Health insurance for overseas visitors

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We’ve had discussion here on the Down Under Visa BLOG page about health insurance for overseas visitors. We’ve long recommended it for our clients, because we see what happens when things go wrong, and it’s something that all temporary visitors from Philippines to Australia should be looking at.

Bottom line is that an overseas visitor to Australia is not covered by Medicare, and medical treatment in Australia is very expensive. If your lady is in Australia and something goes seriously wrong, you will foot the bill. And if that’s something really serious, you could not just lose your shirt by maybe lose your house! (more…)

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The Visa Medical – What the doctors or nurses tell you

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If you apply for an Australian partner visa (spouse visa or fiancée visa) or a New Zealand Citizen’s Family Relationship Visa (Subclass 461) or a child visa, then you need to do a visa medical examination. They can also request xray examinations or even full medicals for tourist visas too if they think the applicant is a risk, especially if they are elderly, or going to attend school or a hospital, or if they will be staying longer than the standard 3 months.

They do all this because they don’t want to bring anyone who doesn’t pass the health criteria into Australia. They don’t want the expense or the drain on resources to affect Australia and Australian citizens. (more…)

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Down Under Visa set high standards in visa applications

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Down Under Visa are Registered Migration Agents based in Manila. We specialize in getting Australian visas for Australian Filipina couples, because they want the lady to go to Australia from the Philippines. These committed couples come and see us because they don’t want to risk their applications being refused. They want to be together in Australia, be that for a short time with a tourist visa or permanently with a partner visa or a fiancée visa (prospective marriage visa).

And the job of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and/or Australian Embassy case officers is to make decisions based on a stack of papers as to whether the applicant is a genuine visa applicant and whether they qualify for an Australian visa or not. (more…)

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Are you engaged? Are you actually a fiancé or fiancée?

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We at Down Under Visa, quite naturally, have dealt with a few engaged couples over the years who want to bring their fiancee from Philippines to Australia. Most of the time our Australian Filipina couples contact us when they’re not married yet. They either intend marrying soon and applying for partner visas (spouse visas) or they intend marrying later in Australia in a less-rushed manner and applying for prospective marriage visas (aka fiancée visas or fiancé visas). This remains and will continue to remain a great option.

The question comes up though quite often when clients are completing our e-Assess Questionnaire, and that is the date of their engagement. (more…)

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Citizenship by Descent – a great option

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We at Down Under Visa do plenty of applications for Citizenship By Descent for the Filipino biological children of Australian Citizens. Of course we would like to do more. To those Australian men who have fathered kids in the Philippines, it’s a wonderful gift to give. It means that your Filipino children fall into that category of human beings that don’t require visas to visit Australia. They can enter Australia anytime they like, and they may remain there and have the same rights as any other Australian Citizen. They can get Australian passports and will never need to get an Australian visa ever. (more…)

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Is the Philippines dangerous to visit?

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There seems to be a bit of a new phenomena at the moment with people considering the Philippines to be a scary place that should be avoided. Down Under Visa have had a few cases recently of Filipina ladies with Australian sponsors trying to get Australian tourist visas when they haven’t met in person, which is basically a guarantee of getting a visa refusal. When I ask why they haven’t met? It’s because the Australian boyfriend feels the Philippines is far too dangerous to visit!

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Not married or can’t marry, but want a partner visa?

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This is one of the common scenarios we deal with at Down Under Visa. Clients contact us wanting a partner visa, yet they are not married or maybe they can’t legally marry because they are a same-sex couple. Or maybe one or both of them are still married and there is no pending divorce or annulment in the system? And in these cases they are not living in a de facto relationship right now. Regardless of the reasons, they are not in a position to apply immediately for a partner visa, and of course I let out a silent sigh. I know they’ll be disappointed. The best is when I can say “Yes, we can help you right now”. But in cases like this, no I can’t. (more…)

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Testimonial from partner visa holders, Chris and Liza

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Chris and Liza are an Australian Filipina couple, who called on Jeff Harvie and his team at Down Under Visa when he met the love of his life in the Philippines, ie. the lovely Liza. They are successful clients giving a positive review for the benefit of those who need a visa.

They asked Down Under Visa to represent them as Registered Migration Agents, and to help them through the maze that is the Australian immigration system. Down Under Visa managed their visa application, and organised a successful grant of a Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa (aka Fiancee Visa). This allowed Liza to travel to Australia and to marry Chris. (more…)

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Relationship evidence – Take it seriously!

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We’ve had lots of discussion here on the Down Under Visa BLOG page about the importance of relationship evidence, ie. evidence of a genuine relationship in Australian visa applications. This applies particularly to partner visas, and also to tourist visa applications based on relationships between Australian sponsors and Filipina applicants. This will be one of the reasons why they will grant the application, and it therefore matters a lot! (more…)

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Filipina wife or girlfriend – Why does she need a visa to Australia?

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I just had somebody ask me today why it was necessary to require visas for Filipinas (and Filipinos) to go to Australia in the first place? He pointed out that an Australian could go to the Philippines and stay 30 days. Why does she need a visa to Australia, when he doesn’t need one to go to the Philippines? Why the disparity? (more…)

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