As of 1 July 2019 there has been an increase in visa application charges on most visa subclasses.

If you have not yet lodged your visa then these price increases will apply to you.

Visa Go Emigration specialise in skilled, partner and parent visa applications. The updated prices for these are listed below:

Skilled Migrant Visas (subclasses 189, 190, 489)

  • $4,045.00 – Main applicant
  • $2,020.00 – Secondary applicant over 18
  • $1,015.00 – Secondary applicant under 18

Partner and Prospective Marriage Visas (subclasses 820/801, 309/100, 300)

  • $7,715.00 – Main applicant
  • $3,860.00 – Secondary applicant over 18
  • $1,935.00 – Secondary applicant under 18

Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)

  • $4,155.00 – Main applicant
  • $1,400.00 – Secondary applicant over 18
  • $705.00 – Secondary applicant under 18

Aged Contributory Parent Visa (subclasses 864, 884)

  • $4,155.00 – Main applicant
  • $2,075.00 – Secondary applicant over 18
  • $1,040.00 – Secondary applicant under 18

The above fees are paid when you lodge your visa application. A card surcharge also applies (typically 1.32% – 1.40%).

You can read more here: 

To assess your visa eligibility you can complete our free online assessment here:

The 1 July 2018 saw the beginning of a new migration year in Australia. Over the last 6 weeks there have been an abundance of changes to the skilled migration process. These changes are outlined below:

1) Minimum points required for skilled migration increase to 65

Applicants applying for a Skilled Visa for Australia must achieve a minimum of 65 points to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). This change applies to all applicants on 60 points who have not yet received an invitation to apply for a skilled visa.

Achieving the new minimum point score of 65 does not assure you an invitation to apply for a visa. As per previous invitation rounds, applicants currently need a minimum of 70 points to apply for a Skilled Independent 189 Visa.

Completing a recognised English Language Test or securing State Sponsorship are the two primary ways in which to increase your points score. Most Australian states have reopened their nomination programmes to new applicants.

2) SkillSelect rounds now occur monthly

As of 11 August 2018, SkillSelect invitation rounds will take place monthly. The number of invitations issued monthly will remain the same; however this is subject to change in accordance with the department’s processing capacity and pipeline.

Once submitted, an Expression of Interest is valid for 2 years.

3) Visa application charges have increased

As of 1 July 2018, the new visa application charges for General Skilled Migration (subclass 189, 190 and 489) are as follows:

Base application charge$3755.00
Additional applicant aged 18+$1875.00
Additional applicant under 18$940.00

The Department of Home Affairs charge a card fee on payments of 1.32% (Visa and Mastercard) and 1.40% (AMEX).

If you are interested in migration to Australia you can complete our free online assessment.

The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs publish global visa processing times monthly on their website. On 18 January 2018 the visa processing times were updated, showing a decrease in processing times for all skilled visas.

Two processing times are provided which indicate how long it’s taking to process 75% and 90% of applications submitted globally.

Processing times are for applications received globally. The current visa processing times are:

  • 189 : 5 to 8 months
  • 190 : 7 to 9 months
  • 489 : State – 5 to 8 months
  • 489 : Family – Unavailable due to low number of applications

The above processing times are from the date of visa lodgement and should be used as a guide only.

To keep up-to-date with current visa processing times (from lodgement) on the DHA website click here:

These timeframes are issued by the Department of Home Affairs and only they have control over how long it will take to finalise your visa application. The department will take the time they need to finalise your application in accordance with immigration rules, including carrying out the necessary checks.

It’s important that applicants do not make any irreversible decisions such as selling your house, quitting your job or making travel arrangements until your visa has been granted.

Can I apply directly to the Australian Government?

Yes, however the purpose of the Australian Government department is to enforce immigration law and therefore they will not offer any assistance when applying for a visa. You will find basic guidelines on the official Government website; however there is no tailored advice available. The visa process can be challenging so if you do have questions it’s best to consult an experienced Registered Migration Agent.

Can I use internet forums to guide me through the visa process?

At some point during the process you will most likely discover the vast amount of Facebook groups and internet forums dedicated to migration. Whilst these forums can provide insight into Australian lifestyle and expat stories, you should proceed with caution when it comes to migration advice.

It’s important to remember that discussion amongst expats is very different to actual Australian Migration Law. Inaccurate migration advice can cause significant time delays, loss of money, visa refusals and bans. Using Visa-Go Emigration will save you time and money while offering you peace of mind.

Can I speed up the processing time of my visa application?

No. Each visa application is unique and will be processed as and when the department decides, meaning no one visa application will be given preferential treatment. You can make your visa application process smoother by ensuring that all relevant documents are uploaded as clear colour copies, and any requests from the case officer are met by the deadline provided.

You can check current global visa processing times here 

Why should I use a Registered Migration Agent to process my application?

Using a MARA Registered Agent can ensure you submit a full and correct visa application, saving you time and money. A good agent will identify the best visa pathway available for you, using their extensive knowledge of current Australian migration legislation. All MARA Agents are obligated to complete continual professional development each year to maintain their registration.

Registered Migration Agent Darren Chatt has been helping people with their visa applications for Australia and New Zealand since 2001, successfully supporting thousands of migrants with their journey Down Under. You can read more about Darren and check his registration here.

It is important to note that only an individual can be MARA registered – not a company – so ensure you are speaking with the MARA Registered Agent and not a sales person. Beware of some Migration Agents who lend their registration, name and reputation to other companies.