Increase in Partner Visa Application Charge from 1 January 2015

How much is the Visa Application Charge (VAC) now for Partner or Prospective Marriage visas?

The amount will vary based on your circumstances. You can calculate the total cost for your visa using the Visa Pricing Table at www.immi.gov.au/fees-charges/visa-pricing-table.htm.

What subclasses are affected?

This increase will apply to permanent Partner visa subclasses (subclasses 100 and 801) and the Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300).

What if I have already lodged my application?

The new fee will only apply to Partner visa applications lodged on, or after 1 January 2015.This increase will not affect you if you have lodged a valid application prior to 1 January 2015.

What other options are available if I can’t afford the increased VAC?

You may consider applying for a visa under the skilled stream, which generally has quicker processing times. Visit the department’s website for more information at: www.immi.gov.au/Work

Why has the cost for Partner visas been increased?

This price increase is part of a range of measures being made by the Australian Government to repair the budget and fund policy priorities. .

Can I receive financial assistance to pay the VAC? Can the VAC be waived?

There is no provision to waive, reduce, or pay a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa application charge in instalments. For your application to be valid it is a legislative requirement that the VAC is paid and assessment of your visa application can’t commence until payments have been made.

How can I lodge a Partner visa application before 1 January 2015?

You should lodge your Partner visa application online via ImmiAccount as this service will be available over the Christmas/New Year Period. You will also have quicker confirmation that your application has been lodged and you will be able to track the progress of your application online.