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: 14 June 2017 (for month ending 31 May 2017)

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor 1 day 3 days
600 VisitorTourist*20 days 36 days
600 VisitorBusiness Visitor7 days 14 days
600 VisitorFrequent Traveller7 days 8 days
600 VisitorSponsored Family48 days 63 days
600 VisitorApproved Destination Status3 days 5 days
771 Transit 6 days 8 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 TalentSignificant Business HistoryUnavailable 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 SchemeAgreement9 Months 13 Months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeDirect Entry9 months 13 Months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeTemporary Residence Transition8 months 9 Months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeTemporary Residence Transition9 months 11 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeDirect Entry13 months 14 Months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeAgreementUnavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Significant Investor13 Months 23 Months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Investor18 Months 19 Months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Business Innovation14 months 19 Months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Premium InvestorUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)EntrepreneurUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
189 Skilled - Independent Points-tested4 Months 7 Months
189 Skilled - IndependentNew ZealandUnavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications
190 Skilled - Nominated  7 Months 13 Months
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)Australia's InterestUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)Short Stay Specialist9 days15 days
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity Invited ParticipantUnavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
403 Temporary Work (International Relations)Seasonal Worker Programme3 days 13 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations)Government Agreement56 days57 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Foreign Government Agency 6 days 23 days
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 77 days 5 months
408 Temporary ActivityAustralian Government Endorsed EventsUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary ActivityDomestic Work for ExecutivesUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary ActivityExchange ArrangementsUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary ActivitySuperyacht Crew14 days 14 days
408 Temporary ActivitySpecial Programmes57 days 77 days
408 Temporary ActivityReligious Work 4 months4 months
408 Temporary ActivityResearch Activities 55 days 69 days
408 Temporary ActivityInvited for Other Social and Cultural Activity11 days 20 days
408 Temporary ActivitySporting Activities8 days 21 days
408 Temporary ActivityEntertainment Activities6 days 10 days
417 Working Holiday 12 days 40 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 4 months 7 months
462 Work and Holiday* 14 days 44 days
476 Skilled - Recognised Graduate  80 days4 months
485 Temporary GraduateGraduate Work75 days 83 days
485 Temporary GraduatePost-Study Work72 days 84 days
489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional)Skilled Regional - GSM 4 Months 7 Months
489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes - GSM 6 Months8 Months
858 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
887 Skilled - Regional 9 Months 12 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 StudentForeign Affairs or Defence Sector13 days 24 days
500 StudentPostgraduate Research Sector51 days 4 months
500 StudentNon-Award Sector4 days 9 days
500 StudentSchools Sector31 days 57 days
500 StudentIndependent ELICOS Sector38 days 50 days
500 StudentVocational Education and Training Sector46 days 67 days
500 StudentHigher Education Sector36 days 68 days
590 Student Guardian  49 days4 months
Family and partner visas
100 Partner* 15 Months 25 Months
101 Child 9 Months 13 Months
102 Adoption Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
117 Orphan Relative   Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 35 Months 39 Months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) 41 Months 45 Months
300 Prospective Marriage 12 Months 17 Months
309 Partner (Provisional) 11 months 15 Months
445 Dependent Child 8 Months 10 Months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 8 months 10 months
801 Partner* 16 Months 21 Months
802 Child 8 Months 10 Months
820 Partner 17 months 19 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 17 days 39 days
151 Former Resident   1 Day7 Months
155 Five Year Resident Return 9 Days 15 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 2 days 5 days

Citizenship application processing times

Last updated: 14 June 2017 (for month ending 31 May 2017)

Australian Citizenship application type75% of applications processed in90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**)11 months13 months
Descent (lodgement to decision)55 days4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision)5 days11 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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