Visa Application Charges
The Department of Home Affairs has announced that from July 1, 2018, many Australian visa application charges (VACs) will increase.
Please be aware that from July 1 when submitting your visa application you must be sure to pay the correct charge. Any payment of the wrong fee could slow down the processing of your application. If you are unsure about your visa application charge payment, please ask Migration Ways.
Please also be aware that the Department of Home Affairs does charge a fee when you pay your government VAC with a credit card or via other online services. Note that there is no other way to pay this government fee except by credit/debit card and online services. The following notice from the Department of Home Affairs states the fees the government charges for the use of credit cards:
“If you pay for your visa application charges, sponsorship or nomination fees by card or by an online payment, a surcharge may apply. The current surcharge rates are:
- Visa and MasterCard* — 0.98%
- American Express and JCB — 1.4%
- Diners Club International — 1.99%
- ChinaUnion Pay — 1.90%
- PayPal — 1.00%
* The surcharge will also apply to Debit Visa cards and Debit MasterCards when making payments online.”
Source: The Department of Home Affairs.