subclass 309 Visa Processing Times in 2020


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

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

  • Jun 2020: 16-22 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 22 Months.
  • May 2020: 12-18 = 75% took up to 12 months.  10% took over 18 months. (The numbers of subclass 309 grants in May appear to be much lower than normal)
  • 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.

Last updated: 20 July 2020 for June 2020

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.




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.

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).





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

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).

Processing times in 2019/20 by Processing office

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.
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 (to April)

6,999.1 - 234,041


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. Hi,

    I have a complicated question about my husbands case.

    He arrived in Australia on a student visa 10 years ago and due to a mental breakdown didn’t attend his classes and lived off the grid for entire 9 years unlawfully.

    I assume it means his initial student visa got canceled as he didn’t meet the requirements at that time.

    With a lot of help from the psychologist we managed to get him back on track and apply for BVE.

    We left Australia and arrived at his parents house in his country of origin.

    We now decided to apply off shore and I read that one of the “conditions” for a partner visa is having no previous cancelled visas.

    Does this mean we are ineligible to apply for a partner visa or am I misinterpreting it?

    I would really appreciate your help as 7000 dollars is a huge amount to waste if we are not eligible due to his past history.

    Many thanks.

    1. Nine years illegally in Australia could be a major issue.

      In your position I would not do anything before choosing a good registered immigration agent. Maybe even an immigration lawyer.

      It might still be possible, but probably not easy.

        1. Very few 309s worldwide are being granted. Even if one was granted, there would probably be specific circumstances to that applicant that allowed such a grant.

          1. Thanks admin. …i need to know if you have any idea are they working on our cases or it’s totally stopped waiting for the covid situation is clear. …because my application for example is 18 months now. ..i need to know if they are still working on our cases or just on hold. …thank you admin

          2. Thanks admin. …i want to know if you any idea if they are working on our cases this time or not. ..coz my application is now 18 months….i know covid delays everything but those cases on the hands of the department are they acess our cases or its totally stopped. ..much thanks

            1. Immigration have said they are working on cases up to a point, and I would assume they will grant them when Australia opens up again and allows people to enter without restrictions.

              1. Thanks alot admin ….hope it’s gonna be open in a short period of time because we are suffering alot. ..have a blessed day admin

      1. Hi Admin
        I have a question I will get marriage next year can I invite my cousin’s from indian to here I am citizen of Australia
        Thanks

        1. For a visitor visa, people can apply on their own. You can write a letter of support to show you will be providing accommodation etc., while they are in the country.


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  4. Hello,

    My wife and I submitted a 309/100 application at the start of December 2019 through our immigration lawyer. As of March 2020 all requested paperwork had been submitted with certified translated and original English documents, and the application requirements were ‘complete’.

    I am an Australian born citizen (26, M) and my wife is a Japanese citizen (26, F) currently working and residing in Malaysia. Would you expect her visa to be processed in Japan since that is her passport country?

    We have extensive travel history throughout Asia, have been in a relationship since April 2017, and have been married since November of 2019. We don’t have children. We did however supply a LOAD of information, conversation history, photos (of our families meeting, travel, wedding, etc)…

    Do you have any experience or knowledge of people from Japan and their partner visa processing experiences?

    Many thanks.

    PS. Seeing the very recent jump in processing times (up to 16 & 22 months) is very unsettling.

    1. Most 309s are processed in the country of the applicants stated residence at the time of application.

      Almost all offshore visa applications appear to be delayed due to COVID-19 at the moment.

      Processing times change every month. What you are seeing is the previous months times, which change for various reasons.

      eg: Jun 2020: 16-22 = 75% took up to 16 months. 10% took over 22 Months. (Only 220 grants in June 2020)

      Dec 2019: 16-21 = 75% took up to 16 months. 10% took over 21 months.

      Jun 2019: 15-20 = 75% took up to 15 months. 10% took over 20 months. (633 grants in June 2019)

        1. Very few 309s are being granted worldwide, and probably won’t be until the COVID-19 situation is cleared.

          Any applications that are granted, will probably have passed the compelling and compassionate reasons.


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  6. Hi Admin
    I applied for 309 visa June 2018. Provided all the necessary documents. Last contact from Department is last year saying they still working on my Visa.Still waiting it’s been more than 2years . Can you advise on this matter.
    Thank you.

      1. Hello

        I applied for the 309 visa in November 2019, my partner and I had been living in the UK. He returned to Australia to work and be with his family during covid19 in March and I stayed in the UK.

        So I could get to Australia and be with my partner, I then applied for my working holiday visa (second) 417 and this was granted last week, I have now also received an exemption to travel to Australia.

        How do I inform the government that I am now in Australia for the 309 to be granted?
        How will I swap from the 417 to the 309 during covid19?
        Will I have to leave and quarantine again on return?

        Thank you

        1. They will automatically know you are in Australia. It is surprising how many government departments know our movements.

          When they are ready to finalise your 309, you will be asked to leave Australia so they can proceed.

          My now wife entered on a visitor visa while waiting for the 300 PMV visa, and when we got the email to leave, we did a 7 day holiday to Vanuatu, to allow the new visa to be finalised while offshore.

          Be aware that they may NOT finalise a 309 until after COVID quarantine etc. That would be the only way to avoid a 2nd quarantine.


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  8. Hi Admin
    We have applied for my offshore partner visa from London in January 2020. It was a ‘complete’ application in that I had completed my medical and police clearance. My husband is an Australian citizen and we have two children (who also have their Australian citizenship). I understand consulates process visa in order of lodging, but that timeframes are influenced by a number of factors. Do you have an understanding of how factors such as a ‘complete’ application, marriage and children influence an application timeframes.
    Thank you for your continued updates, they are very useful.

    1. I doubt if anyone would know for certain how various factors influence an applications timeframes.

      However, although each application is probably first viewed in order of submission, at each processing office, I expect it changes from that point.

      I expect an application with everything included, and from a couple with children and a long relationship, easily recognised and proven, from the application, would move faster than an incomplete application, where immigration have to wait for further details.

      I do know that the better applications are NOT held back in the queue while others lodged earlier are finalised.

      I feel that from the point of first review, each application moves forward on its own merits.

      Hence, some are finalised quickly but others take much longer.


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  10. Hi admin,
    My husband has applied for his 309 visa in april 2019 from india. He is currently in australia on tourist visa since june 2019. we have provided police clearance and biometrics the time we applied for it. the application status says “received”. my question is that do you know if any 309 grants been made from new delhi office lately??
    also the current processing time is 12 and 18 months, once this time is passed and the visa is still not granted can we contact immigration?

