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Australian visa processing times: How long you’ll wait for approval

by Sam Hopwood | Jun 27, 2019
  • The Aussie immigration system is complex, application fees are expensive, and in some cases, visas can take over two years to be processed. Here's how long you can expect to wait when applying for an Australian visa.
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    Visa processing times

    The Australian government updates the processing times monthly. Factors such as application volumes, seasonal peaks and complex cases may also affect how long it takes to approve your visa.

    Visa subclass

    Visa description

    75% of applications are processed in:

    90% of applications are processed in:

    408

    Temporary Activity visa (Superyacht Crew)

    7 days

    16 days

    771

    Visitor visa – Transit visa

    9 days

    19 days

    408

    Temporary Activity visa (Invited for other social and cultural activity)

    14 days

    22 days

    400

    Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa

    15 days

    22 days

    408

    Temporary Activity visa (Entertainment activities)

    13 days

    24 days

    651

    eVisitor

    16 days

    26 days

    600

    Visitor visa – Tourist stream

    20 days

    28 days

    417

    Working Holiday visa

    17 days

    30 days

    408

    Temporary Activity visa (Special Program)

    28 days

    38 days

    482

    Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) visa – Sponsorship

    7 days

    41 days

    417

    Working Holiday visa

    27 days

    40 days

    482

    Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) visa – Medium-term

    31 days

    46 days

    408

    Temporary Activity visa (Sporting activities)

    31 days

    50 days

    482

    Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) visa – Short-term

    35 days

    52 days

    462

    Works and Holiday visa

    46 days

    62 days

    407

    Training visa

    67 days

    76 days

    485

    Temporary Graduate visa (Post-Study work stream)

    70 days

    90 days

    408

    Temporary Activity visa (Research activities)

    29 days

    4 months

    485

    Temporary Graduate visa (Graduate work stream)

    90 days

    4 months

    408

    Temporary Activity visa (Religious work)

    68 days

    5 months

    189

    Skilled Independent visa

    6 months

    7 months

    476

    Skilled - Recognised Graduate visa

    8 months

    11 months

    186

    Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Temporary Residence Transition stream)

    11 months

    13 months

    489

    Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa (State/Territory Nominated visa classes)

    10 months

    13 months

    802

    Child visa

    11 months

    13 months

    186

    Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Temporary Residence Transition stream)

    10 months

    13 months

    190

    Skilled Nominated visa

    11 months

    14 months

    186

    Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Direct entry stream)

    11 months

    15 months

    101

    Child visa

    11 months

    15 months

    187

    Regional Sponsored migration Scheme visa (Temporary Residence Transition stream)

    11 months

    16 months

    887

    Skilled Regional visa

    16 months

    18 months

    309

    Partner (Provisional) visa

    13 months

    19 months

    300

    Prospective Marriage visa

    14 months

    21 months

    132

    Business Talent (Permanent) visa

    21 months

    21 months

    187

    Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (Direct entry stream)

    21 months

    23 months

    801

    Partner visa

    19 months

    25 months

    461

    New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa

    25 months

    26 months

    100

    Partner (Migrant) visa

    15 months

    27 months

    820

    Partner visa

    23 months

    31 months

    173

    Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa

    Applications for these visas are subject to capping and queueing.

    Applications for these visas are subject to capping and queueing.

    143

    Contributory Parent (Migrant) visa

    Applications for these visas are subject to capping and queueing.

    Applications for these visas are subject to capping and queueing.

    864

    Contributory Aged Parent visa

    Processing times not available.

    Processing times not available.

    445

    Dependent Child visa

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    103

    Parent visa

    Processing times not available.

    Processing times not available.

    888

    Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa

    Processing times not available.

    Processing times not available.

    188

    Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa

    Processing times not available.

    Processing times not available.

    890

    Business owner visa

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    124

    Distinguished Talent visa

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    858

    Distinguished Talent visa

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    891

    Investor visa

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    186

    Employer Nomination Scheme visa (Labour Agreement stream)

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    892

    State or Territory Sponsored Business Owner visa

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    893

    State or Territory Sponsored Investor visa

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    408

    Temporary Activity visa (Exchange Arrangements)

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    408

    Temporary Activity visa (Australian Government Endorsed Events)

    Processing times not available.

    Processing times not available.

    408

    Temporary Activity visa (Domestic work for executives)

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

    *Processing times are updated monthly and were correct at time of publishing.

    See also: An Australian visa for South Africans over 45

    Circumstances that affect your visa application processing times

    Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and processing times given by Australian Home Affairs may change due to individual circumstances. Some of the most common situations that could affect how long it takes to process your visa include:

    • Whether you have filled in the application form accurately
    • Whether you have provided and completed all the necessary documents
    • How long it takes officials to perform the required checks on the information provided
    • How long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies

    See also: Up your pay Down Under: Plumbers and electricians needed in Australia

    Get the right visa, get to Australia

    If you want to move to Australia, you’ll first need to determine which visas you qualify for and then decide which one suits your individual circumstances and long-term plans. Australia offers various visas for people who have skills that are in demand, businessowners, partners and dependants.

    In November 2019, the Australian government will be launching two new Skilled Regional Provisional visas for skilled migrants. Since there is a very high demand for skilled individuals in regional Australia, visas in the Migration Programme will receive priority processing.

    Have a question about which Aussie visa is right for you?

    Get your application approved without any hiccups

    Applying for an Australian visa without the correct guidance can lead to wasted time, money and delay your application. One way to ensure your application is processed as smoothly as possible is by speaking to a MARA-registered immigration advisor before you apply. This will ensure you don’t experience any unnecessary delays or extra costs. An immigration agent can also advise you on which visa route is the best one for you and your family.


    Ready to pack your bags and head to Australia? Speak to us about your options at migration@sableinternational.com or call us on +61 (0) 38651 4500.

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

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