Australian Visa Fees to Increase on July 1, 2013

australia visa fee increaseThe Department of Immigration and Citizenship of Australia has announced that application fees for Australian visas will increase on July 1, 2013. The increase in visa applications are part of Department of Immigration’s transformation initiative. For most visa applicants, the changes are significant.

The new visa pricing program introduces a “user pays” scheme for charges in visa applications, and it is anticipated to increase the revenue of the government for the next four years by approximately $613 million.

Additional Surcharge For Applicants (Dependents)

Additional fees will be charged for members of the family who are included in the visa application starting July 1, 2013. Under the present program, the entire family is covered by a single application