Australian Visa Processing Times September 2021

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

Last updated: 18 October 2021 (for month ending 30 September 2021)

Australian Visa Processing Times September 2021

Visa75% of Visas
took under:
10% Of Visas
took over
10017 months22 months
10121 months34 months
10221 months32 months
11755 months65 months
12423 months26 months
132 Significant Business History33 months35 months
132 Venture Capital Entrepreneurn/an/a
15511 days38 days
1574 months4 months
186 Direct Entry Pathway6 months11 months
186 Agreement Pathway7 months11 months
186 Transition Pathway14 months19 months
187 Direct Entry Pathway35 months45 months
187 Transition Pathway13 months16 months
188 Business Innovation30 months33 months
188 Investor33 months34 months
188 Significant Investor11 months14 months
188 Premium Investorn/an/a
188 Entrepreneurn/an/a
188 Business Innovation Extension15 months19 months
188 Significant Investor Extension13 months16 months
189 Points-Tested17 months30 months
189 New Zealand16 months17 months
1905 months20 months
30023 months30 months
30917 months26 months
40017 days39 days
403 Government Agreement70 days5 months
403 Foreign Government Agency3 months10 months
403 Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)n/an/a
403 Seasonal Worker Program6 days12 days
403 Privileges and Immunities59 days4 months
403 Pacific Labour Scheme5 days7 days
4078 months16 months
408 Entertainment Activities38 days82 days
408 Research Activities15 months25 months
408 Religious Work8 months9 months
408 Special Programs3 months4 months
408 Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity7 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 Activities12 days40 days
4173 months6 months
44515 months20 months
46129 months39 months
46282 days5 months
47615 months20 months
482 Short-term10 months12 months
482 Medium-term3 months10 months
482 Labour Agreement6 months11 months
482 Sponsorship34 days72 days
482 Nomination73 days11 months
485 Graduate Work9 months13 months
485 Post-Study Work8 months10 months
48923 months28 months
491 State/Territory Government Nominated Regional5 months11 months
491 Family Sponsored Regional9 Months11 Months
494 Employer Sponsored4 months8 months
494 Labour Agreementn/an/a
500 Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector45 days76 days
500 Postgraduate Research Sector3 months6 months
500 Independent ELICOS Sector4 months9 months
500 Schools Sector8 months10 months
500 Vocational Education and Training Sector6 months10 months
500 Higher Education Sector44 days6 months
500 Non-Award Sector5 months13 months
5907 months9 months
600 Tourist8 months20 months
600 Sponsored Family7 months12 months
600 Business Visitor4 days7 days
60221 days44 days
65131 days4 months
7713 months9 months
80110 months17 months
80219 months22 months
80829 days44 days
82025 months33 months
858 Global Talent Pathway82 days4 months
858 Distinguished Talent22 months23 months
870 Sponsorship85 days4 months
8707 months9 months
88716 months16 months
888 Business Innovation22 months25 months
888 Investor21 months24 months
888 Premium Investorn/an/a
888 Significant Investor24 months25 months
888 Entrepreneurn/an/a
89227 months42 months
988Less than 1 day6 days
Last updated: 18 October 2021 (for month ending 30 September 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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