Visitor Visa Grant comparison 2019 to 2021


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Visitor Visa Grant comparison 2019-20 and 2020-21

Information from the BR0112 Visitor Visa Program Report year ended 30 June 2021, shows the following grant numbers:

Tourist Visitor visa Grants:
2019-20: 4,056,603
2020-21: 167,576.

Sponsored Family Visitor visa Grants:
2019-20: 27,709
2020-21: 917

Those figures show the massive reduction in grants from before COVID-19 restrictions took effect, compared to during the restrictions.

Processing Times for subclass 600 visas:

Between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2021:
75% of Tourist Visitor visa applications were processed within 160 calendar days.


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Between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020:
75% of Tourist Visitor visa applications were processed within 61 calendar days.

The above shows that processing times have also increased, almost three-fold, for 75% of applications.  However the median time has risen from 47 days to just over double, at 104 days.

subclass 600 Tourist Visitor visa Processing time

Median Processing Time for subclass 600 Tourist Visitor visa applications granted in the 3 month period between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2021.

    • 92 days Indonesia (49 days in 2020, 7 days in 2019)
    • 93 days United States (44 days in 2020, n/a 2019)
    • 96 days United Kingdom (40 days in 2020, n/a 2019)
    • 98 days Nepal (47 days in 2020, 21 days in 2019)
    • 98 days Philippines (49 days in 2020, 12 days in 2019)
    • 98 days Thailand (51 days in 2020, 16 days in 2019)
    • 100 days Vietnam (49 days in 2020, 21 days in 2019)
    • 108 days China (48 days in 2020, 4 days in 2019)
    • 120 days India (48 days in 2020, 17 days in 2019)
    • 145 days Sri Lanka (49 days in 2020, 15 days in 2019)
  • 104 days All Countries average (47 days in 2020, 9 days in 2019)

Visitor Visa Arrivals.

Not everyone who gets a Visitor visa grant, during the COVID period, is actually able to travel, due to various circumstances, including flight restrictions.

In 2020/21, 167,576 subclass 600 visas were granted, but only 33,468 actual arrivals were recorded. About 80% (8 out of every 10) of those who received a visitor visa grant appear not to have been able to travel.

In 2019/20, 4,056,603 subclass 600 visas were granted, and 4,616,075 actual arrivals were recorded. More arrivals than visa holders, partly due to some people using multiple entry on a visitor visa.

In 2018/19, 5,686,318 subclass 600 visas were granted, and 6,509,956 actual arrivals were recorded. More arrivals than visa holders, partly due to some people using multiple entry on a visitor visa.

Source: PDF File: homeaffairs.gov.au/research-and-stats/files/visitor-visa-june-2021.pdf

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