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


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.

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