Australian Visa Processing Times September 2020


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These are the Australian Visa Processing Times shown by the Department of Home affairs at 19th October, with the statement:

Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. Processing times are not available for all visa subclasses.

Last updated: 19 October 2020 (for month ending September 2020)

Global Visa Processing Times Sept 2020

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10017 months17 & 23 months23 months
10118 months18 & 25 months25 months
102N/AN/AN/A
117N/AN/AN/A
124N/AN/AN/A
132 Significant Business HistoryN/AN/AN/A
132 Venture Capital EntrepreneurN/AN/AN/A
143N/AN/AN/A
151N/AN/AN/A
1555 days5 days & 68 days68 days
157N/AN/AN/A
159N/AN/AN/A
173N/AN/AN/A
186 Direct Entry Pathway6 months6 & 7 months7 months
186 Agreement PathwayN/AN/AN/A
186 Transition Pathway6 months6 & 10 months10 months
187 Direct Entry PathwayN/AN/AN/A
187 Transition PathwayN/AN/AN/A
188 Business Innovation28 months28 & 29 months29 months
188 Investor29 months29 & 30 months30 months
188 Significant Investor23 months23 & 27 months27 months
188 Premium InvestorN/AN/AN/A
188 EntrepreneurN/AN/AN/A
188 Business Innovation ExtensionN/AN/AN/A
188 Significant Investor ExtensionN/AN/AN/A
189 Points-Tested9 months9 & 19 months19 months
189 New Zealand10 months10 & 18 months18 months
1909 months9 & 12 months12 months
300N/AN/AN/A
30917 months17 & 25 months25 months
40015 days15 days & 44 days44 days
403 Government AgreementN/AN/AN/A
403 Foreign Government AgencyN/AN/AN/A
403 Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)N/AN/AN/A
403 Seasonal Worker ProgramN/AN/AN/A
403 Privileges and ImmunitiesN/AN/AN/A
403 Pacific Labour SchemeN/AN/AN/A
405N/AN/AN/A
4076 months6 & 7 months7 months
408 Entertainment Activities40 days40 days & 84 days84 days
408 Research ActivitiesN/AN/AN/A
408 Religious WorkN/AN/AN/A
408 Special ProgramsN/AN/AN/A
408 Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity5 days5 days & 5 days5 days
408 Australian Government Endorsed EventsN/AN/AN/A
408 Exchange ArrangementsN/AN/AN/A
408 Superyacht CrewN/AN/AN/A
408 Domestic Work for ExecutivesN/AN/AN/A
408 Sporting Activities28 days28 days & 83 days83 days
41730 days30 days & 3 months3 months
44512 months12 & 16 months16 months
457N/AN/AN/A
461N/AN/AN/A
46238 days38 days & 75 days75 days
476N/AN/AN/A
482 Short-term89 days89 days & 5 months5 months
482 Medium-term5 months5 & 6 months6 months
482 Labour Agreement7 months7 & 7 months7 months
482 Sponsorship29 days29 days & 70 days70 days
482 Nomination54 days54 days & 4 months4 months
485 Graduate Work5 months5 & 6 months6 months
485 Post-Study Work57 days57 days & 6 months6 months
489N/AN/AN/A
491 State/Territory Government Nominated Regional73 days73 days & 4 months4 months
491 Family Sponsored RegionalN/AN/AN/A
494 Employer SponsoredN/AN/AN/A
494 Labour AgreementN/AN/AN/A
500 Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector3 months3 & 5 months5 months
500 Postgraduate Research Sector6 months6 & 9 months9 months
500 Independent ELICOS Sector6 months6 & 7 months7 months
500 Schools Sector6 months6 & 7 months7 months
500 Vocational Education and Training Sector3 months3 & 6 months6 months
500 Higher Education Sector62 days62 days & 6 months6 months
500 Non-Award Sector8 months8 & 13 months13 months
5906 months6 & 7 months7 months
600 Tourist5 months5 & 6 months6 months
600 Sponsored Family4 months4 & 6 months6 months
600 Approved Destination StatusN/AN/AN/A
600 Frequent TravellerN/AN/AN/A
600 Business Visitor6 days6 days & 21 days21 days
600 APEC Business Visitor3 months3 & 3 months3 months
60230 days30 days & 65 days65 days
65177 days77 days & 4 months4 months
77127 days27 days & 6 months6 months
80113 months13 & 20 months20 months
80214 months14 & 15 months15 months
808N/AN/AN/A
82022 months22 & 27 months27 months
837N/AN/AN/A
838N/AN/AN/A
858N/AN/AN/A
864N/AN/AN/A
870 Sponsorship30 days30 days & 54 days54 days
8704 months4 & 4 months4 months
884N/AN/AN/A
88710 months10 & 15 months15 months
888 Business Innovation19 months19 & 22 months22 months
888 InvestorN/AN/AN/A
888 Premium InvestorN/AN/AN/A
888 Significant InvestorN/AN/AN/A
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 & 9 days9 days

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 0 to 20 months, 15% took between 20 and 24 months, and 10% took over 24 months.


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The table for the August visa finalisations, (updated 19th August), is at: Australian Visa Processing Times August 2020

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