Application processing times

We process applications as soon as we can. To avoid delaying your application, check that your information is complete and correct.

Recent processing times1 for some of our most common applications are described below. These times describe the number of calendar days between an application being received and being completed.

These times may help you to estimate the time needed to complete your application. Individual processing times will depend on the complexity of an application, on the need for further information, and on the number of other applications we have received.

Visitor Visa

Visa 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:  95% of applications completed within:
Visitor (General) 11 days 21 days 31 days

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Student Visa

Visa 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:  95% of applications completed within:
Fee Paying Student 19 days 34 days 45 days
Variation of conditions on a student visa 13 days 18 days 28 days

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Work Visa

Visa 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:  95% of applications completed within:
Essentials Skills 48 days 69 days 87 days
Partner of a New Zealander 64 days 3 months 5 months
Partner of student 27 days 48 days 74 days
Partner of worker 47 days 71 days 3 months
Post-study work visa - employer assisted 47 days 63 days 75 days
Post-study work visa - open 18 days 32 days 42 days
Variation of conditions on a work visa 38 days 50 days 62 days

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Residence Class Visas

Visa 75% of applications completed within: 90% of applications completed within:  95% of applications completed within:
Partner of a New Zealander 7 months 9 months 11 months
Permanent Resident Visa 13 days 17 days 21 days
Skilled Migrant 7 months 10 months 15 months
Transfer of visa to new passport 12 days 14 days 16 days
Variation of travel conditions on a resident visa 9 days 15 days 22 days

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  1. These processing times are for applications completed in the 3 months to 1 May, 2018. Where the number of days is greater than 90, the days have been divided by 30 and rounded to the nearest month to provide a timeframe in months.