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Visa Processing Times

A guide to visa processing times

Our visa processing times guide gives you an indication of how long your visa application may take to process. The estimated timeframe is based on The Department of Home Affairs guide and our own experience with how long it has taken to process recent applications. Our guide below does not guarantee your application will be finalised within this timeframe.

Visa type

Estimated time to process visa

100 – Partner Visa (Migrant)

 8 – 27 months

143 – Contributory Parent Visa

 5 – 6 years

155 – Resident Return Visa (2 out of 5 years met)

1 – 3 days

155 – Resident Return Visa (beneficial ties)

6 – 8 months

186 – Employer Nomination Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway)

4 – 14 months

186 – Employer Nomination Scheme (Agreement Pathway))

1 – 6 months

186 – Employer Nomination Scheme (Transition Pathway)

6 – 28 months

187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway)

 29 – 57 months

187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Transition Pathway)

13 – 28 months

188 – Business Innovation & Investment Visa (Provisional)

13 – 25 months

189 – Skilled Independent Visa

 1 – 45 months

189 – Skilled Independent Visa (New Zealand stream)

20 – 25 months

190 – Skilled Nominated Visa

 3 -11 months

300 – Prospective Marriage Visa

 8 – 37 months

309 – Partner Visa (Provisional)

 8 – 27 months

400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa

 3 – 37 days

400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa (Highly Specialised Work)

4-20 days

461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa

11 – 36 months

482 – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (short-term)

1 – 11 months

482 – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (medium-term)

 1 – 6 months

482 – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (labour agreement)

1 – 6 months

485 – Temporary Graduate Visa (Graduate work)

5 – 7 months

485 – Temporary Graduate Visa (Post-study work)

5 – 11 months

489 – Skilled Regional Visa (Provisional)

28 – 37 months

500 – Student Visa

3 – 12 weeks

600 – Visitor Visa

2 – 8 weeks

801 – Partner Visa (Permanent)

7 – 23 months

864 – Contributory Aged Parent visa (Temporary)

5 – 6 years

866 – Protection Visa

Not disclosed

887 – Skilled Regional Visa

23 – 24 months

888 – Business Innovation & Investment visa (Permanent)

22 – 29 months

 

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