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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.
I like that idea, it is a nice one. But what happens when you actually can't afford it? I was eighteen years old when I met my husband, still in university and with nary a cent to my name. He was one of his country's poor, struggling to earn a living wage let alone have a savings account. Since he couldn't join me in Australia (high-risk country - no chance for ETA or WHV, poor - no chance for student visa or skilled visa) I moved to be with him. That made two of us struggling to earn a living wage. When we applied it was $1995 - took us a while (oh, about four and a half years) to figure out how to make that money. If it had been $2700, like it is now? We'd still be in his country, struggling to make ends meet, and I'd still be facing daily abuse because I'm a foreigner in his country. The Australian government missed out on four or five years of my taxes because they made it almost impossible to apply in the first place. But I was young and able - we made it in the end. I can't imagine what it would be like to be living on a disabled pension and faced with a massive $2700 or $3995 just to be able to be with your life partner. It's not exactly pocket change.

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I like that idea, it is a nice one. But what happens when you actually can't afford it? I was eighteen years old when I met my husband, still in university and with nary a cent to my name. He was one of his country's poor, struggling to earn a living wage let alone have a savings account. Since he couldn't join me in Australia (high-risk country - no chance for ETA or WHV, poor - no chance for student visa or skilled visa) I moved to be with him. That made two of us struggling to earn a living wage. When we applied it was $1995 - took us a while (oh, about four and a half years) to figure out how to make that money. If it had been $2700, like it is now? We'd still be in his country, struggling to make ends meet, and I'd still be facing daily abuse because I'm a foreigner in his country. The Australian government missed out on four or five years of my taxes because they made it almost impossible to apply in the first place. But I was young and able - we made it in the end. I can't imagine what it would be like to be living on a disabled pension and faced with a massive $2700 or $3995 just to be able to be with your life partner. It's not exactly pocket change.
Both my husband and I worked full time in London during the planning and preparation phase leading up to applying...our application was actually submitted about 6 weeks later than planned becuase we had so much trouble trying to raise the application fee. Bit different for us as we had fees to pay for a migration agent also due to my husbands criminal record, but knowing we struggled to get there makes me feel for those less fortunate to be in the position we were in. If it wasn't for the support from our families I don't think we would be able to have applied yet nor would we have been able for me to move home to have our baby and have my husband come on a tourist visa. So far including the fees for our agent, application fees and miscellaenous costs, we have spent about $9300 (roughly) on all things visa - the good news is that all the expenses are basically out of the way now - unless we need to appeal a rejection, I'm looking at another $10,000 approx to get through that. So a potential $20,000 will be spent on trying to be together and start a life in Australia...

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Both my husband and I worked full time in London during the planning and preparation phase leading up to applying...our application was actually submitted about 6 weeks later than planned becuase we had so much trouble trying to raise the application fee. Bit different for us as we had fees to pay for a migration agent also due to my husbands criminal record, but knowing we struggled to get there makes me feel for those less fortunate to be in the position we were in. If it wasn't for the support from our families I don't think we would be able to have applied yet nor would we have been able for me to move home to have our baby and have my husband come on a tourist visa. So far including the fees for our agent, application fees and miscellaenous costs, we have spent about $9300 (roughly) on all things visa - the good news is that all the expenses are basically out of the way now - unless we need to appeal a rejection, I'm looking at another $10,000 approx to get through that. So a potential $20,000 will be spent on trying to be together and start a life in Australia...
and to think i thought we had to pay a lot with the visa, translations and certification costs! That really is A LOT of money Kmarees! I really hope for your sake you don't have to appeal!! Good luck!

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and to think i thought we had to pay a lot with the visa, translations and certification costs! That really is A LOT of money Kmarees! I really hope for your sake you don't have to appeal!! Good luck!
And that was the cheaper migration agent - we could never have afforded the London based one (that comes highly reccomended mind you) at £6000+VAT. I wondered what it is he could do for that sort of money?? Send a gold plated application?? Bribe a DIAC officer?? Oh man yeah its been really expensive but you do what you have to right? I am feeling we won't have to appeal but knowing how much it will costs us roughly in advance means I will be more prepared this time!

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