processing time of visa 188B
From: Timo Michalik
Dear Department of Home Affairs,
I would like to request the number of visa applications and the average visa processing time for the Business Investor stream Visa (188B) prior to the 31st of July, 2019. Especially the numbers and the processing time of the visas in the processing center in Adelaide in comparison to the ones from Hongkong. The processing time of the 188B visa used to be published till 2018 and now there are no information available anymore.
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FOI Request: FA 19/08/01029
Dear Mr Michalik,
Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request
I refer to your correspondence received on 14 August 2019 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).
You have requested access to the following:
1) The number of visa applications and the average visa processing time for the Business Investor stream Visa (188B) prior to the 31st of July, 2019.
2) The numbers and the processing time of the visas in the processing centre in Adelaide in comparison to the ones from Hongkong.
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