Visa Processing Times

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

Last updated: 1 September 2020 

VisaCommentsCategory75% of visas processed90% of visas processed
186 Employer Nomination SchemeAgreementEmployer Sponsored Unavailable due to low volume of applicationsUnavailable due to low volume of applications
186 Employer Nomination SchemeDirect EntryEmployer Sponsored 6 months8 months
186 Employer Nomination SchemeTemporary Residence TransitionEmployer Sponsored 7 months9 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeTemporary Residence TransitionEmployer Sponsored Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeDirect EntryEmployer Sponsored Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
187 Regional Sponsored Migration SchemeAgreementEmployer Sponsored Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
482 Temporary Skill Shortage​Short-TermEmployer Sponsored 4 months​5 months
482 Temporary Skill Shortage​Medium-Term482 TSS Visas4 months5 months
​482 Temporary Skill Shortage​Labour AgreementEmployer Sponsored 4 months5 months
482 Temporary Skill ShortageSubsequent entrantEmployer Sponsored Processing times are not availableProcessing times are not available
189 Skilled – IndependentPoints-testedGeneral Skilled Migration3 months15 months
189 Skilled – IndependentNew ZealandGeneral Skilled Migration14 months22 months
190 Skilled – NominatedNAGeneral Skilled Migration5 months8 months
491 Regional – ProvisionalMain applicantGeneral Skilled MigrationThere are no standard processing times available for this pathwayThere are no standard processing times available for this pathway
494 Regional -Employer Sponsored SponsoredEmployer Sponsored Processing times for this visa are not currently availableProcessing times for this visa are not currently available
494 Regional -Employer Sponsored AgreementEmployer Sponsored Processing times for this visa are not currently availableProcessing times for this visa are not currently available
103 Parent VisaNAFamily & Partner VisasProcessing times are not available for this visa.Processing times are not available for this visa.
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant)NAFamily & Partner VisasProcessing times for this visa are not currently availableProcessing times for this visa are not currently available
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary)NAFamily & Partner VisasProcessing times for this visa are not currently availableProcessing times for this visa are not currently available
300 Prospective MarriageNAFamily & Partner Visas16 months29 months
309 Partner (Provisional)NAFamily & Partner Visas15 months20 months
820 Partner (Temporary)NAFamily & Partner Visas20 months25 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)NAFamily & Partner VisasProcessing times for this visa are not availableProcessing times for this visa are not available
101 ChildNAFamily & Partner Visas12 months19 months
802 ChildNAFamily & Partner Visas3 months4 months
600 Visitor – Inside AustraliaTouristVisitor Visas3 months3 months
600 Visitor – Outside AustraliaTouristVisitor Visas3 months3 months
600 Visitor – Sponsored FamilyFamilyVisitor Visas4 months5 months
600 Visitor – Business visitorBusinessVisitor Visas18 days47 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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