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The Australian government will increase the visa applications charges for partner visas by 50 per cent on the 1st of January 2015, in an attempt to raise $373.6 million for the budget repair job.
The cost of a foreign relationship is set to increase by several thousand dollars.
Australians who fall in love with or marry a foreigner will have to pay 50 per cent more for partner visa application fee as of the 1st of January 2015.
The move was announced in the mid-year budget review on Monday and will potentially raise $373.6 million in revenue over four years.
Meanwhile, plans to increase Australia’s refugee intake starting in 2017-18 will cost $140 million over two years.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison previously said the move would be fully funded from offsets within his immigration portfolio.
There will be an extra 2500 places in the humanitarian program in 2017-18 and 5000 the following year with a total of 18,750 spots that year.
The revival of temporary protection visas and introduction of safe haven enterprise visas come with a price tag of $52.9 million this financial year and $340 million over the next three years.
The government has also pulled $96.5 million over two years from building a transit centre in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea to accommodate asylum seekers whose refugee claims have been rejected and are awaiting removal.
Instead they will stay in the Manus Island detention centre until they are repatriated.
PARTNER VISA CHARGES:
Please note that it generally takes 2 to 4 weeks to prepare a partner visa application.
As this is the case we would recommend that if you are considering applying for a partner visa that you start the process now, to ensure you beat the government price increases.
You can start the process here by taking a free online assessment:
Having both personal and professional experience with the Partner Visa, I understand how important the opportunity to reside in Australia with your partner is for your future.
I look forward to assisting you with your visa application in the future.