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Old 01-03-2013, 09:26 PM
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Question is it fair to say?

is it fair to say DIAC wouldnt charge my credit card if it looked like it was going to fail? i mean afterall, they have to dig through the application to find the page where the credit card # is,and if they made it that far,clearly someone went through it and saw the basics of it,and then therefore figured it would be even close to eligible to go forward....or are they money hungry and would charge a credit card no matter what? because in my mind,if we ever did run into any issues, I would hire an immigration attorney,and im sure they would say "why did you charge his card if it looked like it was going to fail?".....right?


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I can't say generally, but I submitted December 28 and was charged January 1. I doubt much progress was made, but I think they charge upfront to ensure payment will be made whether or not the application will be approved.

From their perspective, if they had approved someone's visa and in the end the credit card payment bounced, all of that work would be uncompensated.

Just my two cents. Guess its better to lodge something you think will be approved and are willing to pay for, imho.


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If an application is invalid (lacks certain basic required info - this varies based on subclass), DIAC may not charge your card and return the application invalid. If they do charge the card in this case, they'll generally return the fee paid if the application is deemed invalid, however I've seen reports that this may not be true for all offshore applications.

If your application is deemed valid, generally you cannot get a refund for the application fee, even if you are refused.

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Well sounds like that wait continues.......


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Waiting for the charge or the visa? I'm getting ready to send my app in and I got the impression they want payment up front, which makes sense to me.


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DIAC always requires payment up front. For a few of the family visas with large contributory charges you can split the payment (and visa) into 2, but that's about it in terms of payment plans.

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Waiting for the charge or the visa? I'm getting ready to send my app in and I got the impression they want payment up front, which makes sense to me.

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I'm counting on paying up front so I can document the processing fee as one more mutual financial commitment with my partner (among other evidence) because it's out of our joint savings account.


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They wont even start to look at the application until there is a payment made. This makes perfect sense cos what if they spent 30 mins on every application and 1/3 were invalid and never got any payment...thats a lot of unpaid work and then people like us would end up paying for it in visa fees.

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i had to pay mine upfront as i thought that was the procedur or at least thats what i thought, if you want a service and you apply for it you have to pay upfront.

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The visa application charge is one of the common elements of validity for a visa application. If no payment is included, or if the payment doesn't go through (ie credit card problems), the application is automatically declared invalid (unless DIAC decides to contact you and give you another chance to present a valid card, etc, which happens sometimes, but they are not obligated to) and returned to you.

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