    1. Very few 309s have been granted worldwide due to the coronavirus, and Australia reducing the numbers of people being allowed to enter the country. Grants from India are no exception.

      After 18 months you can ask why yours is taking longer than most, and ask if they are waiting for anything else from you.

      1. thank you for replying.
        We haven’t received any correspondence from immigration regarding his visa 309 submitted april 2019, does that mean they dont need any paper work?
        is the grant delaying because he is already here and cant exit and renter due to covid

        1. From what I have seen, they would normally ask for any missing info within about a year. Hopefully you have done everything you need.

          It would not surprise me if they will not grant a 309 while onshore, and force you to leave Australia and then come back again.

          I feel that a lot of offshore visas are being held back until the borders open properly.


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  12. Hi Admin,

    Thank you for providing necessary insight into the processing inquiries for fellow partner visa applicants.

    I am an Australian Citizen and my spouse is currently in India. I applied for her partner visa from my own immiaccount that I had created years ago for my own visa and citizenship process. Her application was submitted on 8th Feb, 2020 and I have completed the application for ‘decision-ready’ scenario. Medicals and police certificates are also submitted.

    My question is since I applied for her partner visa through my immiaccount, is this going to affect the application? I have already submitted the form and made myself the point of correspondence for this application. Also, I have been in Australia since the time of application and since I have applied for the partner visa through my account, does it mean that her application will be processed in Australia visa office or New Delhi office?

    I expect a long wait for the grant of the visa but is it wise to apply for her tourist visa right now?

    1. From what I have seen, and seen confirmed by immigration agents, there should be no issue with it being done through your account.
      Many people do the process through just one account. I can’t see it being an issue whether it is the Applicants or Sponsors account.

      The processing is normally done from the country of residence of the applicant at the time of application, therefore the New Delhi office seems likely. However the processing can be done by any embassy worldwide.


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  14. Hi Admin,
    I applied 309 visa on online myself and i have already provided Biometrics ( I ahve provided 14 months ago) but immiaccount is still showing that the biometrics need to be provided. why does it show like that.Do you have any idea?.

    1. I would suggest contacting immigration with that question. When we did something like that, with a genuine enquiry, our application was looked at, and was granted just a couple of weeks later.

      Many people make enquiries which are not answered, as they might just be asking how long it will take etc. But those with a genuine question, such as yours, will end up being looked into, and it seems that a number of them are then finalised while they have the file open.

      When did you apply for the 309, and where from?

      1. Thank you very much for the reply
        I lodged visa myself on 7 April 2019. you mean do i need to send email or online form regarding the issue. Do you have any link or email address to contact immigration.


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  16. Hello admin,
    I applied for a partner visa (309) from Nepal in late June 2020. My name was listed as an applicant in my partner previous application as a non-migrating family member. Will it increase the chance of getting a partner visa grant early. How long may I have to wait?
    Thank you

    1. It should help in proving the relationship. Not sure if it would help in getting an early grant, as the processing time can depend on many other external factors.

      1. Hi Admin,

        Thanks for responding.

        I applied for a partner visa (309) on Oct 2019,Its been about 8.5 months the date we applied,the case office already opened our file on March 2020 and asked for our information.

        But still its been delayed

        Is it a right time to apply Visitor visa

        1. You can apply, but with the massive reduction in numbers of people allowed entry, and only a recent application (in the current scheme of things), you would need a very compelling case to be granted the exemption to travel. Very few visitor visas are being granted now.

            1. It depends on how well you are able to do an application. Most people do it themselves.

              But at the moment, with very few being granted, and very few people allowed to enter Australia (even with a visa) you might need an exceptional application.

      2. Hi admin: I applied 309through immi account on 26 October 2018. In due course I have been asked twice to replenish more docs and health check. Last docs lodged was in December 2019. By end of April automatically generated email was sent me saying in progress and go through thorough checks. I am Chinese. Please advise what shall I do. Thanks

        1. While the COVID situation is ongoing, it is a case of waiting. Few offshore visas appear to be being issued, unless you have compelling reasons, over and above the normal reasons.

          You could apply for a travel exemption to get a visitor visa, and see what happens. Some people, with sufficient compelling reasons, have had a faster visa grant after applying, but many are not granted.
          COVID-19 request to travel form

          1. Thanks so much.
            What will be maximum waiting time? Should I start second phase application? Or could there be possibility of 309 refusal?
            Appreciate for your time and analysis.

            1. There is no specific maximum waiting time, the Coronavirus situation is open ended. You can always continue to upload new evidences to prove relationship. It might help. Some 2nd stage visas have been granted even before officially starting the 2nd stage.

              One of the normal conditions of the 100 application process is that you have been granted the Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309).

              There is always the possibility of a refusal. About 10% of subclass 309s are refused.

              During the 2018-2019 year there were 18,390 subclass 309 first stage offshore partner visa applications finalised.
              86.9% of these were granted.
              10.5% were refused.
              Subclass 309 Visa Grants and Refusals 2018-19


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  18. Hello sir / madam, i summited my partner visa 309 in Nov 2018 and later was discovered by the doctor that i have TB, then have my treatment by the hospital that i did my medical and my medical was cleared on September 2019 but since then till now i haven’t gotten my visa or heard from my case officer and now is the 20 months that i submitted my application, please what may be the problem or what can i do next. My partner is an Australia citizen and we have been married since 2016. I have already submitted all the ask from me both my additional documents. Thanks and God bless you. I will be glad to see your respond.

    1. I would suggest you contact immigration, and ask if there is any other delay. However, COVID-19 is delaying many visas at the moment. But if your medical was cleared in Sept 2019, you have good reason to contact them and ask.

      What country are you from?


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  20. Hello Admin,

    My partner has applied for an offshore 309 visa as a British Citizen in September 2019. As he applied for it in the UK, is it processed by an Australian embassy in the UK? Or can it be processed anywhere?

    I understand with COVID this will take longer then expected, I was just wondering as some countries are opening up for business will some visas be processed faster then others?

    Amanda

    1. Most 309s lodged by someone in the UK will be processed in London.

      The UK is currently faster than many other countries, but individual applications can vary a lot for processing times.

      The UK median processing time for 2019-20 so far is 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.

        1. I haven’t seen any recent 309 grants from Pakistan, or many other countries.

          I would guess that any 309 grants recently have special circumstances.


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  22. Subclass 309 processing times in June 2020

    I haven’t seen many 309s finalised this month, due to COVID-19.

