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Australian Government Announces Significant Fee Increase for Citizenship and Passport Applications from July 1, 2024



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The Australian government has unveiled a substantial hike in fees for citizenship applications and passports, scheduled to come into effect from July 1, 2024.

These adjustments will impact various applicants, including permanent residents, adoption cases, and specific foreign applicants.

The new fee structure, effective July 1, 2024, will introduce higher costs for permanent residents, individuals seeking citizenship through adoption, and foreigners applying under specific international agreements.

While the fee adjustments are broad, certain families and groups will benefit from exemptions or minimal fee changes.

The revised fees will impact a wide range of applicants, necessitating careful planning and budgeting for those affected.

Families and specific groups will see exemptions and minimal fee changes, offering some relief amidst the overall fee hikes.

This move aims to streamline and modernize the application process while ensuring that the necessary resources are available to manage the growing number of applications effectively.

The government has emphasized that these changes are part of a broader effort to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Australia‘s immigration and citizenship systems.

These adjustments reflect the government’s commitment to maintaining an efficient and effective immigration and citizenship system.

Children under 16 who apply on the same form as a responsible parent will not be affected by these fee increases.

This exemption aims to ease the financial burden on families.

Fees for foreign children adopted under the Hague Convention or bilateral arrangements will also increase.

Furthermore, the fees for renouncing and resuming Australian citizenship will rise.

In addition to citizenship application fees, Australians will face higher costs for obtaining or renewing passports starting July 1, 2024.

While the exact details of these increases have not yet been disclosed, they will apply to all passport applications submitted from this date onwards.

The Australian government applies annual indexation to citizenship application fees based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

This adjustment takes effect each year on July 1.

For 2024, the updated fees will be applied to all citizenship applications received by the Department of Home Affairs from 12:00 am (AEST) on July 1.

For those applying online on or after July 1, 2024, the new fees will be applicable regardless of when the application process was initiated.

An application is considered submitted when it, along with the appropriate fee, is received by the Department of Home Affairs.

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