Explanation of visa application charges

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If you pay for your application by credit card, a surcharge will apply. The current surcharge rates are:

  • Visa and MasterCard* - 0.98%
  • American Express and JCB - 1.4%
  • Diners Club International - 1.99%

* The surcharge will also apply to Debit Visa cards and Debit MasterCards when making payments online.

The visa application charge is the amount of money in Australian dollars (AUD) that must be paid for a visa application. In some cases there is no visa application charge.

The visa application charge is payable in two instalments (although either or both of these instalments may be nil):

  • the 'first instalment' is payable at the time the visa application is made
  • the 'second instalment' is payable before the grant of the visa.

If you are required to pay the second instalment, we will notify you when it is due.​

If your visa requires you to be sponsored or nominated, your sponsor or nominator might be required to pay certain fees.

You will also need to check if any visa application charge exemptions apply in your circumstances.

Visa application charge instalments

First instalment​

Depending on your circumstances, there are different types of charges included in the amount you must pay at the time of lodging a visa application.

To make a valid visa application the following components might apply:

  • the base application charge
  • an additional applicant charge
  • a non-internet application charge
  • a subsequent temporary application charge.

To determine the amount of the first instalment of the visa application charge payable you will need to know the following information:

  • the subclass of the visa you are applying for
  • the visa stream (if that visa has streams)
  • if you currently hold, or have previously held a visa, you will need to know the visa subclass
  • the total number of additional applicants applying with you in a combined visa application, including the number of additional applicants who will be 18 years or over at the time of application lodgement
  • whether you intend to lodge an internet application (if applicable for your visa) and whether the non-internet application charge applies to your visa
  • whether you will be in or outside Australia at the time of making your application
  • whether the subsequent temporary application charge applies to your visa application and how many applicants applying at the same time are liable for this charge.

Second instalment​

The second instalment is payable after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. The second instalment might be nil and will not be required if your application is refused or withdrawn. For some visas, the second instalment is a significant amount. Check the second instalment before applying for a visa.​

Base application charge​​

Every visa application has a base application charge, but in some cases this is nil. If your application includes more than one applicant, known as a combined application, then the base application charge will only be paid by the main applicant.

Exemptions for the base application charge

If the base application charge for the application is nil, then all other components of the first instalment are also nil. You and any additional applicants are not required to pay the additional applicant charge, the non-Internet application charge or the subsequent temporary application charge. You might not need to pay the visa application charge under specific circumstances for specific visa subclasses. For information on what you will need to pay, use the Visa Finder​ to check specific visas.

Additional applicant charge​

The additional applicant charge must be paid for each additional visa applicant when there is more than one visa applicant in a combined visa application. For some visas, the additional application charge might be nil.

The amount of the additional applicant charge depends on the visa type, the age of the applicant and whether the applicant is in or outside Australia at the time of lodgement.

Not all visas allow additional applicants to be included in or added to the visa application.

The additional applicant charge is only for people who are applying for the visa with you, or want to be added to your lodged, but not yet decided, visa application (if permitted).

Some visa applications ask you to list everyone in your family unit, even if they are not travelling with you. You do not have to pay the additional applicant charge for non-migrating family members.

Exemptions for the additional applicant charge

The additional applicant charge will be nil when the base application charge is nil for your application.

You do not need to pay the additional applicant charge for newborns that are born after you lodge your application, and before we have made a decision on the application. More information is available on including Family Members in Your Application.​

​Non-internet application charge

The non-internet application charge must be paid for certain visa subclasses if you do not lodge your visa application online. However, you must pay the non-internet application charge if you choose to do any of the following:

  • apply using a paper application form and lodge it by post, courier, fax, email, or in person (including lodging your application at Service Delivery Partners (SDPs) outside Australia)
  • apply for a Resident Return visa application by telephone or in person.

Exemptions for the non-internet charge

The non-internet application charge might apply to applications for the following visa subclasses:

  • Resident Return visa (RRV)
    • Five year Resident Return visa (RRV) (subclass 155) visa
    • Three month Resident Return visa (RRV) (subclass 157) visa
  • Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa
  • Skilled - Recognised Graduate - (Temporary) (subclass 476) visa
  • Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.

