The Federal Budget and visa application charge increases

As part of the Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced that it would raise $437 million over four years by increasing visa application charges from the 1st July 2015. This has saw offshore partner and fiance visa application charges increase from $4,630 to $6,865 overnight.

There's more bad news in the Budget for Working Holiday makers. From the 1st July 2016, Working Holiday makers will lose their 'residency' status for tax purposes, meaning they will pay 32.5% tax on the first dollar of income earned.