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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.
You can try and spin it all you want. But the bottom line is they are doing it out of greed and revenue at the expense of Aussies being separated from loved ones. It's truely disgusting and un-Australian. What happened to the "fair go" Aussie attitude? I guess it doesn't apply here.

You would think with such a huge price increase they would at least hire more staff and reduce waiting times, but nope, can't do that can we?

Abbott has targeted pensioners, the disabled, the ill, and now Aussies who are apart from loved ones. I'd hate to think of his next move.

I hope he gets kicked out next election by a landslide.

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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.
It means that anything lodged prior to 1 January that the previous fee is paid if lodged after then is the new fee.

Maybe it is different for your embassy but I know Cairo is only closed for the public holidays + public service public holiday. So they are open a few days. I would think they would all operate the same. However, online is the far better way to lodge.


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I will lodge it online so will it be fine even it's on holiday or do I have to wait for co?

Thanks for your answer.



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It means that anything lodged prior to 1 January that the previous fee is paid if lodged after then is the new fee.

Maybe it is different for your embassy but I know Cairo is only closed for the public holidays + public service public holiday. So they are open a few days. I would think they would all operate the same. However, online is the far better way to lodge.


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I will lodge it online so will it be fine even it's on holiday or do I have to wait for co?

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You pay online before you submit the application. So just make sure you do it before 1 JAN....

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Oh that's relief. We've been trying to save that money for mounts, it could leave us in a serious trouble if had to pay the new one.

But even it's not us, some other couples might be in a difficult position because this price is insane.


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Oh that's relief. We've been trying to save that money for mounts, it could leave us in a serious trouble if had to pay the new one.

But even it's not us, some other couples might be in a difficult position because this price is insane.
I know . Imagine if you didn't see the price increase. I know someone who is now applying online now instead of Feb and the embassy says that they have 28 days to upload the docs. They will be busy getting it all ready to upload but better that then pay an extra $1600.

Can you imagine how long it will take people to save that amount of money? Some may never get the chance now to live in Australia with their partners.


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You can try and spin it all you want. But the bottom line is they are doing it out of greed and revenue at the expense of Aussies being separated from loved ones. It's truely disgusting and un-Australian. What happened to the "fair go" Aussie attitude? I guess it doesn't apply here.

You would think with such a huge price increase they would at least hire more staff and reduce waiting times, but nope, can't do that can we?

Abbott has targeted pensioners, the disabled, the ill, and now Aussies who are apart from loved ones. I'd hate to think of his next move.

I hope he gets kicked out next election by a landslide.
Good grief... is this about the cost going up? or just and opportunity to voice your beef with the PM?

I hear way too much about how greedy the government is.. do you have any idea how good the Aussie government is??? yes it has parts that suck... but I can tell you Aussie's have it way better than almost everyone else. Running a country cost money.. lots of it. Labor spent too much (as it does) and the PM is now working on paying off the debt and getting spending under control.

Good news! you have a choice, if you don't like the fee, don't pay it. stay where you are.. if you are in Australia and want to be with a loved one oversea.. go live there...

I know it sucks but it is what it is... and as for that Aussie Attitude.. I lived in Australia for about 7 years, working to get back now... I don't recall whining and complaining being a big part of that.

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Good grief... is this about the cost going up? or just and opportunity to voice your beef with the PM?

I hear way too much about how greedy the government is.. do you have any idea how good the Aussie government is??? yes it has parts that suck... but I can tell you Aussie's have it way better than almost everyone else. Running a country cost money.. lots of it. Labor spent too much (as it does) and the PM is now working on paying off the debt and getting spending under control.

Good news! you have a choice, if you don't like the fee, don't pay it. stay where you are.. if you are in Australia and want to be with a loved one oversea.. go live there...

I know it sucks but it is what it is... and as for that Aussie Attitude.. I lived in Australia for about 7 years, working to get back now... I don't recall whining and complaining being a big part of that.
Show me one other country that has partner visas as ridiculously expensive as Australia? Canada, US and UK are all under $500!

This comes as a huge slap in the face straight after they increased the processing times to 10-14 months. At this price I would expect a whole lot more for my money. I would expect to have it approved in 1 day and be flown to australia in a private jet the next day.

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Show me one other country that has partner visas as ridiculously expensive as Australia? Canada, US and UK are all under $500!

This comes as a huge slap in the face straight after they increased the processing times to 10-14 months. At this price I would expect a whole lot more for my money. I would expect to have it approved in 1 day and be flown to australia in a private jet the next day.
Yes but look at the benefits Australia has over those countries too. We have health care available and unemployment benefits etc that Centrelink provide us with.

Yes the fees suck but look at it this way if they had a 50% increase on education feed and you weren't affected would you be complaining about it? We don't complain when they change the childcare rebate or education if it doesn't affect us only when something does. Unfortunately changes will always affect someone

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Show me one other country that has partner visas as ridiculously expensive as Australia? Canada, US and UK are all under $500!

This comes as a huge slap in the face straight after they increased the processing times to 10-14 months. At this price I would expect a whole lot more for my money. I would expect to have it approved in 1 day and be flown to australia in a private jet the next day.
My wife and I moved back to the US in 05. We applied for a green card. I was advised with out a lawyer it would almost be impossible to get approved. Come to find out there are about 10 forms needed and a timeline you need to send them in (all with their own fees), several interviews and all told I spent just over $5,000 to get that partner visa for her ($1500 in lawyer fees). Oh and it took just over 18 months. 1 form may be $500 but to get the whole thing done, its thousands.. and guess what.. even if you don't leave the US (like renewing and RRV) just to stay here you have to pay $450. to renew the green card that's every 10 years...

it is what it is... falling in love with people from other countries is expensive. Hell, my now family of 5 have 8 passports that have to always be renewed.. and don't start on flights back and forth to Australia. Its just a price we pay.

and you want to talk greedy governments... the US taxes its citizens on their global income... so when I move back to Australia I as a citizen and my wife a green card holder still have to file and pay taxes here in the states, even though we are ineligible for any benefits given to Americans living state side. ... that is greed! (when you are 17trillion dollars in debt I guess you have to get it somewhere) but you know what... it is what it is.. and its something I will have to deal with to live the life I want to live and where I want to live it.

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