Can I get a refund on my visa?

Key takeaway

Many visa holders – including temporary skilled workers – will be able to claim a refund on visa application charges (VAC) OR have fees waived on the next visa they apply for.

The Australian government is offering refunds or waivers of Visa Application Charges (VACs) to boost tourism and support businesses that need to hire temporary workers in light of COVID-19. Below is a quick summary of the announced changes for refunds and waivers by visa type

Visa type

Applies to:


Subclass 482

Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa holders who:

  • were unable to make initial entry to Australia, or

  • returned home and wishes to apply again

Waiver of the VAC for subsequent applications

Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage

Prospective Marriage (Subclass 300) visa holders who were unable to enter Australia before their visa expired

VAC refunds will be available (however it is still unclear how these will be processed).A new application will need to be made once travel restrictions are lifted.

Prospective Marriage (Subclass 300) visa holders whose visas are still valid

Will be eligible for a visa extension

Subclass 600

Visitor (Subclass 600) visa holders whose visas expired or will expire between March 2020 and December 2021

Waiver of the VAC for subsequent applications

Subclass 417 & 462

Working holiday makers (Subclass 417 and Subclass 462) who:

  • were unable to enter Australia, or

  • who left Australia due to COVID-19 and want to return

Waiver of the VAC for subsequent applicationsThose unable to return because they have passed the age limit for a Working Holiday Maker visa will get a refund.

Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Scheme workers

Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Scheme workers who were granted a visa before 20 March 2020

VAC refunds will be availableVisa conditions have also been temporarily relaxed and visa holders can extend their stay in Australia for up to 12 months to support the agriculture sector.

Want to know if you qualify for a refund or fee waiver? Chat to one of our migration experts today.

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