Applying for Australian Visas? A Simple update to 2021 Visa Processing Time



All Australian visa applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). The processing times which are published on the DHA’s website give a rough indication of how long your Australian visa may take, although these times may vary depending on application volumes, available spots in the migration program, and particulars within your unique circumstances.



Circumstances that affect processing times

Processing times are impacted each month by changes in

  • application volumes,
  • seasonal peaks,
  • complex cases, and
  • incomplete applications.


Processing times include applications lodged online and by paper. Where available, you should lodge your application online as it helps streamline processing arrangements.​


2021 Australian Visa application processing times​​​​

Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise.

Processing times are not available for all visa subclasses.


Last updated: ​17 September 2021​

  • Family Visas | Processing Times
  • Business Visas | Processing Times
  • Employer Nominated Visas | Processing Times


Processing times are usually expedited if all required documents are up-to-date and submitted with the visa application. If you don’t include a required document or you have information missing, this can slow down the processing time. Our registered migration agent can help you assemble the required documents and prepare them, along with your visa application. 


Need help with getting Australian Visas?


Email: [email protected]

Tel:  +61 (07) 3876 4000



We will help applicants by exploring your visa options and securing the application. If your would like to discuss applicants visa options and evaluate the pathway to permanent residency, please enquire or book a consultation to get expert advice with one of our knowledgeable and experienced Migration Agents/Lawyers on 07 3876 4000 or email: [email protected].  


Book a free consultation today and let us help you find a way forward.