequent Traveller 5 days 18 days
600 Visitor Sponsored Family 50 days 70 days
600 Visitor Approved Destination Status 2 days 5 days
771 Transit 5 days 8 days
*Processing times for the Tourist stream range from 48 hours to more than 20 days depending on factors such as peak processing periods in a particular location.
Work and skilled visas
124 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
132 Business Talent Significant Business History 15 months Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
132 Business Talent Venture Capital Entrepreneur Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Agreement 5 months 9 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry 10 months 15 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 8 months 9 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 9 months 11 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry 17 months 19 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Agreement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Significant Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Investor 18 months 20 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Business Innovation 15 months 22 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Premium Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Entrepreneur Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
189 Skilled – Independent Points-tested 9 months 12 months
189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand Unavailable (see below for details)^ Unavailable (see below for details)^
190 Skilled – Nominated 9 months 12 months
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) 16 days 25 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Seasonal Worker Programme 5 days 13 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Government Agreement 42 days 55 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Foreign Government Agency 21 days 34 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Privileges and Immunities Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
405 Investor Retirement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
407 Training 54 days 88 days
408 Temporary Activity Australian Government Endorsed Events 3 days 28 days
408 Temporary Activity Domestic Work for Executives Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary Activity Exchange Arrangements Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary Activity Superyacht Crew 2 days 4 days
408 Temporary Activity Special Programmes 49 days 67 days
408 Temporary Activity Religious Work 84 days 5 months
408 Temporary Activity Research Activities 32 days 49 days
408 Temporary Activity Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity 9 days 22 days
408 Temporary Activity Sporting Activities 21 days 57 days
408 Temporary Activity Entertainment Activities 21 days 37 days
417 Working Holiday 15 days 44 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 5 months 11 months
462 Work and Holiday* 33 days 71 days
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 84 days 4 months
485 Temporary Graduate Graduate Work 4 months 5 months
485 Temporary Graduate Post-Study Work 39 days 78 days
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Skilled Regional – GSM Unavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes – GSM Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
858 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
887 Skilled – Regional 8 months 10 months
888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
890 Business Owner Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
891 Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner 19 months 21 months
893 State/Territory Sponsored Business Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
*Due to high demand for subclass 462 Work and Holiday visas in the period of July – September, global processing times during these months are expected to increase and may exceed 30 days.
^Due to the recent introduction of the New Zealand pathway stream of the subclass 189 visa global processing times are not yet available.
Student visas
500 Student Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector 25 days 48 days
500 Student Postgraduate Research Sector 49 days 74 days
500 Student Non-Award Sector 6 days 22 days
500 Student Schools Sector 43 days 77 days
500 Student Independent ELICOS Sector 37 days 68 days
500 Student Vocational Education and Training Sector 61 days 82 days
500 Student Higher Education Sector 25 days 46 days
590 Student Guardian 60 days 4 months
Family and partner visas
100 Partner* 20 months 23 months
101 Child 10 months 17 months
102 Adoption Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
117 Orphan Relative 56 months 63 months
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 38 months 39 months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) 36 months 38 months
300 Prospective Marriage 11 months 15 months
309 Partner (Provisional) 11 months 15 months
445 Dependent Child 8 months 12 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 14 months 23 months
801 Partner* 18 months 23 months
802 Child 12 months 13 months
820 Partner 20 months 24 months
837 Orphan Relative Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
864 Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
884 Contributory Aged-Parent (Temporary) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
*Processing time for subclass 801 Partner (permanent) visa and 100 Partner (permanent) visa is from date of eligibility (2 years after the 820/801 or 309/100 application is lodged) to finalisation.
Other visas
602 Medical Treatment 30 days 44 days
151 Former Resident Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
155 Five Year Resident Return 6 days 43 days
157 Three Month Resident Return Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
159 Provisional Resident Return Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
808 Confirmatory (Residence) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
988 Maritime Crew Visa 2 days 4 days

Citizenship application processing times

Last updated: 16 February 2018 (for month ending 31 January 2018)

Australian Citizenship application type 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**) 13 months 15 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 4 months 6 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 33 days 50 days

**A small proportion of applicants for Australian citizenship by conferral are not required to attend a ceremony. For Descent and Evidence applications, allow an additional 10 days for printing and postage of your certificate. If you applied from outside Australia, postage will take longer.

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/access-accountability/service-standards/global-visa-citizenship-processing-times

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