Refunds and waivers of Visa Application Charges

  • Prospective Marriage visa
  • Temporary workers
  • Working Holiday Makers
  • Visitors
  • Summary of VAC refund, waiver and visa extension measures

Some visa holders impacted by Australia’s COVID-19 travel restrictions will soon be able to access a refund or a waiver of their Visa Application Charge (VAC).

Prospective Marriage visa

If you received a Prospective Marriage visa but you were unable to enter Australia because of COVID-19 travel restrictions before your visa ceased, you may be eligible for a refund of your VAC.

Refunds will help former Prospective Marriage visa holders to apply for another visa to come to Australia, once travel restrictions are lifted. These applications will be given priority, but the actual processing times for applications will depend on whether the application is complete and meets all the requirements for the visa.

Prospective Marriage visa validity periods may also be extended in certain circumstances.

Temporary workers

If you were part of the Pacific Labour Scheme or Seasonal Worker Programme, were granted a visa before 20 March 2020 and were unable to travel to Australia because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, you may be eligible for a refund of your VAC.

If you were granted a Temporary Skill Shortage or Temporary Work (Skilled) visa but you were unable to enter Australia because of COVID-19 travel restrictions before your visa ceased, you may be able to receive a VAC waiver for a future visa application.

If you were granted a Temporary Skill Shortage or Temporary Work (Skilled) visa, travelled to Australia and departed but were unable to return to Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions before your visa ceased, you may be able to receive a VAC waiver for a future visa application.

#Working Holiday Makers

If you were granted a Working Holiday Maker visa, you may be able to receive a VAC waiver for a future application or a refund. A VAC waiver will apply for a further application if you were unable to travel to Australia because of travel restrictions or had to depart Australia early due to COVID-19.

If you have since passed the age limit for a WHM visa and are not eligible to lodge a further application, you will be able to receive a refund instead.

#Visitors

A VAC waiver will be available for Visitor (Tourist) visa holders whose visas expired while outside Australia following implementation of COVID-19 travel restrictions on 20 March 2020.

Summary of VAC refund, waiver and visa extension measures

Contact Aysh  Registered Migration Consultant MARN (0955824)

+61402671354

true.australian.immigration@gmail.com

True Migration and Academic Consultants

 +923236661188

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