Australian Visa Processing Times December 2020

These are the Australian Visa Processing Times shown by the Department of Home affairs at 24th January 2021, 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: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)

December 2020 Australian Visa Times

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10016 months16 months & 22 months22 months
10116 months16 months & 24 months24 months
10214 months14 months & 19 months19 months
11741 months41 months & 46 months46 months
124n/aN/An/a
132 Significant Business History31 months31 months & 34 months34 months
132 Venture Capital Entrepreneurn/aN/An/a
151n/aN/An/a
15585 days85 days & 88 days88 days
1573 months3 months & 4 months4 months
159n/aN/An/a
186 Direct Entry Pathway4 months4 months & 7 months7 months
186 Agreement Pathway87 days87 days & 5 months5 months
186 Transition Pathway5 months5 months & 10 months10 months
187 Direct Entry Pathway17 months17 months & 35 months35 months
187 Transition Pathway6 months6 months & 9 months9 months
188 Business Innovation30 months30 months & 32 months32 months
188 Investor30 months30 months & 30 months30 months
188 Significant Investor21 months21 months & 24 months24 months
188 Premium Investorn/aN/An/a
188 Entrepreneurn/aN/An/a
188 Business Innovation Extension14 months14 months & 16 months16 months
188 Significant Investor Extension15 months15 months & 17 months17 months
189 Points-Tested20 months20 months & 24 months24 months
189 New Zealand14 months14 months & 24 months24 months
19010 months10 months & 12 months12 months
30019 months19 months & 24 months24 months
30919 months19 months & 23 months23 months
40013 days13 days & 25 days25 days
403 Government Agreement41 days41 days & 4 months4 months
403 Foreign Government Agency72 days72 days & 7 months7 months
403 Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)n/aN/An/a
403 Seasonal Worker Program6 days6 days & 8 days8 days
403 Privileges and Immunitiesn/aN/An/a
403 Pacific Labour Scheme7 days7 days & 11 days11 days
4077 months7 months & 10 months10 months
408 Entertainment Activities18 days18 days & 23 days23 days
408 Research Activities5 months5 months & 22 months22 months
408 Religious Work6 months6 months & 8 months8 months
408 Special Programs73 days73 days & 3 months3 months
408 Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity5 days5 days & 16 days16 days
408 Australian Government Endorsed Events4 months4 months & 5 months5 months
408 Exchange Arrangementsn/aN/An/a
408 Superyacht Crew7 days7 days & 26 days26 days
408 Domestic Work for Executivesn/aN/An/a
408 Sporting Activities19 days19 days & 52 days52 days
41757 days57 days & 3 months3 months
44514 months14 months & 18 months18 months
46134 months34 months & 39 months39 months
46280 days80 days & 3 months3 months
47614 months14 months & 17 months17 months
482 Short-term5 months5 months & 9 months9 months
482 Medium-term4 months4 months & 8 months8 months
482 Labour Agreement6 months6 months & 9 months9 months
482 Sponsorship26 days26 days & 64 days64 days
482 Nomination85 days85 days & 6 months6 months
485 Graduate Work6 months6 months & 9 months9 months
485 Post-Study Work4 months4 months & 4 months4 months
48916 months16 months & 22 months22 months
491 State/Territory Government Nominated Regional6 months6 months & 8 months8 months
491 Family Sponsored Regional9 months9 months & 10 months10 months
494 Employer Sponsored5 months5 months & 8 months8 months
494 Labour Agreement5 months5 months & 7 months7 months
500 Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector30 days30 days & 61 days61 days
500 Postgraduate Research Sector4 months4 months & 7 months7 months
500 Independent ELICOS Sector90 days90 days & 5 months5 months
500 Schools Sector3 months3 months & 8 months8 months
500 Vocational Education and Training Sector3 months3 months & 5 months5 months
500 Higher Education Sector90 days90 days & 4 months4 months
500 Non-Award Sector4 months4 months & 9 months9 months
5903 months3 months & 7 months7 months
600 Tourist7 months7 months & 8 months8 months
600 Sponsored Family5 months5 months & 9 months9 months
600 Approved Destination Statusn/aN/An/a
600 Frequent Travellern/aN/An/a
600 Business Visitor6 days6 days & 12 days12 days
600 APEC Business Visitor6 months6 months & 6 months6 months
60230 days30 days & 47 days47 days
65156 days56 days & 10 months10 months
77120 days20 days & 59 days59 days
80111 months11 months & 20 months20 months
80213 months13 months & 15 months15 months
808n/aN/An/a
82023 months23 months & 28 months28 months
837n/aN/An/a
858n/aN/An/a
870 Sponsorship35 days35 days & 49 days49 days
8703 months3 months & 5 months5 months
88720 months20 months & 26 months26 months
888 Business Innovation21 months21 months & 25 months25 months
888 Investor20 months20 months & 23 months23 months
888 Premium Investorn/aN/An/a
888 Significant Investor20 months20 months & 24 months24 months
888 Entrepreneurn/aN/An/a
890n/aN/An/a
891n/aN/An/a
892n/aN/An/a
893n/aN/An/a
9882 days2 days & 6 days6 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 1 to 20 months, 15% took between 20 and 24 months, and 10% took over 24 months.

