For a range of reasons, the Department of Home Affairs has determined that the fee, or visa application charge, of applying for a partner visa should be high.
This is partly due to a desire to weed out non-genuine relationships, and partly due to the hefty workload that a partner visa application places on the Department.
For genuine partner visa applicants like you, this expense is an unfortunate fact of life.
The current application fees for partner visas (as at July 2021) are:
Onshore or Offshore Partner (Subclass 820/801 or 309/100) or Prospective Marriage (Subclass 300) Visa Application
- Main Applicant: $7,850
- Additional Applicants (dependants) over 18 years of age: $3,930
- Additional Applicants (dependants) under 18 years of age: $1,965
If you already hold a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) and wish to apply for an Onshore Partner Visa (Subclass 820/801), you are eligible for a reduced fee for this application:
- Main Applicant: $1,310
- Additional Applicants (dependants) over 18 years of age: $660
- Additional Applicants (dependants) under 18 years of age: $325
Also, if you choose to use a credit card, there is the credit card surcharge, which is currently 1.40% for Visa/Mastercard and 1.4% for American Express. Alternative payment options are BPAY and PayPal, which will also attract a fee if you are not using your PayPal or bank account balance.
Keep in mind that the visa application charges increase each July.
Visa application fees are not refundable. Even if you are not successful, you made a mistake or you have a change of mind, the Department will not refund their fee. The visa application fee pays for the processing of the visa, not for the grant of the visa.