Changes on partner visa application fee from Jan.2015
Department of immigration announced that Partner visa application fees will be increased about 50% for applications lodge from 1 January 2015. E.g.: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$3,085to $4,630
If you have plan to lodge your application you need to hurry up
Temporary protection visas
The Senate has passed sweeping changes to Australia's immigration laws, including the re-introduction of temporary protection visas(TPV) , representing a much-needed legislative win for the Abbott Government. For more information please look at this link
Changes on administration fees in ACS from January 2015
The ACS is committed to providing cost efficiencies wherever possible in order to maintain our position as offering one of the lowest fee structures among assessing authorities and to provide a high level of service to applicants and agents.
Rather than increasing fees across all assessment types, we felt it more equitable to introduce two new administration fees as outlined below. We estimate however, that for 95% of applications there will be no change.
New ACS Administration Fees – January 5, 2015
The ACS will implement two new administration fees effective from January 5, 2015.
As a value service to applicants who receive an unsuitable result due to choosing an incompatible ANZSCO code or application type, the ACS has provided a free recommendation service since 2011 to change the ANZSCO or application type before the case is finalised. This service imposes additional administration costs for the ACS by way of the application requiring to be assessed a second time under the recommended changes.
In order not to pass on additional administration costs to the majority of applicants who choose the appropriate ANZSCO or application type, a $200 fee will apply for all accepted recommendations from January 5, 2015.
The ACS will provide a recommendation for unsuitable applications which can be rectified by a change in the nominated ANZSCO code or skills application type. Recommendations are not obligatory and applicants can choose to accept or reject any recommendation.
Additional Assessment Fee
The ACS has endeavoured to minimise the turnaround time of assessments by ensuring applications are decision ready and documentation is relevant to professional ICT standards and migration purposes. In particular cases applications are received with a high number of assessment episodes which creates additional administration.
In order to maintain and further reduce assessment times, a skills assessment fee will include a total of 8 assessment episodes per application. For example, an applicant can submit 3 qualifications and 5 employment episodes or 8 employment episodes in total or any combination of qualifications and employment episodes numbering 8 assessment episodes per application.
A $50 fee will apply for each additional qualification or employment entry that exceeds the maximum of 8 assessment episodes per application.
This will be implemented for applications lodged on or after January 5, 2015.