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#1 TeeTMI

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 07:24 PM

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

DIAC have announced the new visa application charges as of 1st July 2013.


http://www.immi.gov....icing-table.htm

Whilst the base applicant charge remains the same DIAC have introduced charges for additional applicants included in some visa applications. For example, for 189/190 & 186/187 applicants that means a base charge of $3060 plus additional charges of $1530 for additional applicants >18 and $765 for additional applicants <18 years of age.


Edited by TeeTMI, 14 June 2013 - 07:48 PM.


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Posted 14 June 2013 - 07:41 PM

It was expected ... just sucks for those of us who won't be able to apply before 1 July :(



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 07:45 PM

Ouch, we just snuckin, saved 3060 $

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 07:48 PM

Wow - that is hectic! Double what we would have paid!  :cry:



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:18 PM

Yep, it is double - it would have been nice if they eased into things with a price hike first, but double! That is really breaking the bank!



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:27 PM

:cry:  :cry:  :cry:

Firstly TRA tripled in cost and now this...

 

So dissappointing!!!

 

Throws our  timeline completely out . . . .



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 09:11 PM

Oh my goodness, this is hectic. I agree, they could have eased into things, now this. Shame, good luck to everyone who still has to apply!



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 09:32 PM

Eish!



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 09:56 PM

I wonder if the HUGE increase is to help get the budget back into surplus, or to pay for offshore detention costs, either way it is a lot of money when you consider the hundreds of thousands of visa applications each year, from tourist, working holiday, student, right through to workers and retirees.


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Posted 14 June 2013 - 10:03 PM

Probably Andrea .... together with the rising costs of the immigrants that arrive by boat each year ---- http://www.bigpondmo...it-really-costs


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Posted 14 June 2013 - 10:12 PM

Shew!! Yip there goes our timeline too!! Anybody know how long WA sponsorship takes? Just maybe we can squeeze in my the 1st. Very doubtful though :cry:



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 10:22 PM

Probably Andrea .... together with the rising costs of the immigrants that arrive by boat each year ---- http://www.bigpondmo...it-really-costs

Exactly, look how DIAC has doubled the asylum budget.

The use of the term "illegal" is what the press and politicians in particular use to elicit  emotive responses from the public as these people are not illegal, but asylum seekers, an illegal is someone in the country who has overstayed their visa or does not have a visa

 

he Australian Press Council Advisory Guidelines, indicate that the
media should make it clear that unauthorised boat arrivals, "without a
visa are entitled to seek asylum and, in practice, almost all of them do
so. If the Government’s initial processing suggests they may have a
valid case, they are classified as "asylum seekers" and allowed to stay
in Australia while the claim is being finally determined. They remain
"unlawful non-citizens" until their claim is approved (whereupon they
get a permanent protection visa) or they receive a "bridging visa"
pending finalisation of their claim. If their claim is rejected, they
have not committed an offence but are liable to deportation.".



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Posted 15 June 2013 - 09:16 AM

Shew!! Yip there goes our timeline too!! Anybody know how long WA sponsorship takes? Just maybe we can squeeze in my the 1st. Very doubtful though :cry:

 

Unfortunately you would only pay the application fee after being invited to apply.  As far as I can see the last round of invitations before the 1st July will be on Monday, so good luck to anyone in the EOI queue at the moment. 

 

For anyone else looking at WA, remember also they are changing how they process sponsorship requests as of the 1st July.


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 03:14 PM

Unfortunately you would only pay the application fee after being invited to apply.  As far as I can see the last round of invitations before the 1st July will be on Monday, so good luck to anyone in the EOI queue at the moment. 

 

For anyone else looking at WA, remember also they are changing how they process sponsorship requests as of the 1st July.

 

If we get state sponsorship wouldn't we get an automatic invite? It really is doubtful but all we need is the ielts results and everything is ready to send to WA. If state sponsorship takes no more than 7 days ( as it says on their website), we should just get it in by the 1st. Haha cutting it very fine, but worth a try!


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 10:31 PM

Could they make it any more difficult for South Africans to get to Australia? :boxing:




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