482 Processing Times – August 2018

Current 482 processing times advertised by the Department of Home Affairs

Stream 75 per cent of applications processed 90 per cent of applications processed
Short-term stream 50 days 67 days
Medium-term stream 48 days 57 days
Labour Agreement stream 32 days 54 days
​Sponsorship ​48 days ​53 days
​Nomination ​49 days ​54 days

Last updated 22 August 2018 (for month ending 31 July 2018)

482 Processing times vary

    DHA assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:
  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements

What can I do if my 482 application is taking a long time?

It can be very frustrating to wait for DHA to process your 482 application.  The processing standards issued by DHA are a guide only and they indicates the average processing time for 75% of cases.   You should ensure you have included all relevant information in your application, respond to DHA requests providing any evidence requested as soon as possible.   If you submit a status update whilst your application falls within DHA service standards, DHA will ignore your request and you will not receive any response.    It is unfortunately, a waiting game and you are at the mercy of DHA working through their case load.