    • 309 Finalised after 13.2 months. Passport: China. Processed at: ? Onshore?.
    • 309 Finalised after 11.3 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: UK.
    • 309 Finalised after 2.8 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: ?.
    • 309 Finalised after 10.4 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: UK. Direct to 100 (Married 17 yrs).

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  24. Hello admin

    It’s really greatful as the information provided by you is helpful.
    I have a question? Due to covid, borders r closed in Australia. I dnt understand why they show processing time which seems to be incorrect. I mean my immi account shows 12 to 18 months, it’s already 14 months I have applied visa from India
    As we all know 309 is costly and time consuming visa, on d top it’s really frustrating that there is more delay,. Can u pls clear this if border is closed til 2021 then why immi account shows wrong time??

    1. The Immigration processing times shown are for the visas finalised in April, to give an indication only.
      The 12-18, that you have seen, would mean that 75% of the few 309s finalised, probably in May, took up to 12 months, 15% took between 12 and 18 months, with the remaining 10% taking over 18 months.

      The figure does not actually mean they all took between 12 to 18 months.

      The updated times, as at 26 June, show: “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.”

      The processing times page is acting up, sometimes showing nothing, but at other times showing “Unavailable due to low volume”.


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  26. Subclass 309 processing times in May 2020

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

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  28. Hello Admin

    It has been nearly 14 months since I lodged my 309 Visa. Mine is an offshore application from India; however, I am currently on a Visitor Visa with my husband here in Australia. He is a PR here. I had a couple of questions.

    I understand that due to COVID, it is hard to see any movement in the applications, but the status on my application has been “received” all these months without any change whatsoever. What is the likelihood that it will at least change to further assessment soon because I believe finalization is a good 3-step process, although I have already uploaded all the documents from my end, including Police Check and Medicals. It is really confusing to see that people who lodged applications later than me have got the Visa and i am still in the queue and have had no communication whatsoever from the Immigration. The status on my application has just been “Received” over 14 months now.

    Second, is it possible that my not being able to travel anywhere at the moment because of the international travel ban may be the reason the application has remained status quo all this while, especially as being an offshore applicant, I would be required to travel for my Visa to be approved?

    Thanks a ton for being patient and prompt with your responses. your forum helps many I believe just like it does help me.

    1. is it possible that my not being able to travel anywhere at the moment because of the international travel ban may be the reason the application has remained status quo all this while,”

      I do feel that the above could well be the reason that many 309s appear to be just in a ‘holding’stage.

      I am aware of one applicant, that enquired, was told that their grant was on hold until travel restrictions are lifted.


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  30. Hello admin,
    I just want to know that the process time of 309 which is visible in immigration account is correct? I mean I do understand that this time is estimated time which is according to the previous record & time taken for visa. My question is , the time 13 to 17 months is the time post covid or it could take long. I’m from India. Any idea that if 309 has been started processing???

    1. The quoted times are for a period BEFORE Covid. ie: the current times of 13-17 were the actual times for April 2020. They are not really an estimate for current applications.

      Very few 309s are being finalised at the moment, and I will guess that once we get back to a normal level of grants, the times will be higher for a while until the backlog is cleared.

      1. Thanx, I have applied from India 309 subclass in April 2019, my immi account shows 13 to 17 months, it’s now 14 months, can I expect visa once 17 months are over.

        1. At the moment you can’t expect anything. Processing rules have changed during COVID, with much fewer grants being given.

          In April, 10% took over 17 months.

          With the Covid delays, it would not surprise me if current figures will be more like 17-22, in the future releases of processing times.
          17-22 meaning 10% taking over 22 months, 15% taking between 17 and 22 months, with 75% up to 17 months.

          But that is just a guess.


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  32. Hi i applied for husband spouse visa from lebanon its been a yr since June 2019 still says under further assessment haven’t heard or been called how much longer will these process take

    1. No one can be sure at the moment, due to the coronavirus situation, and the subsequent restrictions on offshore visa processing.


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  34. Hi, we applied for a partner visa 309 on 4 June 2019 from Pakistan. They asked for additional docs on 2 Feb 2020, which we submitted on 9th Feb 2020.
    I understand that there is a chance of delay due to COVID however, I have not received any call for an interview. Do they interview all the applicants? Also, as I have already submitted the requested docs, is there a chance that they can ask for more documents?
    I am entering the 13th months of my application now, I am really hoping that something will happen soon. In your experience, how long does it take after the requested documents are submitted?

    1. I do understand that most applicants from Pakistan do get an interview. And, yes, they can ask for more documents if they feel they need them. How the interview goes might decide that.

      COVID is delaying most grants at the moment. Very few are being finalised.

      I have seen grants coming between 11 days and 7 months after supplying final information. There is no specific time.

      A quick average for subclass 309 grants in the last half of 2019, has been 86 days after the requested documents, so almost 3 months, but as said, that varied between 11 days and 212 days.

      And now with COVID, I would expect that to be extended by a few months, for those unlucky to have been asked for more information before the lockdown, but not finalised yet.


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  36. I am from pakistan, applied for subclass visa 309 on July 2019, got interview call on 19 april 2020, after that I recieved no calls, no email, no updates. My visa status is further processing. Is there any way to contact immigration to take follow up? Anything you know about this situation?
    It is really stressful and causing depression to me and my partner. Need help deliberately.

    1. Since that date there have been further restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus. It is very possible that many visa grants are being held back until the virus situation is over.

      Do you know if the visa section of the embassy in your country is still open and operating at full capacity?

      1. Thanks for the reply Admin, Yes they are operational, that’s why I recieved call for interview but after that they have no response, do you know if all the documents and interview have completed then for what they are waiting for

        1. They may just be waiting for Australia to open its borders, and ending quarantine, before granting more offshore visas.

          Australia is seeing a spike in new COVID-19 cases from offshore arrivals.

          Queensland, for example, is now charging new arrivals $2,800 to cover the cost of quarantine, possibly even in an effort to deter more arrivals. International Arrivals to Pay their own Quarantine.


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  38. Hi Admin,
    We applied for my wife’s visa 309 from Dubai on feb 3, 2020, on 21st the last update on the immi account was further processing all medical and biometric were done by then and all documents were front loaded, noting has been asked from us after that. I just want to know is it a automated system that according to processing time they will grant the visa or they can still ask for more evidence after further processing stage also, we have been submitting monthly update of out calls and chats in the application

    Thanks a lot
    Ankit

    1. There is no fixed processing time.

      It is not an automated system, and you can be asked for more information at any time.

