subclass 309 Visa Processing Times in 2020


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Partner Offshore Provisional Visa (subclass 309) Processing Times in 2020.

In 2019-20 a total of 11,702 subclass 309 visas were granted, with half taking under 11 months, and half taking over 11 months, to be finalised.
Source: Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00333

The processing times for these visas would normally be reported as 15-19, with 75% being under 15 months, and 90% being under 19 months, but note: with half being under 11 months.

The actual times, broken down further are:

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  • 25% took under 9 months.
  • 25% took between 9 and 11 months.
  • 25% took between 11 and 15 months.
  • 15% took between 15 and 19 months.
  • 10% took over 19 months.

Subclass 309 Visa Processing Times December 2020

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

January 2021 times shown at Partner Visa Processing Times January 2021

Month 75% took up to 15% took between 10% took over:
Dec 2020 19 months 19 & 23 months 23 months
Nov 2020 18 months 18 & 21 months 21 months
Oct 2020 17 months 17 & 23 months 23 months
Sep 2020 17 months 17 & 25 months 25 months
Aug 2020 18 months 18 & 26 months 26 months
Jul 2020 15 months 15 & 20 months 20 months
Jun 2020 16 months 16 & 22 months 22 months
May 2020 12 months 12 & 18 months 18 months
Apr 2020 13 months 13 & 17 months 17 months
Mar 2020 13 months 13 & 21 months 21 months
Feb 2020 14 months 14 & 20 months 20 months
Jan 2020 14 months 14 & 19 months 19 months
Dec 2019 16 months 16 & 21 months 21 months

These times show the maximum time that it took for the fastest 75%, and the minimum time it took for the slowest 10%, of visas finalised in that month.


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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.

Numbers of subclass 309 visas granted by month in 2019-20

The number of visas granted after March 2020 was a massive drop from previous months, due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

  • 1,406 July 2019
  • 1,123 August 2019
  • 1,315 September 2019
  • 1,159 October 2019
  • 1,253 November 2019
  • 1,078 December 2019
  • 1,260 January 2020
  • 1,334 February 2020
  • 1,176 March 2020
  • 254 April 2020
  • 124 May 2020
  • 220 June 2020
  • 573 July 2020
  • 558 Aug 2020
  • 983 Sep 2020

A Freedom of Information request, FA 20/08/00403, states that 573 subclass 309 visas were granted between 1 January 2020 and 31 July 2020.
And that there were 26,941 applications in the queue at 30th April 2020.
Source: Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00403

This figure seems at odds with other numbers.


Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00403
573 subclass 309 visas granted

Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00333
11,702 subclass 309 visas granted

The FOI request FA 20/02/00860 stated that 11,358 subclass 309 visas were granted in the 10 months of the financial year 1 July 2019 to 30/04/2020.

Taking those last two figures it shows that (11,702 less 11,358) 344 subclass 309 visas were granted in May and June 2020 combined.
April to June is shown to be 598 visas, therefore April must have been 254 visa for the month.


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

(The numbers of subclass 309 grants from April 2020 are much lower than normal)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers of offshore visa grants has reduced dramatically.  This has also had an effect on on the Offshore Partner visas.

  • 598 subclass 309 visas were finalised (not all granted) between April and June 2020, an average of 200 per month.
  • 3,770 subclass 309 visas were finalised (not all granted) between January and March 2020, an average of 1,256 per month.

Average number of subclass 309 grants per month each year.

  • 2,012 grants per month 2015/16
  • 1,836 grants per month 2016/17
  • 1,453 grants per month 2017/18
  • 1,332 grants per month 2018/19
  • 975 grants per month 2019/20

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 309 survey here.

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

  • Average Processing Time for subclass 309 visas in 2018-19: 10.6 months
  • Average Processing Time for subclass 309 visas in 2019-20: 11.0 months

2018-19 was 13-??, with an average of 10.6 months. The average processing time for the 14,847 subclass 309 visas finalised in the 2018/19 year was 323 calendar days (10.6 months).
75% were done in under 391 days (12.9 months).

2019/20 was 15-19, with an average of 11 months.  The average processing time for the 11,702 subclass 309 visas finalised in the 2019/20 year was 11 months.
75% were done in under 15 months, 10% in over 19 months.

Processing times in 2019/20 by Processing office.

The average processing time for the 11,358 subclass 309 visas finalised to April in the 2019/20 year has varied between 131 days (Singapore) and 381 days (Dubai).

This data is from the Department of Home Affairs under FOI request FA 20/02/00860, and covers grants up to April 2020.

