The table below shows the current Australia visa processing times for most of the visas. The processing times are updated monthly, and the last updated time is showm below. You can type in your visa subclass number or visa name in the search bar to find your visa. Two processing times are displayed in calendar days, indicating how long it is taking to finalize 75 and 90 per cent of applications submitted globally.

The Australia visa processing times are impacted each month by changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, complex cases, and incomplete applications. Processing times include applications lodged online and by paper. Where available, you should lodge your application online as it helps streamline processing arrangements.

Ensure to check this processing times table on a regular basis, and let us know if you have any questions.

Contact us at Tanson Migration to learn more.

Last updated: 18 March 2021 (for month ending February 2021)

VisaStream75% Of Visas Processed90% Of Visas ProcessedAdditional Information
100 - Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100)17 months23 months​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.
101 - Child (subclass 101)16 months21 months
102 - Adoption (subclass 102)15 months24 months
117 - Orphan Relative (subclass 117)42 months53 months
124 - Distinguished Talent (subclass 124)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
132 - Business Talent (subclass 132)Significant Business History31 months32 months
132 - Business Talent (subclass 132)Venture Capital EntrepreneurProcessing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
151 - Former resident (subclass 151)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
155 - Resident Return 5 Year (subclass 155)86 days3 months​Applications that do not meet the residence requirement will take longer to finalise than the published processing times advertised above. Processing timeframes for these applications can be up to 12 weeks
157 - Resident Return 3mth (subclass 157)4 months4 months
159 - Provisional Resident Return (subclass 159)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)Direct Entry Pathway3 months6 months
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)Agreement Pathway5 months10 months
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)Transition Pathway6 months12 months
187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)Direct Entry Pathway30 months37 months
187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)Transition Pathway6 months10 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Business Innovation31 months33 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Investor28 months30 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Significant Investor22 months25 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Premium InvestorProcessing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)EntrepreneurProcessing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Business Innovation Extension15 months17 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Significant Investor Extension15 months17 months
189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189)Points-Tested13 months13 months
189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189)New Zealand23 months29 months
190 - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)9 months14 months
300 - Prospective Marriage (subclass 300)18 months29 months
309 - Partner (Provisional) (subclass 309)18 months23 months
400 - Temporary Work (short stay) (subclass 400)13 days45 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Government Agreement59 days7 months
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Foreign Government Agency70 days7 months
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Seasonal Worker Program4 days5 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Privileges and ImmunitiesProcessing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Pacific Labour Scheme9 days13 days
407 - Training visa (subclass 407)13 months14 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Entertainment Activities17 days58 days
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Research Activities6 months23 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Religious Work7 months8 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Special Programs78 days3 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity5 days7 days
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Australian Government Endorsed Events8 months9 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Exchange ArrangementsProcessing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Superyacht Crew11 days18 days
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Domestic Work for ExecutivesProcessing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Sporting Activities29 days55 days
417 - Working Holiday (subclass 417)86 days4 months
445 - Dependent Child (subclass 445)14 months18 months
461 - NZ Citizen Family Relationship (subclass 461)35 months38 months
462 - Work and Holiday (subclass 462)84 days4 months
476 - Skilled - Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)14 months17 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Short-term8 months11 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Medium-term5 months11 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Labour Agreement3 months6 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Sponsorship17 days55 days
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Nomination5 months10 months
485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)Graduate Work5 months6 months
485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)Post-Study Work6 months12 months
489 - Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489)17 months23 months
491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491)State/Territory Government Nominated Regional9 months10 months
491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491)Family Sponsored Regional11 months11 months
494 - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494)Employer Sponsored81 days5 months
494 - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494)Labour AgreementProcessing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector54 days87 days
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Postgraduate Research Sector4 months9 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Independent ELICOS Sector4 months7 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Schools Sector4 months6 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Vocational Education and Training Sector4 months5 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Higher Education Sector70 days5 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Non-Award Sector4 months10 months
590 - Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)4 months5 months
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Tourist4 months8 months
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Sponsored Family7 months11 months
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Business Visitor10 days11 months
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)APEC Business Visitor9 months11 months
602 - Medical Treatment (subclass 602) - outside Australia38 days69 days
651 - eVisitor (subclass 651)36 days4 months
771 - Transit (subclass 771)12 days47 days
801 - Partner (subclass 801)16 months22 months​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.
802 - Child (subclass 802)12 months16 months
808 - Confirmatory (Residence) (subclass 808)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
820 - Partner (subclass 820)23 months28 months
837 - Orphan Relative (subclass 837)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
858 - Global Talent (subclass 858)Global Talent Pathway73 days3 months
858 - Global Talent (subclass 858)Distinguished Talent Pathway18 months20 months
870 - Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870)Sponsorship56 days66 days
870 - Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870)4 months6 months
887 - Skilled-Regional (subclass 887)14 months19 monthsWe are currently assessing applications submitted before September 2020
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888)Business Innovation21 months23 months
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888)Investor20 months24 months
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888)Premium InvestorProcessing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888)Significant Investor23 months24 months
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888)EntrepreneurProcessing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
890 - Business Owner (subclass 890)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
891 - Investor (subclass 891)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
892 - State Sponsored Business Owner (subclass 892)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
893 - Sponsored Investor (subclass 893)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
988 - Maritime Crew (subclass 988)Less than 1 day5 days

Source: Department of Home Affairs



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