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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: 5 May 2022

VisaStream75% Of Visas Processed90% Of Visas ProcessedAdditional Information
100 - Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100)18 months29 monthsThe processing time for a Permanent Partner visa (subclass 801 or 100) starts from the date of eligibility. This is 2 years after the combined subclass 820/801 or 309/100 visa application was lodged. We are processing some older and more complex Partner visa applications. These cases can take longer to finalise and impact our published processing times.
101 - Child (subclass 101)18 months29 months
102 - Adoption (subclass 102)20 months28 months
117 - Orphan Relative (subclass 117)59 months76 months
124 - Distinguished Talent (subclass 124)25 months27 months
132 - Business Talent (subclass 132)Significant Business History29 months36 months
132 - Business Talent (subclass 132)Venture Capital Entrepreneur36 months40 months
155 - Resident Return 5 Year (subclass 155)3 days75 days​Generally, applications that meet the residence requirements will be processed within 5 working days from lodgement. Applications that do not meet the residence requirement will take longer to finalise, as published here.​
157 - Resident Return 3mth (subclass 157)3 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 Pathway7 months12 months
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)Agreement Pathway5 months8 months
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)Transition Pathway16 months25 months
187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)Direct Entry Pathway37 months51 months
187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)Transition Pathway15 Months19 Months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Business Innovation25 months28 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Investor36 months39 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Significant Investor18 months26 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)Entrepreneur5 months7 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Business Innovation Extension12 months19 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Significant Investor Extension11 months15 months
189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189)Points-Tested36 months39 months​Applicants should be aware that points tested skilled migration visa applications that are not an occupation within a Critical Sector may exceed the average processing time. This is because each visa subclass contains applications that have a different processing priority. Occupations within a critical sector are given highest processing priority.​
189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189)New Zealand19 months23 months​Applicants should be aware that points tested skilled migration visa applications that are not an occupation within a Critical Sector may exceed the average processing time. This is because each visa subclass contains applications that have a different processing priority. Occupations within a critical sector are given highest processing priority.​
190 - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)8 months10 monthsApplicants should be aware that points tested skilled migration visa applications that are not an occupation within a Critical Sector may exceed the average processing time. This is because each visa subclass contains applications that have a different processing priority. Occupations within a critical sector are given highest processing priority.​
300 - Prospective Marriage (subclass 300)23 months29 months
309 - Partner (Provisional) (subclass 309)20 months32 monthsThe processing time for a Permanent Partner visa (subclass 801 or 100) starts from the date of eligibility. This is 2 years after the combined subclass 820/801 or 309/100 visa application was lodged. We are processing some older and more complex Partner visa applications. These cases can take longer to finalise and impact our published processing times.
400 - Temporary Work (short stay) (subclass 400)31 days45 days
400 - Temporary Work (short stay) (subclass 400)Highly Specialised Work20 days43 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Government Agreement28 days57 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Foreign Government Agency5 months10 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 Program8 days12 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Privileges and Immunities28 days3 months
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Pacific Labour Scheme8 days13 days
407 - Training visa (subclass 407)22 months24 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Entertainment Activities8days30 days
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Research Activities13 months20 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Religious Work8 months10 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Special Programs16 months23 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity8 days12 days
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Australian Government Endorsed Events7 months8 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 Crew72 days72 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 Activities3 months9 months
417 - Working Holiday (subclass 417)17 Days4 MonthsFor Visitors and Working Holiday Makers the processing time is calculated differently depending on when you applied. If you applied before the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you became eligible to travel. If you applied after the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you applied.​
445 - Dependent Child (subclass 445)8 months19 months
461 - NZ Citizen Family Relationship (subclass 461)23 months30 months
462 - Work and Holiday (subclass 462)3 Months4 MonthsFor Visitors and Working Holiday Makers the processing time is calculated differently depending on when you applied. If you applied before the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you became eligible to travel. If you applied after the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you applied.
476 - Skilled - Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)38 months41 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Short-term12 months15 monthsCurrently, the Department is prioritising applications on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) and those in critical sectors as per Ministerial Directions.
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Medium-term3 months9 monthsCurrently, the Department is prioritising applications on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) and those in critical sectors as per Ministerial Directions.
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Labour Agreement3 months7 monthsCurrently, the Department is prioritising applications on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) and those in critical sectors as per Ministerial Directions.
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Sponsorship73 days89 daysCurrently, the Department is prioritising applications on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) and those in critical sectors as per Ministerial Directions. ​
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Nomination45 days7 months
485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)Graduate Work11 months13 months
485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)Post-Study Work12 months14 months
489 - Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489)First Provisional28 months32 monthsApplicants should be aware that points tested skilled migration visa applications that are not an occupation within a Critical Sector may exceed the average processing time. This is because each visa subclass contains applications that have a different processing priority. Occupations within a critical sector are given highest processing priority.​
