Australian Visa Processing Times April 2020


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Australian visa processing times are produced monthly by the Immigration Department, to give an idea of how long a visa application might take, assuming things do not change.  They are NOT guarantees of how long Current or Future applications will take.

These times will vary month to month based on many factors, and may be very different to the actual times that an applicant experiences, especially those applications that take many months or years.

Individual processing times can be affected by the numbers of complex cases and incomplete applications, locations of processing offices for offshore applications, together with changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, etc.

Processing Times for April 2020.

  • 100 – Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) . 23-27
    – 75% were finalised in 23 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 27 months.
  • 101 – Child (subclass 101) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 102 – Adoption (subclass 102) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 117 – Orphan Relative (subclass 117) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 124 – Distinguished Talent (subclass 124) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 132 – Business Talent (subclass 132) Significant Business History. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 132 – Business Talent (subclass 132) Venture Capital Entrepreneur. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 143 – Contributory Parent (subclass 143) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available for this visa
  • 151 – Former resident (subclass 151) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 155 – Resident Return 5 Year (subclass 155) . 29-39
    – 75% were finalised in 29 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 39 days.
  • 157 – Resident Return 3mth (subclass 157) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 159 – Provisional Resident Return (subclass 159) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 173 – Contributory Parent (subclass 173) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available for this visa.
  • 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Direct Entry Pathway. 61-82
    – 75% were finalised in 61 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 82 days.
  • 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Agreement Pathway. 4-5
    – 75% were finalised in 4 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 5 months.
  • 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Transition Pathway. 4-7
    – 75% were finalised in 4 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 7 months.
  • 187 – Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) Direct Entry Pathway. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 187 – Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) Transition Pathway. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Business Innovation. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Investor. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Significant Investor. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Premium Investor. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Entrepreneur. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Business Innovation Extension. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Significant Investor Extension. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 189 – Skilled Independent (subclass 189) Points-Tested. 13-14
    – 75% were finalised in 13 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 14 months.
  • 189 – Skilled Independent (subclass 189) New Zealand. 11-13
    – 75% were finalised in 11 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 13 months.
  • 190 – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) . 5-7
    – 75% were finalised in 5 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 7 months.
  • 300 – Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 309 – Partner (Provisional) (subclass 309) . 13-17
    – 75% were finalised in 13 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 17 months.
  • 400 – Temporary Work (short stay) (subclass 400) . 15-33
    – 75% were finalised in 15 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 33 days.
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Government Agreement. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Foreign Government Agency. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular). Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Seasonal Worker Program. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Privileges and Immunities. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Pacific Labour Scheme. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 405 – Investor Retirement (subclass 405) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 407 – Training visa (subclass 407) . 90-4
    – 75% were finalised in 90 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 4 months.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Entertainment Activities. 52-65
    – 75% were finalised in 52 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 65 days.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Research Activities. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Religious Work. 77-8
    – 75% were finalised in 77 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 8 months.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Special Programs. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Australian Government Endorsed Events. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available for this visa.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Exchange Arrangements. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Superyacht Crew. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Domestic Work for Executives. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Sporting Activities. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 417 – Working Holiday (subclass 417) . 39-77
    – 75% were finalised in 39 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 77 days.
  • 445 – Dependent Child (subclass 445) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) (Repealed) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 461 – NZ Citizen Family Relationship (subclass 461) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 462 – Work and Holiday (subclass 462) . 38-75
    – 75% were finalised in 38 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 75 days.
  • 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Short-term. 42-48
    – 75% were finalised in 42 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 48 days.
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Medium-term. 42-62
    – 75% were finalised in 42 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 62 days.
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Labour Agreement. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Sponsorship. 19-52
    – 75% were finalised in 19 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 52 days.
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Nomination. 15-38
    – 75% were finalised in 15 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 38 days.
  • 485 – Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Graduate Work. 5-5
    – 75% were finalised in 5 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 5 months.
  • 485 – Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Post-Study Work. 59-3
    – 75% were finalised in 59 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 3 months.
  • 489 – Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) Regional. 9-11
    – 75% were finalised in 9 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 11 months.
  • 491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) State/Territory Government Nominated Regional. 58-76
    – 75% were finalised in 58 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 76 days.
  • 491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored Regional. 57-71
    – 75% were finalised in 57 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 71 days.
  • 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494) Employer Sponsored. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494) Labour Agreement. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector. 79-4
    – 75% were finalised in 79 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 4 months.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Postgraduate Research Sector. 90-5
    – 75% were finalised in 90 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 5 months.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Independent ELICOS Sector. 77-4
    – 75% were finalised in 77 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 4 months.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Schools Sector. 4-6
    – 75% were finalised in 4 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 6 months.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Vocational Education and Training Sector. 78-5
    – 75% were finalised in 78 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 5 months.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Higher Education Sector. 56-78
    – 75% were finalised in 56 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 78 days.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Non-Award Sector. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 590 – Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) . 5-6
    – 75% were finalised in 5 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 6 months.
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Tourist. 44-48
    – 75% were finalised in 44 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 48 days.
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Sponsored Family. 59-83
    – 75% were finalised in 59 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 83 days.
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Approved Destination Status. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Business Visitor. 43-71
    – 75% were finalised in 43 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 71 days.
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) APEC Business Visitor. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 602 – Medical Treatment (subclass 602) – outside Australia . 50-61
    – 75% were finalised in 50 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 61 days.
  • 651 – eVisitor (subclass 651) . 37-50
    – 75% were finalised in 37 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 50 days.
  • 771 – Transit (subclass 771) . 6-31
    – 75% were finalised in 6 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 31 days.
  • 801 – Partner (subclass 801) . 10-19
    – 75% were finalised in 10 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 19 months.
  • 802 – Child (subclass 802) . 15-17
    – 75% were finalised in 15 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 17 months.
  • 808 – Confirmatory Held TA773 (subclass 808) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 820 – Partner (subclass 820) . 21-28
    – 75% were finalised in 21 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 28 months.
  • 837 – Orphan Relative (subclass 837) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 838 – Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 838) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available for this visa.
  • 858 – Distinguished Talent (subclass 858) . 34-50
    – 75% were finalised in 34 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 50 days.
  • 864 – Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 864) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available for this visa.
  • 870 – Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 870 – Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870) Sponsorship. 68-4
    – 75% were finalised in 68 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 4 months.
  • 884 – Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 884) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available for this visa.
  • 887 – Skilled-Regional (subclass 887) . 21-24
    – 75% were finalised in 21 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 24 months.
  • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Business Innovation. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Investor. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Premium Investor. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Significant Investor. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Entrepreneur. Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 890 – Business Owner (subclass 890) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 891 – Investor (subclass 891) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 892 – State Sponsored Business Owner (subclass 892) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 893 – Sponsored Investor (subclass 893) . Not Available
    – Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
  • 988 – Maritime Crew (subclass 988) . 1-3
    – 75% were finalised in 1 day or less, and
    – 10% took over 3 days.

