Australian Visa Processing Times May 2021


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

Last updated: 18 June 2021 (for month ending May 2021)

Australian Visa Processing Times May 2021

Visa75% of Visas took under10% Of Visas took over
10013 months22 months
10115 months19 months
10216 months25 months
11745 months55 months
12422 months25 months
132 Significant Business History30 months32 months
132 Venture Capital Entrepreneurn/an/a
151Less than 1 dayLess than 1 day
1553 months3 months
1574 months4 months
159n/an/a
186 Direct Entry Pathway6 months11 months
186 Agreement Pathway7 months11 months
186 Transition Pathway14 months18 months
187 Direct Entry Pathway31 months39 months
187 Transition Pathway6 months12 months
188 Business Innovation31 months33 months
188 Investor25 months32 months
188 Significant Investor17 months27 months
188 Premium Investorn/an/a
188 Entrepreneurn/an/a
188 Business Innovation Extension15 months17 months
188 Significant Investor Extension15 months16 months
189 Points-Tested15 months25 months
189 New Zealand14 months17 months
19014 months17 months
30023 months28 months
30918 months23 months
4008 days24 days
403 Government Agreement75 days5 months
403 Foreign Government Agency83 days7 months
403 Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)n/an/a
403 Seasonal Worker Program9 days14 days
403 Privileges and Immunities76 days4 months
403 Pacific Labour Scheme8 days12 days
4077 months13 months
408 Entertainment Activities13 days37 days
408 Research Activities7 months21 months
408 Religious Work7 months8 months
408 Special Programs3 months4 months
408 Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity6 days14 days
408 Australian Government Endorsed Events3 months6 months
408 Exchange Arrangementsn/an/a
408 Superyacht Crew24 days38 days
408 Domestic Work for Executivesn/an/a
408 Sporting Activities30 days77 days
4174 months6 months
4459 months23 months
46135 months39 months
46286 days4 months
47614 months17 months
482 Short-term9 months10 months
482 Medium-term7 months9 months
482 Labour Agreement7 months11 months
482 Sponsorship7 days35 days
482 Nomination34 days9 months
485 Graduate Work8 months9 months
485 Post-Study Work8 months9 months
48923 months28 months
491 State/Territory Government Nominated Regional11 months14 months
491 Family Sponsored Regional8 months10 months
494 Employer Sponsored71 days4 months
494 Labour Agreementn/an/a
500 Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector72 days4 months
500 Postgraduate Research Sector5 months12 months
500 Independent ELICOS Sector5 months8 months
500 Schools Sector5 months6 months
500 Vocational Education and Training Sector4 months6 months
500 Higher Education Sector83 days4 months
500 Non-Award Sector4 months10 months
5905 months6 months
600 Tourist5 months8 months
600 Sponsored Family6 months12 months
600 Business Visitor5 days21 days
600 APEC Business Visitor11 months13 months
60249 days3 months
6511 Day17 days
77111 days37 days
80111 months19 months
80214 months18 months
80828 days36 days
82021 months26 months
837n/an/a
858 Global Talent Pathway66 days85 days
858 Distinguished Talent Pathway18 months22 months
870 Sponsorship62 days90 days
8704 months5 months
88714 months20 months
888 Business Innovation21 months23 months
888 Investor20 months24 months
888 Premium Investorn/an/a
888 Significant Investor23 months24 months
888 Entrepreneurn/an/a
890n/an/a
891n/an/a
89226 months30 months
893n/an/a
9883 days8 days
00
00
00
00
00
00
00
00
Last updated: 18 June 2021 (for month ending May 2021) N/A indicates that insufficient visas were finalised to produce meaningful statistics. Probably under 5.

Source: immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

 

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.


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

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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