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Wednesday, 8 February 2012
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Immigration Programs

(Question No. 703)


Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 1 November 2011:

In respect of Australia's Immigration Program, what was the average processing time for visa applications in the (a) Migration Program (including skilled and family streams), and (b) Humanitarian Program, at each of Australia's overseas posts, and onshore for (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10, (iii) 2010-11, and (iv) 2011-12 (to date).


Mr Bowen: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The following tables provide average processing times for the skilled, family and humanitarian programs by location and program year. Offices which have only processed small numbers of applications (less than 10) are not shown, as the small volumes of cases are not representative for the purposes of calculating an average processing time.

Skilled—Overseas

Average processing time, in days, for Skilled applications by overseas post:

Office/Post

2008/2009

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

(to 31 Oct)

Hong Kong

382

405

425

393

Pretoria

997

 

 

 

Taipei

152

181

224

 

From 2009/2010, Business Skills visa applications (in the Skill Stream) were only processed offshore in Taipei and Hong Kong. From February 2011, Hong Kong has been the only offshore post processing Business Skills visa applications (Skill Stream).

Skilled Onshore

Average processing time, in days, for Skilled applications by onshore processing location:

Office/Post

Client Location

2008/2009

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

(to 31 Oct)

ACT Regional Office

Offshore

149

298

145

**

ACT Regional Office

Onshore

122

226

200

**

Adelaide

Offshore

453

525

579

492

Adelaide

Onshore

311

226

277

291

Brisbane

Offshore

154

375

238

**

Brisbane

Onshore

194

165

293

287

Darwin

Offshore

142

**

 

 

Darwin

Onshore

187

317

150

 

Hobart

Offshore

82

**

**

 

Hobart

Onshore

163

462

 

 

Melbourne

Offshore

169

76

135

119

Melbourne

Onshore

99

64

123

120

National Office

Offshore

 

 

51

93

Parramatta

Offshore

88

111

184

152

Parramatta

Onshore

64

103

153

144

Perth

Offshore

184

211

322

284

Perth

Onshore

133

110

150

149

Sydney City

Onshore

325

614

**

**

Notes:

1. ** less than 10 applications finalised.

2. Onshore processing includes applications lodged onshore and offshore.

Family Overseas

Average processing time, in days, for Family applications, by overseas post:

Office/Post

2008/2009

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

(to 31 Oct)

Amman

331

349

300

361

Ankara

209

250

245

194

Athens

143

128

385

**

Auckland

157

139

161

243

Bangkok

119

152

211

237

Beirut

207

240

259

293

Belgrade

200

147

138

159

Berlin

168

203

175

243

Brasilia

117

143

171

195

Cairo

215

316

245

251

Colombo

151

118

147

172

Dhaka

175

249

229

248

Dili

242

132

230

**

Dubai

296

542

446

426

Guangzhou

69

162

220

191

Hanoi

252

180

251

427

Ho Chi Minh City

231

243

297

344

Hong Kong

155

101

145

164

Islamabad

362

712

**

 

Jakarta

139

109

135

145

Kuala Lumpur

215

173

183

171

London

75

88

154

152

Madrid

112

69

141

200

Manila

166

148

157

170

Moscow

194

197

213

188

Nairobi

282

305

275

292

New Delhi

103

110

148

201

Ottawa

112

100

159

199

Phnom Penh

249

236

219

277

Port Moresby

158

308

360

429

Pretoria

216

231

241

221

Santiago de Chile

151

128

157

163

Seoul

112

104

122

225

Shanghai

162

176

206

237

Singapore

154

162

161

168

Suva

257

185

205

215

Taipei

96

60

79

96

Tehran

281

420

337

262

Tel Aviv

85

99

132

166

Tokyo

92

86

143

221

Vienna

134

188

208

244

Washington

142

149

152

172

** less than 10 applications finalised.

Family Onshore

Average processing time, in days, for Family applications, by onshore processing location:

Office/Post

Client

Location

2008/2009

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

(to 31 Oct)

ACT Regional Office

Onshore

140

136

323

#

Adelaide

Onshore

196

125

187

 

Brisbane

Onshore

265

153

211

261

Cairns

Onshore

**

12

13

**

Darwin

Onshore

234

156

151

**

Hobart

Onshore

170

121

185

**

Melbourne

Onshore

253

171

229

297

National Office

Onshore

21

**

**

**

Perth

Offshore

1,227

1,260

937

981

Perth

Onshore

708

825

716

655

Sydney City

Onshore

245

227

280

316

Notes:

1. ** less than 10 applications finalised.

2. # only a small number of Ministerial intervention cases processed.

3. Onshore processing includes applications lodged onshore and offshore.

Humanitarian Overseas

Average processing time, in days, for Humanitarian applications by overseas post:

Office/Post

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12 (to 31 Oct)

Amman

455

377

288

412

Ankara

288

446

357

261

Athens

62

**

 

 

Bangkok

261

272

271

258

Beijing

387

320

299

328

Beirut

222

334

298

266

Belgrade

**

**

78

 

Berlin

229

209

239

308

Brasilia

 

**

**

91

Cairo

227

40

26

93

Colombo

135

177

211

264

Dhaka

202

206

**

19

Dubai

290

320

280

313

Guangzhou

147

128

 

 

Hong Kong

**

**

785

**

Islamabad

519

**

**

 

Jakarta

363

346

222

230

Kuala Lumpur

242

322

290

299

London

357

**

**

 

Victoria OHPC

77

173

119

76

Manila

**

**

 

198

Moscow

**

**

162

**

Nairobi

226

300

147

438

New Delhi

267

281

202

264

Pretoria

345

305

409

**

Santiago De Chile

183

81

**

 

Shanghai

218

241

 

 

Suva

**

95

**

 

NSW OHPC

129

253

442

397

Tehran

399

527

422

889

Washington

212

114

148

**

Notes:

1. ** less than 10 applications finalised.

2. Victoria Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre (OHPC) processes applications from people living in Afghanistan, 3. Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

NSW Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre (OHPC) processes applications from people living in Africa.

Humanitarian Onshore

Average processing time, in days, for onshore Refugee applications:

Onshore refugee applications are applications for Protection Visas. Figures are shown separately for Irregular Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) as processing times for IMAs are calculated differently. They are calculated from the time of arrival, rather than from the time of visa application.

 

2008/2009

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

(to 31 Oct)

Non-IMA protection visa processing

93

107

139

155

IMA

103

116

299

341