Processing times for visa and citizenship applications in Australia can now be viewed online, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced.
The information will be available for most visa and citizenship types and can be found on the visa and citizenship pages of the DIBP website, as well as on Visa Finder.
‘This means that applicants can see up-to-date information related to their application which will give them an idea of how long it will take to process,’ said a DIBP spokesman.
Estimated processing times will be updated regularly to reflect current caseloads at visa processing locations. Two processing times will be displayed for most subclasses, indicating how long it takes to finalise 75% and 90% of applications globally.
To gain an accurate estimate of how long it will take to process an application, the applicant must lodge a complete application. ‘It is important to note that applications are assessed on a case by case basis and that actual processing times may change depending on individual circumstances including,’ the spokesman explained.
The information given will depend on whether all necessary supporting documents have been included with an application, how long an applicant takes to respond to requests for additional information and how long it takes to perform required checks.
Other things that will affect the system are how long it takes to receive additional information from external parties, particularly in relation to health and whether character, national security and Assurance of Support requirements are met.
The amount of time it takes to process an application can also be affected by the number of places available in the migration programme and if there are an increased number of applications and peak periods.
‘We assess applications on a case by case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances,’ the spokesman added.