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New VAC 1 July 2015

New Visa Application charges as of 1 July 2015

Australian Visa Application Charges (VACs) will change from 1 July 2015.

The changes will fund investment in a number of improvements to support stronger borders and national security initiatives.

These adjustments include:

  • A price increase in line with inflation (2.3 per cent) on visas which face strong international competition or have been impacted by recent price increases.
  • These include specific visas within the Permanent Migration Skill Stream, Skilled Graduate, Temporary Long Stay Business (Subclass 457), Visitor and Student visa streams.
  • A 5 per cent price increase on visas which continue to see strong demand despite previous increases, or are likely to see a sustained volume increase through policy changes under consideration.
  • These include specific visas within the Temporary Resident Short Term Business and Entertainment visas, Working Holiday visas, Resident Return and Retirement Investor visas, and Contributory Parent visa streams.
  • A 10 per cent price increase on specific visas within the Other Family (Remaining Relative, Carer and Aged Dependent Relative) visas, and (non-contributory) Parent visa streams where the underlying demand is not expected to be impacted by the price increase.
  • A 50 per cent increase to the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) stream in the permanent migration Skill stream category where the VAC is a very small component of the minimum $5 million of investments required under the visa regulation.
  • An alignment of VAC prices where a differential currently exists for lodging an onshore and offshore application for specific visa subclasses.

Note that the most significant increase are the offshore partner / spouse visa category. The VAC for these application are set to increase by 48%.

From 1 July 2015, the functions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian Customs and Border Protection will be integrated into a new Department, and the Australian Border Force (ABF) will be established within the new Department.

View the full list of new Visa Application Charges

New VAC PDF

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