Hi mazza

we did our application through an agency. We started the whole process last June , my partner had to do his IELTS test and his skilled assessment to gain his Australian qualification in carpentery. We submitted our visa application in November and was assigned case officer in January, we then did medicals and police checks and have been granted now. So it has taken less than a year for us but I suppose it depends what visa your coming over on - ours is a 189 .