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Visa processing times

Family visa processing priorities

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

The current processing priorities (with highest priority first) are:

  1. family migration applications that have been subject to ministerial intervention
  2. applications by a partner or a dependent child (except where the sponsor or proposed sponsor entered Australia as an illegal maritime arrival (IMA) and is the holder of a permanent visa)
  3. applications by an orphan relative (except where the sponsor or proposed sponsor entered Australia as an illegal maritime arrival (IMA) and is the holder of a permanent visa)
  4. applications by a contributory parent or a contributory aged parent  (except where the sponsor or proposed sponsor entered Australia as an illegal maritime arrival (IMA) and is the holder of a permanent visa)
  5. applications by a carer (except where the sponsor or proposed sponsor entered Australia as an illegal maritime arrival (IMA) and is the holder of a permanent visa)
  6. applications by a parent, aged parent, remaining relative or aged dependant relative (except where the sponsor or proposed sponsor entered Australia as an illegal maritime arrival (IMA) and is the holder of a permanent visa)
  7. applications where the sponsor or proposed sponsor entered Australia as an illegal maritime arrival (IMA) and is the holder of a permanent visa

For child visas, the processing priority order is Child, Adoption, Dependent Child and Orphan Relative.

Summary of family migration visas subject to processing priority directions

The following family migration visas are subject to Ministerial Directions outlining the processing priority order:

  • 100 – Partner
  • 101 – Child 
  • 102 –Adoption
  • 103 – Parent 
  • 114 – Aged Dependent Relative 
  • 115 – Remaining Relative 
  • 116 – Carer 
  • 117 – Orphan Relative 
  • 143 – Contributory Parent
  • 173 – Contributory Parent (Temporary)
  • 300 – Prospective Marriage (Temporary)
  • 309 – Partner (Provisional)
  • 445 – Dependent Child
  • 801 – Partner (Permanent)
  • 802 – Child 
  • 804 – Aged Parent
  • 820 – Partner (Temporary)
  • 835 – Remaining Relative 
  • 836 – Carer 
  • 837 – Orphan Relative 
  • 838 – Aged Dependent Relative
  • 864 – Contributory Aged Parent
  • 884 – Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary)

Compelling and compassionate circumstances

A Partner or Child visa application might be prioritised where you can demonstrate compelling and compassionate circumstances. You will need to make a request for priority processing with the visa office where your application is being processed and provide evidence to support your claims.

There is no guarantee that your application will be given a higher priority as other applicants might have equally or more compelling and compassionate circumstances.

We cannot consider compelling and compassionate circumstances in the processing or queuing of Contributory Parent, Parent or Other family visa applications. 

Processing times

Child and Partner visa processing times are available in the global processing times.

We do not provide processing times for Contributory Parent, Parent and Other Family visa applications. Applications for these visas are subject to capping and queueing.

See Parent visas - queue release dates and processing times

See Other family visas - queue release dates and processing times