Resident return visa processing times

The tables below detail the indicative service standards for return resident visas.
Note: We aim to process applications within these service standards, however, actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors.

Return resident

The table below details the processing time service standards for visas.

Visa applicationsLodged in Australia Lodged outside Australia
Resident Return Visas, Australian Declaratory visas
(subclasses 155, 157, 159)
1 working day 2 weeks
Provisional Resident Return (subclass 159) visa for former holders of Norfolk Island immigration permits3 months3 months

More information is available on Returning residents.

Former resident

The table below details the processing time service standards for visas for migrating to Australia - Special Eligibility (former resident).

Visa Applications Lodged in Australia Lodged outside Australia
Special Eligibility (former resident)
(subclass 151)

Low risk - 6 months

High risk - 9 months

Low risk - 9 months

High risk - 12 months

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.

For more information about migrating to Australia under special eligibility, see Migrating as a Former Resident.

Confirmatory resident

Visa Applications Lodged in Australia Lodged outside Australia
Confirmatory (Residence) (Subclass 808) visa for former holders of Norfolk Island immigration permits

Low risk - 6 months

High risk - 9 months

Low risk - 9 months

High risk - 12 months

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.