Australia Skilled Visa Application Processing Times

Skilled Visa Application Processing Times October 2021

A number of factors can influence how long it will take to receive your visa invitation and Australian Skilled Visa Application processing times will vary throughout the year,

The current processing time for the Australian Skilled Visa classes can be found below.

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
189 Skilled – Independent Points-tested 9 months 12 months
189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand Unavailable (see below for details)^ Unavailable (see below for details)^
190 Skilled – Nominated 11 months 14 months
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 15 months 16 months
485 Temporary Graduate Graduate Work 4 months 5 months
485 Temporary Graduate Post-Study Work 39 days 78 days
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Skilled Regional – GSM Unavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes – GSM Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
858 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
887 Skilled – Regional 8 months 10 months

Circumstances that affect Australian Visa processing times

Actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

    – whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
    – how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
    – how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
    – how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
    – for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration programme
    – for citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.
Australian Citizenship Application Processing Times [month] [year]

When were these processing times last updated?

We review and check the processing times for all Australian visas regularly. The timestamp for the last time these processing time were updated is 2021-10-12 07:53:23

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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