Explanation of Australian visa charges

Australian visa charges: there is just a few Australian visas which do not need to be paid for – eVisitor, refugee, maybe some other. The other visa applications must be accompanied by visa application charges. On top of that if you pay for your visa application by credit card, a surcharge will apply. The current surcharge rates are:

  • Visa and MasterCard* – 1.08%
  • American Express and JCB – 1.99%
  • Diners Club International – 2.91%

*The surcharge will also apply to debit cards when making payments online.

The visa application charge is the amount of money in Australian dollars (AUD) that must be paid for a visa application. In some cases there is no visa application charge.

australian visa charges paying by eftposThe visa application charge is payable in two instalments (although either or both of these instalments may be nil):

  • the ‘first instalment’ is payable at the time the visa application is made
  • the ‘second instalment’ is payable before the grant of the visa.

If you are required to pay the second instalment, Department if immigration will notify you when it is due.

If your visa requires you to be sponsored or nominated, your sponsor or nominator might be required to pay certain fees.

You will also need to check if any visa application charge exemptions apply in your circumstances.

Australian visa application charge instalments

First instalment

Depending on your circumstances, there are different types of charges included in the amount you must pay at the time of lodging a visa application.

To make a valid visa application the following components might apply:

  • the base application charge
  • an additional applicant charge
  • a non-internet application charge
  • a subsequent temporary application charge.

To determine the amount of the first instalment of the visa application charge payable you will need to know the following information:

  • the subclass of the visa you are applying for
  • the visa stream (if that visa has streams)
  • if you currently hold, or have previously held a visa, you will need to know the visa subclass
  • the total number of additional applicants applying with you in a combined visa application, including the number of additional applicants who will be 18 years or over at the time of application lodgement
  • whether you intend to lodge an internet application (if applicable for your visa) and whether the non-internet application charge applies to your visa
  • whether you will be in or outside Australia at the time of making your application
  • whether the subsequent temporary application charge applies to your visa application and how many applicants applying at the same time are liable for this charge.

Second instalment

The second instalment is payable after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. The second instalment might be nil and will not be required if your application is refused or withdrawn. For some visas, the second instalment is a significant amount. Check the second instalment before applying for a visa.

Base application charge

Every visa application has a base application charge, but in some cases this is nil. If your application includes more than one applicant, known as a combined application, then the base application charge will only be paid by the main applicant.

Exemptions for the base application charge

If the base application charge for the application is nil, then all other components of the first instalment are also nil. You and any additional applicants are not required to pay the additional applicant charge, the non-Internet application charge or the subsequent temporary application charge. You might not need to pay the visa application charge under specific circumstances for specific visa subclasses. For information on what you will need to pay, use the visa information pages.

Additional applicant charge

The additional applicant charge must be paid for each additional visa applicant when there is more than one visa applicant in a combined visa application. For some visas, the additional application charge might be nil.

The amount of the additional applicant charge depends on the visa type, the age of the applicant and whether the applicant is in or outside Australia at the time of lodgement.

Not all visas allow additional applicants to be included in or added to the visa application.

The additional applicant charge is only for people who are applying for the visa with you, or want to be added to your lodged, but not yet decided, visa application (if permitted).

Some visa applications ask you to list everyone in your family unit, even if they are not travelling with you. You do not have to pay the additional applicant charge for non-migrating family members.

Exemptions for the additional applicant charge

The additional applicant charge will be nil when the base application charge is nil for your application.

You do not need to pay the additional applicant charge for newborns that are born after you lodge your application, and before DIBP have made a decision on the application. More information is available on including Family Members in Your Application.

Non-internet application charge

The non-internet application charge must be paid for certain visa subclasses if you do not lodge your visa application online. However, you must pay the non-internet application charge if you choose to do any of the following:

  • apply using a paper application form and lodge it by post, courier, fax, email, or in person (including lodging your application at Service Delivery Partners (SDPs) outside Australia)
  • apply for a Resident Return visa application by telephone or in person.

Exemptions for the non-internet charge

The non-internet application charge might apply to applications for the following visa subclasses:

  • Resident Return visa (RRV)
    • Five year Resident Return visa (RRV) (subclass 155) visa
    • Three month Resident Return visa (RRV) (subclass 157) visa
  • Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa
  • Skilled – Recognised Graduate – (Temporary) (subclass 476) visa
  • Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.

