Filling in visa application forms

“We’ve already filled in the forms.”

We at Down Under Visa sometimes hear this from clients, and I have a truthful way of responding. Not very diplomatic, I agree, but truthful all the same. I tell them I’ve never once seen a client complete the application forms for an Australian partner visa application properly.

And are the application forms (40SP and 47SP) the main