Business innovation and investment visa processing times

The table below details the indicative processing times for a Business Skills or Business Innovation and Investment visa.

We aim to process 75 per cent of applications within the timeframes detailed below. It should be noted that individual actual processing times will vary depending on a range of factors.
See: Service standards

Visa ApplicationLodged in AustraliaLodged outside Australia
  Low RiskHigh RiskLow RiskHigh Risk
Business Skills – Lodged on or before 30 June 2012
(subclass 132, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 845, 846)
Note: These subclasses, excepting subclass 132 Business Talent, ceased to new applications on 1 July 2012
11 months22 months9 months28 months
Business Skills
(subclass 890, 891, 892, 893)
17 months17 months20 months20 months
Business Innovation and Investment
(subclass 132, 188 and 888)
9 months9 months9 months9 months

More information is available on the our website.
See: Life in Australia

Definition – low/high risk

The terms 'Low risk' and 'High risk' show whether passport holders are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Low risk applies to nationals from countries which issue ETA eligible passports. A list of these can be found on the Department's website. High risk countries are those which are not ETA eligible.
See: ETA Eligible Passports