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Time for Australia PR Process

  • Australian 189 Visa Processing Time: 8 to 9 months
  • Australia 190 PR Visa Processing Time: 6.5 to 8 months
  • Australia 489/491 Visa Processing Time: 12 to 14 months
  • Subclass 190 Visa is processed is faster than Subclass 189 Visa

Global visa processing time is updated on a monthly basis, which therefore provides you with sufficient timeframe required for processing application. Processing times could be known for almost all visa subclasses, but will exclude very few subclasses which includes those that are permanently closed for new entrants and are subject to capping and queuing, or in case of low volume of applications. The processing times described for different visa subclasses clearly indicates the total time it takes to finalize 75 and 90 percent of applications which are being submitted from across the globe.

Processing times gets impacted by monthly changes in seasonal peaks, application volumes, complicated cases as well as incomplete applications. Processing times comprises of applications submitted via online portal and by paper. If available, you should submit your application online as it helps streamline the processing arrangements.

Circumstances that impact processing times

Since applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, the effective processing time could vary due to due to various individual circumstance which includes:

  • whether you have filed a completed application, along with all important supporting documents;
  • how instantly you send response to any request for any additional information;
  • how long does it take to perform the relevant information provided;
  • how long does it take to receive extra information from associated external agencies, particularly with respect to your health, character and security requirements;
  • for applications submitted towards permanent migration visas, how many spaces are available under migration programs.

How to track processing times

You can view the existing processing times for most prominent visa subclasses below. You should however check regularly with an eminent immigration consultant to remain aware on the current and ongoing processing times for your Australian visa as they keep on changing with time.
To assist in application processing, you would be required to submit a completed application. The checklist provided by the documentation team of Immigration Experts will help you in making sure that you include and therefore submit all the required documents along with your application.

Australia PR Visa Processing Time – Subclass 189 visa

The processing time of Subclass 189 Visa is approximately 8-9 months.
Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) Visa which is also one of the most prominent points tested visa takes up to 8 months to issue direct permanent resident grants after the candidate has submitted a completed application.

In this particular duration, you can expect a case officer from the Immigration Department of Australia to contact you for various queries. This could take place at around 5.5. months as they might ask for more documents that are required as proof towards your educational qualification or previous or ongoing work experience. Once the case officer would contact you, your application will be kept on hold until all the requested documents would be submitted from your end. Once the documents would be uploaded, your application is considered as re-submitted and therefore can take additional 45 to 60 days to receive the visa grant for Subclass 189 visa.
If you will receive no contact from a Case Officer, then you can expect to receive the visa grant after 4.5 months of submitting your application towards Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) Visa.

Australia PR Visa Processing Time – Subclass 190 visa

The approximate processing time for Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) is approximately 6.5 to 8 months.
In this particular duration, the Case Officer might contact you to submit proof towards the documents that have been submitted earlier and you can expect this request within the first three months of making the fee payment towards your Skill Based Subclass 190 Visa.

However, applicants also get direct visa grant for Subclass 190 Visa immediately after the end of 6.5 months after submitting their application in case all your documents are satisfactory and completed.
In case you would get contacted by a Case Officer, then your application will not move further as they would wait to complete the required action from your end. Once the requested documents would be uploaded, then your application is considered as re-submitted. In that case, you can get the visa grant under Subclass 190 visa in around 45-60 days.

Australia PR Visa Processing Time – Subclass 489/491 visa

The approximate processing time for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa is 12 – 14 months.

Australia Permanent Resident (PR) Visa Invitation Time

The invitation time for Australian Permanent Resident (PR) visa is directly linked with your ANZSCO job code and the total number of points that you have scored on the Australian immigration points system for Skilled Visa Class.
Applicant that are able to score 65 points or higher have great chances of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA). Here, therefore, individuals that have more than 70 points have a realistic chance of getting an invite but it also keeps on changing every subsequent month or with every new draw that takes place on the 11th day.

The waiting time to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) can vary from a minimum one month to twelve months but for other occupations it could be long as well. Also, please note that the Australian PR processing time begins once your SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI) has been called for an invite by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and you have paid the required processing fee.
For instance, Software Engineer (Occupation Code: 261313) that have a total score of 75 points are recommended to wait for more than 8 months to get their permanent resident invite from the Australian Government under Subclass 189 Visa. Once you will receive the invitation, then add another 8-9 months to get the Permanent Visa grant from the Australian Government.

Information included in the Australian PR Grant Letter

You and your family members (if they are accompanying with you) will receive a confirmation email, once the Australian Permanent Visa would be granted. You will find a grant letter attached with the email. Some of the most common information that will be contained in the Grant Letter would include:

Eligibility criteria for PR visa under Subclass 189 and 190 visas

You should not be married before making your first entry to Australia, specifically for Subclass 190 Visa.

Date of Permanent Resident (PR) Grant

The date at which the Australian Immigration Department or the Department of Home Affairs would grant you the PR will be mentioned on the Grant Letter.

Date of first entry or the Initial Entry Date (IED)

The date by which you are being asked to enter Australia for minimum one time in order to activate your Permanent Residency would also be mentioned on your PR Grant. This date is generally called Initial Entry Date (IED) and is extendable on request if you are able to demonstrate that you are doing it under some unavoidable circumstance for entering Australia on the given IED.

Date after which no entry is entertained

The date which is five years further from the first entry date or the IED would also be included in the Grant Letter. This implies that you won’t be allowed to enter in Australia after this given date in case you have not received your re-entry permit.

Length of Stay

Once your Australia PR has been granted and you have made your entry before the date of IED, then you would be allowed to stay in Australia for an indefinite period of time.

Also, you would be allowed to travel inside and outside Australia for multiple times before the given “Must Not Enter After Date”. In case you want to have the required permission of entering and existing the Australian land after this particular date and therefore you are being suggested to apply for the re-entry permit or should have applied already and get the Australian Citizenship after completing of 4 years of stay in the country.


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