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: 20 December 2021

VisaStream75% Of Visas Processed90% Of Visas ProcessedAdditional Information
100 - Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100)13 months19 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)17 months28 months
102 - Adoption (subclass 102)21 months34 months
117 - Orphan Relative (subclass 117)50 months65 months
124 - Distinguished Talent (subclass 124)23 months26 months
132 - Business Talent (subclass 132)Significant Business History34 months36 months
132 - Business Talent (subclass 132)Venture Capital Entrepreneur35 months40 months
155 - Resident Return 5 Year (subclass 155)1 day52 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)4 months5 months
159 - Provisional Resident Return (subclass 159)Processing times are not available
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)Direct Entry Pathway5 months8 months
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)Agreement Pathway15 months24 months
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)Transition Pathway9 months16 months
187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)Direct Entry Pathway35 months45 months
187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)Transition Pathway12 months18 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Business Innovation30 months35 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Investor35 months37 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Significant Investor16 months22 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Premium InvestorProcessing times are not available
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Entrepreneur5 months13 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Business Innovation Extension15 months19 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Significant Investor Extension11 months15 months
189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189)Points-Tested18 months30 months
189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189)New Zealand18 months19 months
190 - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)6 months18 months
300 - Prospective Marriage (subclass 300)29 months34 months
309 - Partner (Provisional) (subclass 309)22 months29 months
400 - Temporary Work (short stay) (subclass 400)15 days42 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Government Agreement78. days8 months
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 available
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Seasonal Worker Program6 days9 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Privileges and Immunities33 days4 months
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Pacific Labour Scheme7 days11 days
407 - Training visa (subclass 407)12 months16 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Entertainment Activities21 days37 days
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Research Activities27 months28 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Religious Work8 months10 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Special Programs6 months10 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity5 days11 days
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Australian Government Endorsed Events84 days5 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 Crew38 days38 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 Activities18 days6 months
417 - Working Holiday (subclass 417)61 days5 months
445 - Dependent Child (subclass 445)7 months14 months
461 - NZ Citizen Family Relationship (subclass 461)26 months31 months
462 - Work and Holiday (subclass 462)3 months7 months
476 - Skilled - Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Short-term8 months11 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Medium-term5 months8 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Labour Agreement6 months10 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Sponsorship40 days54 days
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Nomination55 days8 months
485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)Graduate Work10 months12 months
485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)Post-Study Work9 months11 months
489 - Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489)25 months29 months
491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491)State/Territory Government Nominated Regional5 months9 months
491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491)Family Sponsored Regional10 months11 months
494 - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494)Employer Sponsored4 months7 months
494 - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494)Labour Agreement4 months6 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector87 days7 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Postgraduate Research Sector4 months8 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Independent ELICOS Sector81 days18 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Schools Sector5 months9 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Vocational Education and Training Sector8 months16 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Higher Education Sector76 days7 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Non-Award Sector7 days22 days
590 - Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)3 months8 months
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Tourist4 months13 monthsDue to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. The Department is prioritising processing of visa applications for travellers who are exempt from our travel restrictions.
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Sponsored Family71 days12 monthsDue to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. The Department is prioritising processing of visa applications for travellers who are exempt from our travel restrictions.
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Business Visitor6 days20 daysDue to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. The Department is prioritising processing of visa applications for travellers who are exempt from our travel restrictions.
602 - Medical Treatment (subclass 602) - outside Australia29 days55 days
651 - eVisitor (subclass 651)7 months15 monthsDue to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. The Department is prioritising processing of visa applications for travellers who are exempt from our travel restrictions.
771 - Transit (subclass 771)7 days19 days
801 - Partner (subclass 801)12 months20 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)13 months21 months
808 - Confirmatory (Residence) (subclass 808)34 days58 days
820 - Partner (subclass 820)21 months31 months
837 - Orphan Relative (subclass 837)Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
858 - Global Talent (subclass 858)Global Talent Pathway4 months5 months
858 - Global Talent (subclass 858)Distinguished Talent23 months25 months
870 - Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870)Sponsorship5 months6 months
870 - Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870)20 months21 months
887 - Skilled-Regional (subclass 887)17 months22 monthsWe are currently assessing applications submitted before September 2020
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888)Business Innovation24 months24 months
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888)Investor23 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 Investor26 months27 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 available
891 - Investor (subclass 891)Processing times are not available
892 - State Sponsored Business Owner (subclass 892)Processing times are not available
893 - Sponsored Investor (subclass 893)Processing times are not available
988 - Maritime Crew (subclass 988)3 days9 days

Source: Department of Home Affairs


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