Temporary Work Visa Processing Times

The table below details the processing time targets for service standards for work visas.

DIPB  aim to process 75 per cent of applications within the timeframes detailed below. It should be noted that individual actual processing times will vary depending on a range of factors.

See:Processing Time Service Standards

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Definition – low/high risk

The terms 'Low risk' and 'High risk' show whether passport holders are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).Low riskapplies to nationals from countries which issue ETA eligible passports. A list of these can be found on the department's website.High riskcountries are those which are not ETA eligible. See:ETA Eligible Passports

More information on working in Australia is available on the department's website. See:Workers

Reciprocal health care agreements between Australia and other countries are of immense benefit to people from those countries

Reciprocal health care agreements between Australia and other countries are of immense benefit to people from those countries by allowing them to gain access to Medicare while in Australia in circumstances where they would not otherwise have such access. An example are applicants for onshore parent and contributory parent visas who are denied access to Medicare while their applications are being processed because the definition of “Australian resident “in Section 3 of the Health Insurance Act.

However contributory parent and parent visa applicants from countries with reciprocal health care agreements can obtain access to Medicare through those agreements. Every agreement is different and below are links to information:

Link to West Australia specific reciprocal health care:

Migration Review Tribunal/Refugee Review Tribunal Video Guides

mrtThe administrative bodies that review visa refusals or cancellations have produced a series of videos to assist applicants with the preparation of their applications and the conduct of their hearings.

This is an area where Putt Legal/ Perth Migration Agent have an expertise in.

Apply for Australian visitor visas online from MORE countries!


Please be advised that, as of 1 August 2014, an electronic lodgement of the Subclass 600 (Visitor) visa has been extended to 66 additional countries and territories.

The 66 additional countries and territories are: Angola, Anguilla, Armenia, Benin, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Cayman Islands, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Falkland Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, the Philippines, the Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the Republic of South Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Uzbekistan, the Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The updates are reflected on the Immigration Department’s website,


Has the No Further Stay condition 8503 been imposed on your visa whilst in Australia?

Visa_Australia If condition 8503 has been imposed on your visa, it means you cannot apply for another visa (other than a protection visa or a temporary visa of a specified kind) to extend your stay while you are in Australia. However, there may be circumstances where you can apply for a waiver from the Department as to the application of this condition. Putt Legal/ Perth Migration Agent can assist you with regard to further consideration of these matters.

What visas is condition 8503 imposed on?

Condition 8503 can be imposed on many visitor and temporary residence visas. However, condition 8503 is a mandatory condition of the following visas:

Visitor visa (subclass 600) for the following streams:

  • Sponsored family stream
  • Approved destination status scheme stream operating out of the People's Republic of China
  • Tourist stream for applicants who have sponsorship imposed on them
  • Training and Research visa (subclass 402) for the professional development stream only
  • Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) if you have previously held two subclass 462 visas.

What are requirements for waiver?

To obtain a waiver you must satisfy the Immigration Department that:

  • The circumstances that have developed since you were granted the visa are both compassionate and compelling
  • You had no control over these circumstances
  • These circumstances have resulted in a major change to your personal circumstances.