Credit card merchant fees to be charged to applicants

From 22 March 2014, the Department is implementing changes to enable the recovery of credit card merchant fees from clients via a surcharge on credit card payments for visa application charges (VACs) and other fees and charges.
The surcharge will be applied to all clients who pay VACs and other fees and charges online and those who opt to pay at a departmental office by credit card. The surcharge will be applied to all onshore and offshore applicants.