      At the moment, with fewer offshore visas being issued, including the 309, waiting times may well be increased for some.

      Processing times vary for each application, and can be affected by the procedures in each local embassy, and the time it takes to check various things with the relevant government departments in the applicants country.


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  40. Hello Admin,

    i just read through your comments and found a lot of information which i cannot see elsewhere . Thank you really !!

    I am seeking any information available in relation to off-shore partner visa as i see no movement in my partners application status.

    we have been married for more than a year now and my wife has applied for an offshore partner visa on may 2019, we have submitted all the documents in the checklist with medicals completed and Indian PCC submitted .

    I have submitted all the required documents through my immi account within few weeks once she applied for her visa.

    She is currently staying in a visitor visa from June 2019 till now . we did get a onshore visitor visa approved just a couple of weeks ago which will expire by Sep 2020 it granted only for 3 months. I am not sure if a third visitor visa will be approved if there may be a need .

    I hear people saying different processing times, I have personally spoken to many who have had approval within 6 to 8 months but none of them had their approval in the last 10 months.

    Average processing time as per the Immigration website keeps changing which cannot be trusted I guess as its average of all offshore applications

    If you can help me with clarifying the below questions it will be of great help

    1) Do you know if anyone has been granted a offshore visa in the recent months?

    2) What is the average time its taking at this stage?

    3) Due to COVID is there any pause in the processing of the applications in New Delhi?

    4) Has anyone had their partner visa approved from India in the last few months ?

    5) If there may be a need and the CO is requesting to exit the country under the current circumstance would there be an exception to get the approval onshore ? or have you heard any scenarios like this ?

    6) As my wife’s last travel out of Australia was on October 2019 , if a need may arise what are the chances for approval of another onshore Visitor Visa ?

    7) In the 309 visa appplication , there is a section to provide evidence for financial aspects of the relationship , Our marriage was an arranged marriage from India and due to the visitor visa restrictions i have been the only earning person for the last year . i have attached utility bill copies other than that how do i prove that the expenditure for the last year for her has been taken care by me ? if i add her to a bank account in here with no contribution of income from her in the last year , how would it help in proving the finanical aspect of the relationship . Any ideas to prove would help us make our proofs stronger .

    thanks
    Rajesh

    1. You might need the advices of a Migration Agent, one with good regular knowledge of the Australian system, preferably one that ONLY does Australian migration. https://www.mara.gov.au/

      You say: “Average processing time as per the Immigration website keeps changing which cannot be trusted I guess as its average of all offshore applications
      The immigration website processing times are accurate, but you may not be aware of what those times actually are. They are actual times for the previous months visa finalisations worldwide. They change every month based on actual times. They are an indication of what the next month MIGHT be like.

      April, for example was 13-17, and those figures 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. ie: 75% took up to 13 months. 10% took over 17 months.

      However, with the COVID-19 situation and very few offshore visas being granted, these times mean very little at the moment. It makes no mention of the 100’s of visas that have not been finalised, and will end up waiting longer in future month grant processing times.

      You say: “I hear people saying different processing times, I have personally spoken to many who have had approval within 6 to 8 months but none of them had their approval in the last 10 months.”
      In reality, anything in the past is irrelevant now. Many people have very different processing times, even during normal times without the massive effect of the virus on visa processing. People with better applications and relationship proofs often get finalised faster than those without much relationship evidence.

      You ask: 1) Do you know if anyone has been granted a offshore visa in the recent months?
      I personally know of two in the last two months, worldwide. This compares to 49 in the same period last year, that I was aware of.

      On that basis, I would not be surprised if only about 4% of normal subclass 309 grants are being issued at the moment, with maybe about 96, out of every 100, being delayed until the COVID-19 situation is finished.

      Offshore visa holders need to have more patience than normal at the moment.

      For those who got the 309 grant before the pandemic, many are getting the subclass 100 faster than expected.

      Regarding Q6: You must apply for a new visa before your current visa expires.
      If you have a ‘no further stay condition’ attached to your visa, you will need to apply to have this waived before you make any visa application.
      If you cannot depart Australia as planned, check your permitted stay period, visa expiry date and visa conditions to make sure you remain lawful in Australia.
      When you apply for a new visa, you may be granted a bridging visa that will keep you lawful in Australia until a decision is made on your visa application.

      The above is specified under the COVID rules at covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au

      Regarding Q6: I have heard of situations where the final decision is delayed until the virus situation is over, and international travel is opened up again, so they can leave and come back. This obviously causes a longer processing time.


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  42. Hi admin 👨‍💼
    Unfortunately my 309 is refused but reason of refusal they give me i had provided all that evidence but they didn’t went through it carefully.

    I m going for review in AAT how long AAT take to finalize the case please let me know if you have information
    Thank you

    1. The answer to that is very difficult.
      Some that I have seen, have taken between a year or two. Others much longer.

      The average for a partner visa review was recently shown as 749 days. So about half decided in under 2 years and half over 2 years.

      There are many cases waiting.

      http://www.aat.gov.au

        1. I don’t see much info on AAT applications. I suppose it could be possible, but with the average at 749 days, one as fast as that would be rare. Maybe also a special case.

          From the AAT page that I obtained the 749 day median average time from, I did see that some are done very quickly, but they are cases where the Tribunal found it did not have jurisdiction to review the decision. Hence the Immigration department decision stands.


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  44. Hi Admin,

    Good morning!

    I just want to get your opinion. I checked the processing times and it changed to 13 – 17 months now. My application will be on 21 months this May 27th. Given that the processing times has been updated, do you think I can email the immigration to follow up?

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    1. It would be worth an enquiry. It can’t hurt, and it may at least get your application revived if it has dropped out of sight.


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  46. Hello admin,
    Our migration agent sent us an email saying the 309 visa applications has been suspended until the border restriction eases. I contacted immigration directly and they confirmed that they are still processing 309 visa. I can’t find any suspension info on website either..Do you know anything about this? I guess I will have to question my agent after I get some facts right.. my husband finished his biometrics about 2 months ago. Our migration agent is in Australia, my husband is living and working in Abu Dhabi. He is Indian by nationality..Can you please tell where exactly would his visa be processing? Australia/India/ United Arab Emirates?

    1. Living in the UAE would normally mean being processed in UAE.

      Some processing offices are still processing 309s but some are not.

