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 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: 13 April 2017 (for month ending 31 March 2017)

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor 1 days2 days
600 VisitorTourist15 days*28 days
600 VisitorApproved Destination Status4 days5 days
600 VisitorBusiness Visitor5 days15 days
600 VisitorSponsored Family39 days61 days
600 VisitorFrequent Traveller3 days5 days
771 Transit 6 days8 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
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)Short Stay Specialist 8 days18 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations)Government Agreement25 days37 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations)Foreign Government Agency15 days34 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations)Seasonal Worker Programme9 days15 days
407 Training 63 days90 days
408 Temporary ActivityEntertainment Activities10 days17 days
408 Temporary ActivitySporting Activities11 days32 days
408 Temporary ActivityReligious Work85 days4 months
408 Temporary ActivityResearch Activities 59 days86 days
408 Temporary ActivitySpecial Programmes62 days72 days
408 Temporary ActivityInvited for Other Social and Cultural Activity8 days15 days
408 Temporary ActivitySuperyacht Crew4 days9 days
417 Working Holiday 13 days29 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 51 days6 months
462 Work and Holiday 11 days17 days
476 Skilled - Recognised Graduate 4 months4 months
485 Temporary GraduateGraduate Work76 days4 months
485 Temporary GraduatePost-Study Work69 days86 days
489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional)Skilled Regional - GSM6 months7 months
489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional)State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes - GSM6 months9 months
887 Skilled – Regional 9 months11 months
892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner 15 months16 months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeDirect Entry10 months12 months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeAgreement5 months7 months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeTemporary Residence Transition8 months9 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeDirect Entry12 months13 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeTemporary Residence Transition9 months10 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Business Innovation15 months17 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Significant Investor21 months22 months
189 Skilled - Independent 5 months7 months
190 Skilled - Nominated 5 months8 months
Student visas
500 StudentHigher Education Sector21 days37 days
500 StudentVocational Education and Training Sector26 days58 days
500 StudentIndependent ELICOS Sector49 days61 days
500 StudentSchools Sector30 days79 days
500 StudentPostgraduate Research Sector59 days87 days
500 StudentNon-Award Sector24 days54 days
500 StudentForeign Affairs or Defence Sector15 days32 days
590 Student Guardian 67 days4 months
Family and partner visas
300 Prospective Marriage 12 months16 months
820 Partner (Temporary) 17 months20 months
801 Partner (Permanent) 15 months20 months
309 Partner (Provisional) 11 months16 months
100 Partner (Migrant) 13 months22 months
101 Child 8 months16 months
802 Child 7 months9 months
445 Dependent Child 7 months11 months
117 Orphan Relative 26 months43 months
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 33 months34 months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) 33 months34 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 7 months10 months
Other visas
155 Five Year Resident Return 3 Days8 Days
602 Medical Treatment 18 days46 days
988 Maritime Crew Visa 1 day3 days
995 Diplomatic (Temporary) 1 day2 days
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Citizenship application processing times

Last updated: 13 April 2017 (for month ending 31 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)59 days4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision)6 days15 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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