Skilled Visa application processing times

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
189 Skilled – Independent Points-tested 9 months 12 months
189 Skilled – Independent New Zealand Unavailable (see below for details)^ Unavailable (see below for details)^
190 Skilled – Nominated 9 months 12 months
476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate 84 days 4 months
485 Temporary Graduate Graduate Work 4 months 5 months
485 Temporary Graduate Post-Study Work 39 days 78 days
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Skilled Regional – GSM Unavailable due to low volume of applications Unavailable due to low volume of applications
489 Skilled – Regional (Provisional) State/Territory Nominated Visa Classes – GSM Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
858 Distinguished Talent Unavailable due to low volume of applications. Unavailable due to low volume of applications.
887 Skilled – Regional 8 months 10 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.