How to pay for an application

If you pay for your visa application, sponsorship, nomination or visa evidencing charge 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%

Paying for online applications

All online applications and services are charged in Australian dollars.

Acceptable payment methods are:

  • MasterCard
  • VISA
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • JCB
  • pre-paid credit cards
  • BPAY using your Australian telephone or Internet banking service for some applications.

BPAY can only be used when you are in Australia and lodging one of the following applications:

  • a resident return visa
  • a student visa.

When paying by credit card in Australian dollars you may incur banking and currency conversion fees and you will need to accept the risk associated with any currency fluctuations.

A credit card surcharge may apply to transactions made using your credit card.

Paying for applications lodged in Australia

Acceptable payment methods are:

  • MasterCard
  • VISA
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • JCB
  • pre-paid credit cards
  • EFTPOS/debit card, in person only - available only for on the spot services such as visa evidencing
  • bank cheque, made payable to Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Australia Post only money order, made payable to Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

In addition to the above payment methods, if you are outside Australia, you can pay by international money order made payable to Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and drawn on a bank with representation in Australia.

Personal cheques are not accepted. Do not send cash through the post.

A credit card surcharge may apply to transactions made using your credit card.

Paying for applications lodged outside Australia

Acceptable payment methods, for payment in Australian dollars are:

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • JCB
  • pre-paid credit​ cards.

Before you lodge your application, please notify your bank of an upcoming foreign credit card transaction. Failure to do so may result in your transaction being declined. Without payment your application is invalid.

Credit card transactions in Australian dollars are processed in Australia. A credit card surcharge may apply to transactions made using your credit card.

If you are paying outside Australia, payment may need to be made in the currency and payment method accepted by the Office where the application is being lodged. Our offices outside Australian cannot accept Australian dollar payments in cash.

The exchange rates used to calculate the amount payable in a foreign currency are updated periodically. While the Australian dollars amount might not change, the amount payable in a foreign currency will change in line with the exchange rate. This may increase or decrease the cost of your application.

The foreign currency rates are fixed for six months and apply to all applications received on and after the day the exchange rate is changed.

Paying in Australia for an applicant outside Australia

Payments can be made in Australia, in Australian dollars, for an applicant outside Australia. Acceptable payment methods are available in paying for applications lodged in Australia​​.

Fees may be paid​ at any of our offices in Australia. Once the fee has been paid, you will need to provide a copy of the receipt with your application.​​​​​​

A credit card surcharge may apply to transactions made using your credit card.

For us to process your payment, you must fill in the Payment Details Form - 1440​.

After you have completed this form, you will need to email it to payment@immi.gov.au.

Important information:

  • Where there is an option to apply online, you can make the payment at the time of your application. This is the quickest and best method of payment – you will not need to fill in the Payment Detail Form -1440 if you are lodging online.
  • You can also pay for your application when you fill in your application form by completing the payment section or alternatively, if available, you can pay through a Service Delivery Partner. You will not need to fill in the Payment Detail Form - 1440.
  • Allow up to 3 working days for us to process your payment. We are unable to assist you with follow-up enquiries if your request falls within this timeframe.
  • To avoid delay ensure you have provided the correct personal details of the applicant.
  • Where possible, complete the form electronically to avoid issues with legibility. If you are not completing the form electronically, you will need to write neatly in BLOCK LETTERS.
  • Take care when filling in the form as the payment receipt will be issued based on the information you have provided. If you require any amendments to be made to the payment receipt, send your amended request to payment@immi.gov.au with the following details:
    • Copy of the payment receipt
    • Details that need to be amended
    • Contact details of the person requesting the amendment: Name, phone, email (and postal address if the receipt is to be returned by post).
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Credit card

Payments using credit card may be processed in Australian dollars (AUD). We accept MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, Diners and JCB. When paying by a credit card you may incur a credit card surcharge, banking and currency conversion fees and you will need to accept the risk associated with any currency fluctuations.​​​​​

Prior to lodging your application, you may need to notify your bank of an upcoming foreign credit card transaction. Failure to do so may result in your transaction being declined. Without payment your application is invalid.

Credit card transactions processed in Australian dollars (AUD) are processed in Australia.​​​​​

Credit card surcharge

If you pay for your visa application, sponsorship, nomination or visa evidencing charge by credit card, a surcharge will apply.

The fee is a percentage of the amount being paid, based on the type of card used. The fee will be calculated at the time of making your payment and you will be asked to confirm the total before you finalise your payment.

The current surcharge rates are:

Credit card type Surcharge
Visa and Master Card 1.08%
American Express and JCB 1.99%
Diners Club 2.91%
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