The tables below detail the indicative processing times for visas for studying, training and conducting research in Australia.
Note: We aim to process
75 per cent of applications within these service standards. However, actual processing times might vary depending on a range of factors.
See: Service standards for more information.
Student indicative processing times
|Visa application||Lodged in Australia||Lodged outside Australia|
|Assessment Level||Level 1 or 2||Level 3 ||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3 |
(subclass 570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576, 580)
Note: Student Guardian visa processing times are based on the Assessment Level of the nominating student.
|14 days||1 month||14 days||21 days||3 months|
Students: permission to work||7 days||7 days||n/a|
Assessment Levels: Student visa Assessment Levels are determined by the passport you hold and the visa subclass you are applying for.
Student visa assessment levels
Student visa options
Training and research visa processing times
Occupational Trainee stream, Research stream and Professional Development stream.
|Training and Research (subclass 402) visa||Lodged in Australia||Lodged outside Australia|
|Low Risk||High Risk||Low Risk||High Risk|
|Occupational Trainee stream||2 months||3 months||2 months||3 months|
|Research stream||2 months||3 months||2 months||3 months|
|Professional Development stream||n/a||n/a||2 months||3 months|
The table below details the processing timeframes for sponsorship and nomination applications for the training and research visa.
|Application type||Time frame|
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.
ETA Eligible Passports
More information on working in Australia is available on the department's website.
Training and Research Visas