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
  Anil Gupta    Updated 3 Jun, 21

189 PR processing time is 8 to 9 months.

Skilled – Independent Points-tested visa is taking 8 months to receive a 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 45 – 60 days to receive the 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.

190 visa processing time is 6.5 to 8 months.

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

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 the queue and you can get 190 grants 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 a very chance of invitation. The realistic chance of invite is for people with 70+ points and it keeps changing every month with a new draw held on the 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

Australia PR grant letter
Australia PR grant letter

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 a 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 the initial entry date (IED) and can be extended if you have unavoidable circumstances to enter Australia by this date.

#4 Must not enter after date

This is the date that’s 5 years from the 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 the date. If you want to have the facility of entering and exiting Australia after this date, you should apply for a re-entry permit or should have applied and got Australia Citizenship.

Source: Australia Immigration


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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Sathya_Seelan

    Hi @anil_am22 Anil, Need your advice on my below case.

    I’ve got my 190 Invite and got my bridging A visa(Not active) on 3rd June 2021 and I’m currently in Working visa getting expired in Nov 2021. I’m planning to go to India for marriage in the month of Aug(3rd week) and Sep getting married. have got some issues around it . Planning not to come back to Australia for the next 6 months

    1. What will happen to my grant if I didn’t get before I leave Australia? will it be on HOLD? by any chance will they issue? still my application is valid ? on queue? for issuing Grant
      2.if I get my Grant before I leave Aus, how hard to get exemption to travel to India
    2. Without having a Grant , How can we get married? is it gonna be a problem?
    3. do we need to have a first entry to Australia within a stipulated time?

    Any best suggestions, please

  2. negi

    1. As and when you move to India, you need to inform DHA of the same and then your application will be considered offshore. Thereafter, it will depend on the CO how soon they process your application. Just a matter of fact, Offshore applications processing time have skyrocketed in the last 1 year. Their priority is to grant onshore applications first.

    2. If you get grant before travelling, then yes you will then have to apply for an exemption. Now, the reason for needing exemption should be very legit and serious which requires urgent travel. I havent seen anyone getting exemption for “marriage” but then again its all on DHA, they are very unpredictable.

    3. Did you claim 10 points for being single? If yes, you legally cannot get married until you get your grant. If you do get married, you might get into trouble and stands a refusal of your application because your claims/points for being single (on the day of receiving invite) will not be true at the time of visa grant.

    4. If you are offshore at the time of grant, the initial entry date will be 1 year from the date of grant. However, due to COVID 19, the dept has put a waiver on the IED and now people can travel any time before their “Do not Arrive After” date (Which is usually 5 years from date of grant).

  3. negi

    What exactly is your query?

  4. anil_am22

    Can you please write your situation in points and use full stops?

    You are writing everything in one line which makes it difficult to understand what you are telling and what you are asking.

  5. negi

    Nobody can give you the exact timeline as to when you will receive your grant as it depends solely on the CO and the complexity of each case. But being onshore, your chances (of receiving an earlier grant) automatically are high since DHA is focusing on clearing all the onshore applications at the moment.

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