subclass 100 Visa Processing Times in 2020

Partner Offshore Permanent visa (subclass 100) Processing Times in 2020.

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

Subclass 100 Visa Processing Times December 2020

Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)

  • Dec 2020: 16-22 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 22 months.
  • Nov 2020: 17-22 = 75% took up to 17 months.  10% took over 22 months.
  • Oct 2020: 17-22 = 75% took up to 17 months.  10% took over 22 months.
  • Sep 2020: 17-23 = 75% took up to 17 months.  10% took over 23 months.
  • Aug 2020: 19-26 = 75% took up to 19 months.  10% took over 26 months.
  • Jul 2020: 20-24 = 75% took up to 20 months.  10% took over 24 months.
  • Jun 2020: 12-23 = 75% took up to 12 months.  10% took over 23 months.
  • May 2020: 12-24 = 75% took up to 12 months.  10% took over 24 months.
  • Apr 2020: 23-27 = 75% took up to 23 months.  10% took over 27 months.
  • Mar 2020: 21-34 = 75% took up to 21 months.  10% took over 34 months.
  • Feb 2020: 13-24 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 24 months.
  • Jan 2020: 17-31 = 75% took up to 17 months.  10% took over 31 months.
  • Dec 2019: 20-32 = 75% took up to 20 months.  10% took over 32 months.

They show the maximum time that it took for the fastest 75%, and the minimum time it took for the slowest 10%, of visas finalised in that month.

Partner Visa Processing Times December 2020

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10016 months16 & 22 months22 months
300 - PMV19 months19 & 24 months24 months
30919 months19 & 23 months23 months
80111 months11 & 20 months20 months
82023 months23 & 28 months28 months
Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)
N/A indicates that insufficient visas were finalised to produce meaningful statistics. Probably under 5.

For examples of ACTUAL processing times see the comments section at the end of this post..
If you wish to add YOUR grant times to these pages, please complete our subclass 100 survey here.

It should be noted that the average processing time is often a lot less than the 75% maximum figure quoted.

The average processing time for the 23,799 subclass 100 visas finalised in the 2018/19 year was 434 calendar days (14.3 months).
75% were done in under 526 days (17.3 months).

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

Partner Visa Processing Times November 2020

subclass 300 Visa Processing Times in 2020

Offshore Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300) Processing Times in 2020.

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

(The numbers of subclass 300 grants in from April 2020 are much lower than normal, due to the COVID travel restrictions.)

Subclass 300 Visa Processing Times December 2020

Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)

  • Dec 2020: 19 – 24 = 75% took up to 19 months.  10% took over 24 Months.
  • Nov 2020: 19 – 21 = 75% took up to 19 months.  10% took over 21 Months.
  • Oct 2020: 16-29 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 29 Months.
  • Sep 2020: Processing times are not available.
  • Aug 2020: 26-30 = 75% took up to 26 months.  10% took over 30 Months.
  • Jul 2020:  16-29 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 29 Months.
  • Jun 2020: 16-18 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 18 Months. (5 grants in total).
  • May 2020: Processing times are not available.  (3 grants in total).
  • Apr 2020: Processing times are not available. (0 grants)
  • Mar 2020: 13-17 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 17 months. (177 grants in total).
  • Feb 2020: 15-21 = 75% took up to 15 months.  10% took over 21 months. (241 grants in total).
  • Jan 2020: 16-22 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 22 months. (173 grants in total).
  • Dec 2019: 17-23 = 75% took up to 17 months.  10% took over 23 months.

They show the maximum time that it took for the fastest 75%, and the minimum time it took for the slowest 10%, of visas finalised in that month.

Partner Visa Processing Times December 2020

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10016 months16 & 22 months22 months
300 - PMV19 months19 & 24 months24 months
30919 months19 & 23 months23 months
80111 months11 & 20 months20 months
82023 months23 & 28 months28 months
Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)
N/A indicates that insufficient visas were finalised to produce meaningful statistics. Probably under 5.

Subclass 300 PMV Visa Grant numbers in 2020.

