The global processing time benchmarks of the visa subclass 188 investor stream in Australia are estimated to be a range between 22-42 months for 90% of the applications. The time to process would depend on the quality of your lodgement, and level of thoroughness in evidence that you have submitted at the time of application. It would also depend on the number of applicants for the visa applying the same time as you. The significant investor visa processing time is much faster than the investor stream visa at current benchmarks of 12-22 months. At the moment, the government is yet to announce if this particular stream would remain for this year. If it does, the quota is very much limited. You are advised to get in touch with a migration professional who will guide you in the latest policy developments; how to apply and the best measures to take in applying and being able to move to Australia at the same time.
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How long should I expect the processing of an Australian investor stream visa to take?
Is there a difference in processing time between significant investor stream and investor stream? I’m starting the process late and really strapped for time as I need to be moving to Australia within this year - is that feasible on either visa?
Australia's Investor stream visa takes between 22 to 42 months and the Significant Investor stream takes between 12 to 22 months. However, it is generally not possible to reduce the processing time and the only way time may be saved is by submitting all relevant documents at the earliest without errors or delays.
According to the Department of Affairs, the current processing time for the 188B Investor stream is taking 22 - 42 months. The current processing time for the 188C Significant Investor stream is taking 12 - 22 months. Of course, the processing time can take longer if you have an incomplete application, and need to provide further documents.