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Old 12-15-2014, 12:27 PM
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Hi

Im, applying for an offshore visa in February. Temporary 309
I chekced the pricing before and it was 3085 so i assume it goes up to 4675$ , but there is conflicting information

can anyone state how much i will have to pay for loding an offshore 309 visa
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Hi

Im, applying for an offshore visa in February. Temporary 309
I chekced the pricing before and it was 3085 so i assume it goes up to 4675$ , but there is conflicting information

can anyone state how much i will have to pay for loding an offshore 309 visa
thanks
niall

There is no conflicting info about it. From mish link mentioned above:
"Starting from 1 January 2015 the Partner Visa Application Charge (VAC) is going to increase in price.​​​" and "There has been a 50 per cent increase to most partner Visa Application Charges.".

about aud 4700 seems the right number for 309/100 (plus CC surcharge)


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Where the heck is all the money going? Or rather, which senior executive gave themself a massive raise? Last year they axed over 600 immi staff, and next year they're set to lay off more when the departments merge. Surely they should have a huge surplus in their budget? And now they're raising the visa prices.
It's like how 457 visa holders next year will have to pay 4000$ for their children to go to public schools...but that money goes to the government, not to the school that the child is actually at. Craziness.
I hope they use some of the cash to hire on 1000 or so more staff.

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That's BS right now . Prices are going up but processing is not getting any better. We're having go deal with incompetent CO all the times.

I just hoped we're not going to see a lot of rejections as of 2015 just to make money out of us.

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You have got to be kidding me. We already thought it was a rip off at $3000, and not only this but they also increased the processing times from 7-9 months to 10-14 months. Now they are increasing the price AGAIN despite the longer processing times.

I'm just at least glad we applied for it in October before the increase.


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Old 12-15-2014, 03:17 PM
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The new fee will apply to Partner visa applications lodged on, or after 1 January 2015.
This increase will not affect you if you have lodged a valid application prior to 1 January 2015.



What is it supposed to mean? If we apply before 1 jan, will we be paying 3,085 $ or do we have to wait assigned a case officer?

I'm asking as we are about the apply, probably we will next week, and the consulates are going to start their holiday 25 December.


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Well I'm sure with the increased fee that they will also start giving out correct information (more often), updating their web site, start replying to e-mails - yeah righto!
Like hell they will!!

I was LIED to by my CO today, she orginally sent me a letter telling us to get the medical and police check now, then she sends another email today saying we should wait 4 months!! What the hell? We already got the medical last week, now we will have to probably get another one due to the longer processing times!

Everyone write in to complain!!


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Goes to show the government really doesn't care about reuniting loved ones together, which is the objective of the visa.

So many people will be devastated and heartbroken cause they can't afford it now.


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I hope this backfires on them with fewer aussies choosing to come back to Australia and living in their spouses country. Not only would they be losing another tax payer, they will be losing MORE money from the visa's if fewer people are applying.


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I hope this backfires on them with fewer aussies choosing to come back to Australia and living in their spouses country. Not only would they be losing another tax payer, they will be losing MORE money from the visa's if fewer people are applying.
I think that may be the point, as the demand is so high they can raise the price to slow the number of people wanting to move there. The economy has taken a hit lately and unemployment is on the rise. So they may be trying to slow down the number of people coming in.

it also seems that the cost to deal with the people who are trying to sneak in is going up, so this is a way they could offset that cost.

When my Wife moved to the US back with me back in 05 it cost over $5k + the lawyer fees (as the US is far more complicated than Aus)

If you want it bad enough, they know you will come up with the $$$.

1 more point that may make this sting a little less... as a result of a weakening economy the Aussie dollar has dropped like a rock. when I applied back in May the US dollar was trading for almost $1 aus dollar.... now 1US is over $1.20 aus. so there is 20% of the rate increase back to you.

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