Subclass 309 Visa Grant and Refusal Figures 2014-2019


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Subclass 309 visa application statistics.

The Subclass 309 visa is the first stage of the Offshore Partner Visa.
The information shown on this page provides details of visa application numbers, grants and refusals for this visa up to June 2019.

Subclass 309 refusal rate per year.

2014-15: 6.4% of Subclass 309’s finalised were refused.
2015-16: 6.4% of Subclass 309’s finalised were refused.
2016-17: 8% of Subclass 309’s finalised were refused.
2017-18: 9.4% of Subclass 309’s finalised were refused.
2018-19: 10.5% of Subclass 309’s finalised were refused.

Primary Applications Subclass 309 in 2014-15.

25,145 Subclass 309’s were finalised during 2014-15.

22,222 Subclass 309’s were granted, being equal to about 88.4% of those finalised.

1,607 Subclass 309’s were refused, being equal to about 6.4% of those finalised.


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The rest were either withdrawn or are unallocated.

  • 20,391 Subclass 309 applications were in the Pipeline at the end of June 2014.
  • 30,353 applications were Lodged in 2014-15.
  • 22,222 applications were Granted in 2014-15.
  • 1,607 applications were Refused in 2014-15.
  • 1,316 applications were Withdrawn in 2014-15.
  • There was a difference of -2115 in the figures produced.
  • There were 23,484 applications in the Pipeline at the end of June 2015. An increase of 3,093.

Primary Applications Subclass 309 in 2015-16.

26,990 Subclass 309’s were finalised during 2015-16.

24,145 Subclass 309’s were granted, being equal to about 89.5% of those finalised.

1,717 Subclass 309’s were refused, being equal to about 6.4% of those finalised.

The rest were either withdrawn or are unallocated.

  • 23,484 Subclass 309 applications were in the Pipeline at the end of June 2015.
  • 21,360 applications were Lodged in 2015-16.
  • 24,145 applications were Granted in 2015-16.
  • 1,717 applications were Refused in 2015-16.
  • 1,128 applications were Withdrawn in 2015-16.
  • There was a difference of 652 in the figures produced.
  • There were 18,506 applications in the Pipeline at the end of June 2016. A reduction of -4978.

Primary Applications Subclass 309 in 2016-17.

24,849 Subclass 309’s were finalised during 2016-17.

22,029 Subclass 309’s were granted, being equal to about 88.7% of those finalised.

1,998 Subclass 309’s were refused, being equal to about 8% of those finalised.

The rest were either withdrawn or are unallocated.

  • 18,506 Subclass 309 applications were in the Pipeline at end of June 2016.
  • 22,889 applications were Lodged in 2016-17.
  • 22,029 applications were Granted in 2016-17.
  • 1,998 applications were Refused in 2016-17.
  • 822 applications were Withdrawn in 2016-17.
  • There was a difference of 325 in the figures produced.
  • There were 16,871 applications in the Pipeline at the end of June 2017. A reduction of -1635.

Primary Applications Subclass 309 in 2017-18.

19,877 Subclass 309’s were finalised during 2017-18.

17,446 Subclass 309’s were granted, being equal to about 87.8% of those finalised.

1,870 Subclass 309’s were refused, being equal to about 9.4% of those finalised.

The rest were either withdrawn or are unallocated.

  • 16,871 Subclass 309 applications were in the Pipeline at the end of June 2017.
  • 20,885 applications were Lodged in 2017-18.
  • 17,446 applications were Granted in 2017-18.
  • 1,870 applications were Refused in 2017-18.
  • 561 applications were Withdrawn in 2017-18.
  • There was a difference of -162 in the figures produced.
  • There were 17,717 applications in the Pipeline at the end of June 2018. An increase of 846.

Primary Applications Subclass 309 in 2018-19.

18,390 Subclass 309’s were finalised during 2018-19.

15,991 Subclass 309’s were granted, being equal to about 87% of those finalised.

1,934 Subclass 309’s were refused, being equal to about 10.5% of those finalised.

The rest were either withdrawn or are unallocated.

  • 17,717 Subclass 309 applications were in the Pipeline at the end of June 2018.
  • 19,694 applications were Lodged in 2018-19.
  • 15,991 applications were Granted in 2018-19.
  • 1,934 applications were Refused in 2018-19.
  • 465 applications were Withdrawn in 2018-19.
  • There was a difference of -144 in the figures produced.
  • There were 18,877 applications in the Pipeline at the end of June 2019. An increase of 1160.

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