Resident Return visa (RRV) (subclass 155 and 157)​

The non-internet application charge will not be charged for non- internet applications where at least one of the following applies:

  • the applicant is a former Australian citizen
  • the applicant last entered Australia on or after 1 September 1994 and held a temporary visa at the time of that entry and has not been granted a permanent visa since last entering Australia
  • the applicant has not travelled since 1 September 1994, and the movement data base does not contain a movement record on or after 1 September 1994 in relation to the applicant
  • condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 has been waived by the Minister (or their delegate) in relation to the applicant
  • the applicant is not the holder of a travel document required for the lodgement of an internet application
  • departmental systems indicate that the applicant is barred from lodging an application by the operation of section 48 of the Migration Act 1958
  • departmental systems indicate that the applicant has not held a class of visa required for the lodgement of an internet application.

Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa​

The non-internet application charge will not be charged for non-internet applications where at least one of the following applies:

  • the applicant is a former Australian citizen
  • the applicant claims to have a dependent child
  • condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 has been waived by the Minister (or their delegate) in relation to the applicant
  • the applicant is the holder of a subclass 417 visa and is applying for a second subclass 417 visa and claims their first employer does not have an Australian Business Number.

Skilled - Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) visa​

The non-internet application charge will not be charged for non-internet applications where at least one of the following applies:

  • the applicant is a former Australian citizen
  • condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 has been waived by the Minister (or their delegate) in relation to the applicant
  • the applicant claims to be a member of the family unit of a person who holds a subclass 476 visa that was granted on the basis of satisfying the primary criteria for the grant of a subclass 476 visa.

Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa

The non-internet application charge will not be charged for non-internet applications where at least one of the following applies:

  • the applicant is a former Australian citizen
  • condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 has been waived by the Minister (or their delegate) in relation to the applicant
  • the applicant claims to be a member of the family unit of a person who holds a subclass 485 visa that was granted on the basis of satisfying the primary criteria for the grant of a subclass 485 visa
  • the applicant is the holder of a subclass 487 visa having satisfied the primary criteria for the grant of the visa and has made a combined application with another applicant who is also a holder of a subclass 487 visa having satisfied the primary criteria for the grant of the visa.

Subsequent temporary application charge​

The subsequent temporary application charge applies to certain temporary visas.

This charge is payable by each person in your application and is based on their individual visa history. The subsequent temporary application charge, if applicable, is payable in addition to any other visa charges that apply to your visa application at the time of lodgement.

This charge is not paid for the following visa application:

  • bridging, criminal justice or enforcement
  • permanent.

Exemptions for the subsequent temporary application charge

The subsequent temporary application charge will not be charged for applications where at least one of the following applies:

  • the base application charge for your application is nil
  • the visa pricing table does not show a subsequent temporary application charge
  • the visa pricing table shows the subsequent temporary application charge as nil
  • the visa pricing table shows the subsequent temporary application charge as N/A
  • the applicant is outside Australia while making their substantive temporary visa application
  • the applicant is making their first substantive temporary visa application in Australia
  • the subsequent temporary application charge formula evaluates the charge to nil.

How to calculate the subsequent temporary application charge

The subsequent temporary application charge is calculated for each applicant.

​StepAction​​Result/Action
​1Are you in Australia applying for a visa of a kind specified in Table 1?If yes,
  • go to step 2
If no,
  • the charge is $0.
​2​​Do you hold, or was the last substantive visa you held, a visa of a kind specified in Table 2?If yes,
  • 3
If no,
  • the charge is $0.
​3​Did you apply for a visa specified in ‘Table 2’ when you were in Australia?​If yes,
  • go to step 4
If no,
  • the charge is $0.​
​4

​Do any of these situations apply?
a) Was the 'Table 2' visa for a new-born child, born after the primary applicant applied for the visa?
b) Was the 'Table 2' visa granted to the applicant by operation of law?
c) Was the 'Table 2' visa granted as a result of the Minister exercising his or her ministerial intervention powers?
d) Was the 'Table 2' visa granted without the applicant making an application?
e) Was the ‘Table 2’ visa a student visa which you were required to apply for because an education provider defaulted and was no longer able to deliver a course?

​If a) or b) or c) or d) or e) is yes,
  • the charge for the applicant is $0.
If a) and b) and c) and d) and e) is no
  • the subsequent temporary application charges applies to the applicant.

Definitions

Operation of law - Some visas are granted by operation of law. This may include:

  • some Special Persons visas
  • Enforcement visas
  • Absorbed Persons visas
  • Ex citizen visas
  • visas granted to newborn babies.

Substantive visa means a visa other than:

  • a bridging visa
  • a criminal justice visa
  • an enforcement visa.

Table 1 - Temporary visas being applied for

Visa subclassTitle
401Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity)
402Training and Research - Occupational Trainee stream
402Training and Research – Research stream
416Special Program
420Temporary Work (Entertainment)
457Temporary Work (Skilled)
462Work and Holiday
570Independent ELICOS Sector
571Schools Sector
572Vocational Education and Training Sector
573Higher Education Sector
575Non-Award Sector
580Student Guardian
600Visitor
676Tourist

Table 2 - Previous visas applied for in Australia

Visa subclass Title
401Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity)
402Training and Research - Occupational Trainee stream
402Training and Research – Research stream
411Exchange
415Foreign Government Agency
416Special Program
417Working Holiday
419Visiting Academic
420Temporary Work (Entertainment)
421Sport
422Medical Practitioner
423Media and Film Staff
426Domestic Worker - Diplomatic and Consular
427Domestic Worker - Executive
428Religious Worker
442Occupational Trainee
457Temporary Work (Skilled)
462Work and Holiday
570Independent ELICOS Sector
571Schools Sector
572Vocational Education and Training Sector
573Higher Education Sector
574Post-Graduate Research Sector
575Non-Award Sector
576Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector
580Student Guardian
600Visitor
602Medical Treatment
676Tourist
685Medical Treatment (Long Stay)

Calculating the visa application charge

The Form 1025i – Making and processing visa applications can help you understand the process of making a valid visa application.

Determining the fees payable

The Visa Pricing Table contains rows and columns of information for a particular category of visa. It shows separate charges for applications lodged when the applicant is:

  • outside Australia
  • in Australia.

As an example, if we look at the Fees and Charges for Temporary Work visas, these will be shown as follows:

Applicant outside Australia

Example only

Visa SubclassNoteBase Application ChargeNon-internet Application ChargeAdditional Applicant Charge
18 and over
Additional Applicant Charge under 18
Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)
(Subclass 400) - all streams
9a$165N/A$85$40
Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity)
(Subclass 401) - All streams
-$360N/A$360$90

Applicant in Australia

Example only

Visa SubclassNoteBase Application ChargeNon-internet Application ChargeAdditional Applicant Charge
18 and over
Additional Applicant Charge under 18Subsequent temporary application Charge
Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity)
(Subclass 401) - All streams
9f$360N/A$360$90$700
Temporary Work (International Relations)
(Subclass 403) - Government Agreement stream
-$360N/ANilNilN/A

In the above examples, the left most columns shows the visa name and subclass.

Next is the reference to any explanatory notes that may be applicable to that visa. The notes are located at the end of each table. If there are no notes for a visa a dash ‘-’ appears in the ‘Note’ column.

The remaining columns show the applicable fees and charges for that visa:

  • the base application charge
  • the non-Internet application charge
  • the additional applicant charge for applicants 18 years and over
  • the additional applicant charge for applicants under 18 years
  • the subsequent temporary application charge for visas that are applied for while the applicant is in Australia.

Each of the above fee columns shows the applicable charge.

  • Nil - indicates that the charge is nil
  • N/A - indicates that the charge is not applicable or not available
  • N/A* - indicates that additional applicants are not permitted for that particular visa
  • If an amount appears that is the applicable charge.

Note: Your personal circumstances may be such that a particular charge does not apply in your situation. It is therefore very important to check the ‘Note’ column for any explanatory notes applicable to your visa, and also check the visa application charge exemptions section to see if a particular exemption may apply in your circumstances.

Let’s now look at how the above tables can be used to work out the first instalment of the visa application charge.

