Navigating the Visa Application Centre Service Fee Increase in 2023: What You Need to Know

VAC service fee increase in 2023: discover affected countries and tips for ensuring you pay the correct amount.

On 3 May 2023, the service fees for some Visa Application Centres (VACs) are set to increase. This change is necessary due to rising operational costs.

This blog post will guide you through the updates, provide helpful tips on how to ensure you pay the correct fee and inform you about which countries are affected by this fee increase.

Check Before You Apply

Before submitting your visa application, it's crucial to use the online tool to find out the correct fee you need to pay. This will help you avoid any surprises or delays in your application process.

Fees, Decision Times, and Where to Apply

To get the most accurate information on fees, decision times, and where to submit your application, visit the VAC websites. Alternatively, you can book a consultation with us to take things forward.

Countries Increasing Fees

The service fee increase applies to the following countries:

  1. Australia
  2. Bangladesh
  3. China
  4. Fiji
  5. India
  6. Indonesia
  7. Iran
  8. Nepal & Bhutan
  9. Pakistan
  10. Papua New Guinea
  11. Philippines
  12. Russia
  13. Singapore
  14. Solomon Islands
  15. South Africa
  16. South Korea
  17. Sri Lanka
  18. Taiwan
  19. Thailand
  20. Turkey
  21. Ukraine
  22. United Arab Emirates
  23. United Kingdom
  24. United States of America
  25. Vanuatu
  26. Vietnam


The service fee increase for some Visa Application Centres (VACs) on 3 May 2023 is an essential update to be aware of. To ensure a smooth application process, make sure to use the online tool to determine the correct fee and visit the VAC websites for the most up-to-date information. By staying informed about these changes, you can better navigate the visa application process and avoid any unexpected hurdles.

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