The tables below detail the processing time service standards for visas for studying, training and conducting research in Australia.

Note: We aim to process 75 per cent of applications within these service standards, however actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors.

Student processing times

Visa application Lodged in Australia Lodged outside Australia
Assessment Level Level 1 or 2 Level 3 or 4 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 or 4
(subclass 500)
Note: Student Guardian visa processing times are based on the Assessment Level of the nominating student.
14 days 1 month 14 days 21 days 3 months
Students: permission to work 7 days 7 days n/a

Assessment Levels:
 Student visa Assessment Levels are determined by the passport you hold and the visa subclass you are applying for.

Student Visa Assessment Levels
Student Visa Options
Processing Applications

Simplified Student Visa Framework: Streamlined visa processing commenced on 1 July 2017. It is the quickest and most simplified framework with only one subclass for all student visas

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