Australian Marriage Visa Fee Hike Condemned

By Haruna Kobayashi, for 01 January, 2015

The head of a professional body for Australian migration agents has condemned a 50 percent hike in the cost of a Partner Visa as "exorbitant," calling for a review of the decision.

From the start of 2015, an onshore Partner Visa will cost AUD6,865 (USD5,620), up from AUD4,575, while the fee for an offshore Partner Visa or Prospective Marriage visa will rise from for AUD3,085 to AUD4,630. The measure was included in a package of measures intended to repair the budget and fund policy priorities.

Angela Chan, President of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA), said the size of the increase is "questionable." She argued that the move is targeted at "vulnerable" applicants and pointed out that the fee increase is not being used to improve the service. She said that it showed the diminishing importance placed by the Government on family migration.

She said: "I would urge the Government to reconsider the proposed increase. It can only be seen as an easy option for revenue-raising without presenting a business case for the 50 percent increase. This is sadly at odds with the concepts of fair play and respect in the Australian Values Statement which visa applicants are expected to embrace."

Tags: Australia | Fees | Expats | Visas And Passports |


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