Subclass 801 Visa Processing Times in 2018


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Subclass 801 Visa processing times in 2018.

Processing times quoted by Immigration are often read in the example form “19-23 months”, but what does it really mean, when the median average of that can be 11.2 months?

An example of this is shown at: Partner Visa Processing Times in July 2018 with these figures: ‘20-26 months: 75% of all the 801 visas granted in July 2018 were processed in under 20 months, while 10% took over 26 months.

Unfortunately these figures do not really show the true processing times, so I decided to see how the figures work out in reality.

I came up with this conclusion:

The median average 801 Processing Time of 19-23 months is 11.2 months..

It is important to know what the 19-23 months really means. It does NOT mean 19 to 23 months. It means 75% were UNDER 19 months, and 10% took OVER 23 months. Only 15% took between 19 and 23 months.

I just checked a number of subclass 801 visa grants from an Australian Visa Forum. and the last 16 of these in 2018, showed that 75% were done in 19 months or under, and 10% were done in 23 months or over. ie: 19-23 months using the immigration term for this.


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The median average processing time was 11.2 months. ie: Half took 11.2 months or under, and half took 11.2 months or over.

The first 25% were done in under 8.5 months. (6.2 months, 7.9 months, 8.0 months and 8.2 months).
The next 25% were done between 8.5 and 11.2 months. (8.7 months, 10.5 months, 10.8 months and 11.2 months).
The next 25% were done between 11.2 and 19.4 months. (11.2 months, 12.2 months, 12.2 months and 19.3 months).
The next 25% were done between 19.4 and 24 months. (19.5 months, 21.3 months, 23.2 months and 23.7 months).

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  2. I am still waiting from 26 month. They asked for more documents last month but did not give any time frame. Its really sad for rest 10% files does not have time frame for 801 visa.

    1. I’ve recently seen four subclass 801 applications with April 2018 eligibility. 2 were granted in March 2019, 1 in January and 1 still in process.

      The current processing times, for grants made in February 2019, were 75% done in 19 months or under and 10% taking over 24 months.

      1. Mine already 26 months for 801 visa
        Applied for 820 visa march 2015
        801 in march 2017
        They asked more documents in april 2019 but still no time frame. Anybody has any idea??

        1. It can vary depending where you apply from, and how good your application is in proving the continuing relationship.

          What nationality is your Passport, and how long did the 820 take? Some of those longer ones took 10-13 months longer than the initial 820 took.

          Examples of processing times for subclass 801 Grants in May 2019
          1.6 months from UK
          3.4 months from Canada
          7.2 months from Israel
          7.5 months from UK
          9 months from Europe
          9.3 months from Cairo
          9.5 months from Thailand
          10.6 months from Philippines
          10.9 months from Nigeria
          12.6 months from Pakistan
          12.7 months from ?
          13.8 months from Pakistan
          14.4 months from Vietnam
          14.9 months from Sri Lanka
          16.4 months from Philippines
          16.8 months from India
          20.2 months from ?
          20.3 months from ?
          22.2 months from Philippines
          25 months from Vietnam
          26 months from India
          26.2 months from Kenya
          26.6 months from ?
          27 months from USA
          28.9 months from Romania

    2. What were your 820 dates, and what visa before that? Some that come via the 300 PMV are much faster to the 820.

  3. A few recent 801 Grants, in September 2018

    From China
    801 Eligibility : Dec 2017
    801 Applied : Jan 2018
    801 Granted : Sept 2018 = 9 months after eligible to apply

    From Indonesia
    801 Eligibility : Jan 2018
    801 Applied : Feb 2018
    801 Granted : Sept 2018 = 8 months after eligible to apply

    From China
    801 Eligibility : Nov 2016
    801 Applied : Nov 2016
    801 Granted : Sept 2018 = 22 months after eligible to apply

    From UK
    801 Eligibility : Dec 2016
    801 Applied : Jan 2017
    801 Granted : Sept 2018 = 21 months after eligible to apply

    From Russia
    801 Eligibility : Dec 2017
    801 Applied : Feb 2018
    801 Granted : Sept 2018 = 9 months after eligible to apply

    From Italy
    801 Eligibility : Dec 2017
    801 Applied : Dec 2017
    801 Granted : Sept 2018 = 9 months after eligible to apply

    From Belgium
    801 Eligibility : Aug 2017
    801 Applied : Sept 2017
    801 Granted : Sept 2018 = 11 months after eligible to apply

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