Global visa and citizenship processing times 2017

Global visa and citizenship processing times 2017

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.

Last updated: on April 2017 (for month ending 31 March 2017)

Visa application processing times

Visa type

Stream (if available)

75% of applications processed in

90% of applications processed in

Visitor visas

651 Visitor

1 days

2 days

600 Visitor

Tourist

15 days

28 days

600 Visitor

Approved Destination Status

4 days

5 days

600 Visitor

Business Visitor

5 days

15 days

600 Visitor

Sponsored Family

39 days

61 days

600 Visitor

Frequent Traveller

3 days

5 days

771 Transit

6 days

8 days

Work and skilled visas

400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)

Short Stay Specialist

8 days

18 days

403 Temporary Work (International Relations)

Government Agreement

25 days

37days

403 Temporary Work (International Relations)

Foreign Government Agency

15 days

34 days

403 Temporary Work (International Relations)

Seasonal Worker Programme

9 days

15 days

407 Training

63 days

90 days

408 Temporary Activity

Entertainment Activities

10 days

17 days

408 Temporary Activity

Sporting Activities

11 days

32 days

408 Temporary Activity

Religious Work

85 days

4 months

408 Temporary Activity

Research Activities

59 days

86 days

408 Temporary Activity

Special Programmes

62 days

72 days

408 Temporary Activity

Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity

8 days

15 days

408 Temporary Activity

Superyacht Crew

4 days

9 days

417 Working Holiday

13 days

29 days

457 Temporary Work (Skilled)

51 days

6 months

462 Work and Holiday

11 days

17 days

476 Skilled - Recognised Graduate

4 months

4 months

485 Temporary Graduate

Graduate Work

76 days

4 months

485 Temporary Graduate

Post-Study Work

69 days

86 days

489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional)

Skilled Regional - GSM

6 months

7 months

489 Skilled - Regional (Provisional)

9 months

11 months

892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owne

15 months

16 months

186 Employer Nomination Scheme

Direct Entry

10 months

12 months

186 Employer Nomination Scheme

Agreement

5 months

7months

186 Employer Nomination Scheme

Temporary Residence Transition

8 months

9 months

187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Direct Entry

12 months

13 months

187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Temporary Residence Transition

9 months

10 months

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)

Business Innovation

15 months

17 months

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)

Significant Investor

21 months

22 months

189 Skilled - Independent

5 months

7 months

190 Skilled - Nominated

5 months

8 months

Student visas

500 Student

Higher Education Sector

21 days

37 days

500 Student

Vocational Education and Training Sector

26 days

58 days

500 Student

Independent ELICOS Sector

49 days

61 days

500 Student

Schools Sector

30 days

79 days

500 Student

Postgraduate Research Sector

59 days

87 days

500 Student

Non-Award Sector

24 days

54 days

500 Student

Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector

15 days

32 days

590 Student Guardian

67 days

4 months

Family and partner visas

300 Prospective Marriage

12 months

16 months

820 Partner (Temporary)

17 months

20 months

801 Partner (Permanent)

15 months

20 months

309 Partner (Provisional)

11 months

16 months

100 Partner (Migrant)

13 months

22 months

101 Child

8 months

16 months

802 Child

7 months

9 months

445 Dependent Child

7 months

11 months

117 Orphan Relative

26 months

43 months

143 Contributory Parent (Migrant)

33 months

34 months

173 Contributory Parent (Temporary)

33 months

34 months

461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)

7 months

10 months

Other visas

155 Five Year Resident Return

3 Days

8 Days

602 Medical Treatment

18 Days

46 Days

988 Maritime Crew Visa

1 Days

3 Days

995 Diplomatic (Temporary)

1 Days

2 Days

Citizenship application processing times

Last updated: 13 April 2017 (for month ending 31 March 2017)

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)

59 days

4 months

Evidence (lodgement to decision)

6 days

15 days

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.