      The embassy does say:

      Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Embassy (Abu Dhabi) and Consulate-General (Dubai) will operate on reduced staffing in line with UAE regulations. Client services are strictly by appointment only and limited to emergency or urgent passport and notarial services.
      Visa and Citizenship services are currently extremely limited as staff have been asked to stay at home in line with UAE regulations.
      Until staff are able to return to the office, there is limited capacity to register new applications, process visas, provide updates on case status or to respond to emails. Only emails that a Departmental Officer considers urgent will be answered.

      Your migration agent appears to be correct. He probably knows where it is being processed.

      1. Hi Admin,

        My wife has a PR and she is currently with me in Lebanon, we were planning to apply for Subclass 309 ( overseas partner visa) which says on the website that it takes from 12-18 months. Now after the pandemic we heard that offshore visas are not being processed while the onshore visas are, and offshore partner visa ( Subclass 820) on the website says that it takes from 19-25 months.

        So in our condition, which type of visa is faster and has more chance of acceptance? Subclass 309 (overseas) or subclass 820(In Australia) ?

        1. If you have the ability to apply for the 820, I would think that would be best if the intention is to be able to stay together. However, that normally applies if the sponsor and applicant are in Australia. Getting to Australia, to be eligible for the 820, might be an issue.

          Priority appears to be given to those with long relationships who are being kept apart due to COVID, and can show reasons to be reunited.

          Those times that you quote are for applications finalised in May. There is no guarantee that they will be the same in future months.

          The last 3 820’s, that I have seen, took: 20.6, 14.9 and 17.4 months, all in June.
          The last 3 309’s, that I have seen, took: 11.3, 2.8 and 10.4 months, all in June.

    2. Hello Priya

      Your husband will be processed via Beirut office. I applied from Dubai and mine is being processed from beirut office. UAE does not process partner visas.


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  48. Hi admin,

    My hubby applied for his 309 in September 19 from the UK. We are married (5 yrs/ together 10) with son 21months. I’ve had to return to Oz with our son due to employment in December (I’m sponsor and our child is now a citizen). Found out were expecting our 2nd child not long after. His application is at family-stage 1.?? Not sure what this actually means (apart from sounding very far off being looked at).What are the timescales currently that you have been seeing from the UK? Should we advise someone about our pending arrival? Health checks are requested under actions required but migration agent says au gov said not too BC covid-19 has locked places down. Any help/timescales would help alot.

    1. COVID is definitely confusing the issue.

      Your agent, assuming a MARA agent, should know what is best.

      With your relationship length, you would normally go direct to the PR status, ie: the subclass 100 visa. But that normally means a 24 month wait from 309 application. That is much faster than the 309 (stage 1) and 100 (stage 2) combined wait times, but inconvenient if the applicant wants to get to Australia quickly.

      In your position I would be looking at trying to get a travel exemption, if possible, and try to spend some time in Australia.

      Visitor visa holders married to Australian citizens or residents who are currently offshore can apply for the exemption within the family status.

      However, a visa is required first.

      https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form

      I am just not sure how long you can stay. But maybe that can be looked at later.


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  50. Hello Admin!

    Let me know if have any knowledge of the following. Just wanted to know if there has been any 309 visas processed in the last two months (April and May) from New Delhi India. Thanks

    1. Fewer 309’s are being granted worldwide, during the COVID-19 crisis.

      Those that are, seem to have proven long term relationships.

      1. Hi
        I know due to covid-19 everything is slow. I applied for 309 for my husband on sep 2019 and it’s on further assessment. He lives in Afghanistan and I’m worried about him because of the Taliban situation over there and Covid-19 . I wanted to know how can I help to make processing faster or is there any other way to bring him here with me ?

        Thank you

        1. You can email and ask, but I feel that with the general slowdown on all offshore visas, 309 etc., due to COVID, there may be little they will do.

      2. Thank you for your thoughts admin. But my application is nearing the one year time and new update on processing times is 13-17 months. Do you think that just because my relationship time is around 1.5 years it will affect my application processing? My visitors visa is still with no response from the authorities, which is understandable owing to the covid 19.

        1. At the moment, with the reduction in visas being issued due to COVID, nothing is sure.

          The current processing times show that in April 75% of the applications finalised were done within 13 months, and 10% took over 17 months.
          However, those figures may not mean what people think.

          I have become aware that some embassies have processed some recent applications, where the applicant is considered to have compelling or compassionate circumstances to have an application approved early. Other standard applications are being held back until things go back to normal. They may not be processing many applications, although the ones that are done may be a bit faster than normal.

          They may have only processed a handful of applications, where people haven’t been waiting very long.


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  52. Hello Admin,

    I am currently working and living in Australia and have lodged my wife’s 309 at the end of January. They requested my wife to do a health check and biometrics and I got my wife to do them immediately (completed by early Feb). She currently resides in Malaysia.

    I was wondering if the visa application would be done in Australia (because I was the one who lodged the visa online while in Australia) or in Malaysia (because her passport is from Malaysia)?

    Furthermore, I was wondering if you knew the average processing times for Malaysian applicants? I do believe our application is “decision ready” as I have collected all required documents before lodging the visa. On the website, it currently says that the application is in “Further Assessment”.

    Any information would be helpful.

    Thanks!

    1. It would normally be done in the Embassy or Consulate of the applicant’s residence, ie: Malaysia for your partner.

      Lots of onshore 820s being granted, but I haven’t seen anyone mentioning a 309 grant for a few weeks now.

      Average processing times currently mean nothing, due to lockdowns etc. However the median times for Kuala Lumpur were:
      193 days in 2017/18
      490 days in 2018/19
      581 days in the last 6 months of 2019.

      Partner Visa Processing Times by Location

      1. Hi Admin,

        Thanks for your extremely prompt reply! Knowing that the visa will be assessed in Malaysia is fairly troubling to me as Malaysia has since declared that it will be on a conditional lockdown further until the 9th of June which will likely further delay the processing of my wife’s visa.

        I’ve read in the past that immigration is now looking to process “decision ready” visas first rather than in the order that the application comes in. Is this true to your knowledge?

        It’s quite disappointing to hear that there haven’t been any mentions of a 309 being granted in recent weeks, seeing that its for families or partners that are separated as opposed to 820 where the partner or family members are already in the country but hopefully that will change soon although, it seems unlikely due to the global issue.

        Aside from the median times, would you happen to know the quickest time for a 309 grant from Kuala Lumpur?

        Thanks again for the information you have provided.

