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Visa processing times


Global visa processing times are updated monthly. Generally, they provide you with the age of applications finalised in the previous month.

Many applications finalised recently had been on-hand for some months while borders were closed due to COVID. As borders reopen, and more people become eligible for travel, these applications are being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times will reflect the age of these applications.​

For some visas, additional processing times information is available for applications that have been recently submitted.

​For Visitor and Working Holiday Makers visa programs, in order to provide a better indication of indicative processing times for new applicants, the processing time is calculated from the date an applicant became eligible to travel after Australia’s borders reopened (or the date they applied, if after border reopening).

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 those with too few decisions in the month to provide a reliable indicator of processing time.

Processing times are displayed in calendar days, reflecting the time taken globally to finalise 25, 50, 75 and 90 percent of applications.

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

Skilled migration visa applications are processed according to government policy priorities, which are outlined in the Ministerial Directions.

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Global processing times for visas

Processing times are impacted each month by:

  • incomplete applications
  • complex cases
  • changes in application volumes
  • changes to Ministerial Directions.

Processing times include applications lodged online and by paper. Where available, you should lodge your application online. This 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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