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In an unprecedented move, the Department of Immigration has announced that the processing times for global visa and citizenship is now available online.
In a new move towards greater transparency, the Department of Immigration is all set to publish the processing times of global visa and citizenship applications online.
In a statement released by the Department, they advise that this new initiative is intended to provide the people with more meaningful data about the visa or citizenship product of their choice.
According to the statement, the updates is now available online.
Processing times will be updated monthly to reflect current caseloads and processing pressures. It will be available for most visa sub classes and citizenship application types.
Visa application processing times
Last updated: 14 March 2017 (Source from DIBP)
|Visa type||Description||75% of applications processed in||90% of applications processed in|
|400||Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Short Stay Specialist)||9 days||16 days|
|403||Temporary Work (International Relations) (Government Agreement)||32 days||43 days|
|403||Temporary Work (International Relations) (Foreign Government Agency)||28 days||43 days|
|403||Temporary Work (International Relations) (Seasonal Worker Programme)||9 days||13 days|
|407||Training||65 days||77 days|
|408||Temporary Activity (Entertainment Activities)||7 days||16 days|
|408||Temporary Activity (Sporting Activities)||22 days||32 days|
|408||Temporary Activity (Religious Work)||67 days||76 days|
|408||Temporary Activity (Research Activities)||47 days||69 days|
|408||Temporary Activity (Special Programmes)||66 days||75 days|
|408||Temporary Activity (Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity)||8 days||14 days|
|417||Working Holiday||14 days||34 days|
|457||Temporary Work (Skilled)||86 days||6 months|
|461||New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)||8 months||11 months|
|462||Work and Holiday||7 days||19 days|
|476||Skilled – Recognised Graduate||4 months||4 months|
|485||Temporary Graduate (Graduate Work)||5 months||6 months|
|485||Temporary Graduate (Post-Study Work)||71 days||90 days|
|500||Student (Independent ELICOS Sector)||55 days||71 days|
|500||Student (Schools Sector)||55 days||86 days|
|500||Student (Vocational Education and Training Sector)||43 days||76 days|
|500||Student (Higher Education Sector)||24 days||52 days|
|500||Student (Postgraduate Research Sector)||48 days||4 months|
|500||Student (Non-Award Sector)||29 days||46 days|
|500||Student (Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector)||15 days||35 days|
|590||Student Guardian||71 days||4 months|
|600||Visitor (Tourist)||20 days||30 days|
|600||Visitor (Sponsored Family)||41 days||58 days|
|600||Visitor (Business Visitor)||6 days||15 days|
|600||Visitor (Approved Destination Status)||3 days||5 days|
|600||Visitor (Frequent Traveller)||5 days||12 days|
|602||Medical Treatment||25 days||56 days|
|651||eVisitor||1 day||3 days|
|771||Transit||6 days||9 days|
|988||Maritime Crew Visa||4 days||6 months|
|100||Partner||15 months||23 months|
|101||Child||9 months||15 months|
|117||Orphan Relative||22 months||26 months|
|143||Contributory Parent (Migrant)||32 months||33 months|
|155||Five Year Resident Return||2 days||6 days|
|173||Contributory Parent (Temporary)||32 months||32 months|
|186||Employer Nomination Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway)||9 months||11 months|
|186||Employer Nomination Scheme (Transition Pathway)||8 months||9 months|
|187||Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway)||11 months||12 months|
|187||Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Transition Pathway)||8 months||9 months|
|188||Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Business Innovation)||16 months||18 months|
|189||Skilled – Independent||4 months||6 months|
|190||Skilled – Nominated||4 months||7 months|
|300||Prospective Marriage||12 months||17 months|
|309||Partner (Provisional)||11 months||15 months|
|489||Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (Skilled Regional – GSM)||5 months||6 months|
|489||Skilled – Regional (Provisional) (State/Territory Nominated visa classes – GSM)||5 months||7 months|
|801||Partner||16 months||20 months|
|802||Child||7 months||8 months|
|820||Partner||18 months||20 months|
|864||Contributory Aged-Parent (Residence)||15 months||15 months|
|887||Skilled – Regional||7 months||10 months|
|892||State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner||15 months||17 months|
Australian citizenship application processing times
Last updated: 14 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)||63 days||4 months|
|Evidence (lodgement to decision)||5 days||12 days|
*a small proportion of applicants for Australian citizenship by conferral are not required to attend a ceremony. For Descent and Evidence applications, allow an additional 10 days for printing and postage of your certificate. If you applied from outside Australia, postage will take longer.
Global visa and citizenship processing times will be available online for the first time from 13 March 2017.
As part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to improve client information, the publishing of current visa and citizenship processing times will give you more meaningful data about the visa or citizenship product of your choice.
The latest processing times will replace the previously published service standards to give you a better idea of how long it is taking to process a particular visa subclass, stream, or citizenship application.
Processing times will be updated monthly to reflect current caseloads and processing pressures, and will be available for most visa subclasses and citizenship application types. We do not publish processing times for some subclasses, as they are closed to new entrants, or capped and queued.
To ensure that your application falls within the published processing times, you must lodge a complete application. Your application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances, including:
- whether you have lodged a complete application and included all necessary supporting documents
- how promptly you respond to requests for additional information
- how long it takes to perform required checks
- how long it takes to receive additional information from external parties, particularly in relation to health, character, national security, and Assurance of Support requirements
- the number of places available in the migration programme
- surges in demand and peak periods.
Australia will introduce a new temporary sponsored parent visa to allow Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand residents to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years.
This was confirmed Friday by Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Alex Hawke in a media release.
“The (Malcolm) Turnbull Government recognises that many Australian migrant communities face particular pressures through the separation of children from parents and grandchildren from grandparents,” Hawke said.
“We want to help families reunite and spend time together, while ensuring that we do so in a way that does not burden Australia’s health care system.” he said.
“Improving arrangements for parents of Australians to spend time with their family in Australia, whilst mitigating costs to the Australian taxpayer, was a key objective of both major parties at the recent election. It is now important we get this balance right in the design of the temporary sponsored parent visa.”
The government now is seeking community submissions on a series of issues which will affect the final design of the temporary sponsored parent visa. A discussion paper containing the design issues under consideration was also released Friday.
“I encourage migrant communities to get involved in the consultation process and provide feedback to assist in the design of this visa,” Hawke said.
It is expected that this new visa type will be introduced in 2017.
The proposed changes would provide an option for parents that sits between a temporary visitor visa and permanent parent visa.
Currently, demand for places in the permanent parent stream far exceeds the number of places available, resulting in a queue of approximately 30 years for non-contributory parent visas and two years for contributory parent.
There are two visa categories available to parents of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen wishing to migrate to Australia: the non-contributory parent category and the contributory parent category.
The contributory parent category has more visa places available each Migration Program year. By applying for a visa in the contributory parent visa, parents have to make a substantially higher contribution to their future health and welfare costs.