How long does it take for global visa applications and citizenship applications to be processed?

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Global visa application

Depending on the type of visa and current number of applications, application processing times may range from 9 days to 40 months. However, the processing times also vary throughout the year, with new figures updated every month. We recommend that you check the updated list regularly on Department of Home Affairs’ website, as there might be changes in the processing times of your visa.

You can find processing times for most visa subclasses. Visa subclasses that are no longer open to new applicants, or have reached their annual intake limits (‘capped and queued‘), or have too few applications, will not have processing times.

Factors that affect processing times include application volumes, seasonal peaks, complex and incomplete cases. In addition, applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, with certain individual circumstances affecting processing times such as:

  • Whether you lodge a complete application, with sufficient supporting documents
  • Prompt action in response to additional document requests made by the department
  • The time it takes to perform all required checks and obtain all necessary documents
  • For permanent residence visas, the number of available slots in the migration scheme

Below are the most recent figures for visa processing times, updated on 23 April 2018. There are two processing times, how long it takes to process 75% and 90% of visa applications lodged from around the world. Processing times apply to both applications lodged online or on paper.

Visa application processing times

Visa Type Stream 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor 1 business day 2 days
600 Visitor Tourist* 17 days 29 days
600 Visitor Business Visitor 6 days 13 days
600 Visitor Frequent Traveller 4 days 10 days
600 Visitor Sponsored Family 35 days 67 days
600 Visitor Approved Destination Status 1 day 3 days
771 Transit 6 days 9 days
*Processing times for the Tourist stream range from 48 hours to more than 20 days depending on factors such as peak processing periods in a particular location.
Work and skilled visas
124 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
132 Business Talent Significant Business History 16 months Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
132 Business Talent Venture Capital Entrepreneur Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Agreement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry 9 months 12 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 11 months 12 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 11 months 12 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry 17 months 20 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Agreement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Significant Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Investor 20 months 21 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Business Innovation 19 months 23 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Premium Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Entrepreneur Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
189 Skilled – Independent Points-tested 8 months 11 months
189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand Unavailable (see below for details)^ Unavailable (see below for details)^
190 Skilled – Nominated 8 months 11 months
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) 14 days 23 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Seasonal Worker Programme 3 days 10 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Government Agreement 56 days 64 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Foreign Government Agency Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Privileges and Immunities Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
405 Investor Retirement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
407 Training 54 days 4 months
408 Temporary Activity Australian Government Endorsed Events 4 days 15 days
408 Temporary Activity Domestic Work for Executives Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary Activity Exchange Arrangements Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary Activity Superyacht Crew 4 days 38 days
408 Temporary Activity Special Programmes 29 days 51 days
408 Temporary Activity Religious Work 64 days 5 months
408 Temporary Activity Research Activities 38 days 64 days
408 Temporary Activity Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity 12 days 27 days
408 Temporary Activity Sporting Activities 51 days 11 months
408 Temporary Activity Entertainment Activities 14 days 33 days
417 Working Holiday 15 days 40 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 5 months 9 months
462 Work and Holiday* 13 days 38 days
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 85 days 4 months
482 Temporary Skill Shortage Short-Term Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
482 Temporary Skill Shortage Medium-Term Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
482 Temporary Skill Shortage Labour Agreement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
485 Temporary Graduate Graduate Work 4 months 5 months
485 Temporary Graduate Post-Study Work 55 days 73 days
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Skilled Regional – GSM Unavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes – GSM Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
858 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
887 Skilled – Regional 9 months 11 months
888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
890 Business Owner Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
891 Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner 18 months 19 months
893 State/Territory Sponsored Business Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
^Due to the recent introduction of the New Zealand pathway stream of the subclass 189 visa global processing times are not yet available.
Student visas
500 Student Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector 18 days 34 days
500 Student Postgraduate Research Sector 54 days 86 days
500 Student Non-Award Sector 20 days 44 days
500 Student Schools Sector 46 days 4 months
500 Student Independent ELICOS Sector 33 days 50 days
500 Student Vocational Education and Training Sector 33 days 59 days
500 Student Higher Education Sector 26 days 41 days
590 Student Guardian 4 months 4 months
Family and partner visas
100 Partner* 20 months 28 months
101 Child 9 months 13 months
102 Adoption Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
117 Orphan Relative Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 39 months 40 months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) 38 months 40 months
300 Prospective Marriage 11 months 13 months
309 Partner (Provisional) 10 months 13 months
445 Dependent Child 9 months 17 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 13 months 19 months
801 Partner* 18 months 22 months
802 Child 12 months 13 months
820 Partner 16 months 22 months
837 Orphan Relative Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
864 Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
884 Contributory Aged-Parent (Temporary) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
*Processing time for subclass 801 Partner (permanent) visa and 100 Partner (permanent) visa is from date of eligibility (2 years after the 820/801 or 309/100 application is lodged) to finalisation.
Other visas
602 Medical Treatment 21 days 57 days
151 Former Resident Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
155 Five Year Resident Return 7 days 47 days
157 Three Month Resident Return Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
159 Provisional Resident Return Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
808 Confirmatory (Residence) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
988 Maritime Crew Visa 3 days 5 days

 

Citizenship application

For citizenship applications, apart from the factors mentioned above, the time it takes to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate also affects processing times.

Citizenship processing times

Australian Citizenship application type 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**) 13 months 16 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 4 months 6 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 21 days 36 days

 

Reference : DHA home page (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/access-accountability/service-standards/global-visa-citizenship-processing-times)