The Australian Government specifies the price of all visas. The cost of a visa is set by what is called the ‘Visa Application Charge’, or VAC. The VAC is the set amount of money that must be paid for the visa application to be valid.
Depending on the visa that is applied for, the VAC could be made up of:
- The first instalment which can consist of:
- base application charge
- an additional applicant charge
- a non-internet application charge
- a subsequent temporary application charge
- The second instalment which is required for some classes of permanent visa and must be paid before the visa can be granted.
Visa application fees are not normally refundable if the application is refused or withdrawn before it has been finalised.
It is possible to get an estimate of most visas using the Immigration Pricing Estimator.
In most cases, the individuals, businesses and Embark Migration can apply online for most visa and citizenship applications. ImmiAccount, which is managed by the Australian Government lets users manage visa application supporting documents.
It is recommended that applications are lodged online when possible as this is usually the cheapest and most reliable way to ensure your application is securely submitted to the immigration officers to process your application. It’s important to remember that all online applications will attract a surcharge which is specified by the Immigration Department and must be paid when the visa application fee is paid.