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Australian Visa Application Processing Times (2024)

June 27, 2024
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Australian visa processing times are subject to frequent changes and can vary depending on the type of visa and individual circumstances. Whilst IMMAGINE pays careful attention regarding the information provided in reference to visa processing times, these are constantly changing, and are updated as per the information provided by the Australian Government. This information is available for you to confirm via their official link: Global visa processing times (homeaffairs.gov.au). Staying updated with the latest processing times is crucial for planning your travel and ensuring a smooth application process.

Australian Visitor Visa Processing Times 2024

Visitor Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream (if available) 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
651 eVisitor Less than 1 day Less than 1 day
600 Visitor Tourist 13 days 27 days
600 Visitor Business Visitor 39 days 87 days
600 Visitor Sponsored Family 24 days 36 days
771 Transit 5 days 21 days

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Temporary Skill Shortage Visa Processing Times 2024

482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa Labour Agreement 44 days 3 months
482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa Medium-term 39 days 87 days
482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa Nomination 8 days 37 days
482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa Short-term 38 days 88 days
482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa Sponsorship 7 days 33 days

Employer Nomination Scheme Visa Processing Times 2024

186 Employer Nomination Scheme Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Agreement 81 days 11 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry 3 months 12 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Transition Pathway 11 months 15 months

Business Innovation and Investment Visa Processing Times 2024

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Significant Investor 21 months 32 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Investor 37 months 49 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Business Innovation 35 months 51 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Premium Investor N/A – no new applications Closed
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Entrepreneur 16 months 23 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Business Innovation Extension 17 months 19 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Significant Investor Extension IS Closing (See Aus Govt Visa News)

Australian Skilled Visa Processing Times 2024

Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Transition Pathway 11 months 19 months
189 Skilled – Independent Points-tested 3 months 14 months
189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand 27 months 37 months
191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Regional Provisional visa 4 months 4 months
190 Skilled – Nominated 12 months 14 months
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) First Provisional 45 months 53 months
491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Government Nominated Regional 14 months 24 months
491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Family Sponsored Regional 10 months 21 months
494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Employer Sponsored 3 months 7 months
494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Labour Agreement 83 days 5 months
887 Skilled – Regional 8 months 39 months

Australian Temporary Work Visa Processing Times 2024

Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Highly Specialised Work 8 days 22 days
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Merged into 400 single category
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Seasonal Worker Programme Refer to “PALM’ 403 stream N/A
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Government Agreement 13 days 35 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Foreign Government Agency 8 days 70 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) 18 days 4 months
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Privileges and Immunities 6 days 76 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Pacific Labour Scheme 7 days 17 days
407 Training 49 days 5 months

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Australian Temporary Activity Visa Processing Times 2024

Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
408 Temporary Activity Australian Government Endorsed Events 4 months 5 months
408 Temporary Activity Domestic Work for Executives
408 Temporary Activity Exchange Arrangements 14 days 84 days
408 Temporary Activity Superyacht Crew 3 days 16 days
408 Temporary Activity Special Programmes 27 days 57 days
408 Temporary Activity Religious Work 56 days 3 months
408 Temporary Activity Research Activities 29 days 74 days
408 Temporary Activity Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity 7 days 22 days
408 Temporary Activity Sporting Activities 16 days 33 days
408 Temporary Activity Entertainment Activities 15 days 21 days

Australian Working Holiday Visa Processing Times 2024

Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
417 Working Holiday less than 1 day 26 days
462 Work and Holiday* 11 days 62 days

Australian Graduate Visa Processing Times 2024

Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 30 months 42 months
485 Temporary Graduate Graduate Work 6 months 8 months
485 Temporary Graduate Post-Study Work 3 months 4 months

Australian Talent Visa Processing Times 2024

Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
124 Distinguished Talent N/A – no new applications See subclass 858
132 Business Talent Significant Business History 45 months 53 months
132 Business Talent Venture Capital Entrepreneur N/A – no new applications Closed
858 Distinguished Talent Global Talent Pathway 9 months 12 months
858 Distinguished Talent Distinguished Talent 28 months 34 months

