subclass 309 Visa Processing Times


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Partner Offshore Provisional Visa (subclass 309) Processing Times.

In 2019-20 the average processing time for a subclass 309 visa was 11 months. Official times showed: 15-19 = 75% being under 15 months, and 90% being under 19 months.

In 2018-19 the average processing time for a subclass 309 visa was 10.6 months. Official times showed: 13-?? = 75% being under 13 months, and 90% being under ?? months.

These are the official times quoted by Australian Immigration, for the subclass 309 Partner Visas finalised in each month.

  • Jul 2021: information due in mid August.
  • Jun 2021: 16-23 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 23 months.
  • May 2021: 18-23 = 75% took up to 18 months.  10% took over 23 months.
  • Apr 2021: 16-22 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 22 months.
  • Mar 2021: 22-24 = 75% took up to 22 months.  10% took over 24 months.
  • Feb 2021: 18-23 = 75% took up to 18 months.  10% took over 23 months.
  • Jan 2021: 18-22 = 75% took up to 18 months.  10% took over 22 months.
  • Dec 2020: 19-23 = 75% took up to 19 months.  10% took over 23 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.
  • May 2020: 12-18 = 75% took up to 12 months.  10% took over 18 months.
  • Apr 2020: 13-17 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 17 months.
  • Mar 2020: 13-21 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 21 months.
  • Feb 2020: 14-20 = 75% took up to 14 months.  10% took over 20 months.
  • Jan 2020: 14-19 = 75% took up to 14 months.  10% took over 19 months.
  • Dec 2019: 16-21 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 21 months.

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


The Average number of subclass 309 grants per month, for each year since 2015/16 were:


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  • 2,012 subclass 309 grants per month in 2015/16
  • 1,836 subclass 309 grants per month in 2016/17
  • 1,453 subclass 309 grants per month in 2017/18
  • 1,332 subclass 309 grants per month in 2018/19
  • 975 subclass 309 grants per month in 2019/20

Subclass 309 Processing Times 2020

The following table shows the average months processing time that it took for each month, and for each percentile group, as shown by FoI request 21/02/00043.

For example, in January 2020, the fastest 25% took an average of 9 months. The next 25% (the 50% percentile) took an average of 11 months. The next 25% (the 75% percentile) took an average of 14 months.

Month 25% 50% 75%
Jan 2020 9 11 14
Feb 2020 9 11 14
Mar 2020 9 11 13
Apr 2020 7 8 12
May 2020 8 10 12
Jun 2020 12 14 16
Jul 2020 10 13 15
Aug 2020 10 14 18
Sep 2020 10 14 17
Oct 2020 10 13 17
Nov 2020 7 12 18
Dec 2020 7 12 19

In December 2020, the fastest 25% took an average of 7 months. The next 25% (the 50% percentile) took an average of 12 months. The next 25% (the 75% percentile) took an average of 19 months.

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