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Old 12-07-2012, 10:04 PM
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Question Onshore Partner Visa fee increase

I wonder if anyone has any definite information on this...
I have read on here that the onshore partner visa fee is set to increase on Jan 1st 2013 by about 30% to 'around' $4000. I have also found this on a few migration agent websites.

However, it is nowhere to be found on the DIAC website. And it states explicitely that fees may increase on 1st July each year. So will the fees actually increase if it has not been officially announced on the website 3 weeks prior to the supposed date of increase?

I only ask because I plan to apply at the end of Jan but if this is true then I would need to come up with an extra $1000 which I hadn't budgeted for. And also because I think it is really disappointing for the department to have fee increases so frequently. I think I read somewhere that the fee was around $2000 in 2010.....so we have 100% inflation in less than 3 years. Not cool DIAC


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I wonder if anyone has any definite information on this...
I have read on here that the onshore partner visa fee is set to increase on Jan 1st 2013 by about 30% to 'around' $4000. I have also found this on a few migration agent websites.

However, it is nowhere to be found on the DIAC website. And it states explicitely that fees may increase on 1st July each year. So will the fees actually increase if it has not been officially announced on the website 3 weeks prior to the supposed date of increase?

I only ask because I plan to apply at the end of Jan but if this is true then I would need to come up with an extra $1000 which I hadn't budgeted for. And also because I think it is really disappointing for the department to have fee increases so frequently. I think I read somewhere that the fee was around $2000 in 2010.....so we have 100% inflation in less than 3 years. Not cool DIAC
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:16 PM
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Aaah thanks. That sucks. Won't be planning a trip to the UK to see my family anytime soon then. A fee that high should come with a guarantee of acceptance I reckon! But we have no choice I suppose.

They need to get this info on the DIAC website though.


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Aaah thanks. That sucks. Won't be planning a trip to the UK to see my family anytime soon then. A fee that high should come with a guarantee of acceptance I reckon! But we have no choice I suppose.

They need to get this info on the DIAC website though.
If you get a rejection or if you withdraw, you don't even get a refund either! Interesting how they see the fees going up as a "fairer" system, fairer to who?

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I called the DIAC 2 days ago. At the question 'could you please confirm that there will be a fees increase on 1st Jan 2013', the officer answered me 'I can not confirm but we usually have a fees increase at each 1st Jan and 1st July'....
I am now on the rush to prepare my application!


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Yes, potential but not definite migrants will pay for Australians' maternity leave... Thank you Mr Swan.

The part about it not being refundable in the case of rejection is despicable in my opinion.


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Yes, potential but not definite migrants will pay for Australians' maternity leave... Thank you Mr Swan.

The part about it not being refundable in the case of rejection is despicable in my opinion.
I actually think it is worse that they don't refund at the very least some if you were to withdraw. I was reading of a case here where they told them 2 days after applying that they had the option to withdraw, provide more evidence or go on with the application but it would most likely be rejected. If you were to withdraw after 2 days you would think they could refund some of the money, 2K for looking over the application seems a bit steep, but in the case of a rejection I could see that many people have spent significant time on a bad case.

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I actually think it is worse that they don't refund at the very least some if you were to withdraw. I was reading of a case here where they told them 2 days after applying that they had the option to withdraw, provide more evidence or go on with the application but it would most likely be rejected. If you were to withdraw after 2 days you would think they could refund some of the money, 2K for looking over the application seems a bit steep, but in the case of a rejection I could see that many people have spent significant time on a bad case.

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Yes, that is definitely worse, especially when they start taking 4K for nothing.

However, I don't agree that they necessarily spend so much time looking over a bad application. I imagine that usually an application spends most of its time lying in a desk drawer somewhere until the case officer is ready to pick it up, and then it wouldn't take much time or effort to decide that a case is bad, and it'd take an interview to confirm the suspicion. (But not in all cases, sometimes there simply isn't enough evidence to even warrant an interview) From what I have read, case officers only need to find a single thing wrong with the application to reject it, without needing to look the whole thing through. If it is rejected and then later remitted upon appeal, they have to go through the whole thing to see if they can find another reason to reject it. So essentially processing stops as soon as they find something they don't like, and rejection occurs. What is realy bad is that in the end it's up to the subjective opinion of a single case officer!


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Yes, that is definitely worse, especially when they start taking 4K for nothing.

However, I don't agree that they necessarily spend so much time looking over a bad application. I imagine that usually an application spends most of its time lying in a desk drawer somewhere until the case officer is ready to pick it up, and then it wouldn't take much time or effort to decide that a case is bad, and it'd take an interview to confirm the suspicion. (But not in all cases, sometimes there simply isn't enough evidence to even warrant an interview) From what I have read, case officers only need to find a single thing wrong with the application to reject it, without needing to look the whole thing through. If it is rejected and then later remitted upon appeal, they have to go through the whole thing to see if they can find another reason to reject it. So essentially processing stops as soon as they find something they don't like, and rejection occurs. What is realy bad is that in the end it's up to the subjective opinion of a single case officer!
Though to be fair, I have read of many cases on this forum where people really don't have much of a chance but are willing to put in all sorts of applications. Part of their no refund philosophy IMHO is as a deterrent to lots of incomplete and or hopeless applications landing at immigration, people think twice before risking 2-4 K on a bad application.

Also a case officer must justify their rejection of an application, that would take a bit of time and effort to do properly, I don't disagree that our applications spend significant time "in the pile" waiting for somebody to look at them. In our case we submitted with our stuff and the medicals, over 7 lbs of documentation and evidence for them to go through, just to critically read it all in detail and check it would take significant time!

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