In the first 9 months of 2020 there were just over 620 subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visas granted, with under 35 of these being in the last six months.

In the first 8 months of 2020 there were just over 610 subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visas granted, with under 33 of these being in the last six months.

In the first 7 months of 2020 there were just over 600 subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visas granted, with under 14 of these being in the last four months.

  • 173 were granted in January 2020.
  • 241 were granted in February 2020.
  • 177 were granted in March 2020.
  • 0 were granted in April 2020.
  • under 5 were granted in May 2020.
  • 5 were granted in June 2020.
  • under 5 were granted in July 2020.
  • 7 in August 2020.
  • 13 in September 2020.
  • tba in October 2020.
  • tba in November 202o.
  • tba in December 2020.

That shows there were 591 grants in the first three months, but less than 14 grants in the three months, May to July.

The average number of subclass 300s finalised in the previous year was about 225 per month.

Source: Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00960

For examples of ACTUAL processing times see the comments section at the end of this post..
If you wish to add YOUR grant times to these pages, please complete our subclass 300 survey here.

It should be noted that the average processing time is often a lot less than the 75% maximum figure quoted.

The average processing time for the 2,705 subclass 300 visas finalised in the 2018/19 year was 334 calendar days (11.0 months).
75% were done in under 391 days (12.9 months).

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

Partner Visa Processing Times November 2020

subclass 801 Visa Processing Times in 2020

Partner Onshore Permanent visa (subclass 801) Processing Times in 2020.

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

Subclass 801 Visa Processing Times December 2020

Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)

  • Dec 2020: 11-20 = 75% took up to 11 months.  10% took over 20 months.
  • Nov 2020: 11-19 = 75% took up to 11 months.  10% took over 19 months.
  • Oct 2020: 15-19 = 75% took up to 15 months.  10% took over 19 months.
  • Sep 2020: 13-20 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 20 months.
  • Aug 2020: 11-22 = 75% took up to 11 months.  10% took over 22 months.
  • Jul 2020: 13-25 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 25 months.
  • Jun 2020: 7-17 = 75% took up to 7 months.  10% took over 17 months.
  • May 2020: 11-18 = 75% took up to 11 months.  10% took over 18 months.
  • Apr 2020: 10-19 = 75% took up to 10 months.  10% took over 19 months.
  • Mar 2020: 13-21 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 21 months.
  • Feb 2020: 11-22 = 75% took up to 11 months.  10% took over 22 months.
  • Jan 2020: 12-20 = 75% took up to 12 months.  10% took over 20 months.
  • Dec 2019: 12-19 = 75% took up to 12 months.  10% took over 19 months.

They show the maximum time that it took for the fastest 75%, and the minimum time it took for the slowest 10%, of visas finalised in that month.

Partner Visa Processing Times December 2020

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10016 months16 & 22 months22 months
300 - PMV19 months19 & 24 months24 months
30919 months19 & 23 months23 months
80111 months11 & 20 months20 months
82023 months23 & 28 months28 months
Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)
N/A indicates that insufficient visas were finalised to produce meaningful statistics. Probably under 5.

For examples of ACTUAL processing times see the comments section at the end of this post..
If you wish to add YOUR grant times to these pages, please complete our subclass 801 survey here.

It should be noted that the average processing time is often a lot less than the 75% maximum figure quoted.

The average processing time for the 26,095 subclass 801 visas finalised in the 2018/19 year was 438 calendar days (14.4 months).
75% being done in under 593 days (19.5 months).

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

Partner Visa Processing Times November 2020

subclass 820 Visa Processing Times in 2020

Partner Onshore Temporary visa (subclass 820) Processing Times in 2020.

In 2019-20 the average processing time for a subclass 820 visa was 17 months.  In 2018-19 it was 16.3 months.

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

Subclass 820 Visa Processing Times December 2020

Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)

  • Dec 2020: 23-28 = 75% took up to 23 months.  10% took over 28 months.
  • Nov 2020: 23-27 = 75% took up to 23 months.  10% took over 27 months.
  • Oct 2020: 23-28 = 75% took up to 23 months.  10% took over 28 months.
  • Sep 2020: 22-27 = 75% took up to 22 months.  10% took over 27 months.
  • Aug 2020: 23-27 = 75% took up to 23 months.  10% took over 27 months.
  • Jul 2020: 20-25 = 75% took up to 20 months.  10% took over 25 months.
  • Jun 2020: 19-24 = 75% took up to 19 months.  10% took over 24 months.
  • May 2020: 19-25 = 75% took up to 19 months.  10% took over 25 months.
  • Apr 2020: 21-28 = 75% took up to 21 months.  10% took over 28 months.
  • Mar 2020: 24-29 = 75% took up to 24 months.  10% took over 29 months.
  • Feb 2020: 26-31 = 75% took up to 26 months.  10% took over 31 months.
  • Jan 2020: 24-31 = 75% took up to 24 months.  10% took over 31 months.
  • Dec 2019: 22-27 = 75% took up to 22 months.  10% took over 27 months.

