Refugee or humanitarian programme visa processing times

​The table below details the indicative service standards for visas to resettle in Australia as a Refugee or under the Special Humanitarian Programme.
Note: We aim to process 75 per cent of applications within these service standards, however, actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors.
See: Service standards


Application TypeProcessing Time
Offshore Humanitarian
(Subclass 200, 201, 202, 204)
You can expect us to finalise humanitarian visa applications within 12–18 months.
Note: Currently, high numbers of applications and a limited number of Special Humanitarian Programme places mean that it may take several years for applications to be decided. For further information see Special Humanitarian Programme.

Protection visa (subclass 866)
Temporary Protection Visas (subclass 785)
Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (subclass 790)

We aim to finalise protection visa applications as quickly as possible. 
Note: This is a very complex process and will take some time. You can assist us in finalising your application by responding to any requests from us in the specified timeframes.

For further information see: