Australia – Visa Application Charges (VAC) to Increase July 1, 2015

What has changed

Following the 2015-2016 Federal Budget, there will be an increase in certain visa application charges (VACs) which will come into effect on July 1, 2015. VACs will increase ranging from 2.3% to 50% depending on the visa category.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • All visa applicants

Increased VAC that will take effect July 1, 2015 are aimed to increase government funding. Subclass 457 visas will see an increase in line with inflation of  2.3%. Specific visas that continue to be in high demand, or are predicted to maintain demand despite the increase will increase 5% to 10%. Application costs for Significant Investor Visas will see the highest increase of 50%.

Specific visa categories will see the following increases:

  • 2.3% increase on certain visas within the Permanent Migration Skill Stream,Skilled Graduate, Temporary Long Stay Business (Subclass 457), Visitor and Student visa streams.
  • 5% increase on certain visas within the Temporary Resident Short Term Business Entertainment visas, Working Holiday visas, Resident Return and Retirement Investor visas, and Contributory Parent visa stream.
  • 10% increase on certain visas within the Other Family (Remaining Relative, Carer, and Aged Dependent Relative) visas, and (non-contributory) Parent visa streams
  • 50% increase to the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) stream in the permanent migration Skill stream category

Increases to VAC will not effect Electronic Travel Authorities (ETA), eVisitors and Refugee and Humanitarian visas.

A complete list of the changes to VACs can be found on the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Individual applicants and employer should prepare for increased VAC.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.

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