Posted September 01, 2019 10:19:30Australia’s passport price has risen from $6,000 to $5,000 for the first time in the last 10 years, with new cost increases to be introduced this month.
The $7.500 new entry fee for the US has been replaced by $5.200, and will be replaced by a new entry charge of $7 for all non-US citizens.
The fee is a one-time change, and was not expected to be brought in until this year.
Passport costs have increased by more than a quarter since 2006, to a total of $6.5 billion.
The number of non-Australian citizens with passports has risen by more in recent years than the number of Australians.
The visa fee change has been the subject of intense debate in the US, where it has been criticised as too high.US President Donald Trump has threatened to cancel visas for Australians who travel to the US if he becomes president, saying it is a “disaster”.
The cost of the US visa fee has risen twice in the past 10 years to $8,200 from $5200, with more than one-third of the increase coming from 2016.
The new fee is due to be unveiled in the coming days.
In a statement on its website, the Department of Homeland Security said it had “no current plans” to increase the US fee, which currently stands at $8.400.
“While we will continue to review and adjust our fee structure to reflect changes in visa requirements, we will not be increasing the US passport fee for citizens of Australia,” the statement said.
The US government is also considering making visa costs more transparent and has proposed a system that would allow people to request a visa for their preferred country.
But critics have said the US is already a “sanctuary state” where immigration is not strictly controlled, and the new changes would make it harder for them to enter the country.
“This is a very big deal, and it is very disappointing that this change is being brought forward in the face of opposition from the White House,” the Immigration Reform Foundation said.
“The visa system is supposed to be an important tool to help our nation secure its borders, but the new visa fee could have real implications for Australians and Americans alike.”
Australia has the third largest population of international visitors in the world and the United States is the top destination for most travellers, so this change makes no sense at all.
“It comes after the US Department of Justice warned the new US rules could have a “severe chilling effect” on Australians’ rights.”
We have seen in the Trump administration that there are certain people who are in favor of making things harder for Australians,” the Justice Department said in a statement.”
One example is President Trump, who is in favour of making the US a “country of fear”.
If our government is concerned about how Australians feel about their ability to travel to or from the United State, then it is important that we not treat them like criminals.”ABC/wires”
We have a duty to protect those who enter our country, and we must ensure that those we allow into our country are not put at risk of harm.”
If our government is concerned about how Australians feel about their ability to travel to or from the United State, then it is important that we not treat them like criminals.”ABC/wires