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There are roughly 87 visas available in Australia that the Department of Home Affairs can grant

Australian Visas & Visa Fees – the table below shows all the currently available visas and the visa fee or visa application charge (VAC) applicable to each of the visa. VAC will be revised at least once a year, on 1 July of each year.

The Migration Act 1958 regulates, in the national interest, the coming into, and the presence in, Australia of non-citizens: s 4(1). The Migration Act 1958 provides for visas permitting non-citizens to enter or remain in Australia on the basis that the Australian Parliament intends that this Act be the only source of the right of non-citizens to enter or remain: s 4(2).

An Australian visa is a grant of permission to a non-citizen to either travel to and enter Australia, to remain in Australia or to do both: s 29(1). A visa to remain in Australia may be permanent visa or it may be temporary visa: s 30. The Act provides for different classes of visas. A visa can be of a class provided for by the Migration Regulations 1994 made under the Act (s 31(1)) or to be provided for by a section of the Act (s 31(2)). For eg, the Act directly provides for permanent protection visas (s 35A(2)), temporary protection visas (s 35A(3) and safe haven enterprise visas (s 35A(3A)). Each of those classes of visa is defined by s 35A to be a ‘protection visa’. That provision also identifies that the criteria for a protection visa is that set out in s 36 together with any relevant criteria prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of s 31 (s 35A(6)). Section 36 then sets out the criteria for a protection visa (KDSP v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs [2020] FCAFC 108 at [15]).

A non-citizen who wants a visa must apply for a visa of a particular class: s 45(1). The requirements for a valid visa application are set out in s 46 and include that it be an application for a visa of a class specified in the application: s 46(1)(a).

Section 47 imposes on the Minister a duty to consider a valid application for a visa (s 47(1)), and a corresponding duty not to consider an application for a visa that is not a valid visa application (s 47(3)). That duty continue, subject to exceptions (such as visas quota filled: s 39 or consideration suspended: s 84), until a decision to grant or refuse to grant the visa (s 47(2)(b)) in the performance of a complementary duty imposed by s 65 (for eg satisfying the health criteria, if any and the other visa criteria, and the grant of the visa is not prevented by s 40 (circumstances when granted) or s 91W (evidence of identity and bogus documents) or s 91WB (applications of protection visas by members of same family unit) or s 500A (refusal or cancellation of temporary safe haven visas) or s 501 (special power to refuse or cancel) or others). What this mean is that satisfying the visa grant criteria is not necessary enough for the visa to be granted. The visa applicant must also satisfy s 65. It should be noted that ss 91W, 91WA and 91WB apply only to protection visas.

Most Australian visas have visa conditions attached to the visa (click here to learn more).

Australian Visas are categorised by Class and Subclass. A subclass is the visa number and some visa subclasses may come under 1 Class, for eg, in Class TU there is subclass 500 (Student) visa and subclass 590 (Student Guardian).

As a general rule, when applying for most Australian visas while you are in Australia, the Department of Immigration (Department of Home Affairs) will grant you a bridging visa (BV) to allow you to stay in the country until the visa application is finally determined.

If you are in Australia and your visa was cancelled or your visa application was refused, you may be prevented from applying for most visa. This is known as “section 48 bar” (click here to learn more about section 48 bar).

You can only apply for some Australian visas if you are in Australia (Onshore) while other visas require you to be outside of Australia when lodging the application (Offshore).

If you holds an APEC card, you do not need a visa to enter Australia (click here to learn more).

The below are currently (1 July 2021) available Australian Visas & Visa Fees (VAC: Sch 1). Click on the subclass to learn more.

Visa SubclassOnshore or OffshoreBVVAC
Subclass 010Onshore (auto grant)NoNil
Subclass 020OnshoreNo$160
Subclass 030Onshore (auto grant)NoNil
Subclass 040OnshoreNoNil
Subclass 041OnshoreNoNil
Subclass 050OnshoreNoNil
Subclass 051OnshoreNoNil
Subclass 060OnshoreNoNil
Subclass 070OnshoreNoNil
Subclass 100OnshoreYes$7,850
Subclass 101OffshoreNo$2,710
Subclass 102OffshoreNo$2,665
Subclass 103On & offshoreYes (retiree)$6,490
Subclass 114OffshoreNo$6,490
Subclass 115OffshoreNo$6,490
Subclass 116OffshoreNo$3,890
Subclass 117OffshoreNo$1,660
Subclass 124OffshoreNosee 858
Subclass 132On & OffshoreYes (Onshore)Removed
Subclass 143On & OffshoreYes (retiree)$47,825
Subclass 151On & OffshoreNo$8,915
Subclass 155On & OffshoreNo$410
Subclass 157On & OffshoreNo$410
Subclass 159On & OffshoreYes (Onshore)$210
Subclass 173On & OffshoreNo$31,980
Subclass 186On & OffshoreYes (Onshore)$13,915
Subclass 187On & OffshoreYes (Onshore)$13,915
Subclass 188On & OffshoreYes (Onshore)$15,880
Subclass 189On & OffshoreYes (Onshore)$9,000
Subclass 190On & OffshoreYes (Onshore)$9,000
Subclass 191OnshoreYesNA
Subclass 200OffshoreNoNil
Subclass 201OffshoreNoNil
Subclass 202OffshoreNo$19,449
Subclass 203OffshoreNoNil
Subclass 204OffshoreNoNil
Subclass 300OffshoreNo$7,850
Subclass 309OffshoreNoNil
Subclass 400OffshoreNo$315
Subclass 403On or OffshoreNo$315
Subclass 407On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$315
Subclass 408On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$315
Subclass 444Visa On ArrivalNoNil
Subclass 445On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$2,675
Subclass 449OffshoreNoNil
Subclass 461On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$370
Subclass 462On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$495
Subclass 476On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$410
Subclass 482On & OffshoreYes (Onshore)$2,690
Subclass 485OnshoreYes$1,680
Subclass 491On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$4,115
Subclass 494On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$13,915
Subclass 500On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$630
Subclass 590On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$630
Subclass 600On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$145
Subclass 601OffshoreNo$20 (service)
Subclass 602On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$320
Subclass 651OffshoreNoNil
Subclass 771AirportNoNil
Subclass 773AirportNoNil
Subclass 785OnshoreYes$3,005
Subclass 786OnshoreYesNIl
Subclass 790OnshoreYes$40
Subclass 800OnshoreN/ANil
Subclass 801OnshoreYes$7,850
Subclass 802OnshoreYes$2,710
Subclass 804OnshoreYes$6,490
Subclass 808On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$315
Subclass 820OnshoreYesNil
Subclass 835OnshoreYes$6,490
Subclass 836OnshoreYes$3,860
Subclass 837OnshoreYes$1,630
Subclass 838OnshoreYes$6,415
Subclass 851OnshoreYesNil
Subclass 852On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)Nil
Subclass 858OnshoreYes$9,000
Subclass 866OnshoreYes$40
Subclass 870On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$5k – $10k
Subclass 884On or OffshoreYes (Onshore)$33,285
Subclass 887OnshoreYes$8,845
Subclass 888OnshoreYes$2,590
Subclass 890OnshoreYes$2,450
Subclass 891OnshoreYes$2,450
Subclass 892OnshoreYes$2,450
Subclass 893OnshoreYes$2,450
Subclass 988OffshoreNoNil
Subclass 995On or OffshoreYesNil

Click here to learn if you can apply for more than 1 visa at the same time.

Australian migration law is complex and difficult to understand, contact our immigration lawyer for a consultation (fee applies) to help you understand Australian Visas & Visa Fees or to decide which is the best visa for you.

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