The federal government has increased the fees for permanent and temporary resident visas effective July 1.
Soon after, the citizenship application fee increased from $ 285 to $ 490.
- Australian visa fees increase from July 1
- The business innovation and investment program (large investor stream) shows the largest increase
- Administrative Appeal Tribunal fees drop from nearly $ 1,800 to $ 3,000
The fees for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), which adjudicates visa-related matters, have risen sharply, from nearly $ 1,800 to $ 3,000.
The latest data from the Home Office shows that the Business Innovation and Investment visa (Significant Investor stream) saw the biggest increase in fees.
These fees increased from $ 7,880 in 2020-2021 to $ 8,925 in 2021-2022, registering an increase of 13.2%.
“The visa application fee (VAC) is a general tax fee and is set by [the] government in accordance with political objectives, ”a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry told SBS Hindi.
“In addition to the IPC [Consumer Price Index] Adjusted in line with the 2020-2021 budget, VACs for most of the Business Innovation and Investment Program visas were also increased by 11.3% on July 1, ”the spokesperson added.
The increase in fees was minimal for the other categories.
For example, fees for subclass 186 (employer appointment program visa), subclass 187 (regional sponsored migration program visa), subclass 189 (qualified independent visa), subclass class 190 (visa qualified for appointment) and subclass 489 (regional qualified visa (provisional)) increased from $ 4,045 to $ 4,115 in the current fiscal year, registering an increase of 1.7 for hundred.
For subclass 143 (contributing parent visa), the initial visa application fee has increased from $ 4,155 to $ 4,255 for the current fiscal year. The total cost, however, is around $ 48,000.
Those applying for a partner visa (onshore and offshore) will now have to pay an additional $ 135.
Perth-based migration agent Atul Kapoor said the increase in visa fees is nominal and based on the current CPI, a statistical tool that captures inflation.
“The Australian government increases visa fees every year, and it’s always minimal. We are more concerned about the sharp increase in AAT fees,” Kapoor told SBS Hindi.
“These fees have gone from $ 1,800 to $ 3,000. This appears to be due to an increase in the rejection of visa applications. Few people will now go to court, ”he added.
Some migration officers, however, believe that this will reduce AAT processing time.
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