Australian Visa Processing Times January 2021


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

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

Australian Visa Processing Times January 2021

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10018 months18 & 24 months24 months
10115 months15 & 19 months19 months
10214 months14 & 22 months22 months
11741 months41 & 50 months50 months
124n/an/an/a
132 Significant Business History31 months31 & 32 months32 months
132 Venture Capital Entrepreneurn/an/an/a
151n/an/an/a
15587 days87 days & 3 months3 months
1573 months3 & 4 months4 months
159n/an/an/a
186 Direct Entry Pathway4 months4 & 8 months8 months
186 Agreement Pathway7 months7 & 23 months23 months
186 Transition Pathway5 months5 & 12 months12 months
187 Direct Entry Pathway35 months35 & 40 months40 months
187 Transition Pathway6 months6 & 10 months10 months
188 Business Innovation28 months28 & 32 months32 months
188 Investor29 months29 & 30 months30 months
188 Significant Investor21 months21 & 24 months24 months
188 Premium Investorn/an/an/a
188 Entrepreneurn/an/an/a
188 Business Innovation Extension15 months15 & 17 months17 months
188 Significant Investor Extension15 months15 & 17 months17 months
189 Points-Tested6 months6 & 17 months17 months
189 New Zealand29 months29 & 33 months33 months
1906 months6 & 10 months10 months
30018 months18 & 28 months28 months
30918 months18 & 22 months22 months
40018 days18 days & 41 days41 days
403 Government Agreement3 months3 & 5 months5 months
403 Foreign Government Agency70 days70 days & 7 months7 months
403 Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)n/an/an/a
403 Seasonal Worker Program14 days14 days & 19 days19 days
403 Privileges and Immunitiesn/an/an/a
403 Pacific Labour Scheme12 days12 days & 13 days13 days
4075 months5 & 11 months11 months
408 Entertainment Activities46 days46 & 60 days60 days
408 Research Activities6 months6 & 20 months20 months
408 Religious Work6 months6 & 8 months8 months
408 Special Programs67 days67 days & 3 months3 months
408 Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity9 days9 days & 13 days13 days
408 Australian Government Endorsed Events5 months5 & 7 months7 months
408 Exchange Arrangementsn/an/an/a
408 Superyacht Crew25 days25 days & 28 days28 days
408 Domestic Work for Executivesn/an/an/a
408 Sporting Activities9 days9 days & 19 days19 days
41770 days70 days & 4 months4 months
44514 months14 & 18 months18 months
46132 months32 & 34 months34 months
46280 days80 days & 3 months3 months
47614 months14 & 17 months17 months
482 Short-term6 months6 & 9 months9 months
482 Medium-term5 months5 & 8 months8 months
482 Labour Agreement4 months4 & 9 months9 months
482 Sponsorship31 days31 & 54 days54 days
482 Nomination5 months5 & 7 months7 months
485 Graduate Work5 months5 & 7 months7 months
485 Post-Study Work5 months5 & 11 months11 months
48916 months16 & 22 months22 months
491 State/Territory Government Nominated Regional7 months7 & 9 months9 months
491 Family Sponsored Regional10 months10 & 11 months11 months
494 Employer Sponsored4 months4 & 8 months8 months
494 Labour Agreementn/an/an/a
500 Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector32 days32 days & 75 days75 days
500 Postgraduate Research Sector4 months4 & 8 months8 months
500 Independent ELICOS Sector4 months4 & 6 months6 months
500 Schools Sector5 months5 & 9 months9 months
500 Vocational Education and Training Sector4 months4 & 5 months5 months
500 Higher Education Sector72 days72 days & 5 months5 months
500 Non-Award Sector9 months9 & 10 months10 months
5904 months4 & 9 months9 months
600 Tourist6 months6 & 9 months9 months
600 Sponsored Family3 months3 & 7 months7 months
600 Business Visitor7 days7 & 13 days13 days
600 APEC Business Visitor11 months11 & 11 months11 months
60229 days29 & 48 days48 days
65120 days20 & 85 days85 days
7717 months7 & 10 months10 months
80112 months12 & 21 months21 months
80214 months14 & 18 months18 months
808n/an/an/a
82023 months23 & 28 months28 months
837n/an/an/a
858n/an/an/a
870 Sponsorship40 days40 & 54 days54 days
8704 months4 & 5 months5 months
88721 months21 & 26 months26 months
888 Business Innovation19 months19 & 23 months23 months
888 Investor20 months20 & 24 months24 months
888 Premium Investorn/an/an/a
888 Significant Investor23 months23 & 24 months24 months
888 Entrepreneurn/an/an/a
890n/an/an/a
891n/an/an/a
892n/an/an/a
893n/an/an/a
9881 day1 & 3 days3 days
Last updated: 18 February 2021 (for month ending January 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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