New Year, new Australian immigration changes: Fee updates for 2010

The Australian High Commission
is working to an increased level of
exchange rate in 2010.

While the scheduled MODL review has yet to be announced, 2010 has still already been an eventful year for migration updates made by various departments and bodies that are set to have a lasting impact on the Australian immigration process.

On Friday, I covered the recent updates made by VETASSESS and yesterday, I looked at the news from other assessing bodies. Today, I'll look at changes made to the application fees associated with some aspects of emigrating to Australia.

Australian High Commission in London increases exchange rate for paying DIAC fees

The Australian High Commission in London's exchange rate for paying the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) fees has increased as of 1 January, 2010, resulting in an increase of cost to the applicant despite the fee technically remaining the same.

For example, while the Australian skilled visa application fee is still AU$1,705.00, under the former exchange rate used by the Australian High Commission in London, the cost was £870.00. However, according to the new exchange rate used as of 1 January, 2010 though, it is now equal to £1,000.00.

This predominantly affects applications for the Australian partner visa, the Australian prospective marriage visa and the Australian child visa (as well as the second visa application charge for the Australian contributory parent visa, if you choose that it is favourable to pay it in the UK).

Western Australia state sponsorship fee reduced

The Western Australia state sponsorship fee has been reduced as of 1 January, 2010, going from AU$220.00 to AU$200.00. All applicants looking to lodge a state sponsorship application with WA should be aware of this and ensure to pay the correct fee.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.