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Old 01-14-2012, 12:28 PM
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Yeah. Ages ago it was almost free . My parents migrated to Germany and it costed them the train ticket only . Now the German Blue card is almost impossible to get.
Funny you say that, because I have a German family friend who, twenty years ago, applied to an Australian embassy for entrance to Australia based on his marriage to his Australian wife, and was granted permanent residency on the spot with no or minimal fees

Here is the link to the article stating that fees will go up again this year. The reason given - so that Australian taxes are no longer subsidising these applications - is valid and will win a lot of approval, but how much will we then be expected to pay? $3000? $4000?

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Currently, the application fees charged to people wanting to come to Australia do not cover the cost to the Commonwealth of processing the applications. The changes are projected to generate about $613 million over the next four years in revenue.
This makes me think that the current fee of two grand (ok, ok, short five dollars) doesn't pay the salaries of those who process them, as was suggested earlier.

If fees rise even higher I think many people will take one look and decide 'Australia doesn't want me'. Perhaps that's the idea.


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Call me a cynic if you will but for me it's nothing more than another one of the many revenue raisers our government has. When you have a monopoly you can do what you like and for us it's take it or leave it. Take our passports for example, they're the dearest in the world (as far as I know) and if you don't like it then that's too bad because you certainly can't get one from anyone else.

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User pays.....if you don't use it - no problem!

Even the government is stating they are targeting the "economic refugees".....

Just part of the grand scheme of life.

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Ah yes, of course. People of all nationalities, as a rule, enter romantic relationships with Australians just for the economic benefits. How could I be so silly as to forget that little fact.

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I have always just assumed that they work out the visa fees based on the entire immigration system as a whole and charge different applicants an amount that they can probably afford. I don't think they spent $3995 processing my application. I think a significant portion of that went to supplement other types of migration - covering the costs of processing refugees, for example. I actually have no real idea whether or not this is the case but I sort of like that idea. It seems fair that as an immigrant who generates enough income to save $3995 that I should be expected to offset the cost for immigrants who may have risked their lives and spent their life savings to travel here from war torn or impoverished countries.

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Ah yes, of course. People of all nationalities, as a rule, enter romantic relationships with Australians just for the economic benefits. How could I be so silly as to forget that little fact.
I'm the exact opposite! I settled down with an Australian because I just LOVE paying to see a doctor.
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The fee's are defiantly expensive! Especially the onshore 820 visa....but like they have said before....i don't consider Australia to be a 'cheap' country by any means. I live in Switzerland at the moment and it's cheaper here (cost of living in terms of rent, electricity bills etc) than it is for me in Australia!


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Ah yes, of course. People of all nationalities, as a rule, enter romantic relationships with Australians just for the economic benefits. How could I be so silly as to forget that little fact.
When you really think about it - you are absolutely correct.

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Yep, so my husband married me just so he could get into Australia, it wasn't for my personality or anything as silly as that. Well, let me tell you he's been patient, biding his time over five whole years just so he could make an entry. I'd better expect him to be leaving me now he's a permanent resident.

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Yep, so my husband married me just so he could get into Australia, it wasn't for my personality or anything as silly as that. Well, let me tell you he's been patient, biding his time over five whole years just so he could make an entry. I'd better expect him to be leaving me now he's a permanent resident.
Mind the insensitivity of some people Adventuress, some people know everything it seems!

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