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Australian Visa Paper Based Application: Visa Fee Update 2021

Australian Visa Paper Based Application: Visa Fee Update 2021

On 11 June 2021, the Department of Home Affairs Australian announced the updated Australian Visa Fee for Paper-Based application, which will commence on 1 July 2021.

The Department announced two new instruments, which explain the payment fee for Paper-based visa application in foreign currencies and places for paying fees. Visa fees for the purpose of updated regulation includes:

  • An instalment of visa application charge; or
  • An amount of visa evidence charge; or
  • An amount of nomination training contribution charge; or
  • A fee payable under the Migration Regulations except for regulation 5.14C

How will the updated visa application charges affect you?

Payment of Visa Application Charges and Fees in Foreign Currencies

The Australian Government released an instrument that arranges foreign currencies. According to the instrument, visa applicants who would finalise the visa fee must follow the specified currency from 01 July 2021. Furthermore, it is stated on the instrument that the amount of the payment is to be worked out as follows:

a) If a certain currency is specified in the instrument, the visa application charge should be finalised according to the exchange rate for the currency specified in the instrument;

b) If a certain currency is not specified in the instrument, the visa application charge should be finalised according to the formula in sub-regulation 5.36(2). The formula is:

AUD x CER x 1.05

AUD means the amount of the fee in Australian dollars.

CER means the highest exchange rate that is lawfully obtainable on a commercial basis for the purchase in the foreign country of Australian currency with the currency of the foreign country in a period that:

  • Begins:
    • On the day when this regulation commences; or
    • On any subsequent day when that rate increases or decreases by at least 5%, and
  • Ends at the end of each day before another period begins.

Below is the list of currencies and exchange rates to Australian Dollar (AUD):

No Currency ISO Code Exchange Rate
1 United Arab Emirates Dirham AED 0.33717*
2 Bangladeshi Taka BDT 0.01488
3 Bahraini Dinar BHD 3.30491
4 Brunei Dollar BND 0.92756
5 Brazilian Real BRL 0.2219
6 Bhutanese Ngultrum BTN 0.01664
7 Canadian Dollar CAD 0.99016
8 Chilean Peso CLP 0.00174801
9 Chinese Renminbi Yuan CNY 0.18984
10 Colombian Peso COP 0.00033995
11 Egyptian Pound EGP 0.07906
12 Euro EUR 1.48028
13 Fiji Dollar FJD 0.60898
14 British Pound GBP 1.7135
15 Hong Kong Dollar HKD 0.15938
16 Indonesian Rupiah IDR 0.000085192
17 Israeli New Shekel ILS 0.37807
18 Indian Rupee INR 0.01664
19 Jordanian Dinar JOD 1.74654
20 Japanese Yen JPY 0.0113492
21 Kenyan Shiling KES 0.0115586
22 Korean Won KRW 0.00110768
23 Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 4.11523
24 Sri Lanka Rupee LKR 0.0063323
25 Mongolian Tugrik MNT 0.00047263
26 Mauritius Rupee MUR 0.03139
27 Malaysian Ringgit MYR 0.30045
28 Nepalese Rupee NPR 0.0105509
29 New Zealand Dollar NZD 0.88138
30 Omani Riyal OMR 3.22518
31 Papua New Guinea Kina PGK 0.35923
32 Philippine Peso PHP 0.02557
33 Pakistan Rupee PKR 0.0081046
34 Qatari Riyal QAR 0.34275
35 Saudi Arabian Riyal SAR 0.33043
36 Solomon Islands Dollar SBD 0.15561
37 Singapore Dollar SGD 0.92756
38 Thai Baht THB 0.03958
39 Tongan Pa’anga TOP 0.55948
40 Turkish Lira TRY 0.15162
41 US Dollar USD 1.2383
42 Vietnamese Dong VND 0.000053758
43 Vanuatu Vatu VUV 0.0110424
44 Samoan Tala WST 0.50247
45 Central Pacific Franc XPF 0.0124048
46 South African Rand ZAR 0.08587
No Currency ISO Code Exchange Rate
1 United Arab Emirates Dirham AED 0.33717*
2 Bangladeshi Taka BDT 0.01488
3 Bahraini Dinar BHD 3.30491
4 Brunei Dollar BND 0.92756
5 Brazilian Real BRL 0.2219
6 Bhutanese Ngultrum BTN 0.01664
7 Canadian Dollar CAD 0.99016
8 Chilean Peso CLP 0.00174801
9 Chinese Renminbi Yuan CNY 0.18984
10 Colombian Peso COP 0.00033995
11 Egyptian Pound EGP 0.07906
12 Euro EUR 1.48028
13 Fiji Dollar FJD 0.60898
14 British Pound GBP 1.7135
15 Hong Kong Dollar HKD 0.15938
16 Indonesian Rupiah IDR 0.000085192
17 Israeli New Shekel ILS 0.37807
18 Indian Rupee INR 0.01664
19 Jordanian Dinar JOD 1.74654
20 Japanese Yen JPY 0.0113492
21 Kenyan Shiling KES 0.0115586
22 Korean Won KRW 0.00110768
23 Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 4.11523
24 Sri Lanka Rupee LKR 0.0063323
25 Mongolian Tugrik MNT 0.00047263
26 Mauritius Rupee MUR 0.03139
27 Malaysian Ringgit MYR 0.30045
28 Nepalese Rupee NPR 0.0105509
29 New Zealand Dollar NZD 0.88138
30 Omani Riyal OMR 3.22518
31 Papua New Guinea Kina PGK 0.35923
32 Philippine Peso PHP 0.02557
33 Pakistan Rupee PKR 0.0081046
34 Qatari Riyal QAR 0.34275
35 Saudi Arabian Riyal SAR 0.33043
36 Solomon Islands Dollar SBD 0.15561
37 Singapore Dollar SGD 0.92756
38 Thai Baht THB 0.03958
39 Tongan Pa’anga TOP 0.55948
40 Turkish Lira TRY 0.15162
41 US Dollar USD 1.2383
42 Vietnamese Dong VND 0.000053758
43 Vanuatu Vatu VUV 0.0110424
44 Samoan Tala WST 0.50247
45 Central Pacific Franc XPF 0.0124048
46 South African Rand ZAR 0.08587

