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Aussie visa fees to increase across the board

by Sam Hopwood | Jun 15, 2017
  • The Australian government announced in the last Budget speech that visa fees will increase on 1 July 2017. What’s more, visa fees will continue to increase annually thereafter. The good news is that the increases (for this year at least) are not massive. We’ve put together a list of the increases for some of the most common types of visas below.
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    Australian visa fee increases

    The Australian government announced that visa fees will now increase in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), every year. Visa fees will be indexed annually and rounded off to the nearest AUD 5.

    The table below illustrates the increases for the primary applicant and for the primary application, not for dependants or extensions.

    Visa Type Current Fee From 1 July 2017 % Increase
    Student AUD 550 AUD 560 1.8%
    General Skilled Migration AUD 3,600 AUD 3,670 1.9%
    Graduate Temporary (subclass 485) AUD 1,470 AUD 1,500 2.0%
    Partner AUD 6,865 AUD 7,000 1.9%
    Parent (contributory) AUD 3,695 AUD 3,945 6.8%
    Visitor AUD 135 AUD 140 3.6%
    Business Migration AUD 4,780 AUD 4,875 2.0%
    Significant Investor Visa (SIV) AUD 7,010 AUD 7,150 2.0%

    Introduction of the Temporary Sponsored Parent visa

    The Budget speech also saw the introduction of a new temporary sponsored parent visa, which will be made available from November 2017. This visa will make it easier for permanent residents in Australia to bring their parents over. This visa will be valid for up to five years, with the option to renew. A stay of up to ten years will be allowed in total.

    If you have any queries relating to your Australian visa application, get in touch with our registered OMARA migration agents on ausoffice@1stcontact.com.au or +1800 039 300

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