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The tables below detail the indicative processing times for visiting, working, tourism, business visitor and medical treatment visas.
Note: We aim to process applications within these indicative processing times, however, actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors.
See: Service standards
The table below details the indicative processing times for visitor visas.
indicative processing times for visitor visas
|Visa Application||Stream||Lodged in Australia||Lodged outside Australia|
|Low Risk*||High Risk||Low Risk*||High Risk|
(subclass 600 )
|Tourist (including Approved Destination Status)||1 working day||1 week||1 working day||1 month|
|Business Visitors||n/a||n/a||1 working day||1 month|
|Sponsored Family Visitors||n/a||1.5 months||n/a||n/a|
|Frequent Traveller Stream||n/a||n/a||n/a||1 month|
(subclass 602 )
|1 week||1 month||1 week||1.5 months|
eVisitor (subclass 651)|| ||n/a||n/a||1 working day||1 month|
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
The table below details the processing time service standards for a Working Holiday visa.
|Visa Application||First Working Holiday visa application||Second Working Holiday visa application|
|6 days||21 days|
Work and Holiday
The table below details the processing time service standards for a Work and Holiday visa.
Visa Application ||
Web Application (US nationals only) ||
Paper Applications |
Work and Holiday|
|6 days||14 days|