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Second round of visa cost increases to raise $520million for Australia.The latest increases are up to 400% on the previous fees, and represent the second set of increases in 12 months.

The federal government yesterday said some visa application fees would increase by 400 per cent, and would contribute an extra $520 million to the budget’s bottom line over the next four years..

From January 1, 2013 the cost of a temporary skilled worker visa, known as a 457 visa, will rise from $350 to $455. Partner visas for people already in Australia will rise from $3060 to about $4000, while offshore partner visas, for people who want to come to Australia to join a spouse, will rise from $2060 to about $2700.

Skilled graduate visas will increase from $315 to $1260 for those who want to work in Australia after studying here.

Extra charges had already been imposed on visa applicants this year under the “user-pays” system to ensure that taxpayers no longer fund visa applications.

On January 1 this year, fees for a range of skills and business visas rose by between 5 per cent and 15 per cent but student visa application fees fell by 5 per cent.

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