Increase in Partner Visa Application Charge

Starting from 1 January 2015 the Partner Visa Application Charge (VAC) is going to increase in price.Immigration News

Starting from 1 January 2015 the Partner Visa Application Charge (VAC) is going to increase in price.

How much will a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa cost?

There has been a 50 per cent increase to most partner Visa Application Charges. We are unable to provide you with an estimate of your fees as this amount will vary based on your circumstances. Updated pricing information will be available through the visa pricing estimator shortly.

What subclasses are affected?

This change will apply to permanent Partner visa subclasses (combined 309/100 and 820/801) and the prospective marriage visa (subclass 300).

What if I have already lodged my application?

The new fee will 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 might consider applying for a visa under the skilled stream, which generally has quicker processing times. Visit our SkillSelect area on our website to see if there is a skilled visa option for you.

Why has the cost of a partner visa been increased?

This was a decision made by the Government in order to fund whole-of-government policy priorities.

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

The department does not offer any financial assistance to visa applicants. You might consider seeking assistance from family and friends or a financial institution. The VAC is a substantial cost for most couples to bear, it is a legislative requirement that the visa application charge be paid for the application to be valid. No assessment of a visa application can be made before the appropriate charges have been paid. Furthermore, there is no provision to waive, reduce, or pay a Partner or Prospective Marriage VAC in instalments.

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