With the release of the Federal Budget earlier this month, Joe
Hockey explained one avenue of saving money for the Federal
Government is to increase fees for visa applications.
Many visa applications will notice the price hike. The most
affected visa is offshore applicants in the family stream.
Currently, visa applications for partner visas offshore are notably
less expensive in comparison to onshore applications. However with
the new reforms, immigration will 'harmonise' the
application fees to one uniform price. Consequently the price for
most offshore applications will increase to meet the price for
Below is an example of some of the price increases we will see
come 1 July 2015.
The following Visas will be subject to a price
'harmonisation' and a 10 percent increase.
Aged dependent relative
Significant Investor Visas will be subject to a 50%
Many other visas will be subject to a 5% increase including:
Resident return visas
Working holiday and work and holiday visa
Temporary work visas
Contributory parent visa
Any remaining visas will also be subject to a 2.3% increase and
457 temporary work (skilled) visa
485 graduate temporary visa
ENS/RSMS visa; and
General skilled migration visas
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