Australian Visa Processing Times May 2020

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Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. Processing times are not available for all visa subclasses.

Australian visa processing times are produced monthly by the Immigration Department, to give an idea of how long a visa application might take, assuming things do not change.  They are NOT guarantees of how long Current or Future applications will take.

These times will vary month to month based on many factors, and may be very different to the actual times that an applicant experiences, especially those applications that take many months or years.


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Individual processing times can be affected by the numbers of complex cases and incomplete applications, locations of processing offices for offshore applications, together with changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, etc.

Processing Times for May 2020.

Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. Processing times are not available for all visa subclasses.

Last updated: 26 June 2020 (for month ending 1 May 2020)  (as quoted by the Dept of Home Affairs, on 29 June 2020.)





  • 100 – Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) . 12-24
    – 75% were finalised in 12 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 24 months.
  • 101 – Child (subclass 101) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 102 – Adoption (subclass 102) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 117 – Orphan Relative (subclass 117) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 124 – Distinguished Talent (subclass 124) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 132 – Business Talent (subclass 132) Significant Business History. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 132 – Business Talent (subclass 132) Venture Capital Entrepreneur. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 143 – Contributory Parent (subclass 143) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 151 – Former resident (subclass 151) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 155 – Resident Return 5 Year (subclass 155) . 9-41
    – 75% were finalised in 9 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 41 days.
  • 157 – Resident Return 3mth (subclass 157) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 159 – Provisional Resident Return (subclass 159) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 173 – Contributory Parent (subclass 173) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Direct Entry Pathway. 4-5
    – 75% were finalised in 4 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 5 months.
  • 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Agreement Pathway. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) Transition Pathway. 4-7
    – 75% were finalised in 4 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 7 months.
  • 187 – Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) Direct Entry Pathway. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 187 – Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) Transition Pathway. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Business Innovation. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Investor. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Significant Investor. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Premium Investor. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Entrepreneur. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Business Innovation Extension. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 188 – Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Significant Investor Extension. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 189 – Skilled Independent (subclass 189) Points-Tested. 9-14
    – 75% were finalised in 9 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 14 months.
  • 189 – Skilled Independent (subclass 189) New Zealand. 12-15
    – 75% were finalised in 12 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 15 months.
  • 190 – Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) . 5-6
    – 75% were finalised in 5 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 6 months.
  • 300 – Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 309 – Partner (Provisional) (subclass 309) . 12-18
    – 75% were finalised in 12 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 18 months.
  • 400 – Temporary Work (short stay) (subclass 400) . 18-31
    – 75% were finalised in 18 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 31 days.
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Government Agreement. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Foreign Government Agency. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular). Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Seasonal Worker Program. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Privileges and Immunities. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) Pacific Labour Scheme. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 405 – Investor Retirement (subclass 405) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 407 – Training visa (subclass 407) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Entertainment Activities. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Research Activities. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Religious Work. 72-78
    – 75% were finalised in 72 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 78 days.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Special Programs. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Australian Government Endorsed Events. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Exchange Arrangements. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Superyacht Crew. 0-0
    – 75% were finalised in 11 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 14 days.
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Domestic Work for Executives. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 408 – Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) Sporting Activities. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 417 – Working Holiday (subclass 417) . 42-66
    – 75% were finalised in 42 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 66 days.
  • 445 – Dependent Child (subclass 445) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) (Repealed) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 461 – NZ Citizen Family Relationship (subclass 461) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 462 – Work and Holiday (subclass 462) . 44-59
    – 75% were finalised in 44 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 59 days.
  • 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Short-term. 43-66
    – 75% were finalised in 43 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 66 days.
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Medium-term. 48-64
    – 75% were finalised in 48 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 64 days.
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Labour Agreement. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Sponsorship. 45-5
    – 75% were finalised in 45 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 5 months.
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) Nomination. 20-31
    – 75% were finalised in 20 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 31 days.
  • 485 – Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Graduate Work. 3-4
    – 75% were finalised in 3 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 4 months.
  • 485 – Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Post-Study Work. 84-3
    – 75% were finalised in 84 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 3 months.
  • 489 – Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) Regional. 10-12
    – 75% were finalised in 10 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 12 months.
  • 491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) State/Territory Government Nominated Regional. 76-85
    – 75% were finalised in 76 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 85 days.
  • 491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) Family Sponsored Regional. 82-4
    – 75% were finalised in 82 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 4 months.
  • 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494) Employer Sponsored. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494) Labour Agreement. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector. 41-76
    – 75% were finalised in 41 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 76 days.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Postgraduate Research Sector. 4-9
    – 75% were finalised in 4 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 9 months.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Independent ELICOS Sector. 74-78
    – 75% were finalised in 74 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 78 days.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Schools Sector. 4-6
    – 75% were finalised in 4 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 6 months.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Vocational Education and Training Sector. 75-85
    – 75% were finalised in 75 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 85 days.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Higher Education Sector. 75-4
    – 75% were finalised in 75 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 4 months.
  • 500 – Student visa (subclass 500) Non-Award Sector. 0-0
    – 75% were finalised in 75 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 9 months.
  • 590 – Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) . 5-6
    – 75% were finalised in 5 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 6 months.
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Tourist. 56-66
    – 75% were finalised in 56 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 66 days.
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Sponsored Family. 80-4
    – 75% were finalised in 80 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 4 months.
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Approved Destination Status. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) Business Visitor. 62-5
    – 75% were finalised in 62 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 5 months.
  • 600 – Visitor (subclass 600) APEC Business Visitor. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 602 – Medical Treatment (subclass 602) – outside Australia . 55-73
    – 75% were finalised in 55 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 73 days.
  • 651 – eVisitor (subclass 651) . 12-25
    – 75% were finalised in 12 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 25 days.
  • 771 – Transit (subclass 771) . 7-38
    – 75% were finalised in 7 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 38 days.
  • 801 – Partner (subclass 801) . 11-18
    – 75% were finalised in 11 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 18 months.
  • 802 – Child (subclass 802) . 14-18
    – 75% were finalised in 14 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 18 months.
  • 808 – Confirmatory (Residence) (subclass 808) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 820 – Partner (subclass 820) . 19-25
    – 75% were finalised in 19 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 25 months.
  • 837 – Orphan Relative (subclass 837) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 838 – Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 838) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 858 – Distinguished Talent (subclass 858) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 864 – Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 864) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 870 – Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870) Sponsorship. 0-0
    – 75% were finalised in 47 days or less, and
    – 10% took over 90 days.
  • 870 – Sponsored Parent (temporary) visa (subclass 870) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 884 – Contributory Aged Parent (subclass 884) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 887 – Skilled-Regional (subclass 887) . 21-22
    – 75% were finalised in 21 months or less, and
    – 10% took over 22 months.
  • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Business Innovation. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Investor. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Premium Investor. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Significant Investor. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 888 – Business Innovation & Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) Entrepreneur. Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 890 – Business Owner (subclass 890) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 891 – Investor (subclass 891) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 892 – State Sponsored Business Owner (subclass 892) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 893 – Sponsored Investor (subclass 893) . Not Available
    – Processing times are not available
  • 988 – Maritime Crew (subclass 988) . 1-4
    – 75% were finalised in 1 day or less, and
    – 10% took over 4 days.

