Immigration Changes 1 January 2015 - Increase to Partner Application Fees and Introduction of Cambridge Test of English

webster By Mark Webster
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

There are some changes to Australian immigration laws coming into effect from 1 January 2015 that potential visa applicants should be aware of.

Partner Visa Application Fees to Increase by 50% from 1 January 2015

Partner visa application fees will be increased for applications lodge on or after 1 January 2015. The application fee for an onshore partner visa is currently $4,575 and this will increase to $6,865.

For offshore partner visas and prospective spouse (fiance) visas, the fees will increase from $3,085 to $4,630.

These represent a 50% increase in lodgement fees. It appears that the increase is not related to the actual cost of processing partner applications, but instead a measure to "fund whole-of-government policy priorities".

If you wish to avoid these changes, ensure that your application is lodged prior to 1 January 2015.

Feel free to book a consultation if you would like to discuss making your application prior to the change coming into effect.

If you feel that the increase is not fair, then feel free to sign our fee increase petition

Cambridge Test to be Accepted from 1 January 2015

The Cambridge English: Advanced test of English will be accepted for applications for skilled visas from 1 January 2015.

This gives another testing alternative to applicants who are struggling to reach the required score in the IELTS test of English language ability.

References

Department of Immigration: Increase in Partner Visa Application Charge
Department of Immigration: Alternative English Language tests for visa applicants

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