Visa Processing Times

A guide to visa processing times

We estimate visa processing by reference to the time taken for your file to be allocated to a case officer (‘time to allocation’). In most cases, visas will be approved at the time of allocation, however, if additional documents are requested, processing times may be significantly longer:

Please see below the estimated visa processing times based on our recent experience. Processing times do vary substantially between applications and it is normal for applications to take more or less time than that specified below. Some applications are separated into high-risk and low-risk categories. Risk is generally determined based on nationality, sponsored occupation, immigration history, and some other factors. Please note that this information is provided as a guide only to help you understand what to expect from the Department of Home Affairs. It does not constitute a guarantee that your application will be processed within a particular timeframe:

Visa type

Estimated time to allocation (25% to 75% estimated by DHA)

100 – Partner Visa (Migrant)

 5-18 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)

4-7 motnhs

186 – Employer Nomination Scheme (Agreement Pathway))

2-5 months

186 – Employer Nomination Scheme (Transition Pathway)

5-16 months

187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Direct Entry Pathway)

 24-37 months

187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Transition Pathway)

4-15 months

188 – Business Innovation & Investment Visa (Provisional)

13-25 months

189 – Skilled Independent Visa

 23-36 months

189 – Skilled Independent Visa (New Zealand stream)

18-19 montnhs

190 – Skilled Nominated Visa

 4-8 months

300 – Prospective Marriage Visa

 7-23 months

309 – Partner Visa (Provisional)

 5-20 months

400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa

 4-31 days

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

4-20 days

461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa

7-23 months

482 – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (short-term)

2- 12 months

482 – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (medium-term))

 1-3 months

482 – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (labour agreement)

1-3 months

485 – Temporary Graduate Visa (Graduate work)

10-11 months

485 – Temporary Graduate Visa (Post-study work)

7-12 months

489 – Skilled Regional Visa (Provisional)

20-28 months

500 – Student Visa

4-8 weeks

600 – Visitor Visa

Less than 4 weeks

801 – Partner Visa (Permanent)

3-12 months

864 – Contributory Aged Parent visa (Temporary)

5-6 years

866 – Protection Visa

Not disclosed

887 – Skilled Regional Visa

18-21 months

888 – Business Innovation & Investment visa (Permanent)

21-25 months

If your visa is not listed here or you wish to enquire about progress during the processing of your application, please contact our administration team.

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