Complicated applications or those with health or character issues are likely to take longer to process than the timeframes below. Please refer to the tips and processing pages for each application steam for up to date information and more detail about what may affect the processing times of individual applications.
The table below shows the percentage of applications processed in the branch within 25 days for the last three months.
In some cases, where more information is needed to support an application, for example a labour market check or a medical referral, applications can take considerably longer than 25 days. Other than the table above, we are unable to predict how long each individual application is likely to take, but we are committed to delivering the fastest possible service and we will keep in touch with you throughout the process of your application.
Applications will be completed within 5 working days if there are no complications.
Applications for Permanent Resident Visas, Second and Subsequent Resident Visas and Transfers of Resident Visas to new passports are processed by the Temporary-entry team. These applications are usually processed within two weeks, however this may vary.
We will contact you with our first assessment within 10 working days of your EOI being drawn from the pool.
We will contact you with our first assessment within 20 working days of your EOI being drawn from the pool.
We expect to decide your application within one to three months from the date the application is submitted.
Applications are placed in a managed queue. Once the application is allocated we expect to decide your application within one to six months.
Following the introduction of the new Parent category there are now three levels of priority for Capped (Parent/Sibling/Adult Child) applications. First priority is given to applications lodged under Tier One of the new Parent category. Second priority are applications lodged under the old Parent, Sibling or Adult Child categories and third priority is given to applications lodged under Tier Two of the new Parent category. Once the application is allocated we expect to decide your application within four to six months.