Global Processing Times for Lodged Visa Applications Change

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The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs publish global visa processing times monthly on their website. On 18 January 2018 the visa processing times were updated, showing a decrease in processing times for all skilled visas.

Two processing times are provided which indicate how long it’s taking to process 75% and 90% of applications submitted globally.

Processing times are for applications received globally. The current visa processing times are:

  • 189 : 5 to 8 months
  • 190 : 7 to 9 months
  • 489 : State – 5 to 8 months
  • 489 : Family – Unavailable due to low number of applications

The above processing times are from the date of visa lodgement and should be used as a guide only.

To keep up-to-date with current visa processing times (from lodgement) on the DHA website click here:

These timeframes are issued by the Department of Home Affairs and only they have control over how long it will take to finalise your visa application. The department will take the time they need to finalise your application in accordance with immigration rules, including carrying out the necessary checks.

It’s important that applicants do not make any irreversible decisions such as selling your house, quitting your job or making travel arrangements until your visa has been granted.

Common questions about Australian Visas

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Can I apply directly to the Australian Government?

Yes, however the purpose of the Australian Government department is to enforce immigration law and therefore they will not offer any assistance when applying for a visa. You will find basic guidelines on the official Government website; however there is no tailored advice available. The visa process can be challenging so if you do have questions it’s best to consult an experienced Registered Migration Agent.

Can I use internet forums to guide me through the visa process?

At some point during the process you will most likely discover the vast amount of Facebook groups and internet forums dedicated to migration. Whilst these forums can provide insight into Australian lifestyle and expat stories, you should proceed with caution when it comes to migration advice.

It’s important to remember that discussion amongst expats is very different to actual Australian Migration Law. Inaccurate migration advice can cause significant time delays, loss of money, visa refusals and bans. Using Visa-Go Emigration will save you time and money while offering you peace of mind.

Can I speed up the processing time of my visa application?

No. Each visa application is unique and will be processed as and when the department decides, meaning no one visa application will be given preferential treatment. You can make your visa application process smoother by ensuring that all relevant documents are uploaded as clear colour copies, and any requests from the case officer are met by the deadline provided.

You can check current global visa processing times here 

Why should I use a Registered Migration Agent to process my application?

Using a MARA Registered Agent can ensure you submit a full and correct visa application, saving you time and money. A good agent will identify the best visa pathway available for you, using their extensive knowledge of current Australian migration legislation. All MARA Agents are obligated to complete continual professional development each year to maintain their registration.

Registered Migration Agent Darren Chatt has been helping people with their visa applications for Australia and New Zealand since 2001, successfully supporting thousands of migrants with their journey Down Under. You can read more about Darren and check his registration here.

It is important to note that only an individual can be MARA registered – not a company – so ensure you are speaking with the MARA Registered Agent and not a sales person. Beware of some Migration Agents who lend their registration, name and reputation to other companies.

The Australian Job Market is strong

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Economists reported that Australia’s unemployment rate has fallen to a four-year low. Figures show that the unemployment rate was just 5.5% in September this year which is the lowest rate since March 2013. According to Nine News, more than 4,000 new jobs are created in Western Sydney every month alone.

The increase in jobs has been the primary reason for unemployment rates falling. In Australia, job vacancies have continued to steadily increase and are now at the highest they’ve been in five years. With the demand for skilled workers in Australia increasing it’s a great time to think about migrating.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics jobs survey, healthcare has been the biggest source of additional employment vacancies. If you work in the healthcare industry and would like to migrate to Australia then complete our free online skilled visa assessment here.

Another expanding industry is construction, with approvals to build new homes climbing to a 7-month high in September. The housing construction boom is great news for trades workers as more jobs are being generated to meet the demand. Furthermore it’s good for the economy with boosted sales of furniture and electronics. If you are a skilled trades person who would like to migrate to Australia, why not explore your visa options today.

In Western Australia the economy is bouncing back from recent struggles, and engineers are once more in high demand. The state has added 20,000 jobs since the start of the 2017.

If you’re looking to migrate to Australia Visa-Go can provide the expertise and assistance you require. As a Visa-Go client your visa case will be managed by Registered Migration Agent Darren Chatt MARN: 0211214 and a dedicated Case Processor. You can read more about Visa-Go here.