Monday the 16th of June 2014
Volume 312

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Today, we bring to you an update from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. To those of us in the migration profession we know to expect changes and charges going up at the beginning of every new financial year, so far 2014 looks like it will be another year of charges rocketing and things being shuffled. 

Updates coming into effect on July 1st, 2014


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As per the latest Legislative Instrument No. 82, issued by the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection there have been a few amendments to Regulations.


1st of July, 2014 onward changes to the following will come into effect:

  •  The charge to affix a visa label on one's passport will be more than double to $150 from the current $70.
The Visa Evidence Charge is payable if a person requests a visa label affixed to their passport as evidence of visa grant. The increase reflects the Governments attitude towards a shift toward digital services. Online verification of visa is now widely used and accepted in Australia.
  • A student visa applicant must declare all members of their family unit in their application.
In order to ensure that student visa applicants declare all family members prior to their application being decided, the regulations have been changed to making undeclared family members ineligible for grant of visa.
The exception is where the person became a family member after the student obtained their visa for example via marriage or birth.
  • Validity of Skills Assessments
Skills assessments issued by authorities for the purpose of migration will only be valid for a period of three years, or if a shorter validity period is specified in the assessment, for that shorter period. Previously, skills assessments did not expire for the purposes of visa applications. 


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