Australian Visa Processing Times August 2020


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These are the Australian Visa Processing Times shown by the Department of Home affairs at 4th October, with the statement:

Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. Processing times are not available for all visa subclasses.

Last updated: 19 August 2020 (for month ending July 2020)

This has now been updated to read: Last updated: 18 September 2020 (for month ending July 2020)
The processing times are still the same though.

Due to the date that these times were released,  (late September or early October), I feel that they are the processing times for applications that were finalised in August 2020.  The department normally updates the processing times on about the 20th of the following month.  (The recent change of date to 18 September indicates that would be right.


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The table for the July visa finalisations, (updated 19th August), is at: Australian Visa Processing Times July 2020

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 0 to 20 months, 15% took between 20 and 24 months, and 10% took over 24 months.

August 2020 Australian Visa Times

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
500 - Student visa (subclass 500) Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector38 days38 days & 65 days65 days
500 - Student visa (subclass 500) Postgraduate Research Sector7 months7 months & 9 months9 months
100 - Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100)19 months19 months & 26 months26 months
101 - Child (subclass 101)16 months16 months & 22 months22 months
102 - Adoption (subclass 102)N/AN/A
124 - Distinguished Talent (subclass 124)N/AN/A
132 - Business Talent (subclass 132) Significant Business HistoryN/AN/A
117 - Orphan Relative (subclass 117)N/AN/A
132 - Business Talent (subclass 132) Venture Capital EntrepreneurN/AN/A
143 - Contributory Parent (subclass 143)N/AN/A
151 - Former resident (subclass 151)N/AN/A
155 - Resident Return 5 Year (subclass 155)24 days24 days & 67 days67 days
157 - Resident Return 3mth (subclass 157)N/AN/A
173 - Contributory Parent (subclass 173)N/AN/A
159 - Provisional Resident Return (subclass 159)N/AN/A
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Direct Entry Pathway6 months6 months & 8 months8 months
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Agreement PathwayN/AN/A
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Transition Pathway6 months6 months & 9 months9 months
187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) Direct Entry PathwayN/AN/A
187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) Transition PathwayN/AN/A
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Significant InvestorN/AN/A
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Premium InvestorN/AN/A
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) EntrepreneurN/AN/A
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Business Innovation ExtensionN/AN/A
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Significant Investor ExtensionN/AN/A
189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189) Points-Tested6 months6 months & 12 months12 months
189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189) New Zealand15 months15 months & 25 months25 months
190 - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)6 months6 months & 9 months9 months
300 - Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) PMV Partner26 months26 months & 30 months30 months
309 - Partner (Provisional) (subclass 309)18 months18 months & 26 months26 months
400 - Temporary Work (short stay) (subclass 400)20 days20 days & 40 days40 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Government AgreementN/AN/A
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Foreign Government AgencyN/AN/A
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)N/AN/A
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Seasonal Worker Program9 days9 days & 9 days9 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Privileges and ImmunitiesN/AN/A
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Pacific Labour SchemeN/AN/A
405 - Investor Retirement (subclass 405)N/AN/A
407 - Training visa (subclass 407)5 months5 months & 5 months5 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Entertainment Activities37 days37 days & 65 days65 days
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Research ActivitiesN/AN/A
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Religious WorkN/AN/A
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Special ProgramsN/AN/A
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Invited for Other Social and Cultural ActivityN/AN/A
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Australian Government Endorsed EventsN/AN/A
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Exchange ArrangementsN/AN/A
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Superyacht CrewN/AN/A
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Domestic Work for ExecutivesN/AN/A
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Sporting Activities38 days38 days & 49 days49 days
417 - Working Holiday (subclass 417)35 days35 days & 87 days87 days
445 - Dependent Child (subclass 445)13 months13 months & 15 months15 months
457 - Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) (Repealed)N/AN/A
461 - NZ Citizen Family Relationship (subclass 461)N/AN/A
462 - Work and Holiday (subclass 462)51 days51 days & 85 days85 days
476 - Skilled - Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)N/AN/A
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Short-term84 days84 days & 4 months4 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Medium-term3 months3 months & 5 months5 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Labour AgreementN/AN/A
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Sponsorship28 days28 days & 4 months4 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Nomination77 days77 days & 4 months4 months
485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Graduate Work5 months5 months & 6 months6 months
485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Post-Study Work5 months5 months & 5 months5 months
489 - Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489)N/AN/A
491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) State/Territory Government Nominated Regional63 days63 days & 3 months3 months
491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored RegionalN/AN/A
494 - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494) Employer SponsoredN/AN/A
494 - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494) Labour AgreementN/AN/A
500 - Student visa (subclass 500) Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector38 days38 days & 65 days65 days
500 - Student visa (subclass 500) Postgraduate Research Sector7 months7 months & 9 months9 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500) Independent ELICOS Sector5 months5 months & 6 months6 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500) Schools Sector5 months5 months & 6 months6 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500) Vocational Education and Training Sector4 months4 months & 6 months6 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500) Higher Education Sector57 days57 days & 5 months5 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500) Non-Award Sector52 days52 days & 6 months6 months
590 - Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)5 months5 months & 6 months6 months
600 - Visitor (subclass 600) Tourist4 months4 months & 5 months5 months
600 - Visitor (subclass 600) Sponsored Family3 months3 months & 6 months6 months
600 - Visitor (subclass 600) Approved Destination StatusN/AN/A
600 - Visitor (subclass 600) Frequent TravellerN/AN/A
600 - Visitor (subclass 600) Business Visitor5 days5 days & 11 days11 days
600 - Visitor (subclass 600) APEC Business Visitor76 days76 days & 76 days76 days
602 - Medical Treatment (subclass 602) - outside Australia37 days37 days & 80 days80 days
651 - eVisitor (subclass 651)39 days39 days & 4 months4 months
771 - Transit (subclass 771)13 days13 days & 32 days32 days
801 - Partner (subclass 801)11 months11 months & 22 months22 months
802 - Child (subclass 802)12 months12 months & 13 months13 months
808 - Confirmatory (Residence) (subclass 808)N/AN/A
820 - Partner (subclass 820)23 months23 months & 27 months27 months
837 - Orphan Relative (subclass 837)N/AN/A
838 - Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 838)N/AN/A
858 - Distinguished Talent (subclass 858)N/AN/A
864 - Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 864)N/AN/A
870 - Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870) Sponsorship39 days39 days & 4 months4 months
870 - Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870)3 months3 months & 5 months5 months
884 - Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 884)N/AN/A
887 - Skilled-Regional (subclass 887)12 months12 months & 18 months18 months
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Business Innovation19 months19 months & 20 months20 months
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) InvestorN/AN/A
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Premium InvestorN/AN/A
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Significant InvestorN/AN/A
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) EntrepreneurN/AN/A
890 - Business Owner (subclass 890)N/AN/A
891 - Investor (subclass 891)N/AN/A
892 - State Sponsored Business Owner (subclass 892)N/AN/A
893 - Sponsored Investor (subclass 893)N/AN/A
988 - Maritime Crew (subclass 988)1 day1 day & 14 days14 days
Last updated: 19 August 2020 (for month ending July 2020)

Source: immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

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