Employer Visas application processing times

On this page you can find processing times for the 186 ENS visa, 187 RSMS visa and the 482 TSS visa.

Last updated: 20 March 2018 (for month ending 28 February 2018)

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Agreement 5 months 9 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry 10 months 15 months
186 Employer Nomination Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 8 months 9 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Temporary Residence Transition 9 months 11 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry 17 months 19 months
187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Agreement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) 16 days 25 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Seasonal Worker Programme 5 days 13 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Government Agreement 42 days 55 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Foreign Government Agency 21 days 34 days
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Privileges and Immunities Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
405 Investor Retirement Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
407 Training 54 days 88 days
408 Temporary Activity Australian Government Endorsed Events 3 days 28 days
408 Temporary Activity Domestic Work for Executives Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary Activity Exchange Arrangements Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
408 Temporary Activity Superyacht Crew 2 days 4 days
408 Temporary Activity Special Programmes 49 days 67 days
408 Temporary Activity Religious Work 84 days 5 months
408 Temporary Activity Research Activities 32 days 49 days
408 Temporary Activity Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity 9 days 22 days
408 Temporary Activity Sporting Activities 21 days 57 days
408 Temporary Activity Entertainment Activities 21 days 37 days
417 Working Holiday 15 days 44 days
457 Temporary Work (Skilled)   5 months 11 months
462 Work and Holiday* 33 days 71 days

Circumstances that affect processing times

We assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration programme
  • for citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.

Contact us today for a commitment free briefing with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne to find more about your visa options.