July 4, 2024

Understanding the Partner Visa Cost Australia

By Tina Ye

Partner visa cost Australia is a crucial consideration when applying for an Australian partner visa, which is a significant step towards securing permanent residency (PR) in Australia. However, it’s essential to be aware of the substantial costs involved. Here’s an overview to guide you through the essential and potential costs.

Cost Breakdown

Visa Application Fee

The primary cost when applying for a combined provisional and permanent partner visa (constituting the fee for a combined application for the provisional and permanent visa stages) is the visa application fee (aka ‘Visa Application Charge’ or ‘VAC’) payable to the Australian Government:

  • Partner visa (subclass 820/100 or 309/100): $9,095 + 1.4% credit card surcharge
    • Additional applicant cost: Over 18 years: $4,550, Under 18 years: $2,280
  • Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300): $9,095 + 1.4% credit card surcharge. An additional fee of $1,515 is payable when you later apply for the partner visa.
    • Additional applicant cost: Over 18 years: $4,550, Under 18 years: $2,280
Ancillary Costs

In addition to the visa application fee, there are several other costs may incur:

  • Medical Examination: Approximately $500 per adult and $350 per child. Paid directly to the doctor.
  • Biometrics Collection: Fees for providing fingerprints and facial photographs, paid to the Australian Biometric Collection Centres or their overseas providers.
  • Police Checks: Required if you have lived in any country for 12 months or more in the last 10 years. The fee varies and is paid to the police authorities in the respective countries.
  • Document Translation: Necessary if your documents are not in English. Fees vary depending on the translator.
  • Tribunal Application Fee: $3,374. If the tribunal finds in your favor, 50% of this fee is refundable.

Staying Informed

Although these fees are accurate as of 1 July 2024, Visa application charges and requirements change often, so it’s crucial to check the latest information on the Australian Government’s website or consult with an Australian Migration Lawyer. 

Applying for a partner visa can be a complex and costly process. However, with careful preparation and professional guidance, you can improve your chances of a successful application and avoid the lengthy appeal process, and forfeited costs related to the partner visa cost Australia.

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