Global visa and citizenship processing times

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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: 21 December 2017 (for month ending 30 November 2017)

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor  1 business day 1 business day
600 VisitorTourist* 15 days 29 days
600 VisitorBusiness Visitor 7 days 18 days
600 VisitorFrequent Traveller 5 days 7 days
600 VisitorSponsored Family 39 days 60 days
600 VisitorApproved Destination Status 4 days 5 days
771 Transit  5 days 7 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
124 Distinguished Talent   Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
132 Business TalentSignificant Business History Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
132 Business Talent Venture Capital Entrepreneur Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
186 Employer Nomination SchemeAgreement 5 Months 6 Months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeDirect Entry 12 Months 16 Months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeTemporary Residence Transition 8 Months 10 Months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeTemporary Residence Transition 8 Months 10 Months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeDirect Entry 17 Months 19 Months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeAgreement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Significant Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Business Innovation 15 Months 20 Months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Premium Investor Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)Entrepreneur Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
189 Skilled - Independent Points-tested 6 Months 10 Months
189 Skilled - IndependentNew ZealandUnavailable (see below for details)^ Unavailable (see below for details)^
190 Skilled - Nominated 8 Months 11 Months
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) 13 days 22 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations)Seasonal Worker Programme 2 days 4 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations)Government Agreement 33 days 44 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Foreign Government Agency Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Privileges and Immunities Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
405 Investor Retirement  Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
407 Training  79 days 4 months
408 Temporary ActivityAustralian Government Endorsed Events 3 days 24 days
408 Temporary ActivityDomestic Work for Executives Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary ActivityExchange Arrangements Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary ActivitySuperyacht Crew 10 days 21 days
408 Temporary ActivitySpecial Programmes 19 days 26 days
408 Temporary ActivityReligious Work 68 days 4 months
408 Temporary ActivityResearch Activities 61 days 70 days
408 Temporary ActivityInvited for Other Social and Cultural Activity 12 days 27 days
408 Temporary ActivitySporting Activities 51 days 74 days
408 Temporary ActivityEntertainment Activities 5 days 10 days
417 Working Holiday  8 days 29 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled)  88 days 8 months
462 Work and Holiday*  16 days 40 days
476 Skilled - Recognised Graduate  57 days 85 days
485 Temporary GraduateGraduate Work 82 days 4 months
485 Temporary GraduatePost-Study Work 74 days 88 days
489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional)Skilled Regional - GSMUnavailable due to low volume of applicationsUnavailable due to low volume of applications
489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes - GSM 5 Months 10 Months
858 Distinguished Talent  Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
887 Skilled - Regional  7 Months 8 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  15 Months 16 Months
893 State/Territory Sponsored Business Investor  Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

*Due to high demand for subclass 462 Work and Holiday visas in the period of July - September, global processing times during these months are expected to increase and may exceed 30 days.
^Due to the recent introduction of the New Zealand pathway stream of the subclass 189 visa global processing times are not yet available.

Student visas
500 StudentForeign Affairs or Defence Sector 22 days 32 days
500 StudentPostgraduate Research Sector 63 days 86 days
500 StudentNon-Award Sector 2 days 7 days
500 StudentSchools Sector 29 days 64 days
500 StudentIndependent ELICOS Sector 29 days 58 days
500 StudentVocational Education and Training Sector 59 days 79 days
500 StudentHigher Education Sector 57 days 77 days
590 Student Guardian  70 days 4 months
Family and partner visas
100 Partner*  17 Months 25 Months
101 Child  9 Months 19 Months
102 Adoption  Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
117 Orphan Relative   39 Months 62 Months
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant)  37 Months 39 Months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary)  37 Months 41 Months
300 Prospective Marriage  12 Months 16 Months
309 Partner (Provisional)  11 Months 16 Months
445 Dependent Child  8 Months 11 Months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)  14 months 27 months
801 Partner*  15 Months 22 Months
802 Child  9 Months 10 Months
820 Partner  20 Months 25 Months
837 Orphan Relative  Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
864 Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence)  Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
884 Contributory Aged-Parent (Temporary)   Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
*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  22 days 40 days
151 Former Resident   Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
155 Five Year Resident Return  7 Days 30 Days
157 Three Month Resident Return   Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
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 days 4 days

Citizenship application processing times

Last updated: 21 December 2017 (for month ending 30 November 2017)

Australian Citizenship application type75% of applications processed in90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**)12 months14 months
Descent (lodgement to decision)4 months6 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision)23 days34 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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