Australian Embassy
The Philippines

Visa processing times

DIBP service standards

Service standards outline the level of performance we aspire to deliver and show what you can reasonably expect from us under normal circumstances. Actual processing times vary according to individual circumstances, such as where the applicant is living and any health conditions that may require testing or treatment.

The visa office is currently experiencing high levels of demand. It is strongly recommended you apply well in advance of your intended travel date (at least one month in advance is recommended) and that you do not make any irreversible travel arrangements until you have been granted your visa. 

Temporary residence

Visa DIBP Global Service Standard
Visitor Visa- Tourism Stream 1 month
Visitor Visa- Business Stream 1 month
Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa 1 month
Transit 3 working days
Medical Treatment 1 month

Assessment Level exempt - 14 days (same as AL1)

Assessment Levels 3 & 4 - 90 days
Assessment Level 2 - 21 days

Other Sponsored Temporary Residents 3 months
New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship 3 months

* Where a tourist visa applicant requires a medical examination, processing times may vary significantly and may take a minimum of six (6) weeks. For more information on circumstances requiring a medical examination, see: Health Requirements

** All student visa applicants are required to undertake a medical examination.  Immigration health criteria is a public interest criteria that applies to student visa applications and this office will be unable to finalise a student application until it receives a finalised immigration health assessment.  The requirement to undertake and finalise a medical examination may lead to processing times varying significantly and may take a minimum of six (6) weeks. For additional information, see: Health Requirements

Permanent residence

Visa DIBP Global Service Standard
Partner Migration (subclass 300, 309, 100). 12 months (subclass 300, 309)
8 months (subclass 100)
Other Family Migration
(subclass 114, 115, 116)
Capped and queue, see link for more information
Child Migration
(subclass 101, 102, 445, 117)
14 months
Returning Residents 2 weeks


  DIBP Global Service Standard
Citizenship by Descent 1 month, see: Processing Time Service Standards

 Additional Processing Information

To assist in the timely processing of applications, it highly advisable to refer to the relevant application checklist and submit as much of the identified information as possible when you lodge an application. In addition, any requests by the Visa Office for additional information may delay the timely processing of you application. Please note, however, applications can be decided based on the information submitted at time of lodgement.

The Visa and Immigration Office of the Australian Embassy in Manila generally processes applications in the order that they are received and every effort is made to decide applications within our processing standards.

For information regarding service standards, please visit the department's website: Processing Time Service Standards. Individual cases may be decided in longer or shorter periods than the service standard, depending on a range of factors, individual circumstances, the complexity of each case and the time taken by applicants to respond to requests by their case officers.

How can I assist in the efficient processing of my application?

Persons who lodge a permanent (family) visa application who then apply for a temporary visa to travel to Australia should be aware that the processing of their permanent visa application will continue.

This means that such persons will be required to comply with any permanent visa application processing requests (or requests for additional information) during both during the time of processing of the temporary visa application, or, possible temporary visa grant period.

• Submit a complete application and include all supporting documents. This is the single most important factor in allowing us to make a quick decision.

• Provide an e-mail address. This enables us to communicate with you quickly and efficiently.

• It may speed up processing if we can communicate with a third party (such as the sponsor) directly regarding your visa application. However, the disclosure of information to anyone other than the applicant is governed by the Privacy Act - and certain information about the application can only be provided if you give written consent. If you wish us to communicate with a third party, you should provide your written consent for us to do so. 

• Submit as much information as possible as identified on an application checklist when you lodge an application.

Contacting Us

See: Contact Us