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CollegeGirl 08-08-2013 04:01 AM

ALL VISA FEES (Except Tourist, Student) Increasing 15% 1 Sept. 2013
 
As of 1 September 2013, visa fees are going up 15% for all visas EXCEPT tourist and student visas. This has not been posted prominently on DIAC's website yet, but when it is we'll post a link here.

Sources:

https://www.acacia-au.com/immigratio...ember-2013.php
http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F20...Statement/Text
http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2013L01534/Download

This was confirmed by MARA-registered migration agent and forum regular Mark Northam as well.

bdavis 08-08-2013 04:20 AM

Waiting for my tax return before we apply, it better get here soon!!!

kmarees1986 08-08-2013 05:48 AM

Wow!! Must be to cover the new policy for the boats!

CollegeGirl 08-08-2013 05:55 AM

Another analysis of the change I saw said it's not for the asylum-seekers/humanitarian/refugee visas. Those are covered under another part of the budget that the fees from these visas are not going into. Interesting.

Valentine1981 08-08-2013 06:27 AM

If this is accurate DIAC can seriously go get f*cked...excuse my language and moderators feel free to remove if inappropriate but this is just disgusting!!! having increased the fee by almost $1000 in January...to put it up ANOTHER $600 9 months later is an absolute joke! at least give people a year before further gouging them. It is so unbelievably frustrating when you try to do everything by the book and they keep throwing it back at you.

kmarees1986 08-08-2013 06:56 AM

You forgot to mention the july increase!

Mish 08-08-2013 08:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bdavis (Post 109201)
Waiting for my tax return before we apply, it better get here soon!!!

Takes 14 days if you lodge via etax

BonezAU 08-08-2013 09:59 AM

As an Australian taxpayer, I find these increases absolutely disgraceful and offensive. It seems like the government just thinks "Ahh, visa fees don't affect most taxpayers in Australia, so lets just hike the fees - most voting citizens won't even notice".

It was only last year that my partner's subclass 300 application was $1995, and in such a short time it's gone to more than $3000. What a joke.

They have already stated that the current fees cover the cost of processing, so it seems this extra money is just going into the government coffers (or perhaps to pay for PNG).... I voted for them last time too!

woody007 08-08-2013 11:11 AM

I cant see anything on immi website about this and anything like this would have been on there a long time before to let people know like the July 31st they gave lots of notice of changes coming up and i would never think they would put fees up twice in 2 months maybe this guy just trying to scare people into getting there applications in

Adventuress 08-08-2013 11:24 AM

Unbelievable, and yet, at the same time, predictable. Curious though that they've raised the fees for the tourist visa - apparently the warning that non-citizen visitors "vote" with their feet didn't reach them.

Anyone want to bet how much a partner visa is going to cost by 2020 (only seven years away)? $10,000? I'm certain that whatever sum is, it will be out of reach of most couples. (Not that it already isn't!)


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