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AUSTRALIA – Visa Application Fees to Increase from January; Further Fee Hikes Proposed

The Australian government has announced new visa fees to be effective from January 2012, with increases ranging from five to 15% in several categories. Additionally, proposals have been made for further increases over the course of the next eighteen months.

New Visa Application Charges

The new visa application charges (VAC), effective from 1 January 2012, are as follows (in Australian dollars):

  • 020 Bridging Visa B: $125 (up from $105)
  • 119 Employer nomination/ Regional sponsored migration scheme lodged offshore: $2095 up from $1995)
  • 121 Employer nomination application lodged offshore: $2095 (up from $1995)
  • 456 Business (short stay): $140 (up from $120)
  • 457 Business (long stay): $350 (up from $305)
  • 856 Employer nomination application lodged onshore: $3105 (up from $2960)
  • 857 Employer nomination/Regional sponsored migration scheme lodged onshore: $3105 (up from $2960)

Further Fee Hikes Proposed

The Australian government has also proposed the introduction of higher fees over the course of the next eighteen months for the following situations:

  • For each dependent to be included in a visa application, from July 2013. Currently, the fee covers all dependents included in a visa application;
  • For longer duration visas;
  • For paper applications where an online option is available; and
  • For optional services, such as visa labels which are not currently required, as the Australian immigration system is electronically monitored.

Action Items

  • Note the fee increases and budget accordingly.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Executive

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.