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Hi all,

Just a quick question, wondering for those who recently applied in Washington DC how much they charged you for your 309 application.

We applied in October this year 2012 and the quoted fee was $2060 but my husband said that they took $2240 from our credit card, that is an extra $180 over what we expected to pay. Did anyone else get the same charge? Or does anybody know what the extra $180 was for? The immigration department Christmas party perhaps :confused:

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Hi all,

Just a quick question, wondering for those who recently applied in Washington DC how much they charged you for your 309 application.

We applied in October this year 2012 and the quoted fee was $2060 but my husband said that they took $2240 from our credit card, that is an extra $180 over what we expected to pay. Did anyone else get the same charge? Or does anybody know what the extra $180 was for? The immigration department Christmas party perhaps :confused:

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Hi Kttykat,
I would say it was the exchange rate as the $2060 is AUD and they would heve taken yours there in US $ hence the extra. Well thats the only thing i can put it down to .Or like you said their chrissy party.
 

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Hi Kttykat,
I would say it was the exchange rate as the $2060 is AUD and they would heve taken yours there in US $ hence the extra. Well thats the only thing i can put it down to .Or like you said their chrissy party.
Hey Harbinger,

No it was $2240 USD, which worked out to $2172.02 AUD and then a $65.16 international transaction fee. Total of $2237.18 AUD is what it cost on my husbands card.

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They took the same amount from us. $2060 is the out of country fee but its AUD. Depending on the exchange rate at the time, we end up paying $2240 or there abouts in USD. Initally I thought they had taken too much too but my husband checked and found out the quoted app fee is AUD. So the application is even more pricey than expected for such a sloowwww service.
 

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They took the same amount from us. $2060 is the out of country fee but its AUD. Depending on the exchange rate at the time, we end up paying $2240 or there abouts in USD. Initally I thought they had taken too much too but my husband checked and found out the quoted app fee is AUD. So the application is even more pricey than expected for such a sloowwww service.
Even allowing for exchange rate, they took $2172.02 AUD from my husbands card so it still doesn't really make sense. That is still $112.02 more than quoted :confused: that doesn't include $65.16 international transaction fee that the bank charged.

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It may be an exchange rate thing, I found out they set the exchange rate every 6 months so if it was different when they set it then that may explain the difference but the Aussie dollar is strong now and I think it would have been weaker then but am not sure. The only other thing I can think of is if they reserved some money to post back some of the evidence, then that may account for the difference. It would be nice if they had sent us a receipt, then we wouldn't have to guess at what they were charging us for but it seems against immigration policy to let you know what is going on in anyway ;)

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All prices are set on Jan 1 and Jul 1 of each year - except those processed via credit card, which will be charged in AUD for that date's exchange rate. Worked out cheaper for me.

They wanted $2,240 USD (set rate for $2,060 AUD) for all payments - they ran the card for $2,100~ because the exchange rate was better and it was on credit. I checked the exchange rate on google before applying to see what would cost less.
 

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All prices are set on Jan 1 and Jul 1 of each year - except those processed via credit card, which will be charged in AUD for that date's exchange rate. Worked out cheaper for me.

They wanted $2,240 USD (set rate for $2,060 AUD) for all payments - they ran the card for $2,100~ because the exchange rate was better and it was on credit. I checked the exchange rate on google before applying to see what would cost less.
We paid with an Australian credit card :confused:

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Ah, seeing that now. Not sure why that would happen. The amount on the statement was $116 more? They may have run it in USD then, in which case you should contact the dept and ask for an itemised receipt.
Yeah, you would think that they would send you a receipt but we had to call them just to even get an acknowledgement of our application. The only thing they seemed efficient at so far is taking the money from our card, which they did the same day the application arrived in Washington.

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Yeah, you would think that they would send you a receipt but we had to call them just to even get an acknowledgement of our application. The only thing they seemed efficient at so far is taking the money from our card, which they did the same day the application arrived in Washington.

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Yeah only notification I got was because I called DC, redirected to Ottawa, who then called DC, to have them return my call. @[email protected]

They told me they lodged it on Wed 19th (3 days after receiving) and payment today Fri 21st (5 days after receiving) - and yet still not a word. Had I not followed up, I'd still be wondering.
 

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A good way do add some certainty to offshore partner visa payments is to have the Australian sponsor pre-pay the visa application fee in Australia at a DIAC office (therefore exact AUD amount paid in AUD), then send the payment receipt with the application. While a few embassies and posts have a limitation on these types of payments, generally they work well for offshore partner applications, and avoid the crazy exchange rates (and extra charges) that can happen with international credit card transactions. If your sponsor is not in Australia, you can have a (trusted!) friend, agent, etc make the payment for you here and send you the receipt from DIAC.
 
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