Skilled Visa application processing times

Last updated: 20 July 2017 (for month ending 30 June 2017)

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Work and skilled visas
189 Skilled – Independent Points-tested 8 months 11 months
189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand Unavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications
190 Skilled – Nominated   9 months 13 months
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 67 days 90 days
485 Temporary Graduate Graduate Work 4 months 4 months
485 Temporary Graduate Post-Study Work 79 days 4 months
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Skilled Regional – GSM 6 months 9 months
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes – GSM 8 months 14 months
887 Skilled – Regional 8 months 11 months

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.