They show the maximum  time that it took for the fastest 75%, and the  minimum time it took for the slowest 10%, of visas finalised in that month.

Partner Visa Processing Times December 2020

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10016 months16 & 22 months22 months
300 - PMV19 months19 & 24 months24 months
30919 months19 & 23 months23 months
80111 months11 & 20 months20 months
82023 months23 & 28 months28 months
Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)
N/A indicates that insufficient visas were finalised to produce meaningful statistics. Probably under 5.

Final 2019-20 subclass 820 visa statistics

In 2019-20 a total of 26,320 subclass 820 visas were granted, with half taking under 17 months, and half taking over 17 months, to be finalised.
Source: Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00333

The processing times for these visas would normally be reported as 21-27, with 75% being under 21 months, and 90% being under 27 months, even though half took under 17 months.  (In 2018-19, half took under 16.3 months.)

The actual times, broken down further are:

  • 25% took under 14 months.
  • 25% took between 14 and 17 months.
  • 25% took between 17 and 21 months.
  • 15% took between 21 and 27 months.
  • 10% took over 27 months.

subclass 820 processing times

For examples of ACTUAL processing times see the comments section at the end of this post..
If you wish to add YOUR grant times to these pages, please complete our subclass 820 survey here.

It should be noted that the  average  processing time is often a lot less than the 75% maximum figure quoted.

2018-19 subclass 820 visa statistics

The average processing time for the 26,118 subclass 820 visas finalised in the 2018/19 year was 497 calendar days (16.3 months).
75% were done in under 626 days (20.6 months).

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

Partner Visa Processing Times November 2020

subclass 309 Visa Processing Times in 2020

Partner Offshore Provisional Visa (subclass 309) Processing Times in 2020.

In 2019-20 a total of 11,702 subclass 309 visas were granted, with half taking under 11 months, and half taking over 11 months, to be finalised.
Source: Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00333

The processing times for these visas would normally be reported as 15-19, with 75% being under 15 months, and 90% being under 19 months, but note: with half being under 11 months.

The actual times, broken down further are:

  • 25% took under 9 months.
  • 25% took between 9 and 11 months.
  • 25% took between 11 and 15 months.
  • 15% took between 15 and 19 months.
  • 10% took over 19 months.

Subclass 309 Visa Processing Times December 2020

Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)

Month 75% took up to 15% took between 10% took over:
Dec 2020 19 months 19 & 23 months 23 months
Nov 2020 18 months 18 & 21 months 21 months
Oct 2020 17 months 17 & 23 months 23 months
Sep 2020 17 months 17 & 25 months 25 months
Aug 2020 18 months 18 & 26 months 26 months
Jul 2020 15 months 15 & 20 months 20 months
Jun 2020 16 months 16 & 22 months 22 months
May 2020 12 months 12 & 18 months 18 months
Apr 2020 13 months 13 & 17 months 17 months
Mar 2020 13 months 13 & 21 months 21 months
Feb 2020 14 months 14 & 20 months 20 months
Jan 2020 14 months 14 & 19 months 19 months
Dec 2019 16 months 16 & 21 months 21 months

These times show the maximum time that it took for the fastest 75%, and the minimum time it took for the slowest 10%, of visas finalised in that month.

Partner Visa Processing Times December 2020

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10016 months16 & 22 months22 months
300 - PMV19 months19 & 24 months24 months
30919 months19 & 23 months23 months
80111 months11 & 20 months20 months
82023 months23 & 28 months28 months
Last updated: 24 January 2021 (for month ending December 2020)
N/A indicates that insufficient visas were finalised to produce meaningful statistics. Probably under 5.

Numbers of subclass 309 visas granted by month in 2019-20

The number of visas granted after March 2020 was a massive drop from previous months, due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

  • 1,406 July 2019
  • 1,123 August 2019
  • 1,315 September 2019
  • 1,159 October 2019
  • 1,253 November 2019
  • 1,078 December 2019
  • 1,260 January 2020
  • 1,334 February 2020
  • 1,176 March 2020
  • 254 April 2020
  • 124 May 2020
  • 220 June 2020
  • 573 July 2020
  • 558 Aug 2020
  • 983 Sep 2020

A Freedom of Information request, FA 20/08/00403, states that 573 subclass 309 visas were granted between 1 January 2020 and 31 July 2020.
And that there were 26,941 applications in the queue at 30th April 2020.
Source: Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00403

This figure seems at odds with other numbers.


Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00403
573 subclass 309 visas granted

Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00333
11,702 subclass 309 visas granted

The FOI request FA 20/02/00860 stated that 11,358 subclass 309 visas were granted in the 10 months of the financial year 1 July 2019 to 30/04/2020.

Taking those last two figures it shows that (11,702 less 11,358) 344 subclass 309 visas were granted in May and June 2020 combined.
April to June is shown to be 598 visas, therefore April must have been 254 visa for the month.


The following are the official times quoted by Australian Immigration, for the visas finalised in each month.

(The numbers of subclass 309 grants from April 2020 are much lower than normal)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers of offshore visa grants has reduced dramatically.  This has also had an effect on on the Offshore Partner visas.

  • 598 subclass 309 visas were finalised (not all granted) between April and June 2020, an average of 200 per month.
  • 3,770 subclass 309 visas were finalised (not all granted) between January and March 2020, an average of 1,256 per month.

Average number of subclass 309 grants per month each year.

  • 2,012 grants per month 2015/16
  • 1,836 grants per month 2016/17
  • 1,453 grants per month 2017/18
  • 1,332 grants per month 2018/19
  • 975 grants per month 2019/20

For examples of ACTUAL processing times see the comments section at the end of this post..
If you wish to add YOUR grant times to these pages, please complete our subclass 309 survey here.

It should be noted that the average processing time is often a lot less than the 75% maximum figure quoted.

  • Average Processing Time for subclass 309 visas in 2018-19: 10.6 months
  • Average Processing Time for subclass 309 visas in 2019-20: 11.0 months

2018-19 was 13-??, with an average of 10.6 months. The average processing time for the 14,847 subclass 309 visas finalised in the 2018/19 year was 323 calendar days (10.6 months).
75% were done in under 391 days (12.9 months).

2019/20 was 15-19, with an average of 11 months.  The average processing time for the 11,702 subclass 309 visas finalised in the 2019/20 year was 11 months.
75% were done in under 15 months, 10% in over 19 months.

Processing times in 2019/20 by Processing office.

The average processing time for the 11,358 subclass 309 visas finalised to April in the 2019/20 year has varied between 131 days (Singapore) and 381 days (Dubai).

This data is from the Department of Home Affairs under FOI request FA 20/02/00860, and covers grants up to April 2020.

Ankara and Cairo had the fastest times in the first 25%, with times for the fastest 25% taking under 112 days.
Dubai and Manila had the slowest times in the first 25%, with their times taking up to 500 days, even in their fastest 25%.
Colombo, Dubai and Pretoria had some of the slowest times, with some taking over 1,000 days

