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Australian visa fees and charges rise every year, implemented on the July 1 start of each migration program year. The last significant increase on visa charges occurred in July 2013, when the Australian government approved price increases for skilled visas and partner visas, among others. Unusually, 2013 saw fee increases at other times throughout the year also as the labour government sought to claw back its debt.
The components of a visa application cost include (1) base application charges, (2) government charges, and (3) non-government costs. With these three factors, it is virtually inaccurate to assume an overall cost for any type of Australian visa application.
According to the Department of Immigration, the cost of visas changes from time to time. Factors that affect visa charges are the date of lodgement, the type of visa being applied for, the inclusion of secondary applicants, whether the visa is applied in or outside Australia, and the range of documents that the applicant needs to provide.
For those who want to have an idea of how much certain visas cost, here is a list of the base charges for popular visas only for the primary applicant:
Again, the cost of a visa application will vary if there are additional applicants, documents, and government and non-government requirements that apply.
There are two significant regulation changes that relate to visa fees: one is the increase in Visa Evidence Charge (VEC); second is the increase in the application charge for certain parent visas.
VEC is a fee that applies if a person granted a visa requests a visa label affixed to his or her passport as evidence of visa grant. Today, there is only a small number of visa subclasses that still put a visa label on the passport, as most utilise online verification of visa grant evidence. The Regulations amended VEC from AU$70 to increase more than two-fold to AU$150.
On 22 March 2014, the Visa Application Charges (VAC) for Contributory Parent visa (Subclass 143) and Contributory Aged Parent visa (Subclass 864) increased to AU$43,600 for a single parent. This cost is exclusive of the AU$10,000 bond which is held for 10 years.
Experts in the migration community foresee the likelihood of an approximate 3-percent increase in VACs for most visa types from 1 July 2015.
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