Are Partner Visas taking Longer during the Pandemic?

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According to an SBS article, Partner visas are taking longer than usual to finalize during this pandemic, with the current timeline to finalize an offshore partner visa (309) is 12 to 18 months.

But how accurate are those figures, and are they really worse than before?

This is from the SBS article:
Partner visas are taking longer than usual during this pandemic


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SBS are saying that Partner visas are taking longer than usual to finalize during this pandemic, and The current timeline to finalize an offshore partner visa (309) is 12 to 18 months.

I am scratching my head, trying to see how 12-18 is slower than the last 15 months…  To me it actually seems to be the fastest.  The slowest, in the last 15 months, looks like it was October 2019, where it was stated as 17-21.

  • 12-18 means that 75% took up to 12 months, and 10% took over 18 months.
  • 17-21 means that 75% took up to 17 months, and 10% took over 21 months.

Partner Offshore Visa Processing Times.

These are the official times quoted by Australian Immigration, for the subclass 309 visas finalised in each month.





  • May 2020: 12-18 = 75% took up to 12 months. 10% took over 18 months.
  • Apr 2020: 13-17 = 75% took up to 13 months. 10% took over 17 months.
  • Mar 2020: 13-21 = 75% took up to 13 months. 10% took over 21 months.
  • Feb 2020: 14-20 = 75% took up to 14 months. 10% took over 20 months.
  • Jan 2020: 14-19 = 75% took up to 14 months. 10% took over 19 months.
  • Dec 2019: 16-21 = 75% took up to 16 months. 10% took over 21 months
  • Nov 2019: 17-20 = 75% took up to 17 months. 10% took over 20 months.
  • Oct 2019: 1721 = 75% took up to 17 months. 10% took over 21 months.
  • Sep 2019: 16-20 = 75% took up to 16 months. 10% took over 20 months.
  • Aug 2019: 16-21 = 75% took up to 16 months. 10% took over 21 months.
  • Jul 2019: 15-20 = 75% took up to 15 months. 10% took over 20 months.
  • Jun 2019: 15-20 = 75% took up to 15 months. 10% took over 20 months.
  • May 2019: 14-19 = 75% took up to 14 months. 10% took over 19 months.
  • Apr 2019: 13-19 = 75% took up to 13 months. 10% took over 19 months.
  • Mar 2019: 15-20 = 75% took up to 15 months. 10% took over 20 months.
  • Feb 2019: 14-20 = 75% took up to 14 months. 10% took over 20 months.

That SBS article says: The current timeline to finalize an offshore partner visa is 12 to 18 months.

From ninety one subclass 309 visas (the offshore partner visa) granted in 2020, that I have seen, only 18% took between the 12 and 18 months that they mention. 5% took over 18 months, leaving 77% taking under 12 months.

  • 10% took 6 months or less.
  • 15% took between 6 and 8.4 months.
  • 50% took between 8.4 and 11.8 months
  • 15% took between 11.8 and 15.6 months.
  • 10% took over 15.6 months.

Recently, some have been as fast as 2.8 months (that one was granted in June 2020). It often depends on how well an application is prepared, and how easy it is to confirm things, with the country being applied from.

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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics. Some Visa Applicants might find an Experienced Australian Migration Agent of great assistance.

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  2. Thanks for your response.

    The last time I have updated it was March 2020 right before CoVid had spread throughout the world. I have recently updated some details though.

    We’ve been in a long distance relationship for more than 3 years now. Some requirements were already expired (medical, police clearance etc). It’ll be hard to request for these again since not all offices are open and hospitals are mainly prioritizing only people with the virus.

    I don’t know what to expect anymore cause it’s been 2 years and I have not heard any progress at all from the department. Philippines has the lowest and slowest number of grants per checking on various forums.


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  4. Hi Admin,

    Thanks for consistently updating the page. It helps a lot.

    It’s so frustrating for most people who applied offshore. This pandemic has caused so much stress and anxiety waiting for visas to get approved.

    My application is going to be 2 years this July. Do you think it’s possible that they will grant 100 instead of 309? All information we can share were submitted ahead of time.

    It’s just very frustrating how this pandemic had frozen all countries.

    1. Are you constantly updating your application with any new relationship proofs?

      I have seen quite a few go direct to subclass 100, normally shortly after 2 years from 309 application, but some even faster.

      I saw one last month who got the 100 just 1 year after submitting the 309. The quality of an application can make a difference. They may have been married for years, and living together overseas.

      Some June grants:
      100 finalised 25.9 months after 309 application date.
      100 finalised 26.8 months after 309 application date.
      100 finalised 25.3 months after 309 application date.
      100 finalised 25.7 months after 309 application date.
      100 finalised 10.4 months after 309 application date.

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