Visa Application Charge increases from 1 July 2017

The 2017-18 Federal Budget included increased Visa Application Charges (‘VAC’) from 1 July 2017 for most visas.

The increase in the VAC is only in line with the Consumer Price Increase (‘CPI’), i.e. in line with inflation, so the new prices are not drastically higher. The increases will only apply to 1st instalment charges, and 2nd instalment charges are unaffected. Adult and child dependent charges will also be increased in line with the CPI.

For example:

Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme – will increase from $3600 to $3670.

Subclass 187 – Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme – will increase from $3600 to $3670.

Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent – will increase from $3600 to $3670.

Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (ending March 2018) – will increase from $1060 to $1080.

Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate – Work – will increase from $1470 to $1500.

Subclass 188 – Business Innovation – will increase from $4780 to $4875.

Subclass 100/801/300 – Partner or prospective marriage – will increase from $6865 to $7000.

Subclass 20 – Bridging visa B – will increase from $140 to $145.

The VACs will not be updated on the Department’s website until the 1 July 2017, but you can contact Putt Legal to enquire about the new prices.

Source: DIBP


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