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There are a lot of forums on the internet where people talk about Australian visa applications. Anyone on the forum is able to discuss experiences and give advice about getting visas. The people who give the advice are usually some Australians or Filipinos who applied for their own visa, or maybe they are waiting on their own visa. They have no qualifications but they tell others what they should do.

At Down Under Visa we are all the time hearing our clients questioning what we tell them because they read on a forum something different. Some of this advice is a little bit wrong, but some of it is dangerous and could get your visa refused.

Remember that Down Under Visa is run by my husband who is a Registered Migration Agent. He has university qualifications and has to take yearly training courses to update him in changes in migration law, and he has to follow the rules of the Code of Conduct for Registered Migration Agents or he will get into trouble and could lose his registration. These people on the forums, you don’t even know who they are.

And we are also submitting hundreds of visa applications every year, and we are doing this for a long time. So we have a lot of experiences with many people and many situations and problems. Better to listen to us instead of someone who maybe has just one visa grant.

So please don’t listen to these forums. You can always ask us if you are not sure about something. Don’t take risks or you could lose everything.


Mila Harvie is the wife and very active business partner of Jeff Harvie, Registered Migration Agent. Together with their son Jeremy Harvie and some dedicated staff they run Down Under Visa, that well-known and very busy Migration Agency in Manila, Philippines. She takes care of the needs of our Filipino clients, especially the Filipina ladies who find it much easier having another Filipina to talk to and to discuss their issues and problems.

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