I previously overstayed a visa in Australia and for which I received a 3 year ban. The ban period has ended.

I have applied for and been granted an ETA visa. The visa took 4 days for its approval. Normally an ETA is instantaneous. What could be the reason for it to take so long?

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    Um ... besides the obvious hypothesis that your previous ban flagged your application for human review? Have you any reason to think that is not the explanation? – Henning Makholm Jun 6 '16 at 15:51
  • We can only speculate, which isn't what this site is for. – David Richerby Jun 16 '16 at 8:30

The previous ban would have flagged your application up for human review, which obviously isn't going to be instant and depending on the current amount of applications, could take quite a while.

Other reasons could include Technical Problems or another Technical Reason.

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