Examples of visa pricing charges

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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 additional applicant charge

Example of when the additional applicant charge is paid:

  1. Yin applies for a Parent Migrant (subclass 103) visa in her home country, by lodging a paper application.
  2. When she applies, she includes her 50-year old husband as an additional visa applicant.
  3. Yin must pay the base application charge for this visa as the main applicant and the additional applicant charge for her husband (additional applicant 18 years or over) as an additional applicant.

The visa application charge is made up of:

1 x base application charge of AUD2370 for Yin as the main applicant
+
1 x additional applicant charge of AUD1185 for the additional applicant (18 years or over)
=
Total visa application charge of AUD3555

Example of when the additional applicant charge is paid:

  1. Paul applies for an Independent ELICOS Sector (subclass 570) visa in his home country, by lodging a paper application.
  2. When he applies, he includes his 30-year old wife and 2-year old child as additional visa applicants.
  3. Paul must pay the base application charge for this visa as the main applicant, the additional applicant charge for his wife (additional applicant 18 years or over) and the additional applicant charge for his child (additional applicant under 18 years old) as additional applicants.

The visa application charge is made up of:

1 x base application charge of AUD535 for Paul as the main applicant
+
1 x additional applicant charge of AUD405 for his wife as an additional applicant (18 years or over)
+
1 x additional applicant charge of AUD135 for his child as an additional applicant (under 18 years)
=
Total visa application charge of AUD1075

The non-Internet application charge

Example of when the non-Internet application charge is paid:

  1. Heidi applies for a Resident Return (subclass 155) visa in Australia, by mailing in a paper application.
  2. As the Resident Return (subclass 155) visa has an online lodgement option through our online service, Heidi must pay the non-Internet application charge if none of the exemptions apply.

The visa application charge is made up of:

1 x base application charge of AUD345 for Heidi as the main applicant
+
1 x non-Internet application charge of AUD80 for the application
=
Total visa application charge of AUD425

Note: If Heidi had lodged an online application for the Resident Return (subclass 155) visa through our online service, the non-Internet application charge would not have been applied.

The subsequent temporary application charge

The Subsequent Temporary Application Charge – Calculation page explains visas are subject to the subsequent temporary application charge and how it is calculated.

The following examples relating to the Subsequent Temporary Application Charge are given as a general illustration of charges. There are a number of variations in the fees and charges, and you should consult the Visa Pricing Table to verify which charges apply to you.

Example 1. Single Applicant.

1. Fritz applies for, and is granted a Visitor (subclass 600) visa – Tourist stream in his home country. Fritz has to pay the base application charge for this visa as the main applicant.

  • The subsequent temporary application charge does not apply as the visa was granted while the applicant was outside Australia.

Therefore, the visa application charge is made up of:

1 x base application charge of AUD130 for Fritz as the main applicant
=
Total visa application charge of AUD130

2. While he is in Australia and before his Visitor visa expires, Fritz applies for a further Visitor (subclass 600) visa in the Tourist stream.

  • Fritz has to pay the base application charge for this visa as the main applicant.
  • He does not have to pay the subsequent temporary application charge as the visa Fritz currently holds was applied for when he was outside Australia.

Therefore, the visa application charge is made up of:

1 x base application charge of AUD335 for Fritz as the main applicant
=
Total visa application charge of AUD335

Fritz successfully lodges the visa application and the visa is granted.

3. Before the Visitor visa expires, Fritz applies for another Visitor (subclass 600) visa in the Tourist stream. This is the second temporary visa that Fritz is applying for while he is in Australia.

  • Fritz has to pay the base application charge for this visa as the main applicant.
  • Fritz now has to pay the subsequent temporary application charge as,
    1. Fritz is applying for the visa that is liable for the subsequent temporary application charge
    2. Fritz is applying for the visa while he is in Australia
    3. the visa Fritz currently holds counts towards the subsequent temporary application charge and was applied for while Fritz was in Australia.

The visa application charge is made up of:

1 x base application charge of AUD335 for Fritz as the main applicant
+
1 x subsequent temporary application charge of AUD700 for Fritz
(this is his second application for a temporary visa that he made in Australia)
=
Total visa application charge of AUD1035*

Note: If Fritz had left Australia before the expiry of the first Visitor visa that he applied for while in Australia, and applied for further Visitor visa in his home country or another location outside Australia, the subsequent temporary application charge would not have applied.

