The Australian government announced in the last Budget speech that visa fees will increase on 1 July 2017. What’s more, visa fees will continue to increase annually thereafter. The good news is that the increases (for this year at least) are not massive. We’ve put together a list of the increases for some of the most common types of visas below.
Australian visa fee increases
The Australian government announced that visa fees will now increase in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), every year. Visa fees will be indexed annually and rounded off to the nearest AUD 5.
The table below illustrates the increases for the primary applicant and for the primary application, not for dependants or extensions.
|Visa Type||Current Fee||From 1 July 2017||% Increase|
|Student||AUD 550||AUD 560||1.8%|
|General Skilled Migration||AUD 3,600||AUD 3,670||1.9%|
|Graduate Temporary (subclass 485)||AUD 1,470||AUD 1,500||2.0%|
|Partner||AUD 6,865||AUD 7,000||1.9%|
|Parent (contributory)||AUD 3,695||AUD 3,945||6.8%|
|Visitor||AUD 135||AUD 140||3.6%|
|Business Migration||AUD 4,780||AUD 4,875||2.0%|
|Significant Investor Visa (SIV)||AUD 7,010||AUD 7,150||2.0%|
Introduction of the Temporary Sponsored Parent visa
The Budget speech also saw the introduction of a new temporary sponsored parent visa, which will be made available from November 2017. This visa will make it easier for permanent residents in Australia to bring their parents over. This visa will be valid for up to five years, with the option to renew. A stay of up to ten years will be allowed in total.