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Old 02-02-2021, 07:15 AM
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Partner visa payment to agent?

Hi Guys,

We are doing a partner visa, via an immigration agent.

We are up to the stage of paying the $7,000 for the partner visa.

Our agent is saying we pay it via her rather than the department of home affairs directly.

Is this normally the case?

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Old 02-02-2021, 07:59 AM
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It was the same for us. Payment to the agent for the cost of the visa.
Also, mind that you enquire if the payment for the agent fees covers both stages of the application too. We missed reading the agreement correctly and was asked for a further $3,300 for stage 2, 801 visa application. So we did it ourselves.


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Old 02-02-2021, 08:23 AM
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Hi Guys,

We are doing a partner visa, via an immigration agent.

We are up to the stage of paying the $7,000 for the partner visa.

Our agent is saying we pay it via her rather than the department of home affairs directly.

Is this normally the case?

Thanks.
Yes, this is normal. The agent is lodging the application and needs to pay the application charge when they do so.

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Old 02-02-2021, 09:53 AM
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Cool thanks for confirming, any negative with us paying directly?

The credit card fee is much lower than the immigration agent's fee.


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The agent should be asking you to pay the visa application fee plus any credit card surcharge, then their professional fees for preparing the application on your behalf. So the visa application fee plus credit card surcharge should be the same regardless of whether you pay it directly or via the agent.

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My agent also collected my visa fee and passed it onto DHA, then promptly emailed me a receipt and acknowledgment from DHA. I never had an issue with it, because it keeps everything in the same channel of communication (my agent <---> DHA) and allows him to submit the payment when he needs to, instead of having to follow up with me to see if/when I did. It was just easier, plus I only had to make one payment that way (visa fee plus rest of RMA fee) instead of two separate payments.

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I paid mine also through the agent I used and both my 820 and 801 visa were granted at the same time after exactly 2 years of waiting.


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Yes, it is one of the options. Now it seems to be the preferable way to pay the visa fees, given that on 10 December 2020 the Department activated the cardholder authentication security function. This means that if your agent pays with your credit card, the bank will send you a security code that the agent would need to enter when paying.

If you transfer the amount directly to the agent, instead, he will be able to pay with their credit card anytime, without bothering you for any code.


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Yes, it is one of the options. Now it seems to be the preferable way to pay the visa fees, given that on 10 December 2020 the Department activated the cardholder authentication security function. This means that if your agent pays with your credit card, the bank will send you a security code that the agent would need to enter when paying.

If you transfer the amount directly to the agent, instead, he will be able to pay with their credit card anytime, without bothering you for any code.
Hi Laura ... welcome to the forum ... you need to put your MARN into your signature https://www.australiaforum.com/austr...rum-rules.html

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[quote=paulhand;2008893]Hi Laura ... welcome to the forum ... you need to put your MARN into your signature

Thank you Paul.

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