From July 1 2017, all Australian visas will be costlier as they rise in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index. The visa application charge (VAC) for Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme and Employer Nomination visa fees will increase to $7,000 from $6,865. Primary applicants for student visa will be required to pay $560 instead of $550. Adult dependent applicant will need to pay $420, higher than the current visa fee of $410. VAC fees for a partner visa will also become more expensive from $6,865 to approx $7,000.
A recently introduced 3-year visa parental visa will cost $5,000 and $10,000 for a 5-year visa, a scheme recently introduced by the government and businesses that employ non-Australian workers will be required to pay $3,000 or $5,000 one-off levy.
The Treasurer also announced a foreign worker levy of $1,200 or $1,800 per worker per year on temporary work visas. An annual levy of $1,200 is required for small businesses that sponsor a foreign employee under a temporary visa. These are companies with a turnover of less than $10 million. There is also a one-time charge of $3,000 for a permanent skilled visa. For businesses with over $10 million turnover, they will face a $1,800 levy every year and a one-off $5,000 for a temporary and a permanent visa respectively.