489 - Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489)First Provisional29 months33 months
491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491)State/Territory Government Nominated Regional9 months22 months​Applicants should be aware that points tested skilled migration visa applications that are not an occupation within a Critical Sector may exceed the average processing time. This is because each visa subclass contains applications that have a different processing priority. Occupations within a critical sector are given highest processing priority.​
491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491)Family Sponsored Regional15 months23 monthsApplicants should be aware that points tested skilled migration visa applications that are not an occupation within a Critical Sector may exceed the average processing time. This is because each visa subclass contains applications that have a different processing priority. Occupations within a critical sector are given highest processing priority.​
494 - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494)Employer Sponsored8 months10 months
494 - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494)Labour Agreement5 months7 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector48 days85 daysStudent visa processing has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Student visa applications from applicants outside Australia are being prioritised to allow new students to enter Australia and commence their course. As such, processing times for this cohort are faster. In March 2022, 90 per cent of applications where the client is outside Australia were finalised in 30 days. ​
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Postgraduate Research Sector85 days8 monthsStudent visa processing has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Student visa applications from applicants outside Australia are being prioritised to allow new students to enter Australia and commence their course. As such, processing times for this cohort are faster. In March 2022, 90 per cent of applications where the client is outside Australia were finalised in 74 days. ​
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Independent ELICOS Sector44 days78 days
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Schools Sector70 days4 months​Student visa processing has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Student visa applications from applicants outside​ Australia are being prioritised to allow new students to enter Australia and commence their course. As such, processing times for this cohort are faster. In March 2022, 90 per cent of applications where the client is outside Australia were finalised in 63 days. ​
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Vocational Education and Training Sector7 months12 monthsStudent visa processing has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Student visa applications from applicants outside Australia are being prioritised to allow new students to enter Australia and commence their course. As such, processing times for this cohort are faster. In March 2022, 90 per cent of applications where the client is outside Australia were finalised in 53 days. ​
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Higher Education Sector57 days7 monthsStudent visa processing has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Student visa applications from applicants outside Australia are being prioritised to allow new students to enter Australia and commence their course. As such, processing times for this cohort are faster. In March 2022, 90 per cent of applications where the client is outside Australia were finalised in 58 days. ​
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Non-Award Sector23 days42 daysStudent visa processing has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Student visa applications from applicants outside Australia are being prioritised to allow new students to enter Australia and commence their course. As such, processing times for this cohort are faster. In March 2022, 90 per cent of applications where the client is outside Australia were finalised in 35 days. ​
590 - Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)3 months5 months
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Tourist26 Days37 DaysFor Visitors and Working Holiday Makers the processing time is calculated differently depending on when you applied. If you applied before the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you became eligible to travel. If you applied after the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you applied.
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Sponsored Family45 Days50 DaysFor Visitors and Working Holiday Makers the processing time is calculated differently depending on when you applied. If you applied before the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you became eligible to travel. If you applied after the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you applied.
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Business Visitor9 Days25 DaysFor Visitors and Working Holiday Makers the processing time is calculated differently depending on when you applied. If you applied before the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you became eligible to travel. If you applied after the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you applied.
602 - Medical Treatment (subclass 602) - outside Australia50 days6 months
651 - eVisitor (subclass 651)Less than 1 day6 daysFor Visitors and Working Holiday Makers the processing time is calculated differently depending on when you applied. If you applied before the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you became eligible to travel. If you applied after the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you applied.
771 - Transit (subclass 771)13 days20 days
801 - Partner (subclass 801)12 months21 monthsThe processing time for a Permanent Partner visa (subclass 801 or 100) starts from the date of eligibility. This is 2 years after the combined subclass 820/801 or 309/100 visa application was lodged. We are processing some older and more complex Partner visa applications. These cases can take longer to finalise and impact our published processing times.
802 - Child (subclass 802)13 months16 months
808 - Confirmatory (Residence) (subclass 808)36 days83 days
820 - Partner (subclass 820)21 months33 monthsThe processing time for a Permanent Partner visa (subclass 801 or 100) starts from the date of eligibility. This is 2 years after the combined subclass 820/801 or 309/100 visa application was lodged. We are processing some older and more complex Partner visa applications. These cases can take longer to finalise and impact our published processing times.
837 - Orphan Relative (subclass 837)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
858 - Global Talent (subclass 858)Global Talent Pathway71 days4 months
858 - Global Talent (subclass 858)Distinguished Talent23 months27 months
870 - Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870)18 months24 months
870 - Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870)21 months24 months
887 - Skilled-Regional (subclass 887)21 months25 monthsWe are currently assessing applications submitted before September 2020
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888)Business Innovation25 months27 months
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888)Investor23 months25 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 Investor26 months28 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)6 days9 days

Source: Department of Home Affairs


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