Example 1. Making an Application - Applicants outside Australia

In this example we will calculate the fees and charges an applicant needs to pay for a Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (Subclass 401) visa where the applicants are outside Australia, for the exchange stream.

It is a family of 5; Mum, Dad, 3 children all under 18 but 1 child will not be traveling with them because of studies. They are making a paper application.

  1. Visit the visa information page to confirm that this is the visa you are applying for.
    Note: If visa has streams select the stream you will be applying for.
  2. Check the note 9a to see if it is relevant.
    Note: 9a does not apply to us.
  3. List the applicants that are applying for that visa.
    Note: Use a format as shown below.
    ApplicantNameBase Application ChargeNon- internet Application ChargeAdditional Applicant Charge
    18 and over
    Additional Applicant Charge
    under 18
    Main Marta
    AdditionalBogdan (Spouse)
    AdditionalOleg (Child under 18)
    AdditionalNina (Child under 18)
    AdditionalJanusz (Child under 18)
  4. Using the proposed Visa Pricing Table, complete the cells as follows.
    Note: Use the table for Applicant outside Australia.
  5. Look up the base application charge and place the figure in the Base Application Charge column for the Main applicant.
    Note: That's $360 against Marta.
  6. Because they are making a paper application we check if the non-internet application charge applies.
    Note: In this case the proposed Visa Pricing Table shows N/A therefore it does not apply. We put zero in that column.
  7. We now put the additional applicant charge for Bogdan who is over 18 years of age.
    Note: That is $360 against Bogdan.
  8. Oleg and Nina are both under 18 (and will not turn 18 for a while yet).
    Note: That's $90 charge for Oleg and also $90 for Nina
  9. Janusz is not traveling so we put N/A in that column.
    Note: The table will look like this:
    ApplicantNameBase Application ChargeNon- internet Application ChargeAdditional Applicant Charge
    18 and over
    Additional Applicant Charge
    under 18
    Main Marta$360$0
    AdditionalBogdan (Spouse)$360
    AdditionalOleg (Child under 18)$90
    AdditionalNina (Child under 18)$90
    AdditionalJanusz (Child under 18)n/a
    Sub Total$360$0$360$180

We now add up the Sub Totals: $360 + $0 + $360 + $180 = $900

Example 2. Making an Application – Applicants in Australia

Same family of 5; Mum, Dad, 3 children under 18.

Marta's work decides to keep her for another period and she is now making a second application for the Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (Subclass 401) visa.

Janusz, who previously did not travel because of studies, has now completed the studies and is ready to come to Australia and will be included in the application.

Marta creates a table to calculate the visa application charges but this time she uses the table for Applicants in Australia. She notices the Subsequent Temporary Application Charge column and adds it to her calculation sheet. She will be making a paper application again.

ApplicantNameBase Application ChargeNon- internet Application ChargeAdditional Applicant Charge
18 and over
Additional Applicant Charge
under 18
Subsequent Temporary Application Charge
Main Marta
AdditionalBogdan (Spouse)
AdditionalOleg (Child under18)
AdditionalNina (Child under 18)
AdditionalJanusz (Child under 18)
  1. Using the proposed Visa Pricing Table complete the cells as follows.
    Note: Use the table for Applicant in Australia.
  2. Look up the base application charge and put the figure in the Base Application Charge column for the Main applicant.
    Note: That's $360 against Marta.
  3. Check to see if the non-Internet application charge applies.
    Note: It does not. She puts zero in that column.
  4. Now put the additional applicant charge.
    Note: That is $360 against Bogdan.
  5. Oleg and Nina are both still under 18 (and will not turn 18 for a while yet).
    Note: That's $90 charge for Oleg and also $90 for Nina.
  6. Janusz is 17. Marta realises that by the time the application reaches the department, Janusz will be 18 years of age. She knows that for the application to be valid the correct additional applicant charge must be paid for each applicant.
    Note: Therefore Marta calculates his charge as 18 years and over: $360.
  7. The calculation table looks like this:
    ApplicantNameBase Application ChargeNon-internet Application ChargeAdditional Applicant Charge
    18 and over
    Additional Applicant Charge
    under 18
    Subsequent Temporary Application Charge
    Main Marta$360$0   
    AdditionalBogdan (Spouse)  $360  
    AdditionalOleg (Child under18)   $90 
    AdditionalNina (Child under 18)   $90 
    AdditionalJanusz (Child nearly 18)  $360  
  8. Marta now checks to see if the subsequent temporary application charge applies in her situation.
  9. She reads the instructions under Subsequent Temporary Application Charge section and applies the formula to herself and each applicant.
    Note: She works out that the charge does not apply to anyone in this instance and she places a zero in that column.
  10. The calculation sheet looks like this:
    ApplicantNameBase Application ChargeNon- internet Application ChargeAdditional Applicant Charge
    18 and over
    Additional Applicant Charge
    under 18
    Subsequent Temporary Application Charge
    Main Marta$360$0  $0
    AdditionalBogdan (Spouse)  $360 $0
    AdditionalOleg (Child under 18)   $90$0
    AdditionalNina (Child under 18)   $90$0
    AdditionalJanusz (Child nearly 18)  $360 $0
     Sub Total$360$0$720$180$0