Ankara and Cairo had the fastest times in the first 25%, with times for the fastest 25% taking under 112 days.
Dubai and Manila had the slowest times in the first 25%, with their times taking up to 500 days, even in their fastest 25%.
Colombo, Dubai and Pretoria had some of the slowest times, with some taking over 1,000 days

  • Amman processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 638 days.
  • Ankara processed 187 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 238 days. The first 25% took up to 112 days. The next 25% took between 112 and 171 days. The next 25% took between 171 and 305 days. The slowest 25% took over 305 days, with 10% of the total taking over 536 days.
  • Auckland processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 1,672 days.
  • Bangkok processed 481 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 424 days. The first 25% took up to 236 days. The next 25% took between 236 and 355 days. The next 25% took between 355 and 538 days. The slowest 25% took over 538 days, with 10% of the total taking over 913 days.
  • Beijing processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 354 days.
  • Beirut processed 798 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 341 days. The first 25% took up to 275 days. The next 25% took between 275 and 294 days. The next 25% took between 294 and 332 days. The slowest 25% took over 332 days, with 10% of the total taking over 471 days.
  • Belgrade processed 90 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 311 days. The first 25% took up to 256 days. The next 25% took between 256 and 309 days. The next 25% took between 309 and 342 days. The slowest 25% took over 342 days, with 10% of the total taking over 463 days.
  • Berlin processed 297 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 350 days. The first 25% took up to 188 days. The next 25% took between 188 and 255 days. The next 25% took between 255 and 372 days. The slowest 25% took over 372 days, with 10% of the total taking over 971 days.
  • Brasilia processed 140 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 362 days. The first 25% took up to 243 days. The next 25% took between 243 and 338 days. The next 25% took between 338 and 428 days. The slowest 25% took over 428 days, with 10% of the total taking over 621 days.
  • Brisbane processed 7 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 317 days. The first 25% took up to 229 days. The next 25% took between 229 and 327 days. The next 25% took between 327 and 385 days. The slowest 25% took over 385 days, with 10% of the total taking over 501 days.
  • Cairo processed 152 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 241 days. The first 25% took up to 108 days. The next 25% took between 108 and 175 days. The next 25% took between 175 and 261 days. The slowest 25% took over 261 days, with 10% of the total taking over 687 days.
  • Colombo processed 236 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 656 days. The first 25% took up to 321 days. The next 25% took between 321 and 483 days. The next 25% took between 483 and 745 days. The slowest 25% took over 745 days, with 10% of the total taking over 2073 days.
  • Dili processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 415 days.
  • Dubai processed 381 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 660 days. The first 25% took up to 503 days. The next 25% took between 503 and 541 days. The next 25% took between 541 and 616 days. The slowest 25% took over 616 days, with 10% of the total taking over 1726 days.
  • Guangzhou processed 804 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 394 days. The first 25% took up to 276 days. The next 25% took between 276 and 395 days. The next 25% took between 395 and 485 days. The slowest 25% took over 485 days, with 10% of the total taking over 618 days.
  • Ho Chi Minh City processed 638 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 416 days. The first 25% took up to 337 days. The next 25% took between 337 and 373 days. The next 25% took between 373 and 420 days. The slowest 25% took over 420 days, with 10% of the total taking over 885 days.
  • Hong Kong processed 449 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 285 days. The first 25% took up to 226 days. The next 25% took between 226 and 265 days. The next 25% took between 265 and 311 days. The slowest 25% took over 311 days, with 10% of the total taking over 473 days.
  • Islamabad processed 787 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 417 days. The first 25% took up to 299 days. The next 25% took between 299 and 368 days. The next 25% took between 368 and 419 days. The slowest 25% took over 419 days, with 10% of the total taking over 726 days.
  • Jakarta processed 128 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 425 days. The first 25% took up to 296 days. The next 25% took between 296 and 344 days. The next 25% took between 344 and 484 days. The slowest 25% took over 484 days, with 10% of the total taking over 866 days.
  • Kuala Lumpur processed 117 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 361 days. The first 25% took up to 194 days. The next 25% took between 194 and 291 days. The next 25% took between 291 and 461 days. The slowest 25% took over 461 days, with 10% of the total taking over 840 days.
  • London processed 745 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 293 days. The first 25% took up to 265 days. The next 25% took between 265 and 296 days. The next 25% took between 296 and 333 days. The slowest 25% took over 333 days, with 10% of the total taking over 443 days.
  • Manila processed 168 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 607 days. The first 25% took up to 553 days. The next 25% took between 553 and 603 days. The next 25% took between 603 and 673 days. The slowest 25% took over 673 days, with 10% of the total taking over 802 days.
  • Melbourne processed 2 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing times were over 1,232 days.
  • Nairobi processed 228 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 382 days. The first 25% took up to 330 days. The next 25% took between 330 and 377 days. The next 25% took between 377 and 410 days. The slowest 25% took over 410 days, with 10% of the total taking over 514 days.
  • National Office processed 25 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 394 days. The first 25% took up to 349 days. The next 25% took between 349 and 410 days. The next 25% took between 410 and 430 days. The slowest 25% took over 430 days, with 10% of the total taking over 525 days.
  • New Delhi processed 1898 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 401 days. The first 25% took up to 306 days. The next 25% took between 306 and 376 days. The next 25% took between 376 and 480 days. The slowest 25% took over 480 days, with 10% of the total taking over 658 days.
  • Ottawa processed 332 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 261 days. The first 25% took up to 140 days. The next 25% took between 140 and 232 days. The next 25% took between 232 and 347 days. The slowest 25% took over 347 days, with 10% of the total taking over 559 days.
  • Phnom Penh processed 131 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 348 days. The first 25% took up to 238 days. The next 25% took between 238 and 302 days. The next 25% took between 302 and 410 days. The slowest 25% took over 410 days, with 10% of the total taking over 708 days.
  • Pretoria processed 271 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 606 days. The first 25% took up to 489 days. The next 25% took between 489 and 576 days. The next 25% took between 576 and 702 days. The slowest 25% took over 702 days, with 10% of the total taking over 1002 days.
  • Santiago processed 79 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 340 days. The first 25% took up to 211 days. The next 25% took between 211 and 294 days. The next 25% took between 294 and 467 days. The slowest 25% took over 467 days, with 10% of the total taking over 645 days.
  • Seoul processed 137 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 304 days. The first 25% took up to 267 days. The next 25% took between 267 and 297 days. The next 25% took between 297 and 336 days. The slowest 25% took over 336 days, with 10% of the total taking over 471 days.
  • Singapore processed 131 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 165 days. The first 25% took up to 128 days. The next 25% took between 128 and 153 days. The next 25% took between 153 and 179 days. The slowest 25% took over 179 days, with 10% of the total taking over 258 days.
  • Suva processed 143 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 290 days. The first 25% took up to 198 days. The next 25% took between 198 and 230 days. The next 25% took between 230 and 296 days. The slowest 25% took over 296 days, with 10% of the total taking over 594 days.
  • Sydney processed 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 573 days.
  • Tel Aviv processed 16 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 239 days. The first 25% took up to 155 days. The next 25% took between 155 and 248 days. The next 25% took between 248 and 287 days. The slowest 25% took over 287 days, with 10% of the total taking over 416 days.
  • Washington processed 298 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 340 days. The first 25% took up to 181 days. The next 25% took between 181 and 348 days. The next 25% took between 348 and 437 days. The slowest 25% took over 437 days, with 10% of the total taking over 716 days.
  • Yangon processed 7 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 538 days. The first 25% took up to 512 days. The next 25% took between 512 and 532 days. The next 25% took between 532 and 588 days. The slowest 25% took over 588 days, with 10% of the total taking over 639 days.