Source: homeaffairs.gov.au/…/visa-processing-times

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  2. Dear readers, me (Australian citizen) and my partner (currently foreign) have known each other for almost 5 years now and applied for a 300 – Prospective Marriage visa exactly 1 year ago, at the time the processing time was stated as 12-18 months. We have full filled all requirements honestly.
    At the moment (1 year later) our processing time has changed to “26-30 months”, how is this possible?

    Our case is 100 percent legit and this time frame is extremely concerning to us since we haven’t seen each other in a year now and the current regulations could have us not being able to see each other for another 2 years or more……. 🙁

    1. The reason is the COVID-19 coronavirus that is affecting many people being split up from their families.

      At the time you applied, the processing time for the previous month was 75% in under 12 months and 10% took over 18 months.

      COVID happened, and has caused a massive delay for offshore visas.

      Recent times for the 300 visa are 75% under 26 months and 10% took over 30 months, but with few being granted.

      Once travel restrictions are eased, the processing time should come down again.

      Maybe you should consider options to switch to the 309 visa, based on your 5 years?

      1. Thanks very much “Admin” for the swift reply that’s very kind: our problem with switching to a 309 visa is that we would have to be married or defacto to apply for one. We can’t get married because current rules and regulations do not allow us to travel unless an exception is granted so we can’t even meet up. We’re not defacto either because we still primarily live in a separate country even though we have traveled back and forth about 25 times in the 4 years before travel was banned.

        Right before we applied for the PMV (300) and right before the Covid situation started, the immigration office was kind enough to provide my partner with a 3 year valid visitor visa
        (3 months per visit) but unfortunately as it stands rules and regulations won’t allow my partner to come visit me in Australia on that visa, I guess the only thing left for us is to apply for a travel exemption but quite honestly I feel it wont be granted (which in a way I understand but at the same time its extremely depressing).

        1. It may still be worth trying for that exemption. Some PMV applicants have received them, as they already had a valid visitor visa.

          Back in June, with a subclass 300 application, and an existing e651 visa, a couple who hadn’t even lived together, but had met and spent time together in Australia, 2 years prior, was able to get a travel exemption, and then they even got the PMV grant 3 days later.
          https://www.abcdiamond.com.au/subclass-300-visa-processing-times-in-2020/#comment-9420

          The wording on the application is probably important, as is the mood of the assessing officer that gets it…

          The entire situation with COVID is very depressing for many people. We just have to try to find ways to cope.
          Calls to one Mental Health support support service in Australia increased by 60% in April and another 31% in May.
          The dispensing of the most commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs in Australia increased by 10% by May, and in a report in July this was stated; “Anti-anxiety drugs in particular have soared by up to 31%”.

          1. Thank you very much for your reply and info admin. We’ve decided to give it a shot, nothing to loose and a lot to gain even when the odds are not in our favor, cheers!

  3. Any thoughts on processing times for 300 PMV applications currently? My partner and I submitted ours early Feb 2020 and he was asked to complete his biometric assessment that same month which he did and all that info was sent back to Dept of Immi. Then Australia was impacted by covid-19 so we are just waiting for any updates. We front-loaded our application through an Agent and supplied everything all up front. My partner is from Nigeria. Any chance it could be approved 6 months from the date it was lodged?

    1. It appears that no subclass 300’s are being issued at the moment, since mid March.

      Once the lockdowns are over, and international travel opens up again, then visa queues for those being held back, may be addressed again.

      One recent article mentioned late 2020 or early 2021 for international travel.

      Even under normal times, 6 months would be considered very fast.
      The last one that I saw from Nigeria took 18 months and was finalised in November last year.

      The average for all countries has been more like 12 months in early 2020. (Jan and Feb).

  4. Hi this is Nusrat .My application lodged in 4th may 2020,then 5th may immigration request to give biometric and medical. Now my country is under lockdown for covid 19. How can i give biometric within 14 days?my question is, Is there any problem if i can’t give biometric within 14 days? And i want to know they request me for medical very early, so is it any plus point to get the visa early? But medical appointment is 1st june and I’ll complete that.

    1. You need to reply within that 14 days, showing why it is not possible. Extensions are being given.

      Why you have been asked so early, might depend on the type of visa, and your occupation.

      Clients should be aware of disruptions to visa medical services, due to COVID-19.
      Our visa processing officers are aware of the disruptions. We will take the extended timeframes into account when considering your visa application.
      https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/meeting-our-requirements/health/when-to-have-health-examinations

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