Marta now adds up the Sub Totals: $360 + $0 + $720 + $180 + $0 = $1260.

Example 3. Making another Application – Applicants in Australia

Same family of 5; Mum, Dad, 2 children under 18, one child over 18.

Marta's work decides yet again to keep her for another period and she is now making a third application for the Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (Subclass 401) visa.

Marta creates a table to calculate the visa application charges for Applicants in Australia and includes a column for the Subsequent Temporary Application Charge. She will be making a paper application again.

ApplicantNameBase Application ChargeNon- internet Application ChargeAdditional Applicant Charge
18 and over
Additional Applicant Charge
under 18
Subsequent Temporary Application Charge
Main Marta     
AdditionalBogdan (Spouse)     
AdditionalOleg (Child under18)     
AdditionalNina (Child under 18)     
AdditionalJanusz (Child over 18)     
  1. As previously Marta records the Base Application charge and Additional Applicant Charges for her family.
  2. The calculation table looks like this:
ApplicantNameBase Application ChargeNon-internet Application ChargeAdditional Applicant Charge
18 and over
Additional Applicant Charge
under 18
Subsequent Temporary Application Charge
Main Marta$360$0   
AdditionalBogdan (Spouse)  $360  
AdditionalOleg (Child under18)   $90 
AdditionalNina (Child under 18)   $90 
AdditionalJanusz (Child over 18)  $360  
  1. Marta now checks to see if the subsequent temporary application charge applies in her situation.
  2. She reads the instructions on the subsequent temporary application charge - calculation section and applies the formula to herself and her family.
  3. Marta work out that the Subsequent Temporary Application Charge must be paid by all members of her family, except Janusz, whose previous visa application was made while he was outside Australia.
  4. The calculation sheet looks like this:
ApplicantNameBase Application ChargeNon- internet Application ChargeAdditional Applicant Charge
18 and over
Additional Applicant Charge
under 18
Subsequent Temporary Application Charge
Main Marta$360$0  $700
AdditionalBogdan (Spouse)  $360 $700
AdditionalOleg (Child under 18)   $90$700
AdditionalNina (Child under 18)   $90$700
AdditionalJanusz (Child nearly 18)  $360 $0
 Sub Total$360$0$720$180$2800

Marta now adds up the Sub Totals: $360 + $0 + $720 + $180 + $2800 = $4060.

Further examples of the visa pricing charges are available for clients and for students.

What happens if I have not paid the correct amount?

Your visa application is not valid until we receive the total first instalment of the visa application charge. If less than the total amount is paid, we cannot commence the processing of your visa application until the correct amount is received. If there is a gap in time before you pay the correct amount, this might impact on your eligibility for the visa. The price might also rise in the interim and you will need to pay the new amount.

We might contact you regarding outstanding amounts that need to be paid or we might return your application to you and you will need to lodge your application again with the correct amount.

If you pay by credit card, you must have enough funds to pay the total amount of your visa application charge at the time that we process the payment for the transaction to be successful. This might be some time after we receive your application.​

Refunds

We do not usually refund the visa application charge, even if your visa application is refused or withdrawn. The second instalment is not payable if your visa application is refused or withdrawn before the second instalment is paid.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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