Australia PR Processing Time, 8 to 9 Month 189, 190 Visa

Australia 189 PR Visa processing time = 8 to 9 months. 190 PR Visa = 6.5 to 8 months. 190 PR is processed faster than 189 - less number of applications.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  1 Nov, 19


Australia PR Processing Time – 189 Visa

189 PR processing time is 8 to 9 months.

Skilled – Independent Points tested visa is taking 8 months to receive direct PR grant after you have submitted your application.

You can expect a CO (case officer) contact query within 5.5 months if any more documents are required from you. Once you get a CO contact, your application will be on hold until you submit the requested documents. Once documents are uploaded, your application is re-submitted and can take another 4560 days to receive final ‘GRANT’ of 189 Visa.

If there is no CO contact, you can expect direct PR grant at the end of 4.5 months after you lodged your 189 invitation.

Australia 190 PR Processing Time

190 visa processing time is 6.5 to 8 months.

CO (case officer) contact to request more documentary proof can be expected within first 3 months of paying fees for skill based 190 nomination.

People are also getting direct 190 PR grant at the end of 6.5 months if all your documents are correct.

Once you get a CO contact, your application will not move forward and wait for your action. Once you upload the requested documents, your application is back in queue and you can get 190 grant in 45-60 days.

Australia PR Invitation Time

The Australia PR invitation time is based on your ANZSCO job code and the number of points you score.

People with 65 points have very chance of invitation. The realistic chance of invite is for people with 70+ points and it keep changing every month with new draw held on 11th day.

The waiting time to get an invitation could vary from 1 to 12 months at this time for some occupations.

The PR processing time clock starts once your SkillSelect EOI has been invited by DIBP and you have paid PR fees.


Software Engineer (261313) with 75 points can expect to wait more than 8 months to receive 189 visa invite. Once invited, add another at-least 8 months to get the PR grant.

The total PR processing time will be at-least 16 months.

You cannot apply for Australia Permanent residency (PR) until you receive a formal invitation.

Sample Australia PR Grant Letter

You receive an email once your PR has been granted. The PR Grant letter will be attached in the email.

A separate email is sent for each member of your family from

The PR grant email will have the subject as IMMI Grant Notification – BCC2018/[CODES] – [CODES] – GUPTA, ABC

Grant letter contains information:

#1 PR conditions for 189 or 190

8515 – Not marry before first entry – This 190 PR grant has a condition that person should NOT marry before he makes the first entry to Australia.

#2 Date of PR grant

The date Australia immigration or DIBP granted your PR.

#3 Date of first entry I.E.D

Date by which you should enter Australia at-least once to activate your Permanent Residency. This date is normally called initial entry date (IED) and can be extended if you have un-avoidable circumstances to enter Australia by this date.

#4 Must not enter after date

This is the date that’s 5 years from First entry date (I.E.D). This means that you should not enter Australia after this date if you have not got a re-entry permit.

#5 Length of Stay

Once your Australia PR is granted and you enter before the IED date, you are allowed to stay indefinitely in Australia.

You can go out of and enter Australia any number of times before the Must not enter after date. If you want to have the facility of entering and exiting Australia after this date, you should apply for re-entry permit or should have applied and got Australia Citizenship.

Source: Australia Immigration


Recent discussion on forum

  1. SAT14

    Hi Anil,

    I have got the invite on 5-12-18 for Visa 190 and had submitted my documents on 08-Jan-19. I haven’t heard anything back on my application and status is still showing ‘Received’ even after 4 months.

    Your views about when I would get 190 grant? By when I can expect a CO to be assigned to my application.


  2. Rejeesh_Mathew

    Hi Priya, Australian job market is highly dynamic and they hire and relieve within 2 weeks notice. So it is advisable not to apply too many jobs before arriving. Because of two reasons,

    1. Your Employer is less likely to consider overseas applicants
    2. Your email ID might just get black listed if you relentlessly apply. Once your application is rejected for one job, you are less likely to be shortlisted for future job postings from the same companies even if you are a good match.

    Instead do these things,

    1. Make a plan about the nature for your desired job, and the companies you like, savings required to sustain the struggle etc.

    2. Focus your attention on those few companies and jobs, watch them closely by registering to mailers etc. These will come handy once you are shortlisted.

    3. Refine your linkedIn profile and resume, Connect using LinkedIn with people who are working in similar jobs and similar companies across AU. Try to have 100+ AU based linkedIn connections

    4. Sharpen your skills or even learn - competition will be cut throat.

    5. Connect with recruitment firms and join job-search self help groups.

    Try ‘meetup’ app and ‘eventbrite’. Although you wont be able to attend in person, this will give an idea of how to go about connecting and getting help once you arrive.

    Watch this YouTube video for some motivation

  3. Hsgc

    @Priya.Star 189 processing is currently stalled as per the trend in Immitracker. Looks like DHA has cleared the backlog until February 2019 for 189 subclass. So, they are focusing on clearing the backlogs for 190 subclass and wind up 489 subclass asap. Though, not sure when will DHA start processing March applications for 189 as it’s still within their global processing timeline. As per my analysis, 190 visas are currently either CO contacted/granted at 7-8 months which is 1-2 months sooner than it’s global processing timeline (9-10 months). If we apply the same pattern for 189, DHA should have started processing March applications for 189 by now. Let’s waut and see.

  4. Sky

    Hi Shaun,

    Have you got your PR yet or not? Your response much appreciated.

  5. Anil.Gupta

    There is no way to contact Australia Immigration.

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  1. Saranya
    Saranya 28 Jul, 19 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I have submitted my EOI for skilled independent sunclass 189 for the job code 261311 Analyst programmer in July 2019. My point as of now is 75. Do I stand a chance for getting the eoi acceptance by this year end?Meanwhile, planning to add my spouse assessment as well once we get the result, which will give us a total of 80. In case I update my EOI with spouse details, will it affect my queue status. Please as advise.