The Stages of a Visa Application

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What are the stages of a visa application?

Many people wonder about the application stages of a visa,  and when a case officer is assigned.

Some visa offices might assign each application to just one case officer, while other applications might be dealt with by different case officers at different times.

These are the official stages, with an idea of what they probably mean in most cases.

Submitted Your application has been successfully submitted to the Department.
Probably an automatic action recorded.
Received Your application has been received by the Department and will be assessed.
Probably another automatic action.
Initial assessment The application has gone through the initial checks. Please check correspondence for any additional information you may need to provide.
A case officer will have looked at it, and maybe sent a Further Information Request (RFI), if more information is needed.
Further assessment The application is currently being assessed. The Department will contact you if further supporting documentation is required.
A case officer will have reviewed your further updates, from any RFI’s.
Finalised Your application has been decided. Refer to correspondence for details of the outcome.
Your Grant or Refusal notice should be with you soon.
Approved For citizenship applications, this indicates that the application has been approved.
In most cases, the applicant(s) will not become Australian citizens until they attend a citizenship conferral ceremony.
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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics.
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