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


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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