The introduction of credit card surcharge fees for visas has been delayed with no new date being given, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has said.

The charges were due to come into effect on 22 March but a spokesman confirmed this did not happen and a new date will be announced soon.


New credit card surcharge fees for visas have been delayed due to other payment methods still being considered​

It is thought it could be 19 April but this has not been officially announced. The delay is due to other methods of payment for online applications being considered.

The original plan was to have three different charges depending on which card was used. A Visa or MasterCard would have one charge, American Express and JCB another and a different charge for Diners cards. This is now being reviewed.

Meanwhile, there has been a further expansion of the Public Interest Criteria (PIC) 4020 for certain visas. The new criteria, known as the Integrity PIC, took effect on 22 March, and is aimed at combating identity fraud.

It was originally introduced in April 2011 as criteria for certain visas that created a three year exclusion period for providing bogus documents or false or misleading information.

Under the new criteria visa applicants, including accompanying family members, further confirmation of identity is required.

It applies to a range of visas including Temporary Work (skilled) 457 visa, the Employer Nomination subclass 186 visa and the Regional Sponsored Migration subclass 187 visa.

A number of other visas are now subject to the criteria including the Special Programme subclass 416 visa, Working Holiday subclass 417 visa, Work and Holiday subclass 462 visa and Superyacht Crew subclass 488 visa.

A DIBP spokesman said that visa applicants need to be vigilant to ensure that the information and documents provided with applications are accurate and genuine. If bogus documents or inaccurate information is provided then all applicants may have their applications refused and may be subject to exclusion for up to 10 years.

An example would be an applicant failing to reveal an existing visa application, even if this was an oversight, which could result in it being regarded as inaccurate information.