Student visa processing times

Student visa processing times can be seen below: 

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Student visas
500 Student Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector 29 days
500 Student Postgraduate Research Sector 17 months
500 Student Non-Award Sector 11 days
500 Student Schools Sector 65 days
500 Student Independent ELICOS Sector 40 days
500 Student Vocational Education and Training Sector 50 days
500 Student Higher Education Sector 49 days
590 Student Guardian not applicable 3 months

DHA assess applications on a case-by-case basis. Student visa 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.


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