I cannot believe the Immigration Department raising the fees for Partner Visas AGAIN! Early last year I wrote an investigative series on the high price of love. Back then the on shore application fee was $4,575. Now the fee is $6,865. That is just for the partner, no application related costs or even children! The fees for children included in the application have risen dramatically too. There seems to be a problem with the web page, as the headings don’t show, but the columns to the right are for children over and under 18. The column with N/A in it is headed “Non-internet application charge” so we can assume that is coming.
Then there is the fee for using your credit or debit cards to pay!
I assume the financial services inquiry may have something to say about that!
EXORBITANT credit card surcharges could soon be a thing of the past.
THE financial services inquiry led by David Murray is reportedly calling for a ban on all outrageous surcharges on credit and debit card transactions. Source: The Mercury.
If you want a label in your passport, that costs $150! To print out a label?
The Australian Government does not require you to have a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter or remain in Australia. For more information on Australia’s label free policy see Visa Labels.
It is Australian Government policy to charge for visa labels. The charge for a visa label is AUD150.
The off shore applications are still slightly cheaper:
If you refer back to my original article (linked in the opening paragraph), you can see the additional costs over and above the fees – these have probably also increased.
I also did a comparison against other countries Are Australian Partner Visa fees similar to comparable nations? in November 2013. This may well be out of date now, but a quick check today of UK partner visas from Australia shows little increase from the $1,452 in November 2013. NOTHING like the Australian fee increase!
We do not usually refund the visa application charge, even if your visa application is refused or withdrawn.
I married my Australian husband a few month ago in France. I had a look by curiosity at the fees to settle in Australia. I am absolutely dazed. No words to describe my disappointment.