Australian Visa Processing Times April 2021

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These are the Australian Visa Processing Times, shown by the Department of Home affairs, for visas finalised in April 2021.

Last updated: 18 May 2021 (for month ending April 2021)

Australian Visa Processing Times April 2021

Visa75% of Visas
took under..
10% Of Visas
took over..
10014 months21 months
10118 months25 months
10216 months25 months
11743 months51 months
12422 months25 months
132 Significant Business History30 months32 months
132 Venture Capital Entrepreneurn/an/a
151Less than 1 dayLess than 1 day
1559 days3 months
1574 months4 months
186 Direct Entry Pathway6 months11 months
186 Agreement Pathway6 months10 months
186 Transition Pathway14 months17 months
187 Direct Entry Pathway31 months38 months
187 Transition Pathway6 months12 months
188 Business Innovation31 months33 months
188 Investor30 months32 months
188 Significant Investor20 months26 months
188 Premium Investorn/an/a
188 Entrepreneurn/an/a
188 Business Innovation Extension15 months17 months
188 Significant Investor Extension15 months16 months
189 Points-Tested17 months25 months
189 New Zealand14 months16 months
19013 months16 months
30022 months26 months
30916 months22 months
40013 days30 days
403 Government Agreement74 days5 months
403 Foreign Government Agency72 days7 months
403 Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)n/an/a
403 Seasonal Worker Program14 days16 days
403 Privileges and Immunities68 days3 months
403 Pacific Labour Scheme8 days11 days
4075 months13 months
408 Entertainment Activities14 days24 days
408 Research Activities7 months22 months
408 Religious Work7 months8 months
408 Special Programs3 months4 months
408 Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity6 days13 days
408 Australian Government Endorsed Events4 months6 months
408 Exchange Arrangementsn/an/a
408 Superyacht Crew24 days32 days
408 Domestic Work for Executivesn/an/a
408 Sporting Activities29 days63 days
41785 days5 months
44514 months18 months
46132 months41 months
4623 months5 months
47614 months17 months
482 Short-term9 months11 months
482 Medium-term3 months9 months
482 Labour Agreement5 months15 months
482 Sponsorship9 days34 days
482 Nomination33 days8 months
485 Graduate Work9 months13 months
485 Post-Study Work8 months9 months
48922 months25 months
491 State/Territory Government Nominated Regional9 months12 months
491 Family Sponsored Regional8 months10 months
494 Employer Sponsored78 days5 months
494 Labour Agreementn/an/a
500 Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector68 days74 days
500 Postgraduate Research Sector4 months8 months
500 Independent ELICOS Sector4 months8 months
500 Schools Sector4 months5 months
500 Vocational Education and Training Sector4 months6 months
500 Higher Education Sector73 days4 months
500 Non-Award Sector5 months10 months
5905 months5 months
600 Tourist5 months9 months
600 Sponsored Family4 months13 months
600 Business Visitor6 days19 days
600 APEC Business VisitorLess than 1 dayLess than 1 day
60233 days61 days
6514 days4 months
77114 days32 days
80111 months17 months
80213 months16 months
80828 days36 days
82022 months26 months
858 Distinguished Talent Pathway18 months20 months
858 Global Talent Pathway65 days3 months
870 Sponsorship57 days76 days
8705 months5 months
88714 months20 months
888 Business Innovation21 months23 months
888 Investor20 months24 months
888 Premium Investorn/an/a
888 Significant Investor23 months24 months
888 Entrepreneurn/an/a
89226 months31 months
988Less than 1 day8 days
Last updated: 18 May 2021 (for month ending April 2021) N/A indicates that insufficient visas were finalised to produce meaningful statistics. Probably under 5.


Where it says 75% or 90% of Visas Processed, it shows a time in days or months which relate to these examples:

  • 75% Processed 20 months = 75% of the visas in that month were finalised in 20 months or less. Visas processed in 3 or 4 months would be included in “under 20 months“.
  • 90% Processed 24 months = 90% of the visas in that month were finalised in 24 months or less. This leaves 10% that took over 24 months.

Therefore 75% were finalised in 1 to 20 months, 15% took between 20 and 24 months, and 10% took over 24 months.

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