subclass 300 Visa Processing Times in 2020



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Offshore Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300) Processing Times in 2020.

These are the official times quoted by Australian Immigration, for the visas finalised in each month.

(The numbers of subclass 300 grants in from April 2020 are much lower than normal, due to the COVID travel restrictions.)

Subclass 300 Visa Processing Times December 2020

Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)

2021 Times shown at subclass 300 Visa Processing Times 2021

  • Dec 2020: 19 – 24 = 75% took up to 19 months.  10% took over 24 Months, 25% took 6 months or less and 50% took 14.6 months or less.
  • Nov 2020: 19 – 21 = 75% took up to 19 months.  10% took over 21 Months, 25% took 5 months or less and 50% took 11.8 months or less.
  • Oct 2020: 16-29 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 29 Months, 25% took 10 months or less and 50% took 15.4 months or less.
  • Sep 2020: Processing times are not available. 50% took 18.4 months or less.
  • Aug 2020: 26-30 = 75% took up to 26 months.  10% took over 30 Months, 25% took 12 months or less and 50% took 19.4 months or less.
  • Jul 2020:  16-29 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 29 Months, 25% took 12 months or less and 50% took 16.3 months or less.
  • Jun 2020: 16-18 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 18 Months, 25% took 13 months or less (5 grants in total) and 50% took 14.4 months or less.
  • May 2020: Processing times are not available.  (3 grants in total). 50% took 15.2 months or less.
  • Apr 2020: Processing times are not available. (0 grants). 50% took 13.1 months or less.
  • Mar 2020: 13-17 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 17 months, 25% took 7 months or less. (177 grants in total) and 50% took 10.8 months or less.
  • Feb 2020: 15-21 = 75% took up to 15 months.  10% took over 21 months, 25% took 9 months or less. (241 grants in total) and 50% took 11.9 months or less.
  • Jan 2020: 16-22 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 22 months, 25% took 9 months or less. (173 grants in total) and 50% took 12.9 months or less.
  • Dec 2019: 17-23 = 75% took up to 17 months.  10% took over 23 months and 50% took 13.8 months or less.

They show the maximum time that it took for the fastest 75%, and the minimum time it took for the slowest 10%, of visas finalised (granted or refused) in that month.

Subclass 300 Processing Times

Monthly official quoted range of Processing times (75%-25%), with the average, in months between application and grant or refusal,  for each month.


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Month Official Average
Dec 2020 19-24 14.6
Nov 2020 19-21 11.8
Oct 2020 16-29 15.4
Sep 2020 n/a 18.4
Aug 2020 26-30 19.4
Jul 2020 16-29 16.3
Jun 2020 16-18 14.4
May 2020 n/a 15.2
Apr 2020 n/a 13.1
Mar 2020 13-17 10.8
Feb 2020 15-21 11.9
Jan 2020 16-22 12.9
Dec 2019 17-23 13.8

Source: Home Affairs FoI 21/02/01364


Partner Visa Processing Times December 2020

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10016 months16 & 22 months22 months
300 - PMV19 months19 & 24 months24 months
30919 months19 & 23 months23 months
80111 months11 & 20 months20 months
82023 months23 & 28 months28 months
Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)
N/A indicates that insufficient visas were finalised to produce meaningful statistics. Probably under 5.

Subclass 300 PMV Visa Grant numbers in 2020.

In 2020, there were 1,710 Subclass 300 visa applications finalised.

700 of these were grants. Grants were 40.94% of those finalised.
469 of these were refusals. Refusals were 27.43% of those finalised.
538 of these with withdrawn. Withdrawals were 31.46% of those finalised.

Many of these withdrawals were probably withdrawn, to transfer to subclass 309, after getting married before the subclass 300 was granted.

Subclass 300 Visa Statistics 2020

Subclass 300 Finalised Granted Refused Withdrawn
Jan 301 173 73 55
Feb 336 241 44 51
Mar 261 177 43 41
Apr 28 0 9 19
May 48 2 28 17
Jun 112 5 67 40
Jul 106 2 44 58
Aug 69 7 30 32
Sep 114 13 30 71
Oct 117 26 48 43
Nov 113 28 23 62
Dec 105 26 30 49
2020 Total 1,710 700 469 538
  • In the first 3 months of 2020, before COVID, there were 898 visas finalised, with 591 being granted. (197 per month.)
  • In the 2nd quarter there were 188 visas finalised, with 7 being granted.
  • In the 3rd quarter there were 289 visas finalised, with 22 being granted.
  • In the 4th quarter there were 335 visas finalised, with 80 being granted.

The average number of subclass 300s finalised in the previous year was about 225 per month.

Source: Department of Home Affairs FOI request

For examples of ACTUAL processing times see the comments section at the end of this post..
If you wish to add YOUR grant times to these pages, please complete our subclass 300 survey here.

It should be noted that the average processing time is often a lot less than the 75% maximum figure quoted.

The average processing time for the 2,705 subclass 300 visas finalised in the 2018/19 year was 334 calendar days (11.0 months).
75% were done in under 391 days (12.9 months).

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

Partner Visa Processing Times November 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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