Example 2. Family.

Jill is currently studying a Bachelors of Accounting in Australia on a Student visa (subclass 573 – Higher Education Sector) which she applied for in the UK.

Veronica is Jill's 15 year old daughter and was included in Jill's application as her dependant.

Jill and Veronica have not applied for any other visas since their arrival in Australia on the 573 student visa.

Mark is Jill's husband and initially came to Australia on a Visitor visa (subclass 600) and subsequently decided to apply for a dependant visa under Jill's student visa. His student visa (as a dependent of Jill) was granted whilst he was in Australia.

Jill and her family have decided to apply for a further Student visa (subclass 573). They are applying for this visa online.

What is the Visa Application Charge for their application?

Jill

Jill works through the table as follows:

Step Action Jill's answers/actions
(i) Are you in Australia applying for a visa of a kind specified in Table 1? Yes
Jill looks at next question
(ii) Do you hold, or was the last substantive visa you held, a visa of a kind specified in Table 2? Yes
Jill looks at next question
(iii) Did you apply for a visa specified in 'Table 2' when you were in Australia? No
Therefore, Jill does not have to pay the subsequent temporary application charge.

Mark

Mark works through the table as follows:

Step Action Marks's answers/actions
(i) Are you in Australia applying for a visa of a kind specified in Table 1? Yes
Mark looks at next question
(ii) Do you hold, or was the last substantive visa you held, a visa of a kind specified in Table 2? Yes
Mark looks at next question
(iii) Did you apply for a visa specified in 'Table 2' when you were in Australia? Yes
Mark looks at next question
(iv) Do any of these situations apply?
  • Was the 'Table 2' visa for a new-born child, born after the primary applicant applied for the visa? or
  • Was the 'Table 2' visa granted to the applicant by operation of law? or
  • Was the 'Table 2' visa granted as a result of the Minister exercising his or her ministerial intervention powers?
  • Was the 'Table 2' visa granted without the applicant making an application?
No Therefore, Mark has to pay the subsequent temporary application charge.

Veronica

Veronica works through the table as follows:

Step

Action

Veronica's answers/actions
(i) Are you in Australia applying for a visa of a kind specified in Table 1? Yes
Veronica looks at next question
(ii) Do you hold, or was the last substantive visa you held, a visa of a kind specified in Table 2? Yes
Veronica looks at next question
(iii) Did you apply for a visa specified in 'Table 2' when you were in Australia? No
Therefore, Veronica does not have to pay the subsequent temporary application charge.

Total visa application charge is calculated as follows.

Name

Components payable

Price

Jill Base Application Charge $535
Mark Additional Applicant Charge (18 and over) $405
Subsequent Temporary Application Charge $700
Veronica Additional Applicant Charge (under 18) $135
  TOTAL Visa Application Charge Payable $1775

Example 3. Single applicant.

Mary arrived in Australia as a student visa holder and after she has completed her studies, she applied for and was granted a Temporary Work (subclass 457) visa whilst she was in Australia. Her employer now wishes to sponsor Mary for a permanent visa.

Mary is now applying for a visa under the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186).

What is the Visa Application Charge for her application?

  • Mary checks the Visa Pricing Table and sees that she has to pay the base application charge for Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa.
  • Mary sees that the Visa Pricing Table does not show the Subsequent Temporary Application Charge for subclass 186.
  • Just to be sure, Mary then works out whether she has to pay the subsequent temporary application charge by using the table on Subsequent Temporary Application Charge - Calculation

Mary works through the table as follows:

Step Action Mary's answers/actions
(i) Are you in Australia applying for a visa of a kind specified in Table 1? Mary is in Australia but her visa (Subclass 186) is not listed in Table 1.
The answer is: No
Therefore, Mary does not have to pay the subsequent temporary application charge.

The Base Application Charge for Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) is $3520. Mary does not have any dependents therefore will not need to consider any additional applicant charges payable.
The total Visa Application Charge for Mary's application is $3520.

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