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ALL VISA FEES (Except Tourist, Student) Increasing 15% 1 Sept. 2013


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Old 08-08-2013, 03:01 AM
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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.

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


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

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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.

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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.


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You forgot to mention the july increase!

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Waiting for my tax return before we apply, it better get here soon!!!
Takes 14 days if you lodge via etax


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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!
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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


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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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