Australian skilled visa application fees to increase in 2012Last monday we wrote an article advising that Australian skilled visa application fees were to increase in 2012

The Department of Immigration and Cirizenship (DIAC) has now confirmed that many of these increases will come into effect from 1 January, 2012 though others will be progressively introduced over the next 18 months (subject to normal legislative processes).

The changes will be applied to a number of Australian Visa’s.

The reasons given for the visa fee changes are “to target anomalies and inconsistencies, close the gap between visa access charges and the estimated costs of administering visas, and improve the integrity of the visa system.”

The Australian visas affected vary, with employer sponsored skilled migration, student visas and business visas being some of the subclasses which will see their fees changed. However, many of the visas most commonly applied for by applicants from the UK and Ireland (such as the Australian working holiday visa and the Australian ETA visa) will not see a change.

Most of the changes will see the application fee increased, except for the Australian student visa, which will see have its fee decreased in an effort to encourage students to choose Australia as their place of study.

The full list of fee changes is as follows:

 Changes to Australian visa application fees.

 See below for a full list of the fee changes which are taking place on 1 January, 2012.
 

New Fee

Bridging Visa B (subclass 020)

$125

Employer Nomination / Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 119)

$2,095

Labour agreement (subclass 120)

$2,095

Employer nomination (subclass 121)

$2,095

Distinguished talent offshore (subclass 124)

$2,095

Five year resident return (subclass 155)

$300

Three month resident return (subclass 157)

$300

Provisional resident return (subclass 159)

$160

Business (short stay) (subclass 456)

$140

Business (long stay) (subclass 457)

$350

Sponsored business visitor (subclass 459)

$140

Skilled (recognised graduate) (subclass 476)

$315

Skilled Graduate (subclass 485)

$315

All students (subclasses 560-580)

$535

Onshore tourist visa (subclass 676)

$290

Established business In Australia (subclass 845)

$6,030

State/ Territory sponsored regional business in Australia (subclass 846)

$6,030

Labour Agreement (subclass 855)

$3,105

Employer Nomination (subclass 856)

$3,105

Employer nomination/Regional sponsored migration scheme (subclass 857)

$3,105

Distinguished talent (subclass 858)

$3,105

Skilled regional (subclass 887)

$315

Business owner (subclass 890)

$1,895

Investor (subclass 891)

$1,895

State/Territory sponsored business owner (subclass 892)

$1,895

State/Territory sponsored investor (subclass 893)

$1,895