476 Visa Application Processing times


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How long do 476 Visa Applications take to Process?.

The subclass 476 visa is the Skilled – Recognised Graduate Visa, which allows recent engineering graduates to live, work or study in Australia for up to 18 months.
You must have completed a degree or higher qualification from a specified institution within the past 2 years, and be under 31 years of age.

2019-2020 subclass 476 Processing Times and Numbers.

The average processing times for primary subclass 476 visa applications decided between 01/08/2019 and 31/05/2020 was 338 calendar days.

476 Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa applications granted between 01/08/2020 and 31/05/2020.

308 issued in August 2019
278 issued in September 2019
370 issued in October 2019
500 issued in November 2019
334 issued in December 2019
379 issued in January 2020
226 issued in February 2020
143 issued in March 2020
0 issued in April 2020
0 issued in May 2020

Source: FOI request FA 20/06/00146

The main Five nationalities were:


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  • 931 visas were issued to nationals from Pakistan. (36.7%)
  • 604 visas were issued to nationals from India. (23.8%)
  • 308 visas were issued to nationals from Sri Lanka (12.1%)
  • 97 visas were issued to nationals from the Philippines (3.83%)
  • 77 visas were issued to nationals from Iran (3.04%)

These Five countries, totalling 2,017 visa grants, made up 79.5% of the total 2,538 subclass 476 visas granted.

March 2020 subclass 476 Processing Times.

In March 2020, Australian Immigration stated that 75% of subclass 476 applications took 13 months or less to process, while 10% took over 17 months.

Some actual Examples of 476 Visa Grants in January to March 2020
  • 11 Months, 11 Days from Turkey
  • 10 Months, 5 Days from Iraq
  • 10 Months, 15 Days from Zimbabwe
  • 9 Months, 2 Days from Sri Lanka

January 2020 subclass 476 Processing Times.

In January 2020, Australian Immigration stated that 75% of subclass 476 applications took 15 months or less to process, while 10% took over 17 months.

Some actual examples of 476 visa grants in December 2019
  • 10 Months, 28 Days from Turkey
  • 16 Months, 23 Days from China
  • 12 Months, 3 Days from Iran

June 2019 subclass 476 Processing Times.

In June 2019, Australian Immigration stated that 75% of subclass 476 applications took 12 months or less to process, while 10% took over 13 months.

Some actual examples of 476 visa grants in May and June 2019
  • 1 Month, 25 days from China
  • 3 Months, 12 days from Philippines
  • 3 Months, 30 days from Malaysia
  • 4 Months, 1 days from Brazil
  • 4 Months, 13 days from UK
  • 4 Months, 14 days from Turkey
  • 5 Months, 3 days from China
  • 9 Months, 13 days from China

All the above are in that 75% group processed in under 12 months.

Why do some Visas take longer than others?.

Some applications do not have all the correct information, and might therefore take longer, others are fully complete and can be done in 2 or 3 months, as can be seen above.

A processing time of about 3 to 5 months does seem most common.

However, I have seen a number that are still waiting after 12 months, but they come from countries where the required checks from the applicant’s countries tend to take longer. India, Pakistan and Yemen keep popping up in that group.

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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics.
Some Visa Applicants might find an Experienced Australian Migration Agent of great assistance. - ai16

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