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kttykat 12-08-2012 08:21 PM

Warning Visa fees increasing Jan 2013
 
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" :confused:

Kttykat

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melandabdul 12-09-2012 11:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kttykat (Post 71676)
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" :confused:

Kttykat

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Thanks for the info. Wow there is a BIG jump in a lot of those like Skilled and Partner...I am sure some of the increase is be a disincentive to people who are not "serious". Let's see who the real winner is...maybe the banks who we loan money from 8-)

AJ67 12-10-2012 04:22 PM

Ive read about the raises in fees and sent a message to immi.gov.au direct through their website where you fill in a form and get a reply via e-mail.
I sent it 4 days ago and just received this in my inbox:

"Dear XXXXXX,

Thank you for your enquiry.

In relation to your question, please note that the partner visa application
fee stands at $2060 for the time being until mid next year.

In relation to your second question, I am able to confirm that the
application is considered lodged once we have received it and processed the
payment.

I hope that this helps to answer your query.

Please note:

-The information you are given by the Europe Service Centre will be based
on the information you supply.
-We recommend that you do not make any irreversible travel arrangements
until you have an appropriate visa.

Yours faithfully,
Gorica

Europe Service Centre
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
www.immi.gov.au"

So....now Im confused.:confused::confused:
This officer cant possibly be unknowing of fees being raised 1.1.2013...??
Or maybe they wont change until 1.7.2013???
Very confused after this reply from immi.

kttykat 12-10-2012 05:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AJ67 (Post 71851)
Ive read about the raises in fees and sent a message to immi.gov.au direct through their website where you fill in a form and get a reply via e-mail.
I sent it 4 days ago and just received this in my inbox:

"Dear XXXXXX,

Thank you for your enquiry.

In relation to your question, please note that the partner visa application
fee stands at $2060 for the time being until mid next year.

In relation to your second question, I am able to confirm that the
application is considered lodged once we have received it and processed the
payment.

I hope that this helps to answer your query.

Please note:

-The information you are given by the Europe Service Centre will be based
on the information you supply.
-We recommend that you do not make any irreversible travel arrangements
until you have an appropriate visa.

Yours faithfully,
Gorica

Europe Service Centre
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
www.immi.gov.au"

So....now Im confused.:confused::confused:
This officer cant possibly be unknowing of fees being raised 1.1.2013...??
Or maybe they wont change until 1.7.2013???
Very confused after this reply from immi.

Yeah that is confusing. Although the government has stated it's intent to raise the fees on Jan 1st, it would seem that nobody has told immigration yet. I don't know absolutely for certain that they can raise the fees without some other process in government but if I hadn't already applied and was going to apply soon, I personally wouldn't take the risk of waiting, if you can get your application in before January then I would. Although July is the normal time for fee increases. The press release seemed to be written like it was a done deal.

Kttykat

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AJ67 12-10-2012 05:55 PM

Thanks kttykat!
Yes,Ill definitely do that.:)

kttykat 12-10-2012 11:45 PM

Update on Visa Charge
 
Increase to Visa Application Charges for Certain Visas

From immigration:

From 1 January 2013, the Migration Regulations 1994 ('the Regulations') are amended to increase the Visa Application Charge (VAC) for a target group of visa subclasses.

On 22 October 2012 the government released its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) for the 20122013 financial year. In the MYEFO, the government announced an increase to the VAC for skilled graduate visas by 300 per cent and for partner, working holiday maker and temporary overseas worker visas by 30 per cent. This measure is estimated to increase revenue by AUD 520.5 million over four years.........


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So it looks like it is now set in stone, the visa charges WILL go up Jan 1st 2013.

Kttykat

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kttykat 12-10-2012 11:58 PM

form i990.pdf
 
Despite the claim that they have updated form i990.pdf, the charges form, this has not been done as yet!

They state: Forms
The Charges Form 990i has been amended to reflect these changes to visa application charges.
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Which appears that it hasn't happened yet.

Kttykat

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kttykat 12-11-2012 08:44 PM

Visa fees to definitely rise Jan 1st
 
It shows that the ammendments have been made so visa fees will definitely rise January 1st 2013.

From immigration site, buried somewhat!
Increase to Visa Application Charges for Certain Visas

Increase to Visa Application Charges for Certain Visas

Commencement: 1 January 2013

Client summary
From 1 January 2013, the Migration Regulations 1994 ('the Regulations') are amended to increase the Visa Application Charge (VAC) for a target group of visa subclasses.

On 22 October 2012 the government released its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) for the 2012–2013 financial year. In the MYEFO, the government announced an increase to the VAC for skilled graduate visas by 300 per cent and for partner, working holiday maker and temporary overseas worker visas by 30 per cent. This measure is estimated to increase revenue by AUD 520.5 million over four years.

Affected legislation
The following provisions of the Regulations are amended:

Schedule 1, subparagraph 1124B(2)(a)(vii) is amended
Schedule 1, subparagraph 1129(2)(a)(ii) is amended
Schedule 1, paragraph 1215(2)(a) is amended
Schedule 1, subparagraph 1223A(2)(a)(iii) is amended
Schedule 1, paragraph 1224A(2)(a) is amended
Schedule 1, subitem 1225(2) is amended
Schedule 1, subparagraph 1229(2)(a)(i) is amended
Schedule 13, Part 10 is inserted.
Additional information
Nil.

Transitional provisions:
The amendments apply to an obligation to pay a charge incurred on or after 1 January 2013.

Forms
The Charges Form 990i has been amended to reflect these changes to visa application charges.

Instructions
No amendments to PAM3 are required.

Kttykat

P.S. I have double checked and they still haven't updated the Form 990i yet, or posted anything else on immigration about the rise in fees, if I didn't know better they seem to be trying to hide it.




kttykat 12-12-2012 07:05 PM

A comment on another thread, the Australian government plans to use us to get them back in surplus seems true. Here is a quote from page 46 of the Australian government mini budget. http://www.budget.gov.au/2012-13/con...2-13_MYEFO.pdf

• targeted increases to a number of Visa Application Charges from 1 January 2013
increasing receipts by $52 million in 2012-13 ($520 million over four years). The
changes to visa application charges will apply to skilled graduates, partners,
working holiday makers and temporary overseas workers.

Also an article from the Irish Echo talking about it. Govt hikes visa charges in mini budget | Irish Echo

This doesn't seem fairer, taking money from people already under huge money stress to make a new life in Australia and squeezing them for even more! Then making some wait a year or more for a decision while they must stay offshore in limbo. Hmmm

Despite the fact that this is a done deal, almost nothing has changed on the immigration website, when you look up fees they still quote the old fees that are due to change in only a couple of weeks!

Kttykat




kttykat 12-14-2012 06:07 PM

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?
Kttykat





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