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Warning – Visa Application Charges are Increasing!

Visa Application Charges Money Fee Australian Migration Immigration Agents

As part of the Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook the Visa Application Charges (VACs) for some visas that are in high demand have been increased. The Government is trying to make it a fairer ‘user-pays’ system. The higher charges will take effect on 1 January 2013. Some visa applicants may find themselves almost an extra $1000 out of pocket if DIAC receives their application after 31 December 2013.

The following visa charges will be increased:

  • Onshore Partner (Subclass 820/801) visas: The application charge will increase from $3060 to ‘around’ $4000.
  • Offshore Partner (Subclass 309/100) visas: The application charge will increase from $2060 to ‘around’ $2700.
  • Skilled Graduate (Subclass 485) visas: The application charge will increase from $315 to ‘around’ $1260.
  • Temporary Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457) visas: The application charge will increase from $350 to ‘around’ $455.
  • Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visas: The application charge will increase from $280 to ‘around’ $360.

If you are planning on applying for one of these visas you will need to ensure DIAC receives your visa application before 1 January 2013 to avoid paying the higher visa application charges. For more information on these increases see the Media Release.

If you need help determining if you are eligible for one of these visas, preparing your visa application and/or lodging it prior to 1 January 2013, please contact our Migration Team.

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