How long it takes to process your visa application
We process applications as soon as we can. Processing times depend on whether you have provided all the documents we need and the type of visa you apply for.
Temporary visa applications
Most temporary visa applications are processed within the times given below, but they can take longer in some situations. Applications may take longer to process if we need to check your information or request more information from you.
Times exclude weekends and public holidays.
|Visa type||Online application processing time||Paper application processing time|
|Visitor visas||20 days||25 days|
|Student visas||20 days||25 days|
|Work visas||23 days||25 days|
Resident visa applications
Most resident visa applications are processed within the times given below, but they can take longer in some situations.
|Visa type||Processing time|
|Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa||6 months|
|Partnership Resident Visa||4 months|
|Dependent Child Resident Visa||3 months|
|Parent Resident Visa||7 months|
|Investor Visas||10 months|
Residence from Work visas :