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Visa processing times

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Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. Processing times are not available for all visa subclasses. The Department is prioritising processing of visa applications for travellers who are exempt from our travel restrictions to help those who need urgent travel. For more information on travel restrictions and visa information, visit the Home Affairs’ COVID website.​
Global visa processing times are updated monthly to provide you with an indicative time frame for processing applications.

Processing times are available for most visa subclasses and citizenship products. This 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. 
 
 
 

Family visa processing priorities

We process family migration applications in processing priority order regardless of when an application is submitted​ and in line with the government’s policy priorities.

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Skilled visa processing priorities

We process skilled visa applications in processing priority order regardless of when an application is lodged an​d in line with the government’s policy priorities.

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Global processing times for visas

Processing times are impacted each month by changes in:

  • application volumes
  • seasonal peaks
  • complex cases
  • incomplete applications

Processing times include applications submitted online and by paper. Where available, you should submit your application online as it helps streamline processing arrangements.

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How to view processing times

You can view processing times on the page for specific visa subclasses.

You should check regularly to ensure you remain aware of the processing times for your visa as these may change over time.

To help in processing, you need to submit a complete application. The checklists provided on ImmiAccount will help in making sure you include all required documents in your application.

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