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Old 12-16-2014, 12:42 AM
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Yes, it is sucks! 50% increase is really sucks. Feel so bad for those wanting to apply next year. But then, what else can you do?

If you want to play the game, you have to follow the rules. Otherwise, you can choose not to play or try to change the rules to suit yourself...
You can boycott the visas from next year so it backfires on them. If no one applies for it they will actually make a loss and have to reduce the price! Supply and demand.


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I wish to complain about the increase in partner visa costs announced yesterday 15/12/2014. There were massive increases to these visas in 2013 in my case well over 100%, the reason given by Senator Cash for this was to bring Australia's fees inline with other countries such as UK, Canada and USA. Below is listed these fees.

The cost of these fees do not do not reflect the actual cost in processing these visas, and that is clear in all available revenue released figures. It is simply exploiting an unrepresented group of individual people.

The fees charged for partner visas are simply unfair and should be amended to what is fair and reasonable cost recovery, or inline with similar countries as Senator Cash stated.

These are current prices, not the new price for Australia that comes into effect 1/1/2015 of 50%.

Australia Partner Visa fee - $4,575 onshore ($3085 offshore).
Canada fee - $480
USA fee - $369
UK fee- $1616.


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Old 12-16-2014, 12:46 AM
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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.

Yes but aren't you comparing the green card to a completely different visa? Not a fair comparison!


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You can boycott the visas from next year so it backfires on them. If no one applies for it they will actually make a loss and have to reduce the price! Supply and demand.
So, you have chosen not to play the game then.

I think it is not a big deal to the gov after all. They probably don't care so much. Backfires? Supply and demand? Nah, that's not happening here. With the big big big budget deficit, this partner visa thingy is nothing. And the increase does not affect everyone or a large group of people (e.g. Medicare co-payment etc), only those with overseas partner.


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The UK has an even better healthcare system than australia - and their unemployment benefits are just as good. Yet they somehow manage to have their visas for a much more affordable price. Care to explain?
I believe they also have a minimum amount that the sponsor has to earn. Therefore if they had that here those on low income, Centrelink, students etc would not qualify for the visa.

I am sure everyone would love to pay less fees and then not be able to apply for a partner visa because they don't earn enough ... not.

I also believe the UK does not have fiance visa's.


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I wouldn't actually mind paying extra application fees if the 50% increase resulted in a 50% decrease in waiting time. The fact that the fees keep increasing along with the waiting tines is a joke. Both my fiance and I have European citizenship, we could have lived there for free if my fiancé didn't like Australia so much.
Hear hear!

I wonder what is going through their minds? do they gather around parliament and say "well we have already increased the waiting times by 10-14 months, what can we do to make it harder for people to immigrate to Australia and be with their loved ones?"

"How about we increase the prices by 50%?"

"Great idea, let's do it!"

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Yes but aren't you comparing the green card to a completely different visa? Not a fair comparison!
A greencard is a a permanent Resident visa. It's the exact same thing as the permanent partner visa I have applied for now in Australia.

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Hear hear!

I wonder what is going through their minds? do they gather around parliament and say "well we have already increased the waiting times by 10-14 months, what can we do to make it harder for people to immigrate to Australia and be with their loved ones?"

"How about we increase the prices by 50%?"

"Great idea, let's do it!"
Must be very sad to see the MPs discussing about partner visa in the Parliament.

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I believe they also have a minimum amount that the sponsor has to earn. Therefore if they had that here those on low income, Centrelink, students etc would not qualify for the visa.

I am sure everyone would love to pay less fees and then not be able to apply for a partner visa because they don't earn enough ... not.

I also believe the UK does not have fiance visa's.
But do you really think many people on Centrelink are going to be applying for a partner visa anyway? How could someone on Centrelink afford to financially support their partner in australia, let alone themselves? It's actually a joke that they don't asses this, while having such strict requirements on everything else.


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A greencard is a a permanent Resident visa. It's the exact same thing as the permanent partner visa I have applied for now in Australia.
But the green card is a lottery based system, yes?


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