*1 AED = 0.33717 AUD

Read more: Australian Immigration Program Important Updates for 2021-22 Program Year

Payment of Visa Application Charges and Fees in Foreign Currencies

Places and Currencies for Visa Fee Payment

The Australian Government also announced places and currencies instruments, which divided each country with the acceptable currency. Looking at the instrument, the visa application fee for a paper-based application should be finalised by the currency according to where the application is lodged.

Below is the table for places and currency instrument:

No Place Currency
1 Australia Australian Dollar
2 Bahrain Bahraini Dinar*
3 Bangladesh Bangladeshi Taka
4 Bhutan Bhutanese Ngultrum; or Indian Rupee
5 Brazil Brazilian Real
6 Brunei Brunei Dollar
7 Cambodia US Dollar
8 Canada Canadian Dollar
9 Chile Chilean Peso; or US Dollar
10 China Chinese Renminbi Yuan
11 Colombia Colombian Peso
12 Cyprus Euro
13 Egypt Egyptian Pound; or US Dollar
14 Fiji Fiji Dollar
15 Germany Euro
16 Greece Euro
17 Hong Kong Hong Kong Dollar
18 India Indian Rupee
19 Indonesia Indonesian Rupiah
20 Iraq Jordanian Dinar; or US Dollar
21 Israel Israeli New Shekel
22 Japan Japanese Yen
23 Jordan Jordanian Dinar
24 Kenya Kenyan Shilling
25 Kribati Australian Dollar
26 Korea, Republic of Korean Won
27 Kuwait Kuwaiti Dinar
28 Lao People’s Democratic Republic US Dollar
29 Lebanon US Dollar
30 Malaysia Malaysian Ringgit
31 Mauritius Mauritius Rupee
32 Mongolia Mongolian Tugrik
33 Myanmar US Dollar
34 Nauru Australian Dollar
35 Nepal Nepalese Rupee; or Indian Rupee
36 New Caledonia Central Pacific Franc
37 New Zealand New Zealand Dollar
38 Oman Omani Riyal
39 Pakistan Pakistan Rupee
40 Palestinian Authority Israeli New Shekel
41 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Kina
42 Philippines Philippine Peso
43 Qatar Qatari Riyal
44 Russian Federation Euro; or Australian Dollar
45 Samoa Samoan Tala
46 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabian Riyal
47 Serbia Euro; or Australian Dollar
48 Singapore Singapore Dollar
49 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands Dollar
50 South Africa South African Rand
51 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Rupee
52 Syrian Arab Republic Jordanian Dinar
53 Turkey Turkish Lira
54 Timor Leste US Dollar
55 Tonga Tongan Pa’anga
56 Turkey Turkish Lira
57 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Dirham
58 United Kingdom British Pound
59 United States Australian Dollar
60 Vanuatu Vanuatu Vatu
61 Vietnam Vietnamese Dong
62 Zimbabwe US Dollar
No Place Currency
1 Australia Australian Dollar
2 Bahrain Bahraini Dinar*
3 Bangladesh Bangladeshi Taka
4 Bhutan Bhutanese Ngultrum; or Indian Rupee
5 Brazil Brazilian Real
6 Brunei Brunei Dollar
7 Cambodia US Dollar
8 Canada Canadian Dollar
9 Chile Chilean Peso; or US Dollar
10 China Chinese Renminbi Yuan
11 Colombia Colombian Peso
12 Cyprus Euro
13 Egypt Egyptian Pound; or US Dollar
14 Fiji Fiji Dollar
15 Germany Euro
16 Greece Euro
17 Hong Kong Hong Kong Dollar
18 India Indian Rupee
19 Indonesia Indonesian Rupiah
20 Iraq Jordanian Dinar; or US Dollar
21 Israel Israeli New Shekel
22 Japan Japanese Yen
23 Jordan Jordanian Dinar
24 Kenya Kenyan Shilling
25 Kribati Australian Dollar
26 Korea, Republic of Korean Won
27 Kuwait Kuwaiti Dinar
28 Lao People’s Democratic Republic US Dollar
29 Lebanon US Dollar
30 Malaysia Malaysian Ringgit
31 Mauritius Mauritius Rupee
32 Mongolia Mongolian Tugrik
33 Myanmar US Dollar
34 Nauru Australian Dollar
35 Nepal Nepalese Rupee; or Indian Rupee
36 New Caledonia Central Pacific Franc
37 New Zealand New Zealand Dollar
38 Oman Omani Riyal
39 Pakistan Pakistan Rupee
40 Palestinian Authority Israeli New Shekel
41 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Kina
42 Philippines Philippine Peso
43 Qatar Qatari Riyal
44 Russian Federation Euro; or Australian Dollar
45 Samoa Samoan Tala
46 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabian Riyal
47 Serbia Euro; or Australian Dollar
48 Singapore Singapore Dollar
49 Solomon Islands Solomon Islands Dollar
50 South Africa South African Rand
51 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Rupee
52 Syrian Arab Republic Jordanian Dinar
53 Turkey Turkish Lira
54 Timor Leste US Dollar
55 Tonga Tongan Pa’anga
56 Turkey Turkish Lira
57 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Dirham
58 United Kingdom British Pound
59 United States Australian Dollar
60 Vanuatu Vanuatu Vatu
61 Vietnam Vietnamese Dong
62 Zimbabwe US Dollar

