Australian High Commission
Pretoria
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland

Immi Processing times

How long will it take to process my visa application?

Special arrangements are in place for persons applying for visitor visas to travel during the Christmas holiday period (December/January). Click this link for more information.

The time taken to process an individual visa application depends on a number of factors, including the type of visa application, whether or not the visa application is lodged with all required documents, peak processing periods (like holiday periods) and the individual circumstances of the case.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection publishes Visa Processing Time Service Standards.

The Australian High Commission in Pretoria is committed to meeting or exceeding these published service standards, however it is important that you note the following matters:

  • The service standards are indicative only. Individual cases may take longer or shorter times to process depending on the individual circumstances of the case.
  • The service standard only applies to complete applications. If you lodge your application without some of the required documentation, your application may experience significant delays and you may not be able to travel on your intended date of travel.
  • A complete visa application may include a medical examination. Medical examinations can cause significant delays, particularly for visitor visa applications. For more information on circumstances requiring a medical examination, see: Health Requirements
  • The processing time starts when the visa application is received by the Australian High Commission in Pretoria. This may be a number of days after the visa application is lodged at your local Teleperformance office or sent by courier. You can track your visa application with your courier company or with Teleperformance if you lodged your application at an Australian Visa Application Centre.
  • If you need to travel to Australia within a short timeframe for compassionate and compelling reasons, please contact us to discuss your visa application. In some instances, we may be able to expedite your visa application.

Processing Times

Visitors, Temporary Residence and Returning Residents

 

Visa Current Pretoria Processing Time Global Processing Standard
Visitors (Subclass 600) South African Passport:

1 month

Non South African Passport: 1 month
 

1 month
Business Visitors (Subclass 600) South African Passport:

10 working days

Non South African Passport: 15 working days
 

1 month
Transit 10 working day 1 month
Medical treatment 15 working days 1 month
Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Subclass 400 South African Passport:
10 working days

Non South African Passport: 15 working days

 

1 mon th
Other Sponsored Temporary Residents 20 working days 3 months
Resident Return Visa 10 working days 2 weeks
New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship 3 months 3 months
Students
Visa Current Pretoria Processing Time Global Processing Standard
Student Assessment Level 2 15 working days 15 working days
Student Assessment Level 3 3 months 3 months
Student Assessment Level X 10 working days 10 working days

Permanent Residence

Visa Current Pretoria Processing Time Global Processing Standard
Partner Migration (Subclasses 300, 309 &100)

South African Passport: 3 - 6 months

Non South African Passport: 12 - 15 months

12 months (300 & 309) and 8 months (100)
Child Migration (Subclasses 101, 102, 445 and 117) South African Passport: 6 months

Non South African Passport: 12  months
 

14 months
Other Family Migration (Subclasses 114, 115 and 116) This Visa category is closed to new visa applications. Any applications already lodged are subject to queuring arrangements. Please see: Other Family Cap and Queue for the latest information. Capped and queued.


Citizenship
Visa Current Pretoria Processing Time Global Processing Standard
Citizenship by descent 1 month 1 month


* Where a Citizenship by Descent application requires DNA testing, processing times may vary significantly.