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Visitor Visa Processing Times

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The tables below detail the processing time service standards for visiting, working, tourism, business visitor and medical treatment visas.
Note: We aim to process applications within these service standards, however, actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors.
See: Processing Time Service Standards

Visitors

The table below details the processing time service standards for visitor visas.

Processing time service standards for visitor visas
Visa Application Stream Lodged in Australia Lodged outside Australia
Low Risk* High Risk Low Risk* High Risk
Visitor
(subclass 600 )
Tourist (including Approved Destination Status) 1 working day 1 week 1 working day 1 month
Business Visitors n/a n/a 1 working day 1 month
Sponsored Family Visitors n/a 1.5 months n/a n/a
Medical Treatment
(subclass 602 )
1 week 1 month 1 week 1.5 months
eVisitor (subclass 651)   n/a n/a 1 working day 1 month

The terms 'Low risk' and 'High risk' show whether passport holders are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Low risk applies to nationals from countries which issue ETA eligible passports. A list of these can be found on the department's website. High risk countries are those which are not ETA eligible.
See: ETA Eligible Passports

Working Holiday

The table below details the processing time service standards for a Working Holiday visa.


Visa Application First Working Holiday visa application Second Working Holiday visa application
Working Holiday
(subclass 417)
6 days 21 days

Work and Holiday

The table below details the processing time service standards for a Work and Holiday visa.


Visa Application Web Application (US nationals only) Paper Applications
Work and Holiday
(subclass 462)
6 days 14 days