Australian Business Visa Processing Times 2024

Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Business Innovation 8 months 28 months
888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Investor 19 months 34 months
888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Premium Investor N/A – no new applications Closed
888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Significant Investor 19 months 42 months
888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Entrepreneur Must hold 188: Entrepreneur first No Information available
890 Business Owner Must hold 160-165 Visas first 160-165 visas CLOSED to new
891 Investor Must hold 162 Visa first 162 visas CLOSED to new
892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner Must hold 160-165 Visas first 160-165 visas CLOSED to new
893 State/Territory Sponsored Business Investor Must hold 165 Visa first 165 visas CLOSED to new

Australian Student Visa Processing Times 2024

Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
500 Student Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector 4 days 21 days
500 Student Postgraduate Research Sector 33 days 3 months
500 Student Non-Award Sector less than 1 day 12 days
500 Student Schools Sector 49 days 7 months
500 Student Independent ELICOS Sector 25 days 3 months
500 Student Vocational Education and Training Sector 6 months 6 months
500 Student Higher Education Sector 41 days 3 months
590 Student Guardian 67 days 8 months

Australian Family Visa Processing Times 2024

Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
100 Partner 12 months 55 months
101 Child 18 months 27 months
102 Adoption 6 months 20 months
117 Orphan Relative 41 months 88 months
300 Prospective Marriage 16 months 46 months
309 Partner (Provisional) 17 months 30 months
445 Dependent Child 15 months 20 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 3 months 4 months
801 Partner* 9 months 29 months
802 Child 17 months 27 months
820 Partner 14 months 40 months
837 Orphan Relative See: “Ministerial Directions (102)” see: Family Visa processing Priorities

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Australian Parent Visa Processing Times 2024

Visa and Citizenship Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
602 Medical Treatment 2 days 3 months
155 Five Year Resident Return less than 1 day 18 days
157 Three Month Resident Return 31 days 86 days
159 Provisional Resident Return Classed as a Service Not a standalone Visa
808 Confirmatory (Residence) Re: Norfolk Island Residency Must be resident of Norfolk Island
988 Maritime Crew Visa less than 1 day 1 day

Australian Citizenship Application Type

Application Type 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**) 7 months 13 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 78 days 5 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 1 day 21 days

Parent and Sponsored Visas

Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa Sponsorship 78 days average 4 months
871 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa Visa application 3 months 7 months
804 Aged Parent Visa 4 weeks acknowledged: Lodged to Jan ’22 Visa Queue back to Jan 2013
103 Parent visa 4 weeks acknowledged: Lodged to Jan ’22 Visa Queue back to Dec 2011
864 Contributory Aged Parent visa 4 weeks acknowledged: Lodged to Aug ’20 Visa Queue back to Jun 2017
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa 4 weeks acknowledged: Lodged to Aug ’20 Visa Queue back to Jun 2017
884 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa 4 weeks acknowledged: Lodged to Aug ’20 Visa Queue back to Jun 2017
143 Contributory Parent visa 4 weeks acknowledged: Lodged to Aug ’20 Visa Queue back to Jun 2017

Other Visas 2024

Visa Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
602 Medical Treatment 2 days 3 months
155 Five Year Resident Return less than 1 day 18 days
157 Three Month Resident Return 31 days 86 days
159 Provisional Resident Return Classed as a Service Not a standalone Visa
808 Confirmatory (Residence) Re: Norfolk Island Residency Must be resident of Norfolk Island
988 Maritime Crew Visa less than 1 day 1 day

Australian Citizenship Processing Times 2024

Visa and Citizenship Processing Times
Visa Type Stream 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
602 Medical Treatment 2 days 3 months
155 Five Year Resident Return less than 1 day 18 days
157 Three Month Resident Return 31 days 86 days
159 Provisional Resident Return Classed as a Service Not a standalone Visa
808 Confirmatory (Residence) Re: Norfolk Island Residency Must be resident of Norfolk Island
988 Maritime Crew Visa less than 1 day 1 day

Australian Citizenship Application Type

Application Type 50% of Applications Processed 90% of Applications Processed
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**) 7 months 13 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 78 days 5 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 1 day 21 days

Migrate to Australia

Our immigration lawyers and registered migration agents in Melbourne will be able to find you the best visa for your unique situation. You’ll be in good hands.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Myer Lipschitz

Myer Lipschitz was born in Johannesburg and is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1985 he was conferred the degree Bachelor of Laws. Myer completed his Articles of Clerkship with Ivor Trackman, Attorneys and was admitted as an Attorney to the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1988. Myer immigrated to New Zealand in 1989 and was admitted to practice law in New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand...

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