Processing Times

Actual processing times are dependent on a number of factors, such as:

  • whether you have provided all necessary supporting documents when you lodge your application
  • how well and how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to complete any required checks on information you have provided to support your application
  • how long it takes to receive additional information required from areas outside the department particularly in relation to health character and national security
  • how many places are available in the migration programme.

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Business innovation and investment visa processing times

Business innovation and investment visa processing times

The table below details the indicative processing times for a Business Skills or Business Innovation and Investment visa.

We aim to process 75 per cent of applications within the timeframes detailed below. It should be noted that individual actual processing times will vary depending on a range of factors.
See: Service standards

Visa Application Lodged in Australia Lodged outside Australia
Low Risk High Risk Low Risk High Risk
Business Skills – Lodged on or before 30 June 2012
(subclass 132, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 845, 846)
Note: These subclasses, excepting subclass 132 Business Talent, ceased to new applications on 1 July 2012
11 months 22 months 9 months 28 months
Business Skills
(subclass 890, 891, 892, 893)
17 months 17 months 20 months 20 months
Business Innovation and Investment
(subclass 132, 188 and 888)
9 months 9 months 9 months 9 months

More information is available on the our website.
See: Life in Australia

Definition – low/high risk

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.

Contact us today for a commitment free briefing with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne to find more about your visa options.