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Old 12-15-2012, 12:24 AM
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Visa cost increases unfair: migrant advocacy group - Australia Network News - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

ABC news story:
"A higher number of asylum seeker arrivals than expected this year has led to a blowouts in the Government's immigration budget.

The Government had budgeted for 5400 asylum seekers to arrive by boat in the entire financial year, but after four months more than 6000 have already arrived.

Mr Swan says the delay by the Opposition in negotiating over offshore processing has led to more asylum seekers arriving and contributed to the increased costs."

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So essentially those who apply legally are being asked to pay to cover the costs of the illegal arrivals, yeah that sounds like a fairer system doesn't it

Why can't they give asylum seekers low interest loans to be paid off over 20 years rather than making us foot the bill for doing it the right way?
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Yes it sounds like a failure in government policy is being passed onto the easiest targets...desperate, legitimate immigration clients. No it isn't fair as the government makes wispy washy policies in a bid not to put anyone offside so they will get re-elected. It's a tough situation to be in for the asylum seekers too as the legitimate ones are fleeing terrible situations but then the numbers are boosted by queue jumpers also.


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Old 12-20-2012, 12:43 AM
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Still nothing else on the immigration website about the fee increase. Form 990i still quotes the old price. It is a done deal though and the price is going up, seems they are staying deliberately quiet about it on the immigration sites though, so much so that the immigration people themselves seem unaware that the fee is about to rise.

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Still nothing else on the immigration website about the fee increase. Form 990i still quotes the old price. It is a done deal though and the price is going up, seems they are staying deliberately quiet about it on the immigration sites though, so much so that the immigration people themselves seem unaware that the fee is about to rise.

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It may be that they do it this way so as not to envoke a rush on the system. If they let people know officially "just in time" it avoid such behavioural changes and allows them to effectively (if they ever do) manage the process.


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It may be that they do it this way so as not to envoke a rush on the system. If they let people know officially "just in time" it avoid such behavioural changes and allows them to effectively (if they ever do) manage the process.
Yeah, it is immigration department policy to keep us all in the dark and feed us on BS, they think we are mushrooms

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Old 12-22-2012, 01:53 AM
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Santa’s elves consider Australian visa options

Santa?s elves consider Australian visa options - DIAC Online Newsroom

News about Santa's elves needing to apply for a visa, but none about the fee rise in a couple of weeks. Notice typo yea instead of year.

Seems like they are even trying to get money from Santa now

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Santa?s elves consider Australian visa options - DIAC Online Newsroom

News about Santa's elves needing to apply for a visa, but none about the fee rise in a couple of weeks. Notice typo yea instead of year.

Seems like they are even trying to get money from Santa now

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Hehehehhe that's the Australian sense of humour kttykat. We like to poke fun at ourselves and laugh at things to release some of the tension.


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New user-pays visa pricing a fairer system

The link above is a ministerial release about the proposed fee increases for visa applications from January 1st 2013.

I don't know if a mod wants to make it a sticky for the rest of the month but I think people who are thinking of applying soon should know that the fees are set to rise significantly.

The new fees are:

Partner visas allowing for people already in Australia to enter or remain on the basis of their married or de facto relationship, to increase from $3060 to around $4000
Partner visas for people outside Australia who want to join their partner in Australia will increase $2060 to around $2700
Skilled Graduate visas to increase from $315 to $1260 for the highly-valued post-study work rights for people in Australia on a student visa
The 457 temporary skilled worker visas to increase from $350 to around $455
Working Holiday maker visas will increase from $280 to around $360.

All done as a "fairer system"

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Yeah thats exactly right effective next year 1st ,January 2013..Oh wow its rising up the fee now...i think it will be every year they will increase the fee for visas..Thanks for this info..
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OK people, The next couple of days are your last chance to beat the fee rise. If you are ready to put in your application do so now or be prepared to pay more.

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Lodged mine in Berlin the 20th...phew!!


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Confirmed with DIAC Americas on the phone

Hi everyone,

I'm lodging my 309/100 application in Ottawa on the 27th. I spoke to the DIAC Americas office and they confirmed the fee increase on January 1, 2013 although the new specific rate was not mentioned.

I'm driving down personally to lodge at the AHC in Ottawa. The Consulate just hands the application over to DIAC but the woman at DIAC said this would still be considered as lodged prior to year end. Let's hope that's right!!

Best of luck to everyone here.

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