Average number of subclass 309 grants per month each year.

  • 2,012 grants per month 2015/16
  • 1,836 grants per month 2016/17
  • 1,453 grants per month 2017/18
  • 1,332 grants per month 2018/19
  • 1,136 grants per month 2019/20 (for the 10 months to April)
  • 975 grants per month 2019/20 (for the full 12 months)

  • Nov 2020: 18-21 = 75% took up to 18 months.  10% took over 21 months.
  • Oct 2020: 17-23 = 75% took up to 17 months.  10% took over 23 months.
  • Sep 2020: 17-25 = 75% took up to 17 months.  10% took over 25 months.
  • Aug 2020: 18-26 = 75% took up to 18 months.  10% took over 26 months.
  • Jul 2020: 15-20 = 75% took up to 15 months.  10% took over 20 months.
  • Jun 2020: 16-22 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 22 Months. (220 grants in total).
  • May 2020: 12-18 = 75% took up to 12 months.  10% took over 18 months. (124 grants in total).
  • Apr 2020: 13-17 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 17 months. (254 grants in total).
  • Mar 2020: 13-21 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 21 months. (1,176 grants in total).
  • Feb 2020: 14-20 = 75% took up to 14 months.  10% took over 20 months. (1,334 grants in total).
  • Jan 2020: 14-19 = 75% took up to 14 months.  10% took over 19 months. (1,260 grants in total).
  • Dec 2019: 16-21 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 21 months.

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

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