Offshore partner visa fees are about to double in price with ALL partner visas regardless of where you are at the time of lodging soon to cost a whopping $6,865.
What does this mean for families in the process of preparing a partner visa application?
The government have now announced a further fee increase to offshore partner visa and prospective marriage visa applications. This will mean if you do not lodge your partner visa or prospective marriage visa application before 1 July 2015 you will be affected by the fee increase.
What applications will be affected you ask?
All offshore partner visa and prospective marriage visa applications including a subclass 309 and subclass 300 visa.
Get advice now and get the ball rolling on your partner visa application.
Why does the Department increase visa fees?
Revenue raising. Just because they can. If you are unhappy or affected by the cost of lodging a partner visa contact your Member of Parliament to voice your concerns.
Partner visa fee increases prevent families from being together in Australia. Increasing partner visa fees results in a family’s being separated for extended periods and in some cases, the financial barrier can prevent the family from being together indefinitely. On the 1 January 2015 the Scott Morrison (the former Minister for Immigration) chose to increase the fees of partner visas by doubling them. For an offshore partner visa or prospective marriage visa the fee went from around $2680 to over $4600. For family’s lodging an onshore partner visa application the fee went from a cost of around $4500 to the current fee of over $6800.
Don’t risk your family’s future. A visa refusal will now cost you more than ever. Contact our office today on +61 (07) 3112 5204.
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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