As I said in a previous post (HERE), I intend giving updated average times for the processing of Australian Partner Visa applications and Australian Tourist Visa applications lodged by Down Under Visa in Manila every three months.
Please remember that these are AVERAGES. They are not guaranteed minimum standards. If your own application takes longer than the average, please do not assume that something has gone terribly terribly wrong! (Actually, we seem to be getting less and less emails like that, thank you all!)
You will see from below that there are some real extremes in processing times. We had TWO Subclass 300 applications which took only 2.5 months. Yet we had plenty which also took 11 to 12 months!
And please do not email me and ask why yours didn’t take 2.5 months, or ask me to explain why I could get a 5 month Subclass 309 application followed a few days later by one that took 11 months. It’s just the way it is. I can’t control it and I can’t explain it. 9 months is a realistic average for partner visas. We’ve had no partner visa refusals to report on, and that matters far more, I would think.
The average processing time for partner visas is slightly less than it was last time, and we’ve had some genuinely quick results. It’s all down to man-hours. As you can all see yes it IS possible for a visa to be granted very quickly. It means that most of the time the applications are sitting in the large and dusty pile with no one looking at them. At least for those of you who are waiting, yes you know that the applications are in the right place and every day brings you one day closer.
Subclass 600 Tourist Visas
Average now: 2 weeks
Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visas
Average: 8 months
Quickest: 2.5 months
Slowest: 12 months
Realistic average: 8.91 months
Subclass 309 Partner Visas
Average: 8.8 months
Quickest: 5 months
Slowest: 11.5 months
Subclass 820 (for Subclass 300 holders already in Australia)
Average: 32 days
Quickest: 2 days
Slowest: 3.5 months
Realistic average: 11 days