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Student, Training and Research Visa Processing Times

The tables below detail the processing time service standards for visas for studying, training and conducting research in Australia.
Note: We aim to process 75 per cent of applications within these service standards, however actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors.
See: Processing Time Service Standards

Student processing times

Visa application Lodged in Australia Lodged outside Australia
Assessment Level Level 1 or 2 Level 3 or 4 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 or 4
(subclass 570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576, 580)
Note: Student Guardian visa processing times are based on the Assessment Level of the nominating student.
14 days 1 month 14 days 21 days 3 months
Students: permission to work 7 days 7 days n/a

Assessment Levels: Student visa Assessment Levels are determined by the passport you hold and the visa subclass you are applying for.
Student Visa Assessment Levels
Student Visa Options
Processing Applications

Streamlined visa processing: Streamlined visa processing commenced on 24 March 2012. Processing time information is currently being developed and will be available shortly.

Training and research visa processing times

Occupational Trainee stream, Research stream and Professional Development stream
Training and Research (subclass 402) visa Lodged in Australia Lodged outside Australia
Low Risk High Risk Low Risk High Risk
Occupational Trainee stream 2 months 3 months 2 months 3 months
Research stream 2 months 3 months 2 months 3 months
Professional Development stream n/a n/a 2 months 3 months

The table below details the processing timeframes for sponsorship and nomination applications for the training and research visa.

Application type Time frame
Sponsorship 4-6 weeks
Nomination 4-6 weeks

Definition – low/high risk

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

More information on working in Australia is available on the department's website.
See: Training and Research Visas