Visa Application Charges to increase from 1 July 2019

Visa fee increases
The Australian government has announced visa fees will increase from 1 July 2019. (Photo: SBS)

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Avoid the fee increase by submitting your visa application before 1 July 2019.

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Full details of the visa application charge increases are outlined below.

Visa charges to increase from 1 July 2019

03 June 2019

The Australian government has announced Visa Application Charges (VACs) will increase by approximately 7.75 per cent for most visas from 1 July 2019. A 5.5 percent increase applies to Visa Application Charge 1 (VAC1), plus a CPI increase of 2.25 percent to VAC 2.

Visa fee increases

Visa Application Charges of note to New Zealanders, with the increase shown in brackets:

NZ 189 Visa increases

Applicants for the New Zealand 189 visa will be charged an additional 5.6 percent on Visa Application Charge 1, plus 2.5 percent more on Visa Charge 2.

Listed below is the NZ 189 Visa increases to VAC 1 and VAC 2:

  • primary applicant $810 plus $3,235
  • partner $405 plus $1,615
  • each dependent child aged 18-22 $405 plus $1,615
  • each child aged under 18 $205 plus $810

Apply online

The Department of Home Affairs prefers applicants to apply for visas and citizenship online using an ImmiAccount.

As of 1 July 2018 New Zealanders can apply for their initial Resident Return Visa online. Read how to apply online under The Process information on Home Affairs Resident Return Visa page.

Submitting a paper RRV application form after 1 July 2018 will incur an $80 non-internet fee. If the form is dated earlier than May 2018 your application will be declined, but you can re-apply online. Look for 1085 (Design date 05/18) in the footer of the form.


Look up visa application charges on the Home Affairs website, Fees and charges for visas

The Visa Application Charge increase is outlined at the bottom of page 12 of the Budget Paper 2.


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