        1. Examples of times for Malaysia.
          309 applied Jan 2018. 309 finalised Jan 2018.
          309 applied Feb 2019. 309 finalised May 2019.
          309 applied April 2018. 309 finalised Feb 2020.

          I have noticed a 309 being granted today, from the US, but they had a long relationship, and they got the 100 at the same time. It took them 12 months.

          1. Hi Admin,

            Thanks again for your reply. How long would the relationship have to be for you to qualify it as a long relationship? My wife and I have been together for 7 years (Married 1 year).

            Its good to know that even with the current situation, 309s are still being processed and granted. Especially a case that is from the US where the the most number of COVID-19 cases in the world is located.

            Many thanks for answering my many queries!

            1. Normally living together for 3 years, married or not. Marriage itself is not important, as long as the relationship is proven as marriage like, ie: defacto.

              This is reduced to 2 years if you have a child.
              These are ‘at time of application’ requirements.

              1. Note: Not all marriage like relationships have to be living together. But that gets complicated to prove. A migration agent might be worth considering on some situations like that.

          2. Hi Admin,

            Thank you for your replies. They have truly been helpful.

            My wife and I have lived together for probably just under 3 years, though it was not all at the same time. We lived together in Australia for a year while we were both studying here in 2016 and she returned to Malaysia after graduating while I stayed on to complete my degree. I also stayed on in Australia until the end of 2017 to secure my PR as well as to look for a job in Australia. After securing my PR, I decided to return home. I lived with my girlfriend (now wife) from the end of 2017 (December) until the end of October (2019) before I got a job in Australia and moved back here.

            I’ve laid these details out in form of writing when submitting my application and also included chat messages / emails of proof that we’ve kept in touch while we were apart. Seeing that we weren’t living together for 3 straight years, is that something that would affect the processing of our visa?

            Other forms of proof include many pictures of us with our family and friends over the course of our 7 year relationship. I suppose, the proving of the relationship is always the most difficult part.

            We do not have children yet.

            1. An Immigration agent would be well placed to offer a better idea, but if your statement is clear enough to prove a genuine marriage like relationship, which to me, from what you say, is reasonable, then it is down to the case officer at the time, to make a decision.
              Pushing the living together for a year in 2016, and then again for almost 2 years in 2017-19, with the bits in between being “apart, but still in the relationship”, then it should be about a 4+ year marriage like relationship.. (Some marriages do have serious time apart for various genuine reasons.)

              Getting the wording and explanation JUST RIGHT is the key.

          3. Hello again Admin,

            Just wanted to know if you’ve seen any 309 grants in the last 2 months as its been relatively quiet for some time now.

            1. Very few 309s are being reported as being granted.

              I would not expect much to change until the Coronavirus situation is over, and normal travel ability returns.

              The latest information on international travel restrictions is talking about mid 2021.

              I feel it might be earlier than that. I think the talk of October this year might be closer, hopefully.

          4. Hi Admin,

            Thanks for the info. Hopefully it’s closer than we think but with the outbreak happening in Victoria at the moment, I feel as though it will definitely be pushed back.

            On the brighter side of things, I have found out that my wife’s visa is being processed at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur as you have said earlier. They have emailed me requesting for further documentation and information (they requested for 1 more Form 888). It clearly shows in the email the processing office.

            Receiving this has been quite a relief as it shows me that visa processing for the 309 visa is still on going despite the lock down in place in the country.

            I have supplied them with the requested documents and hopefully they will grant the visa sooner rather than later.

      1. I have only seen one so far, and that was for an applicant with a long relationship, where they were eligible to get the 100 grant (PR) immediately.
        They were from the US, and it took 12 months.
        It was actually a subclass 100 grant, but the 309 had to be granted at the same time.

        1. Hello Admin!

          Thanks again for all your answers!

          Applied 30th January 2020!

          RFI 25th June 2020!

          Subclass 309 Granted 11th August 2020!

          We did it!


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  54. Hi admin 👨‍💼
    Your response is highly appreciated
    I have send follow up email to Australia embassy in Pakistan regarding visa 309/100.
    But they didn’t give me any reply only got the auto-response that my email is sent to them.
    (You think they will give me response regarding my visa or not ?)

    1. Embassies do not always reply to such requests, other than sometimes a grant or refusal letter.

      At the moment they may be short staffed or even closed, due to COVID-19.

      I feel that few 309’s will be granted until Australia opens its borders to incoming travellers again.
      Those that are, may be special cases such as humanitarian grounds etc., or those with long waiting times, who give good grounds for visa grant.

        1. There is no guarantee of what will happen, but when you consider what is happening with COVID-19, it might be best to be prepared for the worst.
          Based on the processing times in December 2019, when 10% of those finalised took over 21 months anyway, a number of Sept 2019 applications would end in mid 2021 even in good times.

          Sept 2019 plus 21 months = June 2021.

          25% would be after January 2021 anyway. Sept 2019 plus 16 months = January 2021

          Dec 2019: 16-21 = 75% took up to 16 months. 25% took over 16 months, with 10% taking over 21 months.


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  56. Hi admin
    309 offshore logged online ( Lebanon) April 2019 till now.
    My application in progress from last month
    It was prossing before. My question how long the application take normally
    And what in progress means I’m my case
    Thanks

    1. In March 2020: 75% took up to 13 months and 10% took over 21 months.

      ‘In progress’ means it is being looked at.

      With the COVID-19 situation, visas can be delayed due to local lockdowns etc., at the local processing offices.

      1. Thanks admin
        Do you know how long the case normally take when it ‘ in progress’

        And it is good news because my application ‘in progress’ or not

        I was living in Australia from 2009 till 2019
        Did you think that’s why still prossing because I was living there

        1. There is no normal time. Some visas can take days, others many months, after the ‘in progress’ begins.

          But at the moment, with the COVID-19 situation, there is no way of knowing. Some may not get granted until after the Lockdown is over and international travel is back on.

          I am curious why you went for the 309, and not the 820, when you were living in Australia between 2009 and 2019.


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  58. Hi Admin,

    Thanks for responding.

    Is applications getting finalized for subclass 309 and getting visa grants on the month of april

      1. yea have completed all the Medical checks and submitted police verification, Visa is been processed in thailand Australian embassy any update on that

            1. I have seen four in April 2020:
              309 Finalised after 7.6 months. Passport: Canada. Processed at: Ottawa, Canada. Direct to 100.
              309 Finalised after 6.1 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: Hong Kong. Direct to 100.
              309 Finalised after 6 months. Passport: USA. Processed at: Washington, USA.
              309 Finalised after 12.7 months. Passport: India. Processed at: New Delhi, India.

