Global visa and citizenship processing times

Global visa and citizenship processing times

By Leila Reypour
MARN 0848264

Global visa and citizenship processing times will be updated monthly, providing you with an indicative timeframe for processing applications. Processing times are available for the majority of visa subclasses and citizenship products, but will exclude a few subclasses such as those closed to new entrants, capped and queued, or which have a low volume of applications. Two processing times are displayed in calendar days, indicating how long it is taking to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of applications submitted globally.

Processing times are impacted each month by changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, complex cases, and incomplete applications. Processing times include applications lodged online and by paper. Where available, you should lodge your application online as it helps streamline processing arrangements.

Visa application processing times

Visa type

Description

75% of applications processed in

90% of applications processed in

400

Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Short Stay Specialist

9 days

16 days

403

Temporary Work (International Relations) (Government Agreement)

43 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

9 days

407

Training

16 days

16 days

408

Temporary Activity (Entertainment Activities)

7 days

16 days

408

Temporary Activity (Sporting Activities)

76 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 Program)

66 days

75 days

408

Temporary Activity (Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity)

8 days

14 days

417

Working Holiday

14 days

14 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

eVisitor

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

187

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

Citizenship application processing times

Last updated: 14 March 2017 (for month ending 28 February 2017)

Circumstances that affect processing times

We assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration programme
  • for citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.