Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) Processing Times

The Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) aim to decide 75 per cent of visa applications in the timeframe specified for the relevant visa category.

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.

As at 1 October 2016, the following processing times apply:

457 Visa applications are currently being allocated for assessment in 50 working days.

Employer Nomination Scheme (186) applications are currently being allocated from early February 2016.

RSMS (187) applications are currently being allocated from late December 2015.

Training and Research (402) applications are currently being allocated from April/May 2016.

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