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Why is the Australian partner visa so expensive?

Hello everyone,

If you've been researching Australian partner visas, you will have probably already found that the application fee alone is AU$1995 for an offshore application which could result in permanent residency.

I am wondering if anyone has ideas on the reason for its exhorbitant expense.

Here is a comparison of application fees for partner visas in the other top tier countries, from step 1 to permanent residency. Extra costs not considered (i.e. police and medical checks, etc.)

(I'll post links to these as soon as I'm allowed - still a newbie)
  • USA
    Permanent residency for a spouse outside of US
    2 forms (I-130 + DS-130), filing fees: US$420 + US$140
    Total: US$560 = approx. AU$540

    Source: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Canada
    Application for permanent residency by a spouse
    Processing fees: sponsor CA$75, principal applicant CA$475
    Right of permanent residence (principal applicant only): CA$490
    Total: CA$1040 = approx. AU$990

    Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • UK
    Application for residency by family of British citizens or settled persons
    Application fee: GBP 810
    Total: approx. AU$1230

    Source: United Kingdom Border Agency
  • NZ
    Application for a resident visa under the family category
    Application fee: NZ$1350
    Migrant levy if and when approved: NZ$310
    Total: NZ$1660 = approx. AU$1280

    Source: Immigration New Zealand
  • Australia
    Application for partner temporary and permanent visa
    Application fee: AU$1995

    Source: Department of Immigration and Citizenship of Australia

When I first started researching requirements for Australian partner visas four years ago, I was shocked to learn that an application could cost so much (and back then the fee was something like $1750). A recent article on this site also stated that partner visa fees will be raised even further in July of this year (2012)!!

I understand that every government has the prerogative to set fees as it wishes, but what could be the reasons it costs so much in Australia specifically as compared to other countires in similar standing? Am I the only one in awe of the mammoth cost required to be with the person closest to your heart in this country?


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A - With much higher salaries than in any country mentioned it cost DIMIA more to process application.
B - Only Canada provides similar benefits to permanent residents (free Medicare etc) fees are appropriate. at the same time Aus benefits provided from day 1 are double those of Canada.
C - Australia tries to ensure only financially viable people apply

IMHO not an advice.

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A - With much higher salaries than in any country mentioned it cost DIMIA more to process application.
B - Only Canada provides similar benefits to permanent residents (free Medicare etc) fees are appropriate. at the same time Aus benefits provided from day 1 are double those of Canada.
C - Australia tries to ensure only financially viable people apply

IMHO not an advice.
Thanks for your response, Boboa. Your points do make sense, especially the first about paying the people who process applications. Not an attempt to offer advice on my part, but instead to reach an understanding of the reasons.


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I understand it might put you a bit off. But if you planning to be next to a person you really love it shouldn't matter. You lucky to find love, not many have done so well
All the best mate in your move

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Hi guys
I think its also one way to prevent frivolous/fraudelent applications being made. Its an awful lot of money to lose if you're denied, so I guess it makes people think hard about their chances of approval, and the validity of their application.
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Yes, I think you're both right, it doesn't matter if it's someone you love but at the same time it's an awful lot of money to lose. That's exactly the reason I've been thinking through our chances for the last four years! I think we have almost decided to apply, but there is still a lot of uncertainty which of course makes everyone nervous.

I was a child immigrant with my parents myself a couple of decades ago and comparing what things were like back then for migrants to now... it's just that the fee in itself sometimes makes me think that Australia is still the lucky country - but only if one has already been lucky.


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Keep in mind there are additional costs. It all adds up to a very expensive exercise.


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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.

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Angry

G'day to you

When my husband and I applied in early 2010 the fee was $1705 for just the application fee, cose we had to lodge offshore it also cost about $100 to send it there as you are not allowed to lodge here in australia for them to internally courier to the other embassy. No it must be posted. The could scan the documents which in my opinon makes more sense cose then everyone has access in immigration but they are not so advanced yet, in some other govt agencies this is what they do so it elivates to a degree documents being lost and everyone can access the documents regards of the size.

The cost is a revenue raiser. No other reasonable explaination.

Wait til you get to the cost of the medical, that will blow your mind, again another revenue raiser.

Every step along the way is revenue raising, I'm speaking from experience.

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Hello everyone,

If you've been researching Australian partner visas, you will have probably already found that the application fee alone is AU$1995 for an offshore application which could result in permanent residency.

I am wondering if anyone has ideas on the reason for its exhorbitant expense.

Here is a comparison of application fees for partner visas in the other top tier countries, from step 1 to permanent residency. Extra costs not considered (i.e. police and medical checks, etc.)

(I'll post links to these as soon as I'm allowed - still a newbie)
  • USA
    Permanent residency for a spouse outside of US
    2 forms (I-130 + DS-130), filing fees: US$420 + US$140
    Total: US$560 = approx. AU$540

    Source: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Canada
    Application for permanent residency by a spouse
    Processing fees: sponsor CA$75, principal applicant CA$475
    Right of permanent residence (principal applicant only): CA$490
    Total: CA$1040 = approx. AU$990

    Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • UK
    Application for residency by family of British citizens or settled persons
    Application fee: GBP 810
    Total: approx. AU$1230

    Source: United Kingdom Border Agency
  • NZ
    Application for a resident visa under the family category
    Application fee: NZ$1350
    Migrant levy if and when approved: NZ$310
    Total: NZ$1660 = approx. AU$1280

    Source: Immigration New Zealand
  • Australia
    Application for partner temporary and permanent visa
    Application fee: AU$1995

    Source: Department of Immigration and Citizenship of Australia

When I first started researching requirements for Australian partner visas four years ago, I was shocked to learn that an application could cost so much (and back then the fee was something like $1750). A recent article on this site also stated that partner visa fees will be raised even further in July of this year (2012)!!

I understand that every government has the prerogative to set fees as it wishes, but what could be the reasons it costs so much in Australia specifically as compared to other countires in similar standing? Am I the only one in awe of the mammoth cost required to be with the person closest to your heart in this country?


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