Health coverage for Australian visa holders

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Australia has a good and functional “safety net” for Australian residents and citizens. Australia has Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), and states like QLD (and I think VIC?) have free hospitals. However, if you don’t have health coverage for visitors from overseas who are Australian visa holders, it can be very expensive indeed.

Down Under Visa have long recommended strongly that all holders of Australian temporary visas should ensure they have adequate health coverage for their stays in Australia. That means to contact one of the private health insurers and organise overseas visitor health insurance for the applicant, because if she gets seriously ill then Medicare will not foot the bill. Don’t kid yourself! And do not assume that it will be cheap.

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Philippines culture shock on the first visit

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I remember my first trip to the Philippines in the 1990’s and the special Philippines culture shock that I experienced. I look back now and I’m amazed at my naivety. I had travelled in the East before in the 1980’s and was definitely out of practice, however I should have had some idea. But no, I didn’t. I’d seen the various photos that exist of towns and places in the Philippines, but minus the noise, smells and high-speed chaos, a 2D photo gives a very unclear picture.

But yet, there I was. Arrived on my first Air Nauru flight (which used to do a milk-run flight with multi-stops that was fairly cheap), and arrived at the open doors at NAIA airport in Manila. Had a connecting flight to Tacloban Leyte at the domestic terminal, to whisk me away to meet a very wrong woman. I wasn’t prepared for anything at all, in hindsight. Not the country and not the people. This was back before Perry Gamsby had first put pen to paper, so I knew nothing other than a bit of dating website nonsense about what a perfect wife every Filipina girl was. (more…)

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Can I get an Australian tourist visa extension?

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You’re in Australia on a three month tourist visa grant from the Philippines, and enjoying your time with your Australian fiancé (or husband or partner). Why wouldn’t you? He IS an Australian man after all! You’re coming up to the end of a three month stay. Can you stay longer in Australia, or do you need to return to Philippines? (more…)

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Australian Tourist Visa from Philippines for loving couples

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Australian tourist visa applications from Philippines to Australia for loving Australian Filipina couples are extremely popular with us at Down Under Visa. Visiting and spending time together in the Philippines to get to know each other and to get a good introduction to Filipino culture and to meet your girl’s family, this is an absolute must. And if you are ready to bite the bullet and be together permanently then you should definitely be looking at a partner visa application. However if you are not ready yet, then the logical next step is to get a tourist visa for your Filipina girl and spend some time in Australia.

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Aussie control-freaks? Welcome to the Philippines

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Had to decide if this was an Australian-Filipina-relationship/in-the-Philippines topic or a visa-application/visa-preparation topic. Visas win out, because it’s vitally important for Australian men to understand when to be involved in matters in the Philippines and when to back off and keep a low profile. This is especially the case with control-freaks! (more…)

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Australian tourist visa applications for kids

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Here at Down Under Visa we prepare and lodge a lot of tourist visa applications. Most of the time these are applications for single solitary Filipina ladies who are in romantic relationships with Australian men. Tourist visa applications for kids are less common, but we still invariably lodge them every month.

We’re not talking about tourist visas for solitary kids, of course. This is kids of Filipina ladies who bring them along so they can be with their future stepfathers, assuming all goes ahead toward a partner visa application later. (more…)

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Australian visa applications – The visa interview

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I think this is what scares visa applicants most of all. At Down Under Visa we get quite a few questions and concerns about this, even after the visa grant is received they will email and ask “So, when do I have to go to the Embassy for my visa interview?” The idea of a scared Filipina having to head to the Australian Embassy in Manila to be grilled by a Case Officer causes many a sleepless night. But are visa interviews mandatory? And if so, do you have anything to worry about? (more…)

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Relationship evidence for onshore partner visa applications

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Surely that’s enough evidence for a visa? What else?

How much relationship evidence is enough for a visa application? All that you can get, and then some! No such thing as “too much”.

One issue we at Down Under Visa have with Australian partner visa applications is that sometimes getting relationship evidence out of clients is like pulling teeth! A hard, painful process with a struggling patient! Tourist visas are often much the same, but that’s for another day. We know that many of you are not paperwork-people, and many of you are not computer-people either, so whilst I may sound like I’m complaining I’m not really. We just need to spell out the facts. (more…)

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Filipina wife abandoned. Can she remarry now?

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“Yes, my fiancée is still married, but he ran out on her and she hasn’t heard from him in 14 years. Can we marry?” At Down Under Visa we hear this story all the time. Most of the time it’s probably very true too, because the Philippines has its fair share of irresponsible men. It happens all too commonly with OFW’s (Overseas Filipino Workers) too, when the husband or the wife goes to Dubai and never comes back again.

 

 

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