Christmas 2016 – Silly Season is upon us

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Christmas 2016 is only a matter of weeks away now. I don’t know about everybody else, but I’m really looking forward to it. We’re pretty full-on here all year, and it only gets busier. Must be something absolutely wonderfully delightful about the local ladies in the Philippines, because Australian men seem to want to keep marrying them. I think the secret is out! More Australian Filipina relationships, more love and more marriages. And that means more Australian visa applications and more for us to do. (more…)

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Extending a tourist visa in Australia

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In the bad old days of almost-compulsory No Further Stay (Condition 8503) conditions on tourist visas from Philippines to Australia, your Filipina lady came to Australia for a 3 month stay and that was it! Back on a plane and out of there! There were no options for “extending” or “getting an extension”.

The Condition 8503 still exists. It hasn’t disappeared. However whilst I can’t speak universally, I will say that we haven’t seen one from the Australian Embassy in Manila for any Down Under Visa client for about 3 years. So whilst we still warn our clients of the possibility, it’s not something we really expect these days at all. (more…)

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Partner Visa to Australia – Frequently Asked Questions

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Partner Visa to Australia? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)!

Bet you wish you could find a really good list of FAQ’s about partner visas to Australia for your Filipina fiancée or wife which had everything you ever wanted to know, right? Does Down Under Visa have one for you? Yes we do, but this is even better.

We mentioned this the other day (or week) in the Down Under Visa BLOG. (more…)

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Partner visa sponsor? New rules!

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Regular readers of the Down Under Visa BLOG would remember an article in March about the DIBP wish to tighten up on the suitability of the Australian partner visa sponsor of the visa applicant, ie. the Australian partners, husbands and fiancé’s of the girls/ladies from the Philippines who are applying for Australian partner visas (spouse and fiancée visas). For reference, this was the article: www.downundervisa.com.au/2016/03/18/theyre-toughening-australian-sponsors-partner-visas/
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How to get a tourist visa to Australia from Philippines

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How to get a tourist visa to Australia from Philippines?

A popular desire, most definitely. We at Down Under Visa get requests for a tourist visa to Australia from Philippines all the time, with many a lovestruck Australian man wanting his Filipina girl to come to Australia to be with him. The thought of seeing her face in the arrivals section at the Aussie airport wheeling her suitcase through the sliding doors and lighting up when she sees him. The thought of waking up the first morning to see that smiling face again instead of just a cold pillow. Magic! You fellahs get me, don’t you? (more…)

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Marriage and children and Australian visa applications

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This is directed at those who are looking at a marriage visa to Australia, ie. Australian partner visa applications (http://www.downundervisa.com.au/marriage/) and are hoping that they can choose an option that will make for a faster visa application process. There are certain migration urban myths getting around which people believe will make the process of bringing their fiancée to Australia from the Philippines easier and faster, and it’s part of my job to squash these myths.

The main danger of these myths is that they cause people to make choices that maybe they would rather not make, because someone told them that the Embassy or DIBP prefer it when you do it this way. (more…)

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Bridging Visa B (BVB) – The travel visa

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A Bridging Visa A (BVA) lets a visa applicant remain inside Australia, while their additional visa application is being processed. This might be another tourist visa application, or it might be something like a partner visa application which takes a whole lot longer to be processed. (See also this previous article on bridging visas www.downundervisa.com.au/2015/04/10/bridging-visas-can-you-get-one/)

A Bridging Visa A normally has the same conditions as the previous visa, and in some cases like when you’ve applied for an onshore Partner Visa (Subclass 820), they will give work and study rights on the Bridging Visa A. But one thing they will NOT do is to allow the bridging visa holder to travel!

Need to be very aware of this. Bridging Visa A’s do not allow travel! (more…)

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