Training and Research visa processing times

The Australian Government recommends, subject to approval by the Governor-General, the introduction of reforms to the temporary activity visa framework on 19 November 2016.

Further details about the proposed new temporary activity visa framework are available.

The tables below detail the indicative processing times for the Training and Research visa.
Note: We aim to process 75 per cent of applications within these processing times. However, actual processing times might vary depending on a range of factors.
See:  Service standards for more information.

Occupational Trainee stream, Research stream and Professional Development stream.

Training and Research (subclass 402) visaLodged in AustraliaLodged outside Australia
Low RiskHigh RiskLow RiskHigh Risk
Occupational Trainee stream2 months3 months2 months3 months
Research stream2 months3 months2 months3 months
Professional Development streamn/an/a2 months3 months

The table below details the processing timeframes for sponsorship and nomination applications for the training and research visa.

Application typeTime frame
Sponsorship4-6 weeks
Nomination4-6 weeks

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.
See: ETA Eligible Passports

More information on working in Australia is available on the department's website.
See:Training and Research Visas ​​