In recent news relating to Australia’s visa processing times, the Department of Home Affairs announced measures that will bring some relief to visa applicants. The new actions include hiring more staff in order to streamline the processing of applications without sacrificing integrity. 

The renewed vigour in reducing Visa Processing Times in Australia is part of the Albanese Government’s push to increase both temporary and permanent visas and boost the local economy, post-Covid. 

The estimated processing times for temporary visa programs have already reduced significantly, as of December 2022: 

Skilled (Temporary)  visa processing time 
Student  visa processing time 

Visitor  visa processing time 
Working Holiday Maker  visa processing time 
20 Days

49 Days (Visa processing times in the offshore student visa program are even lower at an average of 13 days)
Less than 1 Day
Less than 1  Day

The estimated processing times for permanent visa programs as of December 2022, are as follows:

Skilled visa processing time (Permanent)
Partner Visa Processing Time (First Stage)
6 Months
8 Months

The Department of Home Affairs also announced, under Ministerial Direction no. 100, visa processing times for educators and healthcare workers will be prioritised, and could be processed within as fast as three days. Within each category under this direction, for provisional and permanent skilled visa applications, priority is given to visa applications where the primary applicant is located outside Australia at the time the visa application is made. 

Processing times for visas are also impacted by a number of factors including: 

– The number of older applications currently under process;

– The visa type and the number of places available;

– The quality of the application i.e. whether applicants submitted the necessary documentation;

– How quickly applicants respond to requests for information; and

– Whether applicants lodged an online or paper application

In an official statement, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon. Andrew Giles declared that officers previously focused on travel exemptions have been redirected to visa processing, with nearly 140 new staff in visa processing roles since May 2022. 

Visa processing periods are dwindling. This, coupled with expert help from Indeedvisa, applying for your visa can become a hassle-free and uncomplicated process.  

How can Indeedvisa help you with your applications?

Indeedvisa is registered with MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority) and has processed thousands of cases successfully, which gives us extensive knowledge about what it takes to get a visa from the Australian Immigration Department, and could help applicants in reducing their visa processing times. With Indeedvisa, you will benefit from constant updates, guidance and access to updated information always.

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