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Family Visa Processing Times

The table below details the processing time service standards for people wanting to migrate on a Family Stream visa as a spouse, de facto partner, fiancé, child or parent.
Note: We aim to process applications within these service standards, however, actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors.
Family Migration – Questions and Answers
Processing Time Service Standards

Visa Application Lodged in Australia Lodged outside Australia
  Low Risk High Risk Low Risk High Risk

Prospective Marriage
(subclass 300)

n/a n/a 5 months 12 months

Partner (temporary)
(subclass 309, 820)

6 months 8 months 5 months 12 months

Partner (permanent)
(subclass 100, 801)

6 months 8 months 6 months 8 months

(subclass 101, 102, 117, 445, 802, 837)

7 months 8 months 3 months 14 months

New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)
(subclass 461)

2 months 3 months 2 months 3 months

(subclass 103, 804)

capped and queued capped and queued capped and queued capped and queued

Contributory Parent
(subclass 143, 173, 864, 884)

capped capped capped capped

Other Family
(subclass 114, 115, 116, 835, 836, 838)

capped and queued capped and queued capped and queued capped and queued

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

Partner (permanent) visas: The service standard applies from the time the application for the permanent Partner visa becomes eligible for decision. In the majority of cases, this is two years after the lodgement of the combined temporary/permanent Partner visa application.

Parent and Contributory Parent queue: There are a limited number of places available each year for Parent and Contributory Parent category visas. If you are a new applicant for a Parent (non-contributory) visa, you will be queued and can expect an approximate 13 year wait after your queue date has been allocated. If you are a new applicant for a Contributory Parent visa, you can expect to wait 12 to 24 months before visa grant consideration.

More information on the waiting times for parent visas is available.
See: Parent Visa Queue

Other Family: There are a limited number of places available each year for a range of other family category visas and applicants will be queued. More information on these arrangements is available.
See: Other Family Visa Queue

More information about migrating to Australia as a family member is available on the department's website.
Family Member - Overview
Processing Applications

Last reviewed Friday 14 February 2014

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