Resident Return visa (RRV) (subclass 155 and 157)

The non-internet application charge will not be charged for non- internet applications where at least one of the following applies:

  • the applicant is a former Australian citizen
  • the applicant last entered Australia on or after 1 September 1994 and held a temporary visa at the time of that entry and has not been granted a permanent visa since last entering Australia
  • the applicant has not travelled since 1 September 1994, and the movement data base does not contain a movement record on or after 1 September 1994 in relation to the applicant
  • condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 has been waived by the Minister (or their delegate) in relation to the applicant
  • the applicant is not the holder of a travel document required for the lodgement of an internet application
  • departmental systems indicate that the applicant is barred from lodging an application by the operation of section 48 of the Migration Act 1958
  • departmental systems indicate that the applicant has not held a class of visa required for the lodgement of an internet application.

Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa

The non-internet application charge will not be charged for non-internet applications where at least one of the following applies:

  • the applicant is a former Australian citizen
  • the applicant claims to have a dependent child
  • condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 has been waived by the Minister (or their delegate) in relation to the applicant
  • the applicant is the holder of a subclass 417 visa and is applying for a second subclass 417 visa and claims their first employer does not have an Australian Business Number.

Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) visa

The non-internet application charge will not be charged for non-internet applications where at least one of the following applies:

  • the applicant is a former Australian citizen
  • condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 has been waived by the Minister (or their delegate) in relation to the applicant
  • the applicant claims to be a member of the family unit of a person who holds a subclass 476 visa that was granted on the basis of satisfying the primary criteria for the grant of a subclass 476 visa.

Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa

The non-internet application charge will not be charged for non-internet applications where at least one of the following applies:

  • the applicant is a former Australian citizen
  • condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 has been waived by the Minister (or their delegate) in relation to the applicant
  • the applicant claims to be a member of the family unit of a person who holds a subclass 485 visa that was granted on the basis of satisfying the primary criteria for the grant of a subclass 485 visa
  • the applicant is the holder of a subclass 487 visa having satisfied the primary criteria for the grant of the visa and has made a combined application with another applicant who is also a holder of a subclass 487 visa having satisfied the primary criteria for the grant of the visa.

Subsequent temporary application charge

The subsequent temporary application charge applies to certain temporary visas.

This charge is payable by each person in your application and is based on their individual visa history. The subsequent temporary application charge, if applicable, is payable in addition to any other visa charges that apply to your visa application at the time of lodgement.

This charge is not paid for the following visa application:

  • bridging, criminal justice or enforcement
  • permanent.

Exemptions for the subsequent temporary application charge

The subsequent temporary application charge will not be charged for applications where at least one of the following applies:

  • the base application charge for your application is nil
  • the visa pricing table does not show a subsequent temporary application charge
  • the visa pricing table shows the subsequent temporary application charge as nil
  • the visa pricing table shows the subsequent temporary application charge as N/A
  • the applicant is outside Australia while making their substantive temporary visa application
  • the applicant is making their first substantive temporary visa application in Australia
  • the subsequent temporary application charge formula evaluates the charge to nil.

Calculating the visa application charge

The Form 1025i – Making and processing visa applications can help you understand the process of making a valid visa application.

Determining the fees payable

The Visa Pricing Estimator  contains current information about fees for a particular category of visa. It shows separate charges for applications lodged when the applicant is:

  • outside Australia
  • in Australia.

 What happens if I have not paid the correct amount?

Your visa application is not valid until Department of Immigration will receive the total first instalment of the visa application charge. If less than the total amount is paid, they cannot commence the processing of your visa application until the correct amount is received. If there is a gap in time before you pay the correct amount, this might impact on your eligibility for the visa. The price might also rise in the interim and you will need to pay the new amount. It is in your best interest to consult your position with a Migration Agent.

They might contact you regarding outstanding amounts that need to be paid or  might return your application to you and you will need to lodge your application again with the correct amount.

If you pay by credit card, you must have enough funds to pay the total amount of your visa application charge at the time that they process the payment for the transaction to be successful. This might be some time after they will receive your application.

Refunds

DIBP do not usually refund the visa application charge, even if your visa application is refused or withdrawn. The second instalment is not payable if your visa application is refused or withdrawn before the second instalment is paid.

Above information is valid at the time of writing, but might change. If you are unsure how much your wisa will cost, do not hessitate to contact us or book an appointment, so we could assess your particular situation.

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  • 6 January 2017 at 13:50
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    What is the fee for a Renewal Resident Return Visa?

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    • 6 January 2017 at 14:10
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      Check the current cost for “resident return visa”. You need to apply for a new RRV when renewing.

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