Australian Visa Processing Times March 2021


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

Last updated: 19 April 2021 (for month ending March 2021)

Australian Visa Processing Times March 2021

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10017 months17 months & 21 months21 months
10120 months20 months & 27 months27 months
10216 months16 months & 27 months27 months
11742 months42 months & 51 months51 months
12420 months20 months & 23 months23 months
132 Significant Business History30 months30 months & 32 months32 months
132 Venture Capital Entrepreneurn/an/an/a
151n/an/an/a
15583 days83 days & 3 months3 months
1574 months4 months & 4 months4 months
159n/an/an/a
186 Direct Entry Pathway5 months5 months & 11 months11 months
186 Agreement Pathway5 months5 months & 9 months9 months
186 Transition Pathway13 months13 months & 17 months17 months
187 Direct Entry Pathway31 months31 months & 38 months38 months
187 Transition Pathway6 months6 months & 12 months12 months
188 Business Innovation30 months30 months & 33 months33 months
188 Investor30 months30 months & 32 months32 months
188 Significant Investor17 months17 months & 23 months23 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-Tested12 months12 months & 18 months18 months
189 New Zealand15 months15 months & 17 months17 months
19012 months12 months & 14 months14 months
30022 months22 months & 30 months30 months
30922 months22 months & 24 months24 months
40012 days12 days & 25 days25 days
403 Government Agreement42 days42 days & 66 days66 days
403 Foreign Government Agency65 Days65 Days & 7 months7 months
403 Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)n/an/an/a
403 Seasonal Worker Program8 days8 days & 11 days11 days
403 Privileges and Immunitiesn/an/an/a
403 Pacific Labour Scheme7 days7 days & 10 days10 days
40713 months13 months & 14 months14 months
408 Entertainment Activities20 days20 days & 41 days41 days
408 Research Activities6 months6 months & 23 months23 months
408 Religious Work8 months8 months & 9 months9 months
408 Special Programs73 Days73 Days & 3 months3 months
408 Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activityn/an/an/a
408 Australian Government Endorsed Events5 months5 months & 6 months6 months
408 Exchange Arrangementsn/an/an/a
408 Superyacht Crew24 days24 days & 78 days78 days
408 Domestic Work for Executivesn/an/an/a
408 Sporting Activities44 days44 days & 4 months4 months
41781 days81 days & 3 months3 months
445n/an/an/a
46132 months32 months & 36 months36 months
46284 days84 days & 4 months4 months
47614 months14 months & 17 months17 months
482 Short-term7 months7 months & 11 months11 months
482 Medium-term5 months5 months & 9 months9 months
482 Labour Agreement7 months7 months & 11 months11 months
482 Sponsorship11 days11 days & 42 days42 days
482 Nomination5 months5 months & 9 months9 months
485 Graduate Work8 months8 months & 12 months12 months
485 Post-Study Work6 months6 months & 7 months7 months
48917 months17 months & 23 months23 months
491 State/Territory Government Nominated Regional10 months10 months & 12 months12 months
491 Family Sponsored Regional11 months11 months & 12 months12 months
494 Employer Sponsored3 months3 months & 5 months5 months
494 Labour Agreementn/an/an/a
500 Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector76 days76 days & 4 months4 months
500 Postgraduate Research Sector4 months4 months & 12 months12 months
500 Independent ELICOS Sector3 months3 months & 5 months5 months
500 Schools Sector5 months5 months & 7 months7 months
500 Vocational Education and Training Sector4 months4 months & 6 months6 months
500 Higher Education Sector69 days69 days & 4 months4 months
500 Non-Award Sector5 months5 months & 10 months10 months
5904 months4 months & 7 months7 months
600 Tourist5 months5 months & 10 months10 months
600 Sponsored Family7 months7 months & 12 months12 months
600 Business Visitor4 days4 days & 9 days9 days
600 APEC Business Visitor7 months7 months & 7 months7 months
60235 days35 days & 59 days59 days
65142 days42 days & 5 months5 months
77117 days17 days & 54 days54 days
80113 months13 months & 21 months21 months
802n/an/an/a
808n/an/an/a
82024 months24 months & 27 months27 months
837n/an/an/a
858 Distinguished Talent Pathway17 months17 months & 20 months20 months
858 Global Talent Pathway65 days65 days & 88 days88 days
870 Sponsorship53 days53 days & 69 days69 days
8704 months4 months & 5 months5 months
88715 months15 months & 23 months23 months
888 Business Innovation20 months20 months & 22 months22 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
89226 months26 months & 31 months31 months
893n/an/an/a
9882 days2 days & 5 days5 days
Last updated: 19 April 2021 (for month ending March 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.


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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