Australian Visa Processing Times August 2020


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Processing Times for August 2020.

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.

The following visa processing times are showing at immi.homeaffairs.gov.au, although their page still states: Last updated: 19 August 2020 for month ending July 2020.

The figures are different to the July times that they published in August, and I think they might have updated these in late September.

I am assuming that these new times are actually for applications finalised in August.

    • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector. 38-65
      – 75% were finalised in 38 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 65 days.
    • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Postgraduate Research Sector. 7-9
      – 75% were finalised in 7 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 9 months.
    • 100 – Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) . 19-26
      – 75% were finalised in 19 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 26 months.
    • 101 – Child (subclass 101) . 16-22
      – 75% were finalised in 16 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 22 months.
    • 102 – Adoption (subclass 102) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 124 – Distinguished Talent (subclass 124) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 132 – Business Talent (subclass 132) Significant Business History.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 117 – Orphan Relative (subclass 117) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 132 – Business Talent (subclass 132) Venture Capital Entrepreneur.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 143 – Contributory Parent (subclass 143) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 151 – Former resident (subclass 151) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 155 – Resident Return 5 Year (subclass 155) . 24-67
      – 75% were finalised in 24 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 67 days.
    • 157 – Resident Return 3mth (subclass 157) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 173 – Contributory Parent (subclass 173) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 159 – Provisional Resident Return (subclass 159) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Direct Entry Pathway. 6-8
      – 75% were finalised in 6 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 8 months.
    • 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Agreement Pathway.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Transition Pathway. 6-9
      – 75% were finalised in 6 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 9 months.
    • 187 – Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) Direct Entry Pathway.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 187 – Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) Transition Pathway.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Significant Investor.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Premium Investor.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Entrepreneur.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Business Innovation Extension.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Significant Investor Extension.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 189 – Skilled Independent (subclass 189) Points-Tested. 6-12
      – 75% were finalised in 6 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 12 months.
    • 189 – Skilled Independent (subclass 189) New Zealand. 15-25
      – 75% were finalised in 15 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 25 months.
    • 190 – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) . 6-9
      – 75% were finalised in 6 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 9 months.
    • 300 – Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) . 26-30
      – 75% were finalised in 26 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 30 months.
    • 309 – Partner (Provisional) (subclass 309) . 18-26
      – 75% were finalised in 18 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 26 months.
    • 400 – Temporary Work (short stay) (subclass 400) . 20-40
      – 75% were finalised in 20 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 40 days.
    • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Government Agreement.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Foreign Government Agency.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular).
      – Processing times are not available
    • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Seasonal Worker Program. 9-9
      – 75% were finalised in 9 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 9 days.
    • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Privileges and Immunities.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Pacific Labour Scheme.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 405 – Investor Retirement (subclass 405) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 407 – Training visa (subclass 407) . 5-5
      – 75% were finalised in 5 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 5 months.
    • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Entertainment Activities. 37-65
      – 75% were finalised in 37 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 65 days.
    • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Research Activities.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Religious Work.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Special Programs.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Australian Government Endorsed Events.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Exchange Arrangements.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Superyacht Crew.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Domestic Work for Executives.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Sporting Activities. 38-49
      – 75% were finalised in 38 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 49 days.
    • 417 – Working Holiday (subclass 417) . 35-87
      – 75% were finalised in 35 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 87 days.
    • 445 – Dependent Child (subclass 445) . 13-15
      – 75% were finalised in 13 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 15 months.
    • 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) (Repealed) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 461 – NZ Citizen Family Relationship (subclass 461) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 462 – Work and Holiday (subclass 462) . 51-85
      – 75% were finalised in 51 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 85 days.
    • 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Short-term. 84-4
      – 75% were finalised in 84 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 4 months.
    • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Medium-term. 3-5
      – 75% were finalised in 3 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 5 months.
    • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Labour Agreement.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Sponsorship. 28-4
      – 75% were finalised in 28 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 4 months.
    • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Nomination. 77-4
      – 75% were finalised in 77 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 4 months.
    • 485 – Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Graduate Work. 5-6
      – 75% were finalised in 5 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 6 months.
    • 485 – Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Post-Study Work. 5-5
      – 75% were finalised in 5 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 5 months.
    • 489 – Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) State/Territory Government Nominated Regional. 63-3
      – 75% were finalised in 63 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 3 months.
    • 491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored Regional.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494) Employer Sponsored.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494) Labour Agreement.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector. 38-65
      – 75% were finalised in 38 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 65 days.
    • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Postgraduate Research Sector. 7-9
      – 75% were finalised in 7 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 9 months.
    • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Independent ELICOS Sector. 5-6
      – 75% were finalised in 5 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 6 months.
    • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Schools Sector. 5-6
      – 75% were finalised in 5 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 6 months.
    • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Vocational Education and Training Sector. 4-6
      – 75% were finalised in 4 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 6 months.
    • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Higher Education Sector. 57-5
      – 75% were finalised in 57 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 5 months.
    • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Non-Award Sector. 52-6
      – 75% were finalised in 52 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 6 months.
    • 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. 4-5
      – 75% were finalised in 4 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 5 months.
    • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Sponsored Family. 3-6
      – 75% were finalised in 3 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 6 months.
    • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Approved Destination Status.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Business Visitor. 5-11
      – 75% were finalised in 5 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 11 days.
    • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) APEC Business Visitor. 76-76
      – 75% were finalised in 76 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 76 days.
    • 602 – Medical Treatment (subclass 602) – outside Australia . 37-80
      – 75% were finalised in 37 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 80 days.
    • 651 – eVisitor (subclass 651) . 39-4
      – 75% were finalised in 39 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 4 months.
    • 771 – Transit (subclass 771) . 13-32
      – 75% were finalised in 13 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 32 days.
    • 801 – Partner (subclass 801) . 11-22
      – 75% were finalised in 11 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 22 months.
    • 802 – Child (subclass 802) . 12-13
      – 75% were finalised in 12 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 13 months.
    • 808 – Confirmatory (Residence) (subclass 808) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 820 – Partner (subclass 820) . 23-27
      – 75% were finalised in 23 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 27 months.
    • 837 – Orphan Relative (subclass 837) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 838 – Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 838) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 858 – Distinguished Talent (subclass 858) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 864 – Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 864) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 870 – Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870) Sponsorship. 39-4
      – 75% were finalised in 39 days or less, and
      – 10% took over 4 months.
    • 870 – Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870) . 3-5
      – 75% were finalised in 3 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 5 months.
    • 884 – Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 884) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 887 – Skilled-Regional (subclass 887) . 12-18
      – 75% were finalised in 12 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 18 months.
    • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Business Innovation. 19-20
      – 75% were finalised in 19 months or less, and
      – 10% took over 20 months.
    • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Investor.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Premium Investor.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Significant Investor.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Entrepreneur.
      – Processing times are not available
    • 890 – Business Owner (subclass 890) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 891 – Investor (subclass 891) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 892 – State Sponsored Business Owner (subclass 892) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 893 – Sponsored Investor (subclass 893) .
      – Processing times are not available
    • 988 – Maritime Crew (subclass 988) . 1-14
      – 75% were finalised in 1 day or less, and
      – 10% took over 14 days.

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.


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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.


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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