Australia has instantly doubled the fees for student visa applications

The Australian government has announced an immediate and significant hike in student visa fees. Starting 1 July 2024, the application fee for a student visa will see an increase of over 125%.

The Australian government has significantly raised student visa fees, effective from July 1, 2024. The new application fee will be AUS$1,600, marking a 125% increase from the previous AUS$710 fee.

This change, as explained by the government, aims to enhance the perceived value of Australian education and support the integrity of the international education sector. Funds from the increase will support various educational and migration initiatives, including the implementation of a new Migration Strategy.

Minister for Home Affairs Clare O’Neil stated that these adjustments would enhance the fairness and efficiency of the international education and migration systems. The Australian Department of Home Affairs has updated its website with the new fee schedule for the Student visa (subclass 500), which now also includes increased charges for accompanying family members.

This fee increase comes shortly after a rise in the minimum funds required for international students and follows rumours of impending visa fee hikes. Despite high rejection rates for student visa applications in recent months, the government is proceeding with these changes to reinforce the structure of its educational and migration systems.

Source: ICEF

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