  • Amman processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 638 days.
  • Ankara processed 187 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 238 days. The first 25% took up to 112 days. The next 25% took between 112 and 171 days. The next 25% took between 171 and 305 days. The slowest 25% took over 305 days, with 10% of the total taking over 536 days.
  • Auckland processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 1,672 days.
  • Bangkok processed 481 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 424 days. The first 25% took up to 236 days. The next 25% took between 236 and 355 days. The next 25% took between 355 and 538 days. The slowest 25% took over 538 days, with 10% of the total taking over 913 days.
  • Beijing processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 354 days.
  • Beirut processed 798 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 341 days. The first 25% took up to 275 days. The next 25% took between 275 and 294 days. The next 25% took between 294 and 332 days. The slowest 25% took over 332 days, with 10% of the total taking over 471 days.
  • Belgrade processed 90 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 311 days. The first 25% took up to 256 days. The next 25% took between 256 and 309 days. The next 25% took between 309 and 342 days. The slowest 25% took over 342 days, with 10% of the total taking over 463 days.
  • Berlin processed 297 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 350 days. The first 25% took up to 188 days. The next 25% took between 188 and 255 days. The next 25% took between 255 and 372 days. The slowest 25% took over 372 days, with 10% of the total taking over 971 days.
  • Brasilia processed 140 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 362 days. The first 25% took up to 243 days. The next 25% took between 243 and 338 days. The next 25% took between 338 and 428 days. The slowest 25% took over 428 days, with 10% of the total taking over 621 days.
  • Brisbane processed 7 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 317 days. The first 25% took up to 229 days. The next 25% took between 229 and 327 days. The next 25% took between 327 and 385 days. The slowest 25% took over 385 days, with 10% of the total taking over 501 days.
  • Cairo processed 152 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 241 days. The first 25% took up to 108 days. The next 25% took between 108 and 175 days. The next 25% took between 175 and 261 days. The slowest 25% took over 261 days, with 10% of the total taking over 687 days.
  • Colombo processed 236 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 656 days. The first 25% took up to 321 days. The next 25% took between 321 and 483 days. The next 25% took between 483 and 745 days. The slowest 25% took over 745 days, with 10% of the total taking over 2073 days.
  • Dili processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 415 days.
  • Dubai processed 381 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 660 days. The first 25% took up to 503 days. The next 25% took between 503 and 541 days. The next 25% took between 541 and 616 days. The slowest 25% took over 616 days, with 10% of the total taking over 1726 days.
  • Guangzhou processed 804 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 394 days. The first 25% took up to 276 days. The next 25% took between 276 and 395 days. The next 25% took between 395 and 485 days. The slowest 25% took over 485 days, with 10% of the total taking over 618 days.
  • Ho Chi Minh City processed 638 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 416 days. The first 25% took up to 337 days. The next 25% took between 337 and 373 days. The next 25% took between 373 and 420 days. The slowest 25% took over 420 days, with 10% of the total taking over 885 days.
  • Hong Kong processed 449 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 285 days. The first 25% took up to 226 days. The next 25% took between 226 and 265 days. The next 25% took between 265 and 311 days. The slowest 25% took over 311 days, with 10% of the total taking over 473 days.
  • Islamabad processed 787 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 417 days. The first 25% took up to 299 days. The next 25% took between 299 and 368 days. The next 25% took between 368 and 419 days. The slowest 25% took over 419 days, with 10% of the total taking over 726 days.
  • Jakarta processed 128 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 425 days. The first 25% took up to 296 days. The next 25% took between 296 and 344 days. The next 25% took between 344 and 484 days. The slowest 25% took over 484 days, with 10% of the total taking over 866 days.
  • Kuala Lumpur processed 117 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 361 days. The first 25% took up to 194 days. The next 25% took between 194 and 291 days. The next 25% took between 291 and 461 days. The slowest 25% took over 461 days, with 10% of the total taking over 840 days.
  • London processed 745 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 293 days. The first 25% took up to 265 days. The next 25% took between 265 and 296 days. The next 25% took between 296 and 333 days. The slowest 25% took over 333 days, with 10% of the total taking over 443 days.
  • Manila processed 168 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 607 days. The first 25% took up to 553 days. The next 25% took between 553 and 603 days. The next 25% took between 603 and 673 days. The slowest 25% took over 673 days, with 10% of the total taking over 802 days.
  • Melbourne processed 2 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing times were over 1,232 days.
  • Nairobi processed 228 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 382 days. The first 25% took up to 330 days. The next 25% took between 330 and 377 days. The next 25% took between 377 and 410 days. The slowest 25% took over 410 days, with 10% of the total taking over 514 days.
  • National Office processed 25 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 394 days. The first 25% took up to 349 days. The next 25% took between 349 and 410 days. The next 25% took between 410 and 430 days. The slowest 25% took over 430 days, with 10% of the total taking over 525 days.
  • New Delhi processed 1898 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 401 days. The first 25% took up to 306 days. The next 25% took between 306 and 376 days. The next 25% took between 376 and 480 days. The slowest 25% took over 480 days, with 10% of the total taking over 658 days.
  • Ottawa processed 332 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 261 days. The first 25% took up to 140 days. The next 25% took between 140 and 232 days. The next 25% took between 232 and 347 days. The slowest 25% took over 347 days, with 10% of the total taking over 559 days.
  • Phnom Penh processed 131 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 348 days. The first 25% took up to 238 days. The next 25% took between 238 and 302 days. The next 25% took between 302 and 410 days. The slowest 25% took over 410 days, with 10% of the total taking over 708 days.
  • Pretoria processed 271 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 606 days. The first 25% took up to 489 days. The next 25% took between 489 and 576 days. The next 25% took between 576 and 702 days. The slowest 25% took over 702 days, with 10% of the total taking over 1002 days.
  • Santiago processed 79 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 340 days. The first 25% took up to 211 days. The next 25% took between 211 and 294 days. The next 25% took between 294 and 467 days. The slowest 25% took over 467 days, with 10% of the total taking over 645 days.
  • Seoul processed 137 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 304 days. The first 25% took up to 267 days. The next 25% took between 267 and 297 days. The next 25% took between 297 and 336 days. The slowest 25% took over 336 days, with 10% of the total taking over 471 days.
  • Singapore processed 131 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 165 days. The first 25% took up to 128 days. The next 25% took between 128 and 153 days. The next 25% took between 153 and 179 days. The slowest 25% took over 179 days, with 10% of the total taking over 258 days.
  • Suva processed 143 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 290 days. The first 25% took up to 198 days. The next 25% took between 198 and 230 days. The next 25% took between 230 and 296 days. The slowest 25% took over 296 days, with 10% of the total taking over 594 days.
  • Sydney processed 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 573 days.
  • Tel Aviv processed 16 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 239 days. The first 25% took up to 155 days. The next 25% took between 155 and 248 days. The next 25% took between 248 and 287 days. The slowest 25% took over 287 days, with 10% of the total taking over 416 days.
  • Washington processed 298 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 340 days. The first 25% took up to 181 days. The next 25% took between 181 and 348 days. The next 25% took between 348 and 437 days. The slowest 25% took over 437 days, with 10% of the total taking over 716 days.
  • Yangon processed 7 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 538 days. The first 25% took up to 512 days. The next 25% took between 512 and 532 days. The next 25% took between 532 and 588 days. The slowest 25% took over 588 days, with 10% of the total taking over 639 days.

