Australian Partner Visas in the PipeLine

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How many Partner Visa Applicants are still waiting?.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of offshore visa applications to be delayed, some by a considerable time.

The Immigration department has now released the number of applicants that are waiting for their applications to be processed.

As at the 30th September 2020, there were:

  • 29,811 people waiting for a 309 Provisional Partner visa to be finalised.
  • 62,440 people waiting for an 820 Temporary Partner visa to be finalised.


  • 46,636 people waiting for a 100 Permanent Partner visa to be finalised.
  • 84,655 people waiting for an 801 Permanent Partner visa to be finalised.

The above numbers include primary and secondary applicants.

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Update 10 Nov 2020:

Regarding the subclass 300 (PMV), these figures were not available, but I would estimate at about 5,700. It was 3,764 at the end of June 2019.

Update 25 Feb 2021:

Official figures now show there were  5,475 subclass 300 applications in the pipeline at 30 Sept 2020. Partner-visa-pipelines-for-applications-onhand

You can see the calculations at the bottom of this page: Subclass 300 Visas Granted in 2020

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  2. Hi Admin,

    We just got our 309/100 double grant on 25/12/2021. YAY!
    Total 101 days of waiting with 2 RFIs, not too bad from the Guangzhou office.
    As promised, I’ve already input my timeline in the statistics. Cheers!

  3. These numbers are horrendous. Married in Australia, we’re waiting for the 820 for 13 months now. I’m an (anglo-)Aussie, she’s Chinese. Case Officer not even appointed to the onshore application. Done everything possible to show the genuine and continuing relationship. Other applications get granted in just a few months – why is this?

    1. The numbers still outstanding, being processed, need to be looked at in comparison to the number of applications received.

      In the two years ending 30th June 2020, there had been 72,347 subclass 820 Temporary Partner visa applications received.

      As at the 30th September 2020, there were 62,440 people waiting for an 820 Temporary Partner visa to be finalised.

      In 2019-20, the total of subclass 820 visas finalised was 28,642, compared to 34,149 new applications received.

  4. Hi Admin,

    Have the updated figures in the pipeline up to the end of 2020 come out yet?
    Also do you have data on the recent processing pace for 309? ie. number of grants per month worldwide.

    Thanks a lot!

    1. I am hoping to get final 2020 figues in the next few weeks.

      I would expect the numbers in the pipeline to be quite high.

      1. Great thanks! Does your expectation come from the slowing down in visa processing due to COVID-19 or from an increase in the number of applications?

        If that’s the case, how would the immi department fulfil the nearly doubled allocations for partner visas set by the government this financial year?

        Do you think they’ve recently been pushed by the government to fast track partner visa grants in order to keep up with the increased allocations? I’ve seen onshore applications being approved on Saturdays, and offshore applicants getting phone interviews after 6pm on a week day (after hour).

        1. I am thinking in terms of the reduction in 309 grants due to COVID based on numbers like these:

          Before COVID:
          3,770 subclass 309 visas were finalised between January and March 2020, an average of 1,256 per month.

          During COVID:
          598 subclass 309 visas were finalised between April and June 2020, an average of 200 per month.

          Those three months alone could have held back 3,000 possible grants.

          It will be interesting to see the final 2020 numbers.

          It is also possible that fewer people have applied in the last 6 months or so. This could keep the pipeline down a bit.

          1. Well, that should explain why I’ve been hearing people/lawyers saying they’ve been experiencing much shorter turnaround time for some cases as the department does seem to be dedicating most resources to partner visas since late 2020 in order to catch up with what was held back by COVID. But they will really need to decuple their workload if they wanted to fulfil those 70k+ allocations within this year considering the before COVID pace of 1256 cases per month. Looking forward to the updated figures!

        2. Partner Stream places will increase from 39,799 to 72,300 places for the year July 2020 to June 2021. The total cap will remain at 160,000 places, meaning a reduction in skilled visas.

          The plan was to grant an extra 32,501 partner visas before 30 June 2021.

          Priority for these extra family places is being given to Onshore visa applicants and Offshore Partner visa applicants where the relevant sponsor resides in a designated regional area.

          It will be interesting to see how many of the extra 32,501 places are actually given by June 2021, and how many go to each of the 820 onshore and 309 offshore applicants.

          My feeling is that there might be many 309 applications just waiting to be granted, subject to COVID travel restrictions being eased.

          But with over 30,000 Australians still trying to get home, with travel hampered by these restrictions, I wonder if most Offshore grants will be delayed until sensible travel options are resumed.

          June 2021 might see some interesting grant numbers, when immigration finalise the remainder of the 32,501 extra grants, for the year.

          My guess is a reduction in Onshore grants in the pipeline, but an increase in those offshore, mainly where the sponsor lives in the non designated regional areas.

          1. I sincerely hope that’s not the current situation even though such prioritisation is in place because I’m living in the non designated regional area and applying from offshore, lol~ 

            What I’ve recently seen is that quite a number of offshore applications being granted within as short as 39 days to as long as 18 months after lodgement. I also personally experienced being requested for the last missing evidence (medical exams) in 4 days after lodgement and I doubt my application will take more than 10-12 months to process as the department is very much unlikely to request for medicals if they don’t foresee a decision within the expiry. 

            Yesterday I’ve also seen an immigration lawyer on YouTube mentioning the department is recently processing 309 visas much faster than 820 visas based on his cases on hand which coincide with what I’ve perceived.

            Your statistics for the last quarter of 2020 might shed some lights and indicate how the department is currently finalizing applications. It will also be interesting to see the percentage of offshore grants for regional applications comparing to non-regional ones.

  5. The figures above show that as at the 30th September 2020, there were:

    29,811 people waiting for a 309 Provisional Partner visa to be finalised.
    62,440 people waiting for an 820 Temporary Partner visa to be finalised.

    That is 92,251 as at 30th September 2020.

    There were 96,361 as at 30th June 2020. (Partner Visa Grant Statistics to 2019-2020)

    This indicates a drop of 4,100 in the pipeline in those 3 months.
    Maybe fewer applications?

    1. The released figures did not include the PMV subclass 300.

      There were 3,764 applications in the Pipeline at the end of June 2019.

      I would estimate probably around 6,000 now, depending on how many people have still been applying during COVID.

      There were 1,666 grants in 2019-20, and another 24 grants in the first 3 months of 2020-21, giving a total of 1,690.

      That would leave about 2,000 still waiting from the June 2019 figure, but with about 4,000 new applications each year, the current figure could be around 6,000 in the pipeline.

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