Australian student visa application processing times
The Australian Government has announced that from March 2017, you can view current student visa application processing times via the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website: http://www.border.gov.au/about/access-accountability/service-standards/global-visa-citizenship-processing-times. Follow DIBP on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DIBPAustralia/) to keep updated on developments. Having all required information, documentation and evidence at the time of lodging your student visa application will help facilitate a quick assessment.
In order to apply for an Australian student visa, you should have a current passport that is not due to expire in the next six months. If you are renewing your passport, please apply for your student visa after your new passport is issued. Your passport number will change and it needs to match the passport number the Australian Government has on file for your student visa.
Please keep in mind that you cannot apply for an Australian student visa until four months (124 days) before your program’s start date. If possible, you are encouraged to apply for your student visa at least 10 weeks prior to your departure date.
It’s best to be prepared as far in advance as possible to avoid getting your visa at the last minute! Over the years, some OzTREKK students have had to cancel flights to Australia and rearrange their arrival plans because they didn’t apply early enough for their student visa or there were problems that arose with submitting documents for their visa process.
Students in Canada or the U.S. who have questions about Australian student visas can phone the Americas Service Centre at 613-238-1040. Office hours are Monday to Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Eastern time).