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Australia Implements Significant Increase in Student Visa Fees Amidst Migration Strategy
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Australia Implements Significant Increase in Student Visa Fees Amidst Migration Strategy

Jul 5, 2024

In a move aimed at managing record migration levels and enhancing the student visa system, the Australian Government has rolled out substantial fee hikes for international students. Effective from 1 July 2024, the application fee for Subclass 500 visas has skyrocketed to AUS$1,600, marking a substantial 125% increase from its previous AUS$710 fee. In addition to the main applicant, accompanying applicants will also face revised charges:

  • Applicants aged 18 years and above will incur an additional fee of AUS$1,445.
  • For family members under 18 years, the fee stands at AUS$390 per applicant.

These adjustments follow recent reforms that include revised minimum fund requirements for student visas and the cessation of visa hopping from visitor to student status. However, amidst these changes, Australia has also announced a boost in its minimum wage, offering a potential silver lining for prospective international students seeking part-time work opportunities.

Despite the fee increases, Australia remains steadfast in its commitment to providing a premier educational experience, reaffirming its status as a leading destination for genuine international students.

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