Australian Visa Processing Times October 2020

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These are the Australian Visa Processing Times shown by the Department of Home affairs at 18th November, with the statement:

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: 18 November 2020 (for month ending October 2020)

October 2020 Australian Visa Times

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10017 months17 months & 22 months22 months
10126 months26 months & 34 months34 months
102N/AN/AN/A
117N/AN/AN/A
124N/AN/AN/A
132 Significant Business HistoryN/AN/AN/A
132 Venture Capital EntrepreneurN/AN/AN/A
143N/AN/AN/A
151N/AN/AN/A
15584 days84 days & 3 months3 months
157N/AN/AN/A
159N/AN/AN/A
173N/AN/AN/A
186 Direct Entry Pathway4 months4 months & 7 months7 months
186 Agreement Pathway4 months4 months & 8 months8 months
186 Transition Pathway4 months4 months & 9 months9 months
187 Direct Entry PathwayN/AN/AN/A
187 Transition PathwayN/AN/AN/A
188 Business Innovation32 months32 months & 33 months33 months
188 Investor28 months28 months & 29 months29 months
188 Significant Investor22 months22 months & 25 months25 months
188 Premium InvestorN/AN/AN/A
188 EntrepreneurN/AN/AN/A
188 Business Innovation ExtensionN/AN/AN/A
188 Significant Investor ExtensionN/AN/AN/A
189 Points-Tested11 months11 months & 21 months21 months
189 New Zealand10 months10 months & 27 months27 months
19010 months10 months & 13 months13 months
30016 months16 months & 29 months29 months
30917 months17 months & 23 months23 months
40029 days29 days & 51 days51 days
403 Government Agreement34 days34 days & 3 months3 months
403 Foreign Government AgencyN/AN/AN/A
403 Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)N/AN/AN/A
403 Seasonal Worker Program3 days3 days & 5 days5 days
403 Privileges and ImmunitiesN/AN/AN/A
403 Pacific Labour SchemeN/AN/AN/A
405N/AN/AN/A
4074 months4 months & 6 months6 months
408 Entertainment Activities31 days31 days & 44 days44 days
408 Research ActivitiesN/AN/AN/A
408 Religious WorkN/AN/AN/A
408 Special ProgramsN/AN/AN/A
408 Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity6 days6 days & 6 days6 days
408 Australian Government Endorsed EventsN/AN/AN/A
408 Exchange ArrangementsN/AN/AN/A
408 Superyacht CrewN/AN/AN/A
408 Domestic Work for ExecutivesN/AN/AN/A
408 Sporting Activities40 days40 days & 5 months5 months
41740 days40 days & 3 months3 months
44516 months16 months & 20 months20 months
457N/AN/AN/A
461N/AN/AN/A
46249 Days49 Days & 86 Days86 Days
476N/AN/AN/A
482 Short-term5 months5 months & 7 months7 months
482 Medium-term4 months4 months & 6 months6 months
482 Labour Agreement6 months6 months & 8 months8 months
482 Sponsorship35 days35 days & 4 months4 months
482 Nomination62 days62 days & 5 months5 months
485 Graduate Work6 months6 months & 7 months7 months
485 Post-Study Work90 days90 days & 7 months7 months
48915 months15 months & 19 months19 months
491 State/Territory Government Nominated Regional6 months6 months & 8 months8 months
491 Family Sponsored Regional7 months7 months & 8 months8 months
494 Employer SponsoredN/AN/AN/A
494 Labour AgreementN/AN/AN/A
500 Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector70 days70 days & 4 months4 months
500 Postgraduate Research Sector5 months5 months & 8 months8 months
500 Independent ELICOS Sector7 months7 months & 8 months8 months
500 Schools Sector6 months6 months & 8 months8 months
500 Vocational Education and Training Sector4 months4 months & 6 months6 months
500 Higher Education Sector78 Days78 Days & 4 months4 months
500 Non-Award Sector7 months7 months & 10 months10 months
5906 months6 months & 8 months8 months
600 Tourist5 months5 months & 6 months6 months
600 Sponsored Family3 months3 months & 7 months7 months
600 Approved Destination StatusN/AN/AN/A
600 Frequent TravellerN/AN/AN/A
600 Business Visitor8 days8 days & 10 days10 days
600 APEC Business VisitorN/AN/AN/A
60245 days45 days & 3 months3 months
65156 days56 days & 7 months7 months
77113 days13 days & 70 days70 days
80115 months15 months & 19 months19 months
80212 months12 months & 15 months15 months
808N/AN/AN/A
82023 months23 months & 28 months28 months
837N/AN/AN/A
838N/AN/AN/A
858N/AN/AN/A
864N/AN/AN/A
870 Sponsorship22 days22 days & 48 days48 days
8703 months3 months & 4 months4 months
884N/AN/AN/A
88711 months11 months & 17 months17 months
888 Business Innovation19 months19 months & 21 months21 months
888 InvestorN/AN/AN/A
888 Premium InvestorN/AN/AN/A
888 Significant InvestorN/AN/AN/A
888 EntrepreneurN/AN/AN/A
890N/AN/AN/A
891N/AN/AN/A
892N/AN/AN/A
893N/AN/AN/A
9883 days3 days & 10 days10 days

Source: immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

Where it says 75% or 90% of Visas Processed, it shows a time in days or months which relate to these examples:

  • 75% Processed 20 months = 75% of the visas in that month were finalised in 20 months or less. Visas processed in 3 or 4 months would be included in “under 20 months“.
  • 90% Processed 24 months = 90% of the visas in that month were finalised in 24 months or less. This leaves 10% that took over 24 months.

Therefore 75% were finalised in 0 to 20 months, 15% took between 20 and 24 months, and 10% took over 24 months.



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