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IMPORTANT: You should apply for your visa well in advance of your intended travel date.
Check the current global visa processing times and ensure you leave sufficient time for processing of your application. We recommend that you do not finalise your travel arrangements until you have a valid visa to travel to Australia. We will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by travellers whose visa application was finalised later than expected, or where an application is not successful.
Global visa processing times
Global visa processing times are available on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Global visa processing times will be updated monthly, providing you with an indicative timeframe for processing applications. Processing times are impacted each month by changes in application volumes, seasonal peaks, complex cases, and incomplete applications. Processing times include applications lodged online and by paper. Where available, you should lodge your application online as it helps streamline processing arrangements.
We assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances.
We will not respond to application status enquiries within the global visa processing times.
Urgent travel requests
Home Affairs offices in China process a very high volume of visa applications and are generally unable to accommodate urgent travel requests.
If you need to travel urgently and have not yet lodged a visa application, you may consider making a Fast-track processing request. This service is available for certain visa applications only and is subject to an additional fee. If you hold a People’s Republic of China passport you can select the Fast-track processing request option when you apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) online in either the Tourist or Business visitor streams. More information is available on each of those visa pages under Step by Step >> Before you apply.
We may provide priority processing at no extra cost to applicants with strong compelling or compassionate reasons only. Having purchased an air ticket is not of itself evidence of compelling or compassionate circumstances. If you believe there are strong compelling or compassionate reasons which apply to you, you can submit a request for urgent travel to a Home Affairs office in China through the Australian Immigration Enquiry form. We will not respond if we determine that there are not sufficiently compelling or compassionate circumstances to prioritise your application.
Page last updated 19 December 2018