The Processing Times Required to Obtain Skilled Migration Visa in Australia 0

Skilled-migration-visa-in-AustraliaAustralian authorities publish information showing the filing dates of applications that have been allocated to case officers.


There is a hierarchy in processing priority groups and order of processing is as under:

  • Applications are given in the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme,
  • Applications are given in the Employer Nomination Scheme,
  • Nominees by a state/territory government for a profession specified in the State Migration Plan,


Skilled migration applications are processed on Priority. They also decide the order in which the department will consider the applications. There is a hierarchy in the applications, and the date of filing the application is not considered.

The Skill Select applications in 187, 186, 190 and 489 categories are given topmost priority in each group.

Processing times are shown on the visa page for the specific visa subclass applied. Two processing times are displayed, signifying the time taken to finalize 75 and 90 percent applications, which are submitted at the international level. The Processing times are applied, from the date the filing of the application.

The Department will only act in response to inquiries after the processing time is over.



Processing times depend on different factors like:

  • Providing all necessary supporting documents at the time of filing applications. The way and time that is taken to respond to requests for more information
  • The time that is taken to complete any checks on information provided to support your application
  • The time that is taken to receive additional information on health, national security, and character from areas outside the department.
  • A decision to give/ refuse a visa is based on the information /documentation provided at the time of filing.
  • For applications on permanent migration visa, the availability of places in the Migration Program
  • For applications on citizenship, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony/receiving a Citizenship Certificate.

The application must be sent, well in advance, of the intended date of travel, and care must be taken, to not make any travel arrangements, until a visa is granted.

The applicant is required to include an email address, in your visa application, for the Office to ensure communication, regarding Visa Processing.


Department of Immigration and Border Protection will now provide monthly updates, indicating the processing times. The processing times have data of both online and paper applications.


  • The volume of applications,
  • Seasonal peaks,
  • Complexity of cases
  • Incomplete applications bear an impact on the changes in the Processing times.

Australia PR Processing Time for 189, 190 and 489 Sub Class Visa

For filing a PR visa application must be sent to General Skilled Migration Program of which there are three sub-classes

  • Skilled Independent Visa sub-class 189
  • State sponsor/ nomination visa sub-class 190
  • Regional sponsor or family provisional visa sub-class 489

The processing time is different for each PR programs of Australia. Visa sub-class 189 and 190 take 7 months to process, and visa sub-class 489 takes one year.

Visa application processing times

Last updated: 14 March 2017

Visa typeDescription75% of applications were processed in90% of applications were processed in
400Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Short Stay Specialist)9 days16 days
403Temporary Work (International Relations) (Government Agreement)32 days43 days
403Temporary Work (International Relations) (Foreign Government Agency)28 days43 days
403Temporary Work (International Relations) (Seasonal Worker Programme)9 days13 days
407Training65 days77 days
408Temporary Activity (Entertainment Activities)7 days16 days
408Temporary Activity (Sporting Activities)22 days32 days
408Temporary Activity (Religious Work)67 days76 days
408Temporary Activity (Research Activities)47 days69 days
408Temporary Activity (Special Programmes)66 days75 days
408Temporary Activity (Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity)8 days14 days
417Working Holiday14 days34 days
457Temporary Work (Skilled)86 days6 months
461New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)8 months11 months
462Work and Holiday7 days19 days
476Skilled – Recognised Graduate4 months4 months
485Temporary Graduate (Graduate Work)5 months6 months
485Temporary Graduate (Post-Study Work)71 days90 days
500Student (Independent ELICOS Sector)55 days71 days
500Student (Schools Sector)55 days86 days
500Student (Vocational Education and Training Sector)43 days76 days
500Student (Higher Education Sector)24 days52 days
500Student (Postgraduate Research Sector)48 days4 months
500Student (Non-Award Sector)29 days46 days
500Student (Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector)15 days35 days
590Student Guardian71 days4 months
600Visitor (Tourist)20 days30 days
600Visitor (Sponsored Family)41 days58 days
600Visitor (Business Visitor)6 days15 days
600Visitor (Approved Destination Status)3 days5 days
600Visitor (Frequent Traveller)5 days12 days
602Medical Treatment25 days56 days
651e-Visitor1 day3 days
771Transit6 days9 days
988Maritime Crew Visa4 days6 months
100Partner15 months23 months
101Child9 months15 months
117Orphan Relative22 months26 months
143Contributory Parent (Migrant)32 months33 months
155Five Year Resident Return2 days6 days
173Contributory Parent (Temporary)32 months32 months
186Employer Nomination Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway)9 months11 months
186Employer Nomination Scheme (Transition Pathway)8 months9 months
187Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway)11 months12 months
187Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Transition Pathway)8 months9 months
188Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Business Innovation)16 months18 months
189Skilled – Independent4 months6 months
190Skilled – Nominated4 months7 months
300Prospective Marriage12 months17 months
309Partner (Provisional)11 months15 months
489Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (Skilled Regional – GSM)5 months6 months
489Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (State/Territory Nominated visa classes – GSM)5 months7 months
801Partner16 months20 months
802Child7 months8 months
820Partner18 months20 months
864Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence)15 months15 months
887Skilled – Regional7 months10 months
892State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner15 months17 months

Australian citizenship application processing times

Australian Citizenship application type75% of applications processed in90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony*)10 months12 months
Descent (lodgement to decision)63 days4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision)5 days12 days


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