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.

HIERARCHY

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,

FACTS

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.

 

IMPORTANT FACTORS TO NOTE

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.

MONTHLY UPDATE:

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.

FACTORS SLOWING DOWN THE APPLICATION:

  • 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 type Description 75% of applications were processed in 90% of applications were processed in
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Short Stay Specialist) 9 days 16 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) (Government Agreement) 32 days 43 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) (Foreign Government Agency) 28 days 43 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) (Seasonal Worker Programme) 9 days 13 days
407 Training 65 days 77 days
408 Temporary Activity (Entertainment Activities) 7 days 16 days
408 Temporary Activity (Sporting Activities) 22 days 32 days
408 Temporary Activity (Religious Work) 67 days 76 days
408 Temporary Activity (Research Activities) 47 days 69 days
408 Temporary Activity (Special Programmes) 66 days 75 days
408 Temporary Activity (Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity) 8 days 14 days
417 Working Holiday 14 days 34 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) 86 days 6 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 8 months 11 months
462 Work and Holiday 7 days 19 days
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 4 months 4 months
485 Temporary Graduate (Graduate Work) 5 months 6 months
485 Temporary Graduate (Post-Study Work) 71 days 90 days
500 Student (Independent ELICOS Sector) 55 days 71 days
500 Student (Schools Sector) 55 days 86 days
500 Student (Vocational Education and Training Sector) 43 days 76 days
500 Student (Higher Education Sector) 24 days 52 days
500 Student (Postgraduate Research Sector) 48 days 4 months
500 Student (Non-Award Sector) 29 days 46 days
500 Student (Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector) 15 days 35 days
590 Student Guardian 71 days 4 months
600 Visitor (Tourist) 20 days 30 days
600 Visitor (Sponsored Family) 41 days 58 days
600 Visitor (Business Visitor) 6 days 15 days
600 Visitor (Approved Destination Status) 3 days 5 days
600 Visitor (Frequent Traveller) 5 days 12 days
602 Medical Treatment 25 days 56 days
651 e-Visitor 1 day 3 days
771 Transit 6 days 9 days
988 Maritime Crew Visa 4 days 6 months
100 Partner 15 months 23 months
101 Child 9 months 15 months
117 Orphan Relative 22 months 26 months
143 Contributory Parent (Migrant) 32 months 33 months
155 Five Year Resident Return 2 days 6 days
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) 32 months 32 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway) 9 months 11 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme (Transition Pathway) 8 months 9 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway) 11 months 12 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Transition Pathway) 8 months 9 months
188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Business Innovation) 16 months 18 months
189 Skilled – Independent 4 months 6 months
190 Skilled – Nominated 4 months 7 months
300 Prospective Marriage 12 months 17 months
309 Partner (Provisional) 11 months 15 months
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (Skilled Regional – GSM) 5 months 6 months
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (State/Territory Nominated visa classes – GSM) 5 months 7 months
801 Partner 16 months 20 months
802 Child 7 months 8 months
820 Partner 18 months 20 months
864 Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence) 15 months 15 months
887 Skilled – Regional 7 months 10 months
892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner 15 months 17 months

Australian citizenship application processing times

Australian Citizenship application type 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony*) 10 months 12 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 63 days 4 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 5 days 12 days

 

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