Visitor visa processing times

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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 ApplicationStreamLodged in AustraliaLodged outside Australia
Low Risk*High RiskLow Risk*High Risk
(subclass 600 )
Tourist (including Approved Destination Status)1 working day1 week1 working day1 month
Business Visitorsn/an/a1 working day1 month
Sponsored Family Visitorsn/a1.5 monthsn/an/a
Frequent Traveller Streamn/an/an/a1 month
Medical Treatment
(subclass 602 )
1 week1 month1 week1.5 months
eVisitor (subclass 651) n/an/a1 working day1 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

Working Holiday

The table below details the processing time service standards for a Working Holiday visa.

Visa ApplicationFirst Working Holiday visa applicationSecond Working Holiday visa application
Working Holiday
(subclass 417)
6 days21 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
(subclass 462)
6 days14 days