All Australian visa fees to be hiked from 1 July

All visa fees to Australia will be hiked from 1 July 2017. In his budget speech, Treasurer Scott Morrison announced that visa fees will be adjusted as per inflation so that A$410 million will be generated over the next four years.

In other words, fees for all the visas will be hiked from 1 July in order to be in step with the forecast Consumer Price Index. Hereafter, visa fees will be adjusted annually.

The indexation will only apply to the first installment of the visa application fee for primary as well as secondary applicants. For the second installment of the visa fee, indexation will not be applicable.

For the primary applicant, the student visa fee will cost A$560, up from the existing A$550. Meanwhile, dependent application of an adult will rise to A$420 after 1 July, said SBS.

Visas to be issued under the Regional Sponsored Migration and the Employer Nomination Schemes will increase by A$70 to cost A$3,670. Partner visa fee will also increase to A$7,000, up from $6,865.

Meanwhile, it was also announced by Morrison that every foreign worker will be levied A$1,200 or A$1,800 per year on temporary work visas. Meanwhile, a one-off levy of A$3,000 or A$5,000 will be imposed on employers who sponsor permanent skilled visas.

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