Australian Visa Processing Times July 2021

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

Last updated: 20 August 2021 (for month ending 31 July 2021)

Australian Visa Processing Times July 2021

Visa75% of Visas
in up to
10% Of Visas
in over
10018 months30 months
10114 months21 months
10218 months31 months
11751 months73 months
12422 months25 months
132 Significant Business History31 months33 months
132 Venture Capital Entrepreneurn/an/a
15579 days3 months
1574 months4 months
186 Direct Entry Pathway7 months11 months
186 Agreement Pathway7 months11 months
186 Transition Pathway11 months16 months
187 Direct Entry Pathway35 months41 months
187 Transition Pathway9 months14 months
188 Business Innovation31 months34 months
188 Investor27 months33 months
188 Significant Investor19 months28 months
188 Premium Investorn/an/a
188 Entrepreneurn/an/a
188 Business Innovation Extension15 months17 months
188 Significant Investor Extension14 months16 months
189 Points-Tested17 months28 months
189 New Zealand15 months16 months
1904 months15 months
30024 months28 months
30918 months26 months
40016 days34 days
403 Government Agreement47 days80 days
403 Foreign Government Agency90 days8 months
403 Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)n/an/a
403 Seasonal Worker Program11 days17 days
403 Privileges and Immunities62 days4 months
403 Pacific Labour Scheme6 days8 days
4075 months11 months
408 Entertainment Activities12 days22 days
408 Research Activities11 months25 months
408 Religious Work7 months9 months
408 Special Programs3 months4 months
408 Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity4 days17 months
408 Australian Government Endorsed Events5 months7 months
408 Exchange Arrangementsn/an/a
408 Superyacht Crew24 days38 days
408 Domestic Work for Executivesn/an/a
408 Sporting Activities16 days26 days
4173 months7 months
44511 months20 months
46136 months43 months
46241 days3 months
47614 months17 months
482 Short-term49 days5 months
482 Medium-term4 months8 months
482 Labour Agreement5 months12 months
482 Sponsorship20 days66 days
482 Nomination71 days6 months
485 Graduate Work7 months7 months
485 Post-Study Work8 months10 months
48921 months26 months
491 State/Territory Government Nominated Regional11 months14 months
491 Family Sponsored Regional9 months11 months
494 Employer Sponsored3 months5 months
494 Labour Agreementn/an/a
500 Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector3 months4 months
500 Postgraduate Research Sector5 months8 months
500 Independent ELICOS Sector3 months5 months
500 Schools Sector6 months8 months
500 Vocational Education and Training Sector4 months6 months
500 Higher Education Sector4 months5 months
500 Non-Award Sector4 months7 months
5906 months7 months
600 Tourist6 months9 months
600 Sponsored Family4 months10 months
600 Business Visitor7 days22 days
60234 days59 days
65111 days45 days
77110 days28 days
80112 months20 months
80210 months18 months
80829 days38 days
82024 months31 months
858 Global Talent Pathway61 days3 months
858 Distinguished Talent20 months23 months
870 Sponsorship63 days4 months
8705 months6 months
88714 months17 months
888 Business Innovation21 months24 months
888 Investor20 months24 months
888 Premium Investorn/an/a
888 Significant Investor24 months25 months
888 Entrepreneurn/an/a
89227 months38 months
9884 days7 days
9881 day5 days
Last updated: 20 August 2021 (for month ending 31 July 2021) N/A indicates that insufficient visas were finalised to produce meaningful statistics. Probably under 5.



The table format has been changed to be a bit clearer, showing 75% took under a certain time, with 10% taking over a certain time.  This leaves the 15% that took between the two figures.

ie: 13-22 would mean: 75% processed in under 13 months, 15% between 13 and 22 months, and 10% taking over 22 months.

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Old Table Format explanation:

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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