    1. Hello admin I just want to ask if immigration Totally stop the partner visas processing because of covid19? Or they still continue but slow the process?


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  60. Good afternoon Admin, have you heard anything from mainland China? it’s rare to find any information/update been posted by applicant who hold Chinese passport..

    I am a Chinese passport holder, however I am living in Australia with my partner at the moment on my working visa. Do you think my application will be processed in China or Australia?

    1. It would normally be done in the embassy of the passport holder, ie: China.

      309’s processed in Guangzhou had a median processing time of 431 days in July to December 2019. From a total of 813 subclass 309’s.


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  62. dear admin thanks for responding me…Yeah my agent respond them the natural justice letter …..it’s almo st 11 months since i last heard from them apart the automated message ……….did you think this automated message is a good sign of my application is going well or is it usual to take so much time to access. …thanks

    1. As it is an automated message, it is not possible to be sure of anything.

      Subclass 309 visas can take time, even without any issues such as yours so far. I’ve seen some at 6 months and some at 18 months.

      But with the COVID situation, things are uncertain.

      1. Hey admin. …
        tell me please the average processing Tim for 309 visa in Nairobi Kenya and when is last time they grant visa..thx

        1. The last one that I saw took 13 months.

          In the last 6 months of 2019, half of the 309s finalised from Nairobi took 380 days (12.5 months) or less, and half took longer.

          I have not personally seen a grant since the COVID crisis began.

          Looking at the embassy site (https://kenya.embassy.gov.au), I am not even sure that they will be processing any visas.
          The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not taking public appointments at this time. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need.

          They may be doing background work, if they have the staff, but grants may be delayed.


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    1. The last two that I have seen were 9 and 15 months.

      The average has been about 14 months for the last year.

      However, with the current travel bans and reduced visa processing, due to Covid-19, it is impossible to guess what the processing times will be at the moment.


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  65. Hi admin. We applied for 309 visa 14 January 2019. Still waiting . From Afghanistan can you please tell me how long it will take? Thank you

    1. With travel bans and reduced visa processing, due to Covid-19, it is impossible to guess at any processing times at the moment.

    2. Hi, M
      We also, applied for 309 visa for my partner, from Afghanistan on 24th January 2019 through Immigration Agent.

      Still haven’t heard anything yet. Have you also applied through Agent?
      Also, have you done the medical test and biometric?

      1. Hi gee
        yeah i have applied through immigration agent and also i have done my biometric with medical test.I also haven’t heard anything.

        1. Hi Gee,M,

          My husband and I are in the same situation, from Afghanistan and applied 10th March 2019. We haven’t heard anything either apart from an auto generated email saying they were still processing. Can you please post any updates on your case, I haven’t heard much about afghans applying for the 309, so it would be nice if you could post if any changes occur in your case so we can get a rough timeline for afghan cases. Thanks.


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  67. Hi Admin,

    Hope all is well.

    I’d like to ask if you can provide an answer to my question?

    I’ve checked on the migration program and as I have understood, the cap for the visas is 160,000 in which the total breakdown summed up to.

    Does this mean no more visas will be processed since it has reached the cap?

    If so, doesn’t this defeat the purpose of having a processing time? 14 and 20 months but there is a cap?

    Thank you!

    1. The processing time is not a fixed time. It is just the actual time that visas took in the previous month.

      The 14-20 means that 75% of applications took under 14 months and 10% took over 20 months.

      If a cap is reached, then that processing time becomes longer in the next reported figures.

      The processing times are normally updated once a month, after they have analysed the previous months finalisations.

      With the actual annual cap, I think they try to spread the visa grants over the year, as evenly as they can

      A 160,000 cap would logically create a target of about 13,300 grants per month.


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  69. Hello
    Please make it clear : my 309 visa is under process since sep/2019 also we get married out of Australia , I haven’t got to Australia yet, but my partner has requested for Centrelink payments as being single person, will it lead to a refusal ?
    Do she really need to change the status now or we can do it when I arrive in Australia after grant of 309.

    1. As long as Centrelink have been told about the marriage, then it should not affect the visa.

      If Centrelink have been told that the status is single, then that information gets passed to Immigration, when they check. They then wonder why single and married. Delays at the very least. Refusal could be possible. Not because of wanting to claim the higher payment, which may actually be permitted, but for giving false information on a visa application. Centrelink then also claim back any overpayments plus penalties.

      If Centrelink have been told that the status is married, and given the reason for wanting to claim the higher payment, all that happens is that Centrelink confirm to immigration the married status, and assess to see if they can in fact pay the higher single rate.

      Just ensure the full truth is always told. False information leads to all sorts of trouble.

      1. We are married since 2016 and she get Centrelink payment before marriage until now she didn’t know that she need to change status from single to married because i am not in Australia also we get married outside.

        Now if she speak to Centrelink that she is married will they claim money back from her from 2016 till 2020 ?
        Please guide us we are in problem now.

        1. You need to tell the full story to Centrelink. Only they can state what they will do.

          There are more questions they may ask to determine what happens.

          Every Centrelink claimant is told they must advise them of all status changes, and changes in family income.


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  71. Some Actual subclass 309 finalisations in March 2020.
    Processing times are shown from the initial 309 application date.

    309/100 Finalised after 3.1 months. Passport: Netherlands. Processed at: Germany. Direct to 100.
    309/100 Finalised after 9.5 months. Passport: Spain. Processed at: UK. Direct to 100.

    309 Finalised after 4.8 months. Passport: India. Processed at: USA.
    309 Finalised after 5.8 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 6.6 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 7 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 7.5 months. Passport: Nepal.
    309 Finalised after 7.7 months. Passport: Sri Lanka. Processed at: Sri Lanka.
    309 Finalised after 8.6 months. Passport: Hong Kong.
    309 Finalised after 8.8 months. Passport: Finland. Processed at: Germany.
    309 Finalised after 10.1 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 11 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: Sri Lanka.
    309 Finalised after 11.2 months. Passport: Belgium.
    309 Finalised after 11.4 months. Passport: China. Processed at: Fiji.
    309 Finalised after 11.5 months. Passport: Lebanese. Processed at: Lebanon.
    309 Finalised after 12.5 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 12.7 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: UK.
    309 Finalised after 12.7 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 13.3 months. Passport: USA.
    309 Finalised after 13.4 months. Passport: Columbia.
    309 Finalised after 17.3 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 17.7 months. Passport: Nigeria. Processed at: South Africa.


