Visa Processing Times

The Department of Home Affairs has provided an approximate timeframe for processing visa and citizenship applications.

Last updated: 19 September 2018 (for the month ending 31 August 2018)

Visa Comments Category 75% of visas processed 90% of visas processed
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Agreement Skilled Migration Unavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry 186 & 187 Visas 15 months 19 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 186 & 187 Visas 14 months 15 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 186 & 187 Visas 13 months 16 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry 186 & 187 Visas 22 months 25 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Agreement 186 & 187 Visas Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
482 Temporary Skill Shortage ​Short-Term 482 TSS Visas 49 days ​77 days
482 Temporary Skill Shortage ​Medium-Term 482 TSS Visas ​38 days ​64 days
​482 Temporary Skill Shortage ​Labour Agreement 482 TSS Visas ​22 days ​56 days
482 Temporary Skill Shortage ​Sponsorship 482 TSS Visas ​38 days ​64 days
189 Skilled – Independent Points-tested General Skilled Migration 9 months 11 months
189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand General Skilled Migration 12 months 13 months
190 Skilled – Nominated NA General Skilled Migration 6 months 8 months
100 Partner4 NA Family & Partner Visas 17 months 23 months
101 Child NA Family & Partner Visas 9 months 16 months
102 Adoption NA Family & Partner Visas Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
117 Orphan Relative NA Family & Partner Visas Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) NA Family & Partner Visas 42 months 45 months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) NA Family & Partner Visas Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
300 Prospective Marriage NA Family & Partner Visas 13 months 17 months
309 Partner (Provisional) NA Family & Partner Visas 13 months 17 months
445 Dependent Child NA Family & Partner Visas 12 months 14 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) NA Family & Partner Visas 19 months 20 months
801 Partner4 NA Family & Partner Visas 18 months 25 months
802 Child NA Family & Partner Visas 12 months 15 months
820 Partner NA Family & Partner Visas 20 months 25 months
837 Orphan Relative NA Family & Partner Visas Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
864 Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence) NA Family & Partner Visas Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
884 Contributory Aged-Parent (Temporary) NA Family & Partner Visas Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**) NA Citizenship 16 months 19 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) NA Citizenship 2 months 4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) NA Citizenship 37 days 67 days
651 eVisitor NA Visitor Visas 1 day 1 day
600 Visitor Tourist1 Visitor Visas 17 days 31 days
600 Visitor Business Visitor Visitor Visas 10 days 19 days
600 Visitor Frequent Traveller Visitor Visas 13 days 15 days
600 Visitor Sponsored Family Visitor Visas 30 days 49 days
600 Visitor Approved Destination Status Visitor Visas 1 day 3 days
771 Transit NA Visitor Visas 8 days 13 days

The Department of Home Affairs 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.

These processing times change from time to time. You can check the updated processing times regularly.

To assist the Department to speed up the processing times, we will submit a decision ready visa application. The checklists provided by Australian Skilled Migration will include everything you need to submit complete documents to us.

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