Average number of subclass 309 grants per month each year.

  • 2,012 grants per month 2015/16
  • 1,836 grants per month 2016/17
  • 1,453 grants per month 2017/18
  • 1,332 grants per month 2018/19
  • 1,136 grants per month 2019/20 (for the 10 months to April)
  • 975 grants per month 2019/20 (for the full 12 months)

  • Nov 2020: 18-21 = 75% took up to 18 months.  10% took over 21 months.
  • Oct 2020: 17-23 = 75% took up to 17 months.  10% took over 23 months.
  • Sep 2020: 17-25 = 75% took up to 17 months.  10% took over 25 months.
  • Aug 2020: 18-26 = 75% took up to 18 months.  10% took over 26 months.
  • Jul 2020: 15-20 = 75% took up to 15 months.  10% took over 20 months.
  • Jun 2020: 16-22 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 22 Months. (220 grants in total).
  • May 2020: 12-18 = 75% took up to 12 months.  10% took over 18 months. (124 grants in total).
  • Apr 2020: 13-17 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 17 months. (254 grants in total).
  • Mar 2020: 13-21 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 21 months. (1,176 grants in total).
  • Feb 2020: 14-20 = 75% took up to 14 months.  10% took over 20 months. (1,334 grants in total).
  • Jan 2020: 14-19 = 75% took up to 14 months.  10% took over 19 months. (1,260 grants in total).
  • Dec 2019: 16-21 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 21 months.

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

Partner Visa Processing Times November 2020

Bank Accounts for Australian Partner Visa

Part of the relationship proof, to be supplied as evidence for an Australian Partner visa application, are the Bank Account Statements.

This comes under the section relating to “Joint Finances”.

A common question from some applicants relates to Joint Bank accounts or separate bank accounts. Many ask if a joint account is needed.

I have seen visas being granted for applicants under these categories:

  • No joint account, applicant and sponsor have separate accounts.
  • Applicant and Sponsor have separate accounts, and a joint account.
  • Applicant and Sponsor only have a joint account.
  • Applicant did not have a bank account, only the sponsor had one.

From that it can be seen that the issue of bank account types is not overly relevant.

What is vital is the sharing of finances.

That can sometimes mean that one partner shares their income/finances with the other.

I have seen questions where the applicant has no income, and is worried that they have nothing to share. That can actually be quite normal for some couples, but as far as immigration are concerned, it seems that if the one that has the income proves they share it with the other, then the “sharing of finances” issue is covered by that.

Money transfers, between the two,  is one way of showing this.

Another way is showing a single bank statement, with a declaration saying that all money is shared, through just one bank account,  whether joint or single.

Australia Day 2021

Australia Day is a Public Holiday on 26th January.

The 26th January marks the raising of the Union Jack in Sydney Cove in 1788, and the official declaration of British sovereignty on the land that would become Australia.

Should the date of Australia Day be changed?

Almost every year there are calls to change the date of Australia Day,  with some suggestions being:

13th February,  the anniversary of the apology to the Stolen Generations.

26th May, Sorry Day.

27th May, the anniversary of the 1967 referendum.

The first Sunday in July, being the start of NAIDOC week.

13th September, the anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Some people feel that the 26th January should be renamed “Invasion Day”.  A term more in keeping with the 1788 invasion of this land, before being renamed as Australia.

Prior to being known as Australia, the continent was known as New Holland,  the name given in 1644 by the Dutch seafarer Abel Tasman.

