FALLING in love with someone from another country and making plans to be together in Australia will get harder from 1 July when the Federal government increases the price of partner visas by 50 percent.

Emma Drynan from Freedom Migration said this is the second time in six months the price has increased. “From July 1, the cost of falling in love with an Australian will set the visa applicant back a whopping $6,865,” she said.

“Since 2009, the Federal Government has increased partner visa prices by 390% and now they have announced another price increase.

“This put families and couples on the back foot financially right from the start.”

Emma said people in love are willing to do anything to be together. “Another increase will result in couples being separated for extended periods, or starting their life together in significant debt when really it’s a time for them to save towards a new home or a stable future together,” she said.

“For any expat returning home permanently there are already enough challenges; the stress of finding a new home, re-entering the workforce and establishing yourself back into your old life is just as confronting as when you first decided to set off on your adventure leaving your home country.

“They now face the barrier of having to outlay nearly $7,000 to bring their partner home – the person they love. This additional increase makes the process of relocating back to Australia almost impossible for many expats.”

Australia attracts the highest fee of all Western countries as far as partner visa fees are concerned. America charges $344 for partner visa and $1,800 for the UK.

Emma said the government is limiting cross cultural relationships to the elite, making it only accessible for couples who are willing to pay a “crazy amount of money for love”.

“This price rise affects all offshore partner visa and prospective marriage visa applications including a subclass 309 and subclass 300 visa.

“There is not real reason to increase visa fees expect to raise revenue. If you are unhappy or affected by the cost of lodging a partner visa contact your Member of Parliament to voice your concerns.



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