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 :

  • Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa
  • Talent (Arts, Culture and Sports) Resident Visa
  • Long Term Skills Shortage List Resident Visa
3 months
Other 6 months