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.

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor 1 days 2 days
600 Visitor Tourist 15 days* 28 days
600 Visitor Approved Destination Status 4 days 5 days
600 Visitor Business Visitor 5 days 15 days
600 Visitor Sponsored Family 39 days 61 days
600 Visitor Frequent Traveller 3 days 5 days
771 Transit 6 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
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Short Stay Specialist 8 days 18 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Government Agreement 25 days 37 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Foreign Government Agency 15 days 34 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Seasonal Worker Programme 9 days 15 days
407 Training 63 days 90 days
408 Temporary Activity Entertainment Activities 10 days 17 days
408 Temporary Activity Sporting Activities 11 days 32 days
408 Temporary Activity Religious Work 85 days 4 months
408 Temporary Activity Research Activities 59 days 86 days
408 Temporary Activity Special Programmes 62 days 72 days
408 Temporary Activity Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity 8 days 15 days
408 Temporary Activity Superyacht Crew 4 days 9 days
417 Working Holiday 13 days 29 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 51 days 6 months
462 Work and Holiday 11 days 17 days
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 4 months 4 months
485 Temporary Graduate Graduate Work 76 days 4 months
485 Temporary Graduate Post-Study Work 69 days 86 days
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Skilled Regional – GSM 6 months 7 months
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes – GSM 6 months 9 months
887 Skilled – Regional 9 months 11 months
892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner 15 months 16 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry 10 months 12 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Agreement 5 months 7 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 8 months 9 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry 12 months 13 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 9 months 10 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Business Innovation 15 months 17 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Significant Investor 21 months 22 months
189 Skilled – Independent 5 months 7 months
190 Skilled – Nominated 5 months 8 months
Student visas
500 Student Higher Education Sector 21 days 37 days
500 Student Vocational Education and Training Sector 26 days 58 days
500 Student Independent ELICOS Sector 49 days 61 days
500 Student Schools Sector 30 days 79 days
500 Student Postgraduate Research Sector 59 days 87 days
500 Student Non-Award Sector 24 days 54 days
500 Student Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector 15 days 32 days
590 Student Guardian 67 days 4 months
Family and partner visas
300 Prospective Marriage 12 months 16 months
820 Partner (Temporary) 17 months 20 months
801 Partner (Permanent) 15 months 20 months
309 Partner (Provisional) 11 months 16 months
100 Partner (Migrant) 13 months 22 months
101 Child 8 months 16 months
802 Child 7 months 9 months
445 Dependent Child 7 months 11 months
117 Orphan Relative 26 months 43 months
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 33 months 34 months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) 33 months 34 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 7 months 10 months
Other visas
155 Five Year Resident Return 3 Days 8 Days
602 Medical Treatment 18 days 46 days
988 Maritime Crew Visa 1 day 3 days
995 Diplomatic (Temporary) 1 day 2 days

Global visa and citizenship processing times

Last updated: 13 April 2017 (for month ending 31 March 2017)

Australian Citizenship application type 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony*) 10 months 12 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 59 days 4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 6 days 15 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.