Global Visa and Citizenship Processing Times

Global visa and citizenship processing times

Global visa and citizenship processing times will be updated monthly, providing you with an indicative timeframe for processing applications. Processing times are available for the majority of visa subclasses and citizenship products, but will exclude a few subclasses such as those closed to new entrants,  capped and queued, or which have a low volume of applications. Two processing times are displayed, indicating how long it is taking to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of applications submitted globally.

Processing times are impacted each month by changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, complex cases, and incomplete applications. Processing times include applications lodged online and by paper. Where available, you should lodge your application online as it helps streamline processing arrangements.

Last updated: 19 September 2018 (for month ending 31 August 2018)

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor 1 day 1 day
600 Visitor Tourist* 22 days 27 days
600 Visitor Business Visitor 9 days 17 days
600 Visitor Frequent Traveller 23 days 25 days
600 Visitor Sponsored Family 30 days 47 days
600 Visitor Approved Destination Status 3 days 5 days
771 Transit 8 days 14 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 18 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 Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry 15 months 19 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 14 months 15 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 13 months 16 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry 22 months 25 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 20 months 22 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Business Innovation 17 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 9 months 11 months
189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand 12 months 13 months
190 Skilled – Nominated 6 months 8 months
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) 13 days 21 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Seasonal Worker Programme 1 day 3 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Government Agreement 55 days 56 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Foreign Government Agency Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
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 38 days 69 days
408 Temporary Activity Australian Government Endorsed Events 7 days 16 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 3 days 7 days
408 Temporary Activity Special Programmes 26 days 57 days
408 Temporary Activity Religious Work 44 days 84 days
408 Temporary Activity Research Activities 33 days 46 days
408 Temporary Activity Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity 16 days 24 days
408 Temporary Activity Sporting Activities 23 days 30 days
408 Temporary Activity Entertainment Activities 10 days 18 days
417 Working Holiday 18 days 28 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 14 months 15 months
462 Work and Holiday* 28 days 43 days
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 5 months 5 months
482 Temporary Skill Shortage Short-Term 49 days 77 days
482 Temporary Skill Shortage Medium-Term 38 days 64 days
482 Temporary Skill Shortage Labour Agreement 22 days 56 days
482 Temporary Skill Shortage Nomination 35 days 39 days
482 Temporary Skill Shortage Sponsorship 38 days 64 days
485 Temporary Graduate Graduate Work 4 months 5 months
485 Temporary Graduate Post-Study Work 32 days 39 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 10 months 11 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.
Student visas
500 Student Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector 24 days 40 days
500 Student Postgraduate Research Sector 35 days 57 days
500 Student Non-Award Sector 14 days 33 days
500 Student Schools Sector 38 days 68 days
500 Student Independent ELICOS Sector 23 days 36 days
500 Student Vocational Education and Training Sector 29 days 48 days
500 Student Higher Education Sector 21 days 28 days
590 Student Guardian 57 days 84 days
Family and partner visas
100 Partner* 17 months 23 months
101 Child 9 months 16 months
102 Adoption Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
117 Orphan Relative Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 42 months 45 months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
300 Prospective Marriage 13 months 17 months
309 Partner (Provisional) 13 months 17 months
445 Dependent Child 12 months 14 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 19 months 20 months
801 Partner* 18 months 25 months
802 Child 12 months 15 months
820 Partner 20 months 25 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 22 days 41 days
151 Former Resident Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
155 Five Year Resident Return* 71 days 5 months
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 0 days 15 days
*Applications 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 processing times

Last updated: 19 September 2018 (for month ending 31 August 2018)

 

Australian Citizenship application type 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**) 16 months 19 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 2 months 4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 37 days 67 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.

Circumstances that affect processing times

We assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to
  • health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration programme
  • for citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.