Tag : subclass 300

After the partner visa is granted – Part One

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I had a former prospective marriage visa client email me the other day who is happily settled in Australia with his wife (now with her partner visa), and he continues to be an avid BLOG reader. He was mentioning about his wife getting her drivers license, and how important this is. It got me thinking that it was time to put down some thoughts about what happens after the partner visa is granted, and how to make it easier on the Filipina visa applicant and her Aussie sponsor.

 

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Cost of Your Australian-Filipina Relationship

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I think we all know about the Australian visa application charge increases for offshore partner visas on 1 July 2015, don’t we? For those who don’t, they’ve raised the fees for offshore partner visas, ie. Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visas and Subclass 309 Partner Visas to match the cost of the ONSHORE Subclass 820 Partner Visa. They call it “harmonising”, as though it was an inequity that applicants paid less for visas lodged in Manila (or other countries) than those who lodge directly in Australia. (more…)

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Visa Application Charge increase on 1 July 2015

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I didn’t think they would do it again after the last lot of increases on 1 January 2015, but Mr Hockey has done it again.

 

 

In what they call “harmonising”, the offshore visa application charges for Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visas and Subclass 309 Partner Visas will increase to match the onshore fees for Subclass 820 partner visas. This includes the fees for children added as secondary applicants. (more…)

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Can you hurry up my Australian partner visa application?

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In the 2012/2013 financial year, the Manila Embassy processed 2,919 partner visas, ie. the combination of Subclass 300’s and Subclass 309’s.

That’s a lot of visas! 243 per month. 56 a week. 8 per day.

And that means 2,919 couples, which makes 5,838 people who wait every year for a partner visa from Philippines to Australia.

And every single one of those 5,838 people is waiting for that visa to be approved. Every single one of them is worried, anxious and lonely.

 

 

I have no idea how many Case Officers there are in the permanent visa section in Manila, but we deal with them all and they are just a handful. (more…)

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Taking on a woman with kids – Advice for Australian Filipina couples

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The Philippines is full of romantic women, and a significant percentage of macho males who make babies but won’t support them. As a result, finding single mums isn’t such a tough thing. There are plenty of them, who gave themselves body and soul to men who don’t like wearing condoms!

I married a single mum myself. I don’t regret that. In fact it was my now 18 year old daughter (who came in a “Buy One – Take One” package with my lovely wife) who suggested this BLOG topic. Mila came to Australia on a Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa many years ago, and her/our daughter Remy followed on a Subclass 445 Dependent Child Visa. (more…)

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Down Under Visa Testimonial Video – Rowena and David

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David and Rowena very kindly shared their good news with us here in Manila while waiting to finalise the CFO seminar. As well as a 6 week old baby, they also have a Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa, expertly managed by Down Under Visa of course.

They would like to recommend that others in the same situation also use Down Under Visa as their Registered Migration Agent for their Australian Partner Visa application.

Please watch. Please enjoy. And please share!

 

Rowena, David and little friend

VIDEO HERE

 

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The advantages of a Prospective Marriage Visa to Australia

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For Down Under Visa, this is by far the most popular visa. It’s also known as the fiancée visa, fiance visa, or the PMV. Technically, it’s a Subclass 300.

 

 

Why so popular?

It’s popular because it’s probably the more convenient, and causes the least stress. It gives the applicants 9 months to get a whole lot of important things done, and that’s not bad at all. When the visa is granted, you have nine months in which to marry. (more…)

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Down Under Visa – Visa grant statistics – 1/12/2014 to 28/02/2015

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As I said in a previous post (HERE), I intend giving updated average times for the processing of Australian Partner Visa applications and Australian Tourist Visa applications lodged by Down Under Visa in Manila every three months.

 

Australian Visa Processing times

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Visa Grant Averages – September-November 2014

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As I stated in an earlier BLOG post, I’ll be putting up regular posts on how long visas are taking to be granted for Down Under Visa clients. Just note please that:

(a) This does not include visas not granted yet. This is only visas that have been granted.

(b) Partner visa averages are based on the last 3 months

(c) Tourist visa averages are based on the last 1 month (more…)

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