Actual processing times are dependent on a number of factors, such as:
- whether you have provided all necessary supporting documents when you lodge your application
- how well and how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
- how long it takes to complete any required checks on information you have provided to support your application
- how long it takes to receive additional information required from areas outside the department particularly in relation to health character and national security
- how many places are available in the migration programme.
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Temporary graduate visa processing times
The table below details the indicative service standards for Temporary Graduate Visas.
Note: We aim to process applications within these service standards, however, actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors.
|Visa Subclass||Stream||Lodged in Australia|
|Post-Study Work||12 months|
Skilled migration visa processing times
Processing priority groups and order of processing
Priority processing arrangements apply to skilled migration applications. They determine the order in which the department considers applications. Applications accorded a higher priority under the arrangements will be processed ahead of lower priority applications, regardless of when the application is lodged.
The following table details processing priorities for skilled migration applications.
Note: The highest priority is listed first. SkillSelect applications (187, 186, 190 and 489) will be the highest priority in each group.
|Priority Group Number||Application Type|
|1||Applications under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).|
|2||Applications under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS).|
|3||Nominated by a state or territory government agency for an occupation specified on that agency’s State Migration Plan (SMP).
Order of processing will be:
|4||Applications with nominated occupations on the Skilled Occupation List Schedule 1.
See: Skilled Occupation List
Order of processing will be:
|5||All other applications.|
The below table describes the average processing times for skilled migration visa subclasses.
|Priority Group Number||Visa Subclass||Processing Time|
|RSMS (subclass 187)||6 months|
|ENS (subclass 186)||6 months|
(subclass 475, 487, 886)
(subclass 190 and 489)
|4||Nominated Occupation on the SOL – Schedule 1
(subclass 495, 496, 861, 862, 863, 880, 881, 882, 883, 885 and 487 if not SMP)
|SkillSelect Independent and Family Sponsored
(subclass 189 and 489)
|5||All visas listed in priority 3 and 4 that are not SMP or Nominated Occupation on the SOL – Schedule 1||Assessment will commence when all cases in priority groups 1-4 are finalised|
The following visa subclasses are exempt from priority processing. These subclasses are processed in the order in which they are received.
|Visa Subclass||Processing Time|
|489 Subsequent entrant/ Renewal||6 months|
|120, 855||Low risk – 5 months
High risk – 8 months
The terms ‘Low risk’ and ‘High risk’ show whether passport holders are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Low risk applies to nationals from countries which issue ETA eligible passports. A list of these can be found on the department’s website. High risk countries are those which are not ETA eligible.