Global visa and citizenship processing times

On this page information : Australian Visa

  • Visa application processing times
  • Citizenship application processing times
  • Circumstances that affect processing times
  • How to view processing times
  • Information on what you need to know

Global visa and citizenship processing times will be updated monthly, providing you with an indicative timeframe for processing applications. Processing times are available for the majority of visa subclasses and citizenship products, but will exclude a few subclasses such as those closed to new entrants, capped and queued, or which have a low volume of applications. Two processing times are displayed in calendar days, indicating how long it is taking to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of applications submitted globally.

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.

Visa application processing times

Last updated: 16 November 2017 (for month ending 31 October 2017)
Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor  1 business day
600 Visitor    Tourist* 16 days 29 days
600 Visitor    Business Visitor 7 days 17 days
600 Visitor     Frequent Traveller 5 days 7 days
600 Visitor Sponsored Family 43 days 63 days
600 Visitor Approved Destination Status 4 days 6 days
771 Transit 5 days 7 days

*Processing times for the Tourist stream range from 48 hours to more than 20 days depending on factors such as peak processing periods in a particular location.

Work and skilled  visas 124 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

132 Business Talent Significant Business History Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

132 Business Talent Venture Capital Entrepreneur Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

186 Employer Nomination Scheme Agreement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry 9 Months 15 Months

186 Employer Nomination Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 8 Months 10 Months

187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 8 Months 9 Months

187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry 15 Months 18 Months

187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Agreement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Significant Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Business Innovation 15 Months 22 Months

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Premium Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Entrepreneur Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

189 Skilled – Independent Points-tested 7 Months 8 Months

189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand Unavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications

190 Skilled – Nominated 6 Months 10 Months

400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) 12 days 19 days

403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Seasonal Worker Programme 2 days 4 days

403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Government Agreement 22 days 34 days

403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Foreign Government Agency Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Privileges and Immunities Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

405 Investor Retirement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

407 Training 88 days 5 months

408 Temporary Activity Australian Government Endorsed Events 1 day 3 days

408 Temporary Activity Domestic Work for Executives Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

408 Temporary Activity Exchange Arrangements Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

408 Temporary Activity Superyacht Crew 1 day 3 days

408 Temporary Activity Special Programmes 28 days 49 days

408 Temporary Activity Religious Work 73 days 4 months

408 Temporary Activity Research Activities 62 days 78 days

408 Temporary Activity Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity 14 days 23 days

408 Temporary Activity Sporting Activities 30 days 56 days

408 Temporary Activity Entertainment Activities 7 days 13 days

417 Working Holiday 16 days 32 days

457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 5 months 10 months

462 Work and Holiday* 24 days 56 days

476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 62 days 78 days

485 Temporary Graduate Graduate Work 74 days 4 months

485 Temporary Graduate Post-Study Work 55 days 67 days

489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Skilled Regional – GSM Unavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications

489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes – GSM 5 Months 8 Months

858 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

887 Skilled – Regional 6 Months 8 Months

888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

890 Business Owner Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

891 Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner 14 Months 16 Months

893 State/Territory Sponsored Business Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
*Due to high demand for subclass 462 Work and Holiday visas in the period of July – September, global processing times during these months are expected to increase and may exceed 30 days.
Student visas

500 Student Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector 15 days 29 days
500 Student Postgraduate Research Sector 60 days 83 days
500 Student Non-Award Sector 5 days 36 days

500 Student Schools Sector 40 days 72 days

500 Student Independent ELICOS Sector 34 days 51 days

500 Student Vocational Education and Training Sector 52 days 63 days500 Student Higher Education Sector 52 days 59 days                                              590 Student Guardian 63 days 4 months
Family and partner visas
100 Partner* 19 Months 32 Months
101 Child 7 Months 11 Months
102 Adoption Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
117 Orphan Relative 31 Months 46 Months
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 37 Months 38 Months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
300 Prospective Marriage 13 Months 18 Months
309 Partner (Provisional) 11 Months 16 Months
445 Dependent Child 6 Months 11 Months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 11 months 16 months
801 Partner* 16 Months 22 Months
802 Child Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
820 Partner 20 Months 25 Months
837 Orphan Relative Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
864 Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
884 Contributory Aged-Parent (Temporary) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
*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.
Other visas
602 Medical Treatment 28 days 59 days
151 Former Resident Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
155 Five Year Resident Return 7 Days 31 Days
157 Three Month Resident Return Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
159 Provisional Resident Return Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
808 Confirmatory (Residence) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
988 Maritime Crew Visa 1 day 4 days
Citizenship application processing times
Last updated: 16 November 2017 (for month ending 31 October 2017)
Australian Citizenship application type 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**) 11 months 13 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 66 days 5 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 20 days 39 days
**A small proportion of applicants for Australian citizenship by conferral are not required to attend a ceremony. For Descent and Evidence applications, allow an additional 10 days for printing and postage of your certificate. If you applied from outside Australia, postage will take longer.

Circumstances that affect processing times
We assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration programme
  • for citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.

How to view processing times
You can view current processing times on the page for the specific visa subclass or citizenship type you are applying for. You should check regularly to ensure you know the current processing times for your visa.
To ensure your application falls within the published processing times, you need to submit a complete application. The checklists provided on ImmiAccount will assist in making sure you include all required documents in your application.

Information on what you need to know

  • Before you lodge your visa application
  • After you lodge your visa application
  • Before your citizenship test or interview
  • After your citizenship test/interview
  • Visa support

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