Visa Processing Times

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

Last updated: 1 September 2020 

Visa Comments Category 75% of visas processed 90% of visas processed
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Agreement Employer Sponsored  Unavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry Employer Sponsored  6 months 8 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Temporary Residence Transition Employer Sponsored  7 months 9 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Temporary Residence Transition Employer Sponsored  Processing times are not available Processing times are not available
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry Employer Sponsored  Processing times are not available Processing times are not available
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Agreement Employer Sponsored  Processing times are not available Processing times are not available
482 Temporary Skill Shortage ​Short-Term Employer Sponsored  4 months ​5 months
482 Temporary Skill Shortage ​Medium-Term 482 TSS Visas 4 months 5 months
​482 Temporary Skill Shortage ​Labour Agreement Employer Sponsored  4 months 5 months
482 Temporary Skill Shortage Subsequent entrant Employer Sponsored  Processing times are not available Processing times are not available
189 Skilled – Independent Points-tested General Skilled Migration 3 months 15 months
189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand General Skilled Migration 14 months 22 months
190 Skilled – Nominated NA General Skilled Migration 5 months 8 months
491 Regional – Provisional Main applicant General Skilled Migration There are no standard processing times available for this pathway There are no standard processing times available for this pathway
494 Regional -Employer Sponsored  Sponsored Employer Sponsored  Processing times for this visa are not currently available Processing times for this visa are not currently available
494 Regional -Employer Sponsored  Agreement Employer Sponsored  Processing times for this visa are not currently available Processing times for this visa are not currently available
103 Parent Visa NA Family & Partner Visas Processing times are not available for this visa. Processing times are not available for this visa.
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) NA Family & Partner Visas Processing times for this visa are not currently available Processing times for this visa are not currently available
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) NA Family & Partner Visas Processing times for this visa are not currently available Processing times for this visa are not currently available
300 Prospective Marriage NA Family & Partner Visas 16 months 29 months
309 Partner (Provisional) NA Family & Partner Visas 15 months 20 months
820 Partner (Temporary) NA Family & Partner Visas 20 months 25 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) NA Family & Partner Visas Processing times for this visa are not available Processing times for this visa are not available
101 Child NA Family & Partner Visas 12 months 19 months
802 Child NA Family & Partner Visas 3 months 4 months
600 Visitor – Inside Australia Tourist Visitor Visas 3 months 3 months
600 Visitor – Outside Australia Tourist Visitor Visas 3 months 3 months
600 Visitor – Sponsored Family Family Visitor Visas 4 months 5 months
600 Visitor – Business visitor Business Visitor Visas 18 days 47 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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