189 Visa Processing Time

The 189 visa is for invited workers, eligible New Zealand citizens and eligible Hong Kong or British National (Overseas) passport holders with skills we need, to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. Here are the processing times for the 189 visa streams:

189 Visa (Points tested stream) Processing Time

  • 25% of applications: 4 Months
  • 50% of applications: 4 Months
  • 75% of applications: 5 Months
  • 90% of applications: 6 Months

189 Visa (New Zealand stream) Processing Time

  • 25% of applications: 10 Months
  • 50% of applications: 16 Months
  • 75% of applications: 21 Months
  • 90% of applications: 25 Months

189 Visa (Hong Kong stream) Processing Time

DHA assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary

Processing times can vary for a range of reasons, including:

  • whether you have submitted an application with all necessary supporting documents.
  • whether you have lodged an online or paper application. Applying online helps streamline processing
  • how quickly you respond to requests for more information
  • how long it takes us to perform the required checks
  • how long it takes to receive information from external agencies, particularly relating to health, character and national security requirements
  • how many places are available in the migration program for permanent visa applications.

Processing times are impacted by cases that are complex, changes to the volume of applications and changes to Ministerial Directions.​

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