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Changes in your situation

Getting a refund

You pay a visa application charge (VAC), sponsorship/nomination fee or citizenship application fee so we can assess your application. These will not be refunded to you just because your application, nomination or sponsorship was refused or unsuccessful.

Generally, a VAC will only be refunded in certain circumstances, including if:

  • the application was unnecessary at the time it was made.
  • a mistake was made by the Department.
  • the applicant has died.
  • the sponsorship or nomination was not successful.
  • the application was made because of a mistake by the applicant and it is withdrawn in writing before a decision is made.

If you reverse or cancel a payment for your application:

  • your application might become invalid.
  • you might incur a debt to the Commonwealth. This may limit your ability to be granted another visa.

Refunds for the Skilling Australians Fund Levy are only possible for limited reasons. For more information check the Skilling Australians Fund Levy information at Cost of sponsoring (homeaffairs.gov.au)

There is no standard timeframe for processing a refund request. Each refund request must be individually assessed under the relevant legal authority or administrative rules.​​

Requesting a refund

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