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Old 05-03-2019, 08:32 AM
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Paid the ferryman $7160 big ones on Thursday 10th of January 2019 to have my fiance live with me in Australia. Uploaded documents this weekend and have a Medical Examination for her to book next week. It seems we have all the documents but I am sure that greater appeasement will be required.

Such a long and exhaustive process but necessary to keep out criminals, disease carriers, whingers, bludgers and backdoorers.
yes, fees are mind boggling but they know we are captive prisoners and can not shop
around ( smile ) . . tragic that only aussies with plenty of savings are allowed to live with their none aussie partners in OZ . Quite disgusting really but no doubt some on these threads will try to justify it . The fees went up 100% in 2015 in a low inflation environment !!


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Old 05-03-2019, 08:53 AM
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The fees went up 100% in 2015 in a low inflation environment !!
That fee rise was nothing to do with inflation.
I think it had two purposes.
  1. to cut down the number of applications. (too many people for too few visas)
  2. to increase general tax revenue.


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The fees went up 100% in 2015 in a low inflation environment !!
That fee rise was nothing to do with inflation.
I think it had two purposes.
  1. to cut down the number of applications. (too many people for too few visas)
  2. to increase general tax revenue.
It was in the VAT release at the time that it was budget repair, it was when Abbott and Hockey couldn't get their ridiculous budget passed and increased things that could bypass the senate.
Also it was more than 100% for offshore. It was 50% 1/1 (I got caught with it working for free at dads farm cost me 1500 lol) then another 50% 1/7.
The excuse for the July one was to bring it online with onshore prices which is ridiculous considering they are 2 very different products.


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It was in the VAT release at the time that it was budget repair, it was when Abbott and Hockey couldn't get their ridiculous budget passed and increased things that could bypass the senate.
Also it was more than 100% for offshore. It was 50% 1/1 (I got caught with it working for free at dads farm cost me 1500 lol) then another 50% 1/7.
The excuse for the July one was to bring it online with onshore prices which is ridiculous considering they are 2 very different products.
But I have a letter from the Prime Minister Office and Cabinet ( or some such name) from Tony Abbott's era that it was to bring us inline costs with USA, Canada, UK and one other country, I can not recall from memory - partner visa costs.

A similar letter from MP M.Cash


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But I have a letter from the Prime Minister Office and Cabinet ( or some such name) from Tony Abbott's era that it was to bring us inline costs with USA, Canada, UK and one other country, I can not recall from memory - partner visa costs.

A similar letter from MP M.Cash
They got that wrong then...

Those countries are a lot less, although they are more difficult to apply to for different reasons, income levels, sponsor guarantees etc.

Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash said the fee *increases were needed to “repair the budget and fund whole-of-government policy priorities”. www.theaustralian.com.au/.../passions-rise-over-visa-fee-hike-for-foreign-spouses


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They got that wrong then...

Those countries are a lot less, although they are more difficult to apply to for different reasons, income levels, sponsor guarantees etc.

Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash said the fee *increases were needed to “repair the budget and fund whole-of-government policy priorities”. www.theaustralian.com.au/.../passions-rise-over-visa-fee-hike-for-foreign-spouses
Yep but I have the letters.


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They got that wrong then...

Those countries are a lot less, although they are more difficult to apply to for different reasons, income levels, sponsor guarantees etc.

Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash said the fee *increases were needed to “repair the budget and fund whole-of-government policy priorities”. www.theaustralian.com.au/.../passions-rise-over-visa-fee-hike-for-foreign-spouses
Yep but I have the letters.
And you believe politicians? Even if it's in writing? (Insert wry grin)
Yes it also contradicts my statement but I don't believe any of them especially at that time.
If they were bringing it in line with the other countries it would be cheaper and a means test and with fewer grants. Not more expensive no cap but limited grants.
Our MP around here in place for 20+ years is useless and couldn't even bother to have an aid respond to my polite and well worded comments regarding the proposed change in citizenship rules.


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LOL will see if I can find a few easy to post - just for fun.


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Old 05-03-2019, 12:33 PM
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LOL will see if I can find a few easy to post - just for fun.
Increasing these VACs will generate revenue for the Commonwealth Government, in line with the Government’s objective to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.
From the "honorable" Scott Morrison himself.
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Detai...Statement/Text


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Old 05-03-2019, 12:58 PM
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The simple answer is no, it is basically not available unless you are immigration staff or a Registered Migration Agent.

I did try to get a subscription a few years ago but to proceed I needed to enter my RMA number, that I do not have.

Over many years I have never been able to access a free or paid service, but have been willing to pay the $700 or more annual fee.
is that really so as I doubt it . There is a FOA act and must apply to everyone and not
just migration agents or are you suggesting kickbacks ?


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