Australian Visa Processing Times February 2021



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

Last updated: 18 March 2021 (for month ending February 2021)

Australian Visa Processing Times February 2021

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10017 months17 months & 23 months23 months
10116 months16 months & 21 months21 months
10215 months15 months & 24 months24 months
11742 months42 months & 53 months53 months
124n/an/an/a
132 Significant Business History31 months31 months & 32 months32 months
132 Venture Capital Entrepreneurn/an/an/a
151n/an/an/a
15586 days86 days & 3 months3 months
1574 months4 months & 4 months4 months
159n/an/an/a
186 Direct Entry Pathway3 months3 months & 6 months6 months
186 Agreement Pathway5 months5 months & 10 months10 months
186 Transition Pathway6 months6 months & 12 months12 months
187 Direct Entry Pathway30 months30 months & 37 months37 months
187 Transition Pathway6 months6 months & 10 months10 months
188 Business Innovation31 months31 months & 33 months33 months
188 Investor28 months28 months & 30 months30 months
188 Significant Investor22 months22 months & 25 months25 months
188 Premium Investorn/an/an/a
188 Entrepreneurn/an/an/a
188 Business Innovation Extension15 months15 months & 17 months17 months
188 Significant Investor Extension15 months15 months & 17 months17 months
189 Points-Tested13 months13 months & 13 months13 months
189 New Zealand23 months23 months & 29 months29 months
1909 months9 months & 14 months14 months
30018 months18 months & 29 months29 months
30918 months18 months & 23 months23 months
40013 days13 days & 45 days45 days
403 Government Agreement59 days59 days & 7 months7 months
403 Foreign Government Agency70 days70 days & 7 months7 months
403 Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)n/an/an/a
403 Seasonal Worker Program4 days4 days & 5 days5 days
403 Privileges and Immunitiesn/an/an/a
403 Pacific Labour Scheme9 days9 days & 13 days13 days
40713 months13 months & 14 months14 months
408 Entertainment Activities17 days17 days & 58 days58 days
408 Research Activities6 months6 months & 23 months23 months
408 Religious Work7 months7 months & 8 months8 months
408 Special Programs78 days78 days & 3 months3 months
408 Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity5 days5 days & 7 days7 days
408 Australian Government Endorsed Events8 months8 months & 9 months9 months
408 Exchange Arrangementsn/an/an/a
408 Superyacht Crew11 days11 days & 18 days18 days
408 Domestic Work for Executivesn/an/an/a
408 Sporting Activities29 days29 days & 55 days55 days
41786 days86 days & 4 months4 months
44514 months14 months & 18 months18 months
46135 months35 months & 38 months38 months
46284 days84 days & 4 months4 months
47614 months14 months & 17 months17 months
482 Short-term8 months8 months & 11 months11 months
482 Medium-term5 months5 months & 11 months11 months
482 Labour Agreement3 months3 months & 6 months6 months
482 Sponsorship17 days17 days & 55 days55 days
482 Nomination5 months5 months & 10 months10 months
485 Graduate Work5 months5 months & 6 months6 months
485 Post-Study Work6 months6 months & 12 months12 months
48917 months17 months & 23 months23 months
491 State/Territory Government Nominated Regional9 months9 months & 10 months10 months
491 Family Sponsored Regional11 months11 months & 11 months11 months
494 Employer Sponsored81 days81 days & 5 months5 months
494 Labour Agreementn/an/an/a
500 Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector54 days54 days & 87 days87 days
500 Postgraduate Research Sector4 months4 months & 9 months9 months
500 Independent ELICOS Sector4 months4 months & 7 months7 months
500 Schools Sector4 months4 months & 6 months6 months
500 Vocational Education and Training Sector4 months4 months & 5 months5 months
500 Higher Education Sector70 days70 days & 5 months5 months
500 Non-Award Sector4 months4 months & 10 months10 months
5904 months4 months & 5 months5 months
600 Tourist4 months4 months & 8 months8 months
600 Sponsored Family7 months7 months & 11 months11 months
600 Business Visitor10 days10 days & 11 months11 months
600 APEC Business Visitor9 months9 months & 11 months11 months
60238 days38 days & 69 days69 days
65136 days36 days & 4 months4 months
77112 days12 days & 47 days47 days
80116 months16 months & 22 months22 months
80212 months12 months & 16 months16 months
808n/an/an/a
82023 months23 months & 28 months28 months
837n/an/an/a
858 Global Talent Pathway73 days73 days & 3 months3 months
858 Distinguished Talent Pathway18 months18 months & 20 months20 months
870 Sponsorship56 days56 days & 66 days66 days
8704 months4 months & 6 months6 months
88714 months14 months & 19 months19 months
888 Business Innovation21 months21 months & 23 months23 months
888 Investor20 months20 months & 24 months24 months
888 Premium Investorn/an/an/a
888 Significant Investor23 months23 months & 24 months24 months
888 Entrepreneurn/an/an/a
890n/an/an/a
891n/an/an/a
892n/an/an/a
893n/an/an/a
988Less than 1 dayLess than 1 day & 5 days5 days
Last updated: 18 March 2021 (for month ending February 2021) N/A indicates that insufficient visas were finalised to produce meaningful statistics. Probably under 5.

Source: immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

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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