Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor 1 day 2 days
600 Visitor Tourist* 17 days 28 days
600 Visitor Business Visitor 7 days 14 days
600 Visitor Frequent Traveller 14 days 16 days
600 Visitor Sponsored Family 42 days 63 days
600 Visitor Approved Destination Status 4 days 5 days
771 Transit 4 days 7 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 Unavailable due to low volume of applications. 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 Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry 8 Months 13 Months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 8 Months 10 Months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 8 Months 10 Months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry 14 Months 15 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 16 Months 19 Months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Business Innovation 15 Months 18 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 11 Months 15 Months
189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand Unavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications
190 Skilled – Nominated 11 Months 15 Months
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) 11 days 19 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Seasonal Worker Programme 10 days 19 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Government Agreement 36 days 64 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Foreign Government Agency 21 days 29 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 4 months 5 months
408 Temporary Activity Australian Government Endorsed Events Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
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 Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary Activity Special Programmes 55 days 75 days
408 Temporary Activity Religious Work 89 days 5 months
408 Temporary Activity Research Activities 59 days 4 months
408 Temporary Activity Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity 15 days 25 days
408 Temporary Activity Sporting Activities 80 days 4 months
408 Temporary Activity Entertainment Activities 10 days 17 days
417 Working Holiday 13 days 25 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 4 months 9 months
462 Work and Holiday* 37 days 4 months
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 49 days 4 months
485 Temporary Graduate Graduate Work 4 months 5 months
485 Temporary Graduate Post-Study Work 43 days 4 months
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 9 Months 13 Months
858 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
887 Skilled – Regional 6 Months 9 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 14 Months 16 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.
Student visas
500 Student Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector 12 days 34 days
500 Student Postgraduate Research Sector 42 days 77 days
500 Student Non-Award Sector 22 days 38 days
500 Student Schools Sector 39 days 68 days
500 Student Independent ELICOS Sector 33 days 54 days
500 Student Vocational Education and Training Sector 54 days 4 months
500 Student Higher Education Sector 29 days 59 days
590 Student Guardian 55 days 4 months
Family and partner visas
100 Partner* 22 Months 35 Months
101 Child 11 Months 18 Months
102 Adoption Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
117 Orphan Relative 22 Months 24 Months
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 35 Months 37 Months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) 34 Months 35 Months
300 Prospective Marriage 13 Months 18 Months
309 Partner (Provisional) 13 Months 16 Months
445 Dependent Child 11 Months 13 Months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 9 months 11 months
801 Partner* 19 Months 24 Months
802 Child Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
820 Partner 18 Months 21 Months
837 Orphan Relative Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
864 Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence) 19 Months 21 Months
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 12 days 29 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 11 Days
157 Three Month Resident Return Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
159 Provisional Resident Return 5 Months 6 Months
808 Confirmatory (Residence) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
988 Maritime Crew Visa 3 days 5 days

Citizenship application processing times

Last updated: 21 August 2017 (for month ending 31 July 2017)

Australian Citizenship application type 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**) 10 months 13 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 89 days 4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 9 days 16 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.

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

 

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