The changes, which aim to encourage Australia visa applicants to use its online visa services where possible, will include a ‘non-internet application charge’, initially only applying to subclass 155, 157, 417, 476 and 485 visas. This charge will only apply where applicants choose to lodge a paper application rather than an online application in the above subclasses.
Other changes will see the introduction of an ‘additional application charge’ and ‘subsequent temporary application charge’.
The proposed additional application charge will apply to each family member included in a visa application, but will not apply to the main visa applicant. Charges will vary, depending on visa subclasses and additional applicants’ ages. In general the additional charge for family members aged over 18 will be half the visa application charge and for family members aged under 18, the charge will be a quarter of the visa application charge.
For example, a visa application for a family of 4 (mother, father and two young children) applying for a permanent visa will be a visa application charge of $3060 plus an additional charge for the partner of $1530 plus a fee of $765 for each child, making the visa fee a total of $6120.
DIAC’s proposed subsequent temporary application charge will apply to visa applicants who choose to extend their stay in Australia on consecutive temporary visas (for example working holiday visas). The charge of $700 will not apply to the first visa that is granted when an applicant is in Australia.
For further information about DIAC’s new visa pricing arrangements and fee changes, please monitor the AMVL Migrations website for further updates. As the new visa pricing arrangements have not yet been introduced as legislation we are unable to confirm specific fee changes. To avoid proposed fee increases we recommend that visa applicants who can lodge their applications before 1 July do so ASAP.
If you would like Australia visa assistance or advice, please contact our team of Registered Migration Agents at AMVL Migrations. We specialize in all Australia visa categories and pride ourselves on providing our clients with professional and friendly migration services.