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- Current Tourist and Business Visitor Visa Processing Times
- Important points to remember
- Additional information about Visa Service Standard Processing Times
|96.5% of applications processed within 10 working days|
|87.9% of applications processed within 5 working days|
Last Updated: 20 September 2016 (data from the 2 weeks to 16/09/2016)
These statistics are our current visitor visa processing times. They are updated fortnightly for your convenience. For all our visa processing service standards for all visas, please consult the table below.
Please read our checklists and prepare required documents carefully. This will help us to deliver the fastest possible service. Incomplete applications will delay visa processing.
Please note that we perform health, character, and security checks on each application. These checks may vary in length depending on your personal circumstances.
We advise you to submit your visa application well in advance of your proposed travel dates. We strongly advise visa applicants not to make non-refundable travel/airline bookings in anticipation of the grant of a visa. Any such decisions are the sole responsibility of the visa applicant.
Across the globe, we aim to process 75% of all complete applications within visa service standard processing times. The service standards apply to visa applications lodged with complete documentation. You can expect your application to take longer than the service standard if it was lodged without all the required documentation.
These service standards reflect the level of performance we aspire to deliver world-wide. Actual processing times for applications processed in China may be shorter or longer than the times listed in the department’s service standards due to local factors affecting processing of applications in China. For further information please refer to Our Service Standards on the DIBP homepage.
|Category||Subclass||Description||DIBP Global Service Standard||DIBP China advertised standard|
|Visitor||600||Tourist stream and Business Visitor stream only||1 month||10 working days|
|Transit||771||Transit||N/A||10 working days|
|Medical Treatment Visa||602||Medical treatment||1.5 months||6 weeks|
|Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visas||400||Do a short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work||1 month||15 working days|
|Temporary Work Visas (including Training and Research)||401, 402, 403||Temporary Work visas - does not include time taken to approve sponsorship and/or nomination application||3 months||8 weeks|
|Family Migration (Temporary and Permanent)||300||Prospective Marriage||12 months||12 months|
|309||Partner (Provisional)||12 months||12 months|
|445, 101, 102, 117||Dependent Child, Child, Adoption, Orphan Relative||14 months||14 months|
|Resident Return||155||1 to 5yr RRV||2 weeks||10 working days|
|157||Three Month RRV||2 weeks||10 working days|
|Citizenship||-||Registration of citizenship by descent||1 month||1 month|
Page last updated 13 September 2016