Global visa and citizenship processing times

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, 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: 14 March 2017

Visa typeDescription 75% of applications processed in90% of applications processed in
400Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Short Stay Specialist)9 days16 days
403Temporary Work (International Relations) (Government Agreement)32 days43 days
403Temporary Work (International Relations) (Foreign Government Agency)28 days43 days
403Temporary Work (International Relations) (Seasonal Worker Programme)9 days13 days
407Training65 days77 days
408Temporary Activity (Entertainment Activities)7 days16 days
408Temporary Activity (Sporting Activities)22 days32 days
408Temporary Activity (Religious Work)67 days76 days
408Temporary Activity (Research Activities)47 days69 days
408Temporary Activity (Special Programmes)66 days75 days
408Temporary Activity (Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity)8 days14 days
417Working Holiday14 days34 days
457Temporary Work (Skilled)86 days6 months
461New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)8 months11 months
462Work and Holiday7 days19 days
476Skilled - Recognised Graduate4 months4 months
485Temporary Graduate (Graduate Work)5 months6 months
485Temporary Graduate (Post-Study Work)71 days90 days
500Student (Independent ELICOS Sector)55 days71 days
500Student (Schools Sector)55 days86 days
500Student (Vocational Education and Training Sector)43 days76 days
500Student (Higher Education Sector)24 days52 days
500Student (Postgraduate Research Sector)48 days4 months
500Student (Non-Award Sector)29 days46 days
500Student (Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector)15 days35 days
590Student Guardian71 days4 months
600Visitor (Tourist)20 days*30 days
600Visitor (Sponsored Family)41 days58 days
600Visitor (Business Visitor)6 days15 days
600Visitor (Approved Destination Status)3 days5 days
600Visitor (Frequent Traveller)5 days12 days
602Medical Treatment25 days56 days
651eVisitor1 day3 days
771Transit6 days9 days
988Maritime Crew Visa4 days6 months
100Partner15 months23 months
101Child9 months15 months
117Orphan Relative22 months26 months
143Contributory Parent (Migrant)32 months33 months
155Five Year Resident Return2 days6 days
173Contributory Parent (Temporary)32 months32 months
186Employer Nomination Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway)9 months11 months
186Employer Nomination Scheme (Transition Pathway)8 months9 months
187Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway)11 months12 months
187Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Transition Pathway)8 months9 months
188Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Business Innovation)16 months18 months
189Skilled - Independent4 months6 months
190Skilled - Nominated4 months7 months
300Prospective Marriage12 months17 months
309Partner (Provisional)11 months15 months
489Skilled - Regional (Provisional) (Skilled Regional - GSM)5 months6 months
489Skilled - Regional (Provisional) (State/Territory Nominated visa classes - GSM)5 months7 months
801Partner16 months20 months
802Child7 months8 months
820Partner18 months20 months
864Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence)15 months15 months
887Skilled - Regional7 months10 months
892State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner15 months17 months

*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.

Last updated: 14 March 2017

Australian Citizenship application type75% of applications processed in90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**)10 months12 months
Descent (lodgement to decision)63 days4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision)5 days12 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.

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