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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: 29 March 2022

VisaStream75% Of Visas Processed90% Of Visas ProcessedAdditional Information
100 - Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100)19 months29 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. As part of efforts to reduce the size of this caseload, older and more complex permanent Partner cases are now being processed. These cases take longer to finalise and are impacting published processing times.
101 - Child (subclass 101)25 months36 months
102 - Adoption (subclass 102)20 months29 months
117 - Orphan Relative (subclass 117)68 months110 months
124 - Distinguished Talent (subclass 124)24 months27 months
132 - Business Talent (subclass 132)Significant Business History26 months35 months
132 - Business Talent (subclass 132)Venture Capital Entrepreneur36 months40 months
155 - Resident Return 5 Year (subclass 155)2 days73 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 months5 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 Pathway6 months13 months
186 - Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)Transition Pathway15 months18 months
187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)Direct Entry Pathway38 months51 months
187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)Transition Pathway14 months19 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Business Innovation29 months35 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Investor36 months38 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 months8 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Business Innovation Extension12 months19 months
188 - Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188)Significant Investor Extension11 months14 months
189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189)Points-Tested24 months35 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 Zealand18 months24 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)9 months19 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)24 months33 months
309 - Partner (Provisional) (subclass 309)21 months31 months
400 - Temporary Work (short stay) (subclass 400)31 days45 days
400 - Temporary Work (short stay) (subclass 400)Highly Specialised Work23 days46 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Government Agreement59 days12 months
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Foreign Government Agency8 months15 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 Program9 days14 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Privileges and Immunities27 days82 days
403 - Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403)Pacific Labour Scheme8 days11 days
407 - Training visa (subclass 407)4 months10 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Entertainment Activities53 days24 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Research Activities3 months12 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Religious Work8 months14 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Special Programs11 months14 months
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity8 days19 days
408 - Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408)Australian Government Endorsed Events4 months6 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 Crew6 months8 months
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 Activities32 days3 months
417 - Working Holiday (subclass 417)28 days3 months​Applications which had been on-hand while Australia’s borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased. Applications lodged recently are being finalised quickly. 75 per cent of applications lodged since 1 November 2021 that were finalised before 28 February 2022 were finalised in 17 days.​
445 - Dependent Child (subclass 445)6 months9 months
461 - NZ Citizen Family Relationship (subclass 461)24 months33 months
462 - Work and Holiday (subclass 462)10 months20 months​Applications which had been on-hand while Australia’s borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased. Applications lodged recently are being finalised quickly. 75 per cent of applications lodged since 1 November 2021 that were finalised before 28 February 2022 were finalised in 70 days.​
476 - Skilled - Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)35 months35 months
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Short-term9 months15 monthsCurrently, the Department is prioritising applications on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) and those in critical sectors as per Ministerial Directions.  As borders reopen, many applications which had been on-hand while Australia's borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased.
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Medium-term5 months10 monthsCurrently, the Department is prioritising applications on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) and those in critical sectors as per Ministerial Directions.  As borders reopen, many applications which had been on-hand while Australia's borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased.
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Labour Agreement3 months6 monthsCurrently, the Department is prioritising applications on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) and those in critical sectors as per Ministerial Directions.  As borders reopen, many applications which had been on-hand while Australia's borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased.
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Sponsorship51 days85 days
482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)Nomination64 days13 months
485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)Graduate Work11 months17 months
485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)Post-Study Work11 months12 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.​
491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491)State/Territory Government Nominated Regional9 months18 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 Regional7 months14 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 Sponsored6 months10 months
494 - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494)Labour Agreement5 months7 months
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector75 days4 monthsApplications which had been on-hand while Australia’s borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased. Applications lodged recently are being finalised quickly. 75 per cent of applications lodged since 15 December 2021 that were finalised before 28 February 2022 were finalised in 29 days.
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Postgraduate Research Sector3 months6 monthsApplications which had been on-hand while Australia’s borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased. Applications lodged recently are being finalised quickly. 75 per cent of applications lodged since 15 December 2021 that were finalised before 28 February 2022 were finalised in 29 days.
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Independent ELICOS Sector44 days14 monthsApplications which had been on-hand while Australia’s borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased. Applications lodged recently are being finalised quickly. 75 per cent of applications lodged since 15 December 2021 that were finalised before 28 February 2022 were finalised in 29 days.
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Schools Sector87 days4 monthsApplications which had been on-hand while Australia’s borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased. Applications lodged recently are being finalised quickly. 75 per cent of applications lodged since 15 December 2021 that were finalised before 28 February 2022 were finalised in 35 days.​
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Vocational Education and Training Sector7 months12 monthsApplications which had been on-hand while Australia’s borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased. Applications lodged recently are being finalised quickly. 75 per cent of applications lodged since 15 December 2021 that were finalised before 28 February 2022 were finalised in 37 days.
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Higher Education Sector43 days6 monthsApplications which had been on-hand while Australia’s borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased. Applications lodged recently are being finalised quickly. 75 per cent of applications lodged since 15 December 2021 that were finalised before 28 February 2022 were finalised in 25 days.​
500 - Student visa (subclass 500)Non-Award Sector19 days29 daysApplications which had been on-hand while Australia’s borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased. Applications lodged recently are being finalised quickly. 75 per cent of applications lodged since 15 December 2021 that were finalised before 28 February 2022 were finalised in 18 days.
590 - Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)89 days4 months
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Tourist3 months20 monthsDue to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise.
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Sponsored Family4 months10 monthsDue to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise.
600 - Visitor (subclass 600)Business Visitor26 days4 monthsDue to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise.
602 - Medical Treatment (subclass 602) - outside Australia27 days88 days
651 - eVisitor (subclass 651)Less than 1 day10 daysDue to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise.
771 - Transit (subclass 771)14 days26 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. As part of efforts to reduce the size of this caseload, older and more complex permanent Partner cases are now being processed. These cases take longer to finalise and are impacting published processing times.
802 - Child (subclass 802)10 months24 months
808 - Confirmatory (Residence) (subclass 808)35 days81 days
820 - Partner (subclass 820)21 months34 months
837 - Orphan Relative (subclass 837)15 months20 months
858 - Global Talent (subclass 858)Global Talent Pathway80 days5 months
858 - Global Talent (subclass 858)Distinguished Talent23 months24 months
870 - Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870)Sponsorship5 months5 months
870 - Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870)21 months24 months
887 - Skilled-Regional (subclass 887)21 months22 monthsWe are currently assessing applications submitted before September 2020
888 - Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888)Business Innovation24 months27 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)Entrepreneur41 days41 days
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)5 days10 days

Source: Department of Home Affairs


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