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What is Australia PR Visa Processing Time in 2023

Australia is one of the best countries to settle permanently. Experts and immigration aspirants praise its point-based system all over the world. To find out the Australian PR Visa processing time, you first need to understand Australia’s main PR visa programs.

General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program is the most popular visa program in Australia. Most of the Australia PR aspirants across the world apply to the GSM program. It the point-based immigration system liked by the applicants because of its smooth and organized procedure and requirements. The GSM has three main visa categories, i.e.

  • Skilled Independent Subclass Visa 189
  • Skilled Nominated Subclass Visa 190
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa Subclass 491

Processing considerations in view of COVID-19

In view of the global pandemic, at now, Department of Home Affairs (DHA), Australia is directing resources to applications from the travellers who are exempt from travel restrictions, i.e.

  • Immediate family members of Australian citizens and PR visa holders. This now includes parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents
  • travellers within an international Safe Travel Zone where applicable, and
  • eligible visa holders​, such as,
    • skilled,
    • student
    • humanitarian
    • working holiday maker, and
    • Provisional family visa holders.

It is also providing the priority processing to the following:

  • Individuals with an occupation on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). This also applies to those working in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery, where no Australian worker is available
  • Students applying outside Australia so that their online study will count towards meeting the Australian Study Requirement.

As a result, the processing times has increased for the applications lodged some time ago that have only recently become eligible for a travel exemption. As we decide these applications, published processing times may surge.​

Processing time of GSM visa categories in 2023

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA), Australia has revealed four processing times in calendar days. It display the recent processing times for 25, 50, 75 and 90 per cent of applications decided in the period. However, having said the same, following factors affect the processing time of an application each month:

  • changes in application volumes
  • seasonal peaks
  • complex cases
  • changes to eligibility for travel exemptions as borders reopen
  • incomplete applications, and
  • Changes to Ministerial Directions.

To understand the Australia immigration processing time in 2023, look at the all GSM category visas’ processing time given below:



25% of visas processed

50% of visas processed

75% of visas processed

90% of visas processed

189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189)


73 days

5 months

18 months

30 months

190 - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)


4 months

5 months

6 months

18 months

491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491)

State/Territory Government Nominated Regional

88 days

5 months

5 months

9 months

The above processing time is based on processing different GSM visas in the last few months. This is likely to change periodically based on the change that occurred in the trend. The first two visas above are permanent, whereas the third visa is the provisional or temporary visa issued by the Australian government for up to 4 years. However, you can later convert it to a PR visa based on certain existing rules and requirements.

Also, read-Which is the best visa to apply for Permanent residency in Australia?

Factors Affecting the Australian PR visa processing time

The processing time of a visa application can vary based on various factors, such as,

  • The correctness of the submitted application      
  • Correctness and completeness of documents submitted along with the visa application
  • Time taken to answer any query asked by the immigration officer.
  • Occupation of an applicant and its demand in Australia
  • Points scored by the applicant in SkillSelect online system based on key selection factors, i.e. age, education, work experience, language proficiency in English or French, etc.
  • Time obtained by the office in the background verification process, etc.

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Contact the best Australia migration Experts to apply for Australia PR this year

If you wanted to apply for an Australian PR visa this year, under the guidance of qualified and vastly experienced Australia migration experts, you may get in touch with Visas Avenue- the top and trusted Australia Immigration Consultant in India. The VA team takes pride in its excellent success rate for helping the Australia immigration aspirants get permanent residency approval and quickly.

You may call Visas Avenue migration experts on Toll-Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Moreover, to get your eligibility checked and subsequently receive a call from the expert, you may fill the free assessment form.

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