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  73. Hi Admin,

    Thanks for always updating this website.

    Immigration will definitely slow down the process even more due to COVID-19. We have been waiting for ours to be processed and it has been 19 months now of waiting in vain.

    On top of that, it is very frustrating and depressing because I’m far away from my partner and there is a pandemic going on. Only God knows for how long.

    The process could even take longer as the Immigration can always say that there’s a huge backlog plus the economy of Australia and rest of the world is highly affected which might cause even more delays.

    I’m still hoping and praying that everything will be good.

    Stay safe always!


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  75. Some people are saying that the 309 visas are not being granted by Immigration now.

    They are, and these are some 309 Grant dates that I have seen in March 2020.

    3 on 2 Mar 20
    1 on 3 Mar 20
    1 on 4 Mar 20
    4 on 5 Mar 20
    2 on 6 Mar 20
    1 on 9 Mar 20
    1 on 10 Mar 20
    1 on 12 Mar 20
    1 on 16 Mar 20
    1 on 18 Mar 20
    3 on 19 Mar 20
    1 on 20 Mar 20
    2 on 23 Mar 20


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  77. Many countries around the world are imposing various levels of Bans, Quarantine or Isolation processes to try to keep the rate of the COVID-19 Coronavirus down in their country.

    Australia is no exception.  It has recently implemented a 14 day isolation period from entry, which means that someone arriving for a 14 day holiday only gets to see the inside of their hotel room, before flying back.

    Common Sense tells us that if a country wishes to restrict the flow of the virus into the country, it must restrict the flow of people into the country, from overseas.

    One of the easiest ways to do that is to NOT issue visas for entry.

    Australian Visa Processing and COVID-19 Coronavirus


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  79. subclass 309 finalisations in February 2020.
    Processing times are shown from the initial 309 application date.

    309 Finalised after 4.8 months. Passport: USA. Processed at: USA. Direct to 100.
    309 Finalised after 7.8 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: ?. Direct to 100.
    309 Finalised after 8.4 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: UK. Direct to 100.
    309 Finalised after 8.7 months. Passport: Hungary. Processed at: Berlin, Germany. Direct to 100.
    309 Finalised after 9.2 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: Berlin, Germany. Direct to 100.

    309 Finalised after 3.5 months. Passport: USA. Processed at: Washington, USA.
    309 Finalised after 3.6 months. Passport: Turkey. Processed at: Ankara, Turkey.
    309 Finalised after 8.7 months. Passport: Netherlands. Processed at: Berlin, Germany.
    309 Finalised after 9.1 months. Passport: India. Processed at: New Delhi, India.
    309 Finalised after 10.1 months. Passport: Nepal. Processed at: Nepal.
    309 Finalised after 10.3 months. Passport: India. Processed at: New Delhi, India.
    309 Finalised after 10.4 months. Passport: India. Processed at: .
    309 Finalised after 10.6 months. Passport: India. Processed at: New Delhi, India.
    309 Finalised after 10.6 months. Passport: Zimbabwe. Processed at: Berlin, Germany.
    309 Finalised after 10.7 months. Passport: India. Processed at: Melbourne.
    309 Finalised after 11.4 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: London, UK.
    309 Finalised after 11.7 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 12.1 months. Passport: India. Processed at: New Delhi, India.
    309 Finalised after 12.1 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: New Delhi, India.
    309 Finalised after 12.4 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 17.6 months. Passport: Nigeria. Processed at: Pretoria, South Africa.
    309 Finalised after 22.2 months. Passport: Malaysia. Processed at: ?.

    The above sample of actual times shows: 75% under 12 months and 10% over 17 months
    But it also shows that 25% took under 8.5 months.

    Interesting to compare to the official times for last month, Jan 2020.
    Jan 2020: 14-19 = 75% took up to 14 months. 10% took over 19 months.


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  81. subclass 309 finalisations in January 2020.
    Processing times are shown from the initial 309 application date.

    309 Finalised after 5.7 months, from UK. Applied: UK
    309 Finalised after 7.1 months, from UK. Applied: Indonesia
    309 Finalised after 8 months, from UK. Direct to 100. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 8 months, from Sweden. Direct to 100. Applied: Germany
    309 Finalised after 8.6 months, from Malaysia. Direct to 100. Applied: Kuala Lumpur
    309 Finalised after 8.8 months, from ?. Direct to 100. Applied: Berlin
    309 Finalised after 9 months, from France. Applied: Beirut
    309 Finalised after 9 months, from UK. Direct to 100. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 9 months, from UK. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 9 months, from uk. Direct to 100. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 9 months, from Serbia. Applied: Belgrade
    309 Finalised after 9.2 months, from Serbia. Direct to 100. Applied: Belgrade
    309 Finalised after 9.4 months, from Ghana. Applied: Nairobi
    309 Finalised after 9.4 months, from UK. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 10 months, from Serbia. Applied: Belgrade
    309 Finalised after 10.1 months, from UK. Direct to 100. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 10.1 months, from UK. Direct to 100. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 10.2 months, from Jordan. Applied: Beirut
    309 Finalised after 10.6 months, from UK. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 11.3 months, from India. Applied: New Delhi
    309 Finalised after 11.8 months, from India. Applied: New Delhi
    309 Finalised after 11.9 months, from USA. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 12 months, from Indonesia. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 13.3 months, from India. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 17.9 months, from Nepal. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 19.3 months, from Nigeria. Applied: Malaysia
    309 Finalised after 24.3 months, from Nigeria. Applied: Pretoria

    Going by the official time calculation, this would be:
    12-18 = 75% took up to 12 months. 10% took over 18 months.

    However, this is from a small sample of publicly available processing times.

    1. Hi admin.

      ….i have been applied since april 2019 through australian high commission in Kenya for 309 visa

      in may 2019 i received an email from immigration it says on adverse information ds 57 natural justice letter …i respond them with in 28 day…..
      Exactly on april 2020 i received email says my application is in progress.

      So could you please share your thoughts to me regarding my application really so stressed

      1. That email in April, 12 months after your application, is an automatic email. Everyone seems to be getting one these days at the 12 month point.

        The natural justice letter, would be a worry. Did you consult a registered Migration agent about that?

        Only with full details of the application could anyone give you a real idea. That is outside the scope of general information on here.

        In general terms though, many applications at the moment may be put on hold, until the COVID-19 situation is resolved. Some straightforward ones are being finalised, but more may be delayed for various reasons. Staffing issues and other embassy priorities being a major reason.

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