Today, we will be talking about a very scary topic for most of you – the partner visa cost. We will talk about what changes to expect this year, the partner visa cost and everything else you need to know.
For the last few years, the partner visa cost increase happened during the start of the new financial year which is in July. Will it increase this year? We expect that the price will go up as it does every year.
How much is the price increase? The amount is usually announced along with the Department’s budget before the 1st of July.
Will it be a huge increase? That we don’t know. Looking at previous years, we can observe a Consumer Price Index or CPI increase of around 3% – 4%. We are expecting that the same change will happen this year.
According to the Department of Home Affairs’ website, the current price of the partner visa is at AUD7,715 (this is only current at time of publishing). The cost is very painful, we know. Think of it as an investment for you and your partner’s future. On the brighter side, there will be no extra charges when you decide to apply for a permanent visa. The AUD 7,715 is a two-for-one visa offer. You pay for both at the start.
One of the questions that we always get asked is “is there a payment plan for the partner visa?”. Unfortunately, the Government doesn’t have any payment plans available. If you need to finance this, you will need to arrange it privately.
Will your application include other family members? We suggest that you consult a registered migration agent as extra applicants, unfortunately, mean extra charges.
In summary, we are happy to announce that there has been no increase so far in 2020(as of March 2020), but if there is, make sure to subscribe to our blog and we will be the first to let you know.
Need more help? Freedom Migration is happy to lend a helping hand. For more information visit our Partner Visa FAQ and Partner Visa Pathways. Need some advice? Contact us.
IMPORTANT: Please note, this does not constitute Immigration advice. Always seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent before applying for an Australian Visa. Migration Law is constantly changing. This information is accurate only at the time of publication.
Emma is the founder and principal migration agent at Freedom Migration. She is extremely passionate about uniting partners and families with their loved ones overseas. It might be because she's a product of a partner visa family.
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