Visa application processing times

Last updated: 19 June 2018 (for month ending 31 May 2018)

Visa TypeStream (if available)75% of applications processed in90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor1 business day2 days
600 VisitorTourist119 days27 days
600 VisitorBusiness Visitor11 days18 days
600 VisitorFrequent Traveller19 days20 days
600 VisitorSponsored Family30 days51 days
600 VisitorApproved Destination Status2 days4 days
771 Transit5 days8 days
1Processing 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 TalentUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
132 Business TalentSignificant Business History17 monthsUnavailable due to low volume of applications.
132 Business TalentVenture Capital EntrepreneurUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
186 Employer Nomination SchemeAgreement9 months12 months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeDirect Entry11 months16 months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeTemporary Residence Transition12 months13 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeTemporary Residence Transition12 months14 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeDirect Entry22 months24 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeAgreementUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Significant InvestorUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)InvestorUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Business Innovation19 months22 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Premium InvestorUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)EntrepreneurUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
189 Skilled - IndependentPoints-tested8 months11 months
189 Skilled - IndependentNew Zealand9 months10 months
190 Skilled - Nominated5 months8 months
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)11 days19 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations)Seasonal Worker Programme6 days14 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations)Government Agreement16 days21 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations)Foreign Government Agency42 days67 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 ImmunitiesUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
405 Investor RetirementUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
407 Training67 days4 months
408 Temporary ActivityAustralian Government Endorsed EventsUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary ActivityDomestic Work for ExecutivesUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary ActivityExchange ArrangementsUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary ActivitySuperyacht Crew5 days14 days
408 Temporary ActivitySpecial Programmes25 days36 days
408 Temporary ActivityReligious Work45 days78 days
408 Temporary ActivityResearch Activities43 days73 days
408 Temporary ActivityInvited for Other Social and Cultural Activity13 days28 days
408 Temporary ActivitySporting Activities51 days72 days
408 Temporary ActivityEntertainment Activities12 days24 days
417 Working Holiday14 days32 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled)10 months14 months
462 Work and Holiday243 days76 days
476 Skilled - Recognised Graduate3 months5 months
482 Temporary Skill Shortage​Short-Term19 days40 days
​482 Temporary Skill Shortage​Medium-Term15 days28 days
​482 Temporary Skill Shortage​Labour Agreement24 days41 days
485 Temporary GraduateGraduate Work79 days4 months
485 Temporary GraduatePost-Study Work69 days80 days
489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional)Skilled Regional - GSMUnavailable due to low volume of applicationsUnavailable due to low volume of applications
489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional)State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes - GSM9 months12 months
858 Distinguished TalentUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
887 Skilled - Regional8 months10 months
888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent)Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
890 Business OwnerUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
891 InvestorUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner17 months18 months
893 State/Territory Sponsored Business InvestorUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
2Due 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 StudentForeign Affairs or Defence Sector15 days28 days
500 StudentPostgraduate Research Sector58 days4 months
500 StudentNon-Award Sector5 days9 days
500 StudentSchools Sector25 days50 days
500 StudentIndependent ELICOS Sector27 days50 days
500 StudentVocational Education and Training Sector45 days58 days
500 StudentHigher Education Sector31 days56 days
590 Student Guardian43 days77 days
Family and partner visas
100 Partner418 months24 months
101 Child11 months16 months
102 AdoptionUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
117 Orphan RelativeUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant)44 months56 months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary)Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
300 Prospective Marriage13 months19 months
309 Partner (Provisional)13 months18 months
445 Dependent Child11 months13 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)11 months15 months
801 Partner415 months22 months
802 Child12 months13 months
820 Partner17 months25 months
837 Orphan RelativeUnavailable 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.
4Processing 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 Treatment35 days66 days
151 Former ResidentUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
155 Five Year Resident Return55 days12 days
157 Three Month Resident ReturnUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
159 Provisional Resident ReturnUnavailable 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 Visa1 day5 days
5Applications that do not meet the residence requirement will take longer to finalise than the published processing times advertised above. Processing timeframes for these applications can be up to 12 weeks.

Citizenship application processing times

Last updated: 19 June 2018 (for month ending 31 May 2018)

Australian Citizenship application type75% of applications processed in90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**)14 months16 months
Descent (lodgement to decision)3 months5 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision)33 days68 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.

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