Source: homeaffairs.gov.au/…/visa-processing-times


Individual Pages show:

Subclass 309
75% of applications in up to 12 months.
10% of applications over 18 months.

Subclass 100
75% of applications in up to 12 months.
10% of applications over 24 months.

Subclass 820
75% of applications in up to 19 months.
10% of applications over 25 months.

Subclass 801
75% of applications in up to 11 months.
10% of applications over 18 months.

Subclass 300
Processing times are not available

 

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  2. Some ACTUAL processing times are:

    Subclass 300 processing times in May 2020

    • 300 Finalised after 17 months, from Lebanon.

    Subclass 820 processing times in May 2020

    • 820 Finalised after 28.7 months, from ?.
    • 820 Finalised after 16.7 months, from ?. Direct to 801 from 820
    • 820 Finalised after 12.2 months, from Indonesia. Direct to 801 from 820
    • 820 Finalised after 24.3 months, from UK. Direct to 801 from 820
    • 820 Finalised after 23.6 months, from ?.
    • 820 Finalised after 13.2 months, from UK.
    • 820 Finalised after 17.7 months, from ?.
    • 820 Finalised after 13.5 months, from Japan.
    • 820 Finalised after 18.5 months, from Singapore.

    Subclass 801 processing times in May 2020

    • 801 finalised 24.6 months after 820 application date. Nationality: Vietnam.
    • 801 finalised 28.7 months after 820 application date. Nationality: ?.
    • 801 finalised 29.3 months after 820 application date. Nationality: Taiwan.
    • 801 finalised 28.2 months after 820 application date. Nationality: ?.
    • 801 finalised 16.7 months after 820 application date. Nationality: ?. Direct to 801 from 820
    • 801 finalised 24 months after 820 application date. Nationality: UK. Direct to 801 from 820
    • 801 finalised 27.5 months after 820 application date. Nationality: France.
    • 801 finalised 26.8 months after 820 application date. Nationality: Canada.
    • 801 finalised 24.1 months after 820 application date. Nationality: China.
    • 801 finalised 12.2 months after 820 application date. Nationality: Indonesia. Direct to 801 from 820
    • 801 finalised 27.2 months after 820 application date. Nationality: UK.
    • 801 finalised 24.3 months after 820 application date. Nationality: UK. Direct to 801 from 820

    Subclass 309 processing times in May 2020

    • 309 finalised after 11.8 months. Passport: USA. Processed at: ?. Direct to 100.

    Subclass 100 processing times in May 2020

    • 100 finalised 27.3 months after 309 application date. Passport: Canada. Processed at: ?
    • 100 finalised 27.9 months after 309 application date. Passport: ?. Processed at: Washington, USA
    • 100 finalised 11.8 months after 309 application date. Direct to 100. Passport: USA. Processed at: ?
    • 100 finalised 27.5 months after 309 application date. Passport: UK. Processed at: London, UK
    • 100 finalised 26.6 months after 309 application date. Passport: Egypt. Processed at: Saudi Arabia

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