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DIAC pricing changes on 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013

The DIAC has recently announced that visa pricing changes are set to take place on 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013.

The goal of the new pricing model is to establish a sustainable visa pricing arrangement by:

  • Enhancing the efficiency and integrity of visa applications; and
  • Encouraging greater use of the available online services.

The key points of the new pricing model are:

  • Charges are per person, rather than per application;
  • Provide price flexibility in response to changes to business direction;
  • Provide incentives to use lower cost services; and
  • Maintain Australia’s competitiveness in key sectors and with comparable countries.

The proposed changes also means that:

  • Skilled and temporary economic resident visas will be effected;
  • More services will be available online;
  • Quicker processing times;
  • Electronic visa system containing real-time visa information;
  • You will pay for optional services, such as visa labels (which are not required by Australia);  and
  • Visa price will recognise access to associated services, such as health care).

The proposed implementation timeframe is as follows:

  • From 1 July 2012 –
    • There will be charges for visa labels, where requested.
  • From 1 July 2013 –
    • There will be surcharges for:
      • Duration (457 visa only).
      • Onshore subsequent visa applications (676 tourist, 456 short-stay business, and 457 visas).
      • Additional applicants (dependents).
      • Paper applications (progressively introduced).

By implementing these changes, the DIAC hopes to encourage temporary and long-term residents to consider permanent migration.

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