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: 17 May 2017 (for month ending 30 April 2017)

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor 1 day2 days
600 VisitorTourist*18 days34 days
600 VisitorBusiness Visitor7 days16 days
600 VisitorFrequent Traveller4 days5 days
600 VisitorSponsored Family37 days59 days
600 VisitorApproved Destination Status4 days6 days
771 Transit 5 days8 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
186 Employer Nomination SchemeAgreement5 Months7 Months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeDirect Entry9 Months11 Months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeTemporary Residence Transition8 Months10 Months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeTemporary Residence Transition9 Months11 Months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeDirect Entry13 Months14 Months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Significant InvestorUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)InvestorUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Business Innovation14 Months17 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 4 Months6 Months
190 Skilled - Nominated 4 Months7 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
403 Temporary Work (International Relations)Seasonal Worker Programme15 days23 days
405 Investor Retirement Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
407 Training 66 days4 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 CrewUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary ActivitySpecial Programmes59 days75 days
408 Temporary ActivityReligious Work78 days4 months
408 Temporary ActivityResearch Activities 58 days71 days
408 Temporary ActivityInvited for Other Social and Cultural Activity14 days21 days
408 Temporary ActivitySporting Activities35 days86 days
408 Temporary ActivityEntertainment Activities8 days15 days
417 Working Holiday 12 days27 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 53 days7 months
462 Work and Holiday 15 days29 days
476 Skilled - Recognised Graduate 86 days4 months
485 Temporary GraduateGraduate Work63 days84 days
485 Temporary GraduatePost-Study Work50 days66 days
489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional)Skilled Regional - GSM6 Months8 Months
489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional)State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes - GSM5 Months8 Months
858 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
887 Skilled - Regional 9 Months10 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 Months14 Months
893 State/Territory Sponsored Business Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
Student visas
500 StudentForeign Affairs or Defence Sector16 days23 days
500 StudentPostgraduate Research Sector48 days73 days
500 StudentNon-Award Sector8 days15 days
500 StudentSchools Sector28 days50 days
500 StudentIndependent ELICOS Sector41 days56 days
500 StudentVocational Education and Training Sector36 days56 days
500 StudentHigher Education Sector36 days50 days
590 Student Guardian 48 days4 months
Family and partner visas
100 Partner* 14 Months22 Months
101 Child 7 Months11 Months
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 34 Months34 Months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) 32 Months34 Months
300 Prospective Marriage 11 Months16 Months
309 Partner (Provisional) 11 Months14 Months
445 Dependent Child 9 Months11 Months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 9 months11 months
801 Partner* 15 Months20 Months
802 Child 7 Months8 Months
820 Partner 17 Months19 Months
837 Orphan Relative Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
864 Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence) 15 Months16 Months
*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 14 days43 days
155 Five Year Resident Return 5 Days14 Days
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 days4 days

Citizenship application processing times

Last updated: 17 May 2017 (for month ending 30 April 2017)

Australian Citizenship application type75% of applications processed in90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**)10 months12 months
Descent (lodgement to decision)69 days4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision)6 days26 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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