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: 16 October 2017 (for month ending 30 September 2017)

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* 14 days 27 days
600 Visitor Business Visitor 8 days 29 days
600 Visitor Frequent Traveller 5 days 6 days
600 Visitor Sponsored Family 40 days 54 days
600 Visitor Approved Destination Status 4 days 5 days
771 Transit 4 days 6 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 14 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 8 months 12 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 8 months 10 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 7 months 8 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry 12 months 16 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 Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Business Innovation 15 months 21 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 7 months 8 months
189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand Unavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications
190 Skilled – Nominated 7 months 8 months
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) 10 days 19 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Seasonal Worker Programme 3 days 9 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Government Agreement 12 days 30 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 4 months 5 months
408 Temporary Activity Australian Government Endorsed Events 7 days 10 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 10 days
408 Temporary Activity Special Programmes 53 days 4 months
408 Temporary Activity Religious Work 82 days 5 months
408 Temporary Activity Research Activities 58 days 83 days
408 Temporary Activity Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity 11 days 18 days
408 Temporary Activity Sporting Activities 35 days 55 days
408 Temporary Activity Entertainment Activities 11 days 19 days
417 Working Holiday 11 days 24 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 6 months 10 months
462 Work and Holiday* 24 days 49 days
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 62 days 77 days
485 Temporary Graduate Graduate Work 63 days 4 months
485 Temporary Graduate Post-Study Work 39 days 50 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 7 months 10 months
858 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
887 Skilled – Regional 7 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 15 months 20 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 14 days 32 days
500 Student Postgraduate Research Sector 53 days 79 days
500 Student Non-Award Sector 22 days 45 days
500 Student Schools Sector 41 days 75 days
500 Student Independent ELICOS Sector 37 days 48 days
500 Student Vocational Education and Training Sector 50 days 85 days
500 Student Higher Education Sector 41 days 52 days
590 Student Guardian 60 days 4 months
Family and partner visas
100 Partner* 17 months 28 months
101 Child 8 months 13 months
102 Adoption Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
117 Orphan Relative 28 months 69 months
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 36 months 38 months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
300 Prospective Marriage 12 months 18 months
309 Partner (Provisional) 12 months 17 months
445 Dependent Child 7 months 9 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 10 months 12 months
801 Partner* 16 months 21 months
802 Child Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
820 Partner 19 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 14 days 35 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 18 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

Global visa and citizenship processing times

Last updated: 16 October 2017 (for month ending 30 September 2017)

Australian Citizenship application type 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**) 10 months 14 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 59 days 4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 14 days 21 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.