Change in Processing time

Posted on July 22, 2020 by Benson Shi

The Department of Home Affairs has released information detailing that some visa processing times have been affected due to COVID19. This means that visa applications may take more time to finalise. Moreover, there may be no indication of estimated processing times for all visas.

Usually visa processing times are updated monthly, indicating a timeframe for processing applications. Processing timeframes will not be indicated for subclasses such as those closed to new entrants, subject to capping and queueing, or which have a low volume of applications

The processing times are affected by:

  • changes in application volumes
  • seasonal peaks
  • complex cases
  • incomplete applications
  • 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 program

The Current processing times for the following visas have been provided:

  • Subclass 300- Prospective Marriage 75% in 16 months 90% in 18 months
  • Subclass 309- Partner (provisional) 75% in 16 months 90% in 22 months
  • Subclass 820- Partner 75% in 19 months 90% in 24 months
  • Subclass 482- Temporary Skills Shortage (Short- and Medium-term Stream) 75% in 3 months 90% in 4 months

Family Visas- Priority

The Department has provided a summary of family migration visas subject to processing priority directions

The following family migration visas are subject to Ministerial Directions outlining the processing priority order:

  • 100 Partner
  • 101 Child
  • 102 Adoption
  • 103 Parent
  • 114 Aged Dependent Relative
  • 115 Remaining Relative
  • 116 Carer
  • 117 Orphan Relative
  • 143 Contributory Parent
  • 173 Contributory Parent (Temporary)
  • 300 Prospective Marriage (Temporary)
  • 309 Partner (Provisional)
  • 445 Dependent Child
  • 801 Partner (Permanent)
  • 802 Child
  • 804 Aged Parent
  • 820 Partner (Temporary)
  • 835 Remaining Relative
  • 836 Carer
  • 837 Orphan Relative
  • 838 Aged Dependent Relative
  • 864 Contributory Aged Parent
  • 884 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary)

More information on family visas processing can be accessed here.

Currently, the Department states that they are prioritising processing of visa applications for those who meet the travel exemption categories to help applicants that need to travel urgently.

If you have any enquires about your visa, contact us!

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