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Visa processing times

​​​​​​​​Processing on-hand visa applications is a government priority. In most instances, we have reduced the time it takes to finalise visa applications. 

Actions taken to improve processing times

We have focused resources on visa processing. This includes recruiting new staff.

Wherever we can, we aim to streamline the processing of applications without compromising program integrity.

These actions have already reduced the number of on-hand visa applications.

Improved processing times

Visa processing times have already improved across most visa programs, particularly across temporary visa programs.

Some visa programs have a large number of older cases on-hand as well as increasing numbers of new applications. We are working through these as quickly as possible, and are focused on finalising older applications.

Processing times are currently impacted by older applications on-hand, but this will improve once we have worked through them.

Median processing times for key programs

The information below shows the median visa processing times for key visa categories. This is the most accurate way to show the amount of time it is taking most visa applications to be finalised.

Visa processing times vary between different visas within these categories, and in some cases it may take longer for those visas to be finalised.

Processing Times* by visa category - 50 percent (median)

Visa ProgramVisa​ CategoryApril 2024​

Skilled (Permanent)

Partner (First Stage)**

5 Months

16 Months

We are focusing on reducing processing times for all permanent visas. As we are finalising both new and older existing applications, processing times may change each month. Monthly variations may continue as we progress the oldest applications in the Permanent Visa Program.


Skilled (Temporary)



Working Holiday Maker

39 Days

45​​​ Days

Less than 1 Day

Less than 1 Day

* Processing times are aggregate calculations for the category, ie: a number of different subclasses sit under each category.

** To convey a realistic processing time for on-hand and new applications, processing time data does not include applications previously impacted by Ministerial Direction 80. Applicants impacted by this now superseded Ministerial Direction have been individually contacted and their applications are now being processed.​

How to view processing times

If you have made a visa application you can check processing times information using our visa processing times guide.

Information on visa processing times for visas is updated regularly as new data is available.

Processing times are available for most visas.

Information is not available for:

  • visas that are closed to new entrants
  • family visas that are capped and queued
  • visas that have too few decisions in the month to provide a reliable indicator of processing time.

To help ensure applications are processed as quickly as possible, submit your application with all necessary supporting documents. The checklists provided on ImmiAccount will help in making sure you include all required documents in your application.

Student and Student Guardian visa processing priorities

Student visa applications lodged outside Australia, and Student Guardian visa applications, are processed according to government priorities, which are outlined in Ministerial Direction No. 107.​