Government’s partner visa application charges to increase?


Visa application charges increasing. Lodge a partner visa application now, or later?

If you are ready to lodge a strong partner visa or prospective marriage visa application, you should think of doing so before July 1st, 2018.


Because the Australian government is likley to increase the visa application charge from July 1st.

Will it be a big increase?

In some recent years there have been very large increases in the visa application charges on July 1st. However, I’m not expecting it to be a big increase this year – probably a few percent.

But, if you are not going to be ready to lodge a well-prepared, well-evidenced partner visa application by July 1st, you should consider waiting until you can lodge a strong application (if you are able to wait – everybody’s personal situation is different).

It’s no use rushing to lodge an application that’s not very stong just to avoid a small increase in the visa application charge.  Better to wait (if you can), pay the higher visa application charge and lodge a strong application with a better chance of success.

Feel free to contact me for a consultation if you need further information about this. Cheers.

Ross McDougall

Immigration Lawyer

Tel: 08 8528 9187

This information is correct at May 18th, 2018.  But, keep in mind that immigration law changes from time to time.

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