The name “Terra Australis” was used to describe the continent on a hand drawn map in 1804, by the English explorer Matthew Flinders.

Matthew Flinders made the suggestion for the names “Australia” or “Terra Australis”, after being the first to circumnavigate the continent in 1803.

The new name was approved by the British government in 1824, although Western Australia was still called New Holland until 1832.

How many people want to change the date that commemorates the start of the New Australia?

January 2020.
Just 11 per cent of Australians want to change the date of Australia Day and a huge majority think the country has become too Politically Correct, according to a study by the Institute of Public Affairs.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7911629/amp/Australia-Day-New-poll-says-11-cent-want-change-date-country-PC.html

January 2019.
Polling conducted by Research Now reveals that only 10% of Australians think the date of Australia Day should be changed.
https://ipa.org.au/ipa-today/new-poll-75-of-australians-support-australia-day-on-26-january

Prior to 1915, the day was called “Anniversary Day”. It wasn’t until 1915 that the term “Australia Day” was first used, albeit on  30th July.

The 26th January was first celebrated in 1818, just 30 years after the event, when Governor Macquarie acknowledged the day officially as a public holiday. www.mq.edu.au/…/sydgaz31jan1818.html

In 1988, all of the states and territories of Australia agreed to celebrate Australia Day on 26 January. australiaday.org.au

About 16,000 people choose the 26th January to officially become new Australian citizens each year.

Covid Deaths and Cases Worldwide

16,739 COVID deaths in just one day.

The following worldwide COVID statistics are for the 24 hour period ended at midnight GMT, 22nd January 2021.

  • 16,739 COVID related deaths worldwide, reported in one single day.
  • 670,113 COVID cases worldwide, reported in one single day.

The following COVID statistics are since the coronavirus began.

  • 2,098,846 COVID related deaths reported worldwide in total.
  • 98,065,300 Cases reported worldwide in total.

Australia has, to a large degree, been protected from the major effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

This protection has primarily been obtained by reducing the numbers of overseas arrivals into Australia.

By isolating the population of Australia, to some degree, the numbers of COVID cases and deaths have been kept relatively low.

  • 28,758 cases have been reported in Australia from 12.6 million tests.
  • 909 COVID related deaths have been reported in Australia, from these 28,758 cases, since the virus began.

Of the 69 cases reported in Australia in the last week, 65 of these were international arrivals, and just 4 were classed as locally acquired cases. However, these 4 local cases caught the virus from international arrivals in quarantine hotels.

It would be correct to say that Australia would have had no cases in that week if no international passengers arrived.

However,  Australia has limited overseas arrival numbers to just a few thousand per week, and some reports put the numbers of COVID cases at about 3 positive cases per 100 arrivals.

Subclass 820 Visas Granted in 2021

Partner Visa (subclass 820) GRANTS in 2021.

These are some of the known subclass 820 Partner Visas (Temporary) GRANTED in 2021.

This is to show people who are still waiting, that some are being granted, and give an idea of how long it can take. But remember, all applications are different, and these differences can affect the time that processing takes.

  • 820 Granted: 23 Jan 2021 – Applied  Jun 2019. German. Processed in 19 months.  801 granted?  Yes,  2 year relationship.
  • 820 Granted: 20 Jan 2021 – Applied Sep 2020. American. Processed in 4 months. 801 granted? No, under 12 months relationship before application.
  • 820 Granted: 19 Jan 2021 – Applied Sep 2019. Canadian. Processed in 16 months. 801 granted? No, lodged 1 year after engaged.
  • 820 Granted: 18 Jan 2021 – Applied Apr 2019. British. Processed in 21 months. 801 granted? No, 2.8 years relationship.
  • 820 Granted: 17 Jan 2021 – Applied 16 Sep 2019. German. Processed in 16 months. 801 granted? No, 3 months defacto, before application.
  • 820 Granted: 16 Jan 2021 – Applied Aug 2019. British. Processed in 17 months. 801 granted? Yes, 5 years relationship.
  • 820 Granted: Jan 2021 – Applied Jun 2020. Philippines. Processed in 7 months. 801 granted? No, 18 months relationship before application.

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    Some subclass 820 grants from December 2020.

    • 820 Granted: 17 Dec 2020 – Applied 19 Jan 2019. American. Processed in 11 months. 801 granted? No, 11 months relationship.
    • 820 Granted: 17 Dec 2020 – Applied 21 Apr 2019. Uk. Processed in 8 months. 801 granted? No, under 3 years relationship.
    • 820 Granted: 12 Dec 2020 – Applied 19 Mar 2019. Thai. Processed in 9 months. 801 granted? No, 30 months relationship.