Today I did another talk at a CPD event for migration agents. I discovered the fees have risen YET AGAIN! I no longer keep tabs on the increases as my family are here now.
One agent told be about a client of hers paying an exorbitant amount in fees and related costs (medicals, and so on) as he has six children – now there is a fee per child. When we applied in 2010 there was no fee per child.
Earlier this year I wrote “User pays or profiteering? Partner Visa fees” about what I saw as profiteering back then. The latest changes encourage me to use even stronger language.
I calculated the fees NOW for my husband and children would be over $6,000 – just in the Department of Immigration visa fee, excluding the rest of the related costs. As discussed in that article, there is no refund of fees if the visa is denied. On-shore applications are even more expensive.
Where else in this country do you hand over $6,000 and GET NOTHING IN RETURN?
My concerns expressed in my earlier article stand. Love is for the rich only in Australia. Taking money for nothing (in the case of a denial) also seems to be acceptable government practice now.
Furthermore those granted protection visas, refugees, are now told it will take TEN YEARS to be reunited with a partner and children under the humanitarian visa path, a partner visa will be faster. Yes, refugees always have thousands lying around spare for this sort of thing.
I am SO ANGRY I can’t write any more about this right now!
Later follow-up: Are Australian Partner Visa fees similar to comparable nations
Fees update January 2015: Australian Partner Visa fee increases AGAIN