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Average Processing Times

Visa processing times for Australian visas

Visa Processing Times

The time it should take to process a visa application is governed by the department's service standards.

These standards apply to applications lodged with complete documentation and do not include processing time of nominations/sponsorships.

It should be noted that the service standards are a target only, that is, individual cases may take longer than the service standard depending on the caseload of the office concerned, the complexity of the case, etc.

The service standards for visas of interest to business people for the current year (2002-03) are:

Low Risk Countries* (average times)

Visa Subclass Service Standard
457 (Long Stay Business) 1 month
415, 418, 420 - 424, 427, 428 1 month

855 & 120 (Labour Agreement)
856 & 121 (Employer Nomination)
857 & 119 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme)

3.5 months
Business skills visas 6.5 months
6 months


High Risk Countries* (average times)
Visa Subclass Service Standard
457 (Long Stay Business) 2 months
15, 418, 420 - 424, 427, 428 2 months

855 & 120 (Labour Agreement)
856 & 121 (Employer Nomination)
857 & 119 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme)

4.5 months
Business skills visas 9 months

* 'Low risk countries' for this purpose are those countries eligible for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

Countries not on the list are considered 'high risk countries' for this purpose.

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