*Application made in Bahrain should be paid in Bahrain Dinar currency

Read more: Maximum Amount of Family and Parent Visa Grants Announced for 2020/2021

The New Face of Payment System for a Paper-Based Application

The New Face of Payment System for a Paper-Based Application

Payment for a Paper-Based visa application can be made by using ImmiAccount. You can pre-pay in ImmiAccount for a paper-based application submitted in Australia by credit card, PayPal, or UnionPay. There will be a surcharge for these payments around 1.40% – 1.99%. Please be advised that the Department does not accept personal cheques or cash for Paper-based applications submitted in Australia.

Previously, payment for Paper-based application by foreign currency will follow the currency conversion fees set by the bank.

However, following the updated instrument, payment paper-based applications from 1 July 2021 onwards by foreign currency will follow the conversion fee set by the Department of Home Affairs. In addition, the payment will be finalised by a certain currency based on the location.

For example, suppose you lodged a paper-based application for Parent (subclass 143) Visa in Indonesia and do not have a bank account with AUD currency. In that case, you should finalise the visa fee payment by the Indonesian Rupiah currency, which is applicable for applications made in Indonesia.

It is aimed to ensure that the Home Affairs officers stationed at overseas posts can advise on and collect the correct amount of visa application charge payments from clients.

Read more: Australian Permanent Residency Visa Holders Forced to Wait for Benefits

How will it affect you?

Compared to the previous payment system, which followed the conversion fee that looks inconsistent, the visa application fee would change every hour following the conversion fee. Hence, there is no exact amount that you must pay in your currency when you do not own any Australian Dollar currency. However, the updated instrument will provide you with a precise visa application fee for a Paper-based application.

It is not good news or bad news for us. It is good to know that we are advised of an exact amount of the Visa Application fee for our Paper-based application. Whether the foreign currency gets stronger or weaker over Australian Dollar currency, the amount we have to pay will not change.

However, it is not good as well in certain situations. For example, suppose the foreign currency gets stronger over the Australian Dollar currency, in that case, we are supposedly able to pay a bit lower than the specified currency by the Department of Home Affairs, but this will not happen with this new arrangement. Let’s use the Indonesian Rupiah Currency as an example for a case study.

The Indonesian Rupiah currency on 14 June 2021 is at AUD 0.000091. Therefore, if you applied for a Paper-based Parent (subclass 143) Visa application which costs AUD 47,755 on 14 June 2021, you would need to pay in RP 524,780,219.

However, once the updated instruments commenced on 1 July 2021, which specified Indonesian Rupiah Currency at 0.000085192, we would need to pay RP 560,557,329.3267 for a Paper-based Parent (subclass 143) Visa application, and it is an exact amount, whether the currency will get stronger or weaker later.

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