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)

186 & 187 Visas

186 Employer Nomination SchemeAgreementUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
186 Employer Nomination SchemeDirect Entry15 months19 months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeTemporary Residence Transition14 months15 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeTemporary Residence Transition13 months16 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeDirect Entry22 months25 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeAgreementUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

482 TSS Visas

482 Temporary Skill Shortage​Short-Term49 days77 days
​482 Temporary Skill Shortage​Medium-Term38 days64 days
​482 Temporary Skill Shortage​Labour Agreement22 days56 days
​​482 Temporary Skill Shortage​Nomination​35 days39 days
​​482 Temporary Skill Shortage​Sponsorship​38 days​64 days

General Skilled Migration

189 Skilled – IndependentPoints-tested9 months11 months
189 Skilled – IndependentNew Zealand12 months13 months
190 Skilled – Nominated6 months8 months

Family & Partner Visas

100 Partner417 months23 months
101 Child9 months16 months
102 AdoptionUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
117 Orphan RelativeUnavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant)42 months45 months
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary)Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
300 Prospective Marriage13 months17 months
309 Partner (Provisional)13 months17 months
445 Dependent Child12 months14 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)19 months20 months
801 Partner418 months25 months
802 Child12 months15 months
820 Partner20 months25 months
837 Orphan RelativeUnavailable 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.
4Processing 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.

Citizenship

Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**)16 months19 months
Descent (lodgement to decision)2 months4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision)37 days67 days

Visitor Visas

Visa TypeStream (if available)75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Visitor visas
651 eVisitor1 day1 day
600 VisitorTourist117 days31 days
600 VisitorBusiness Visitor10 days19 days
600 VisitorFrequent Traveller13 days15 days
600 VisitorSponsored Family30 days49 days
600 VisitorApproved Destination Status1 day3 days
771 Transit8 days13 days

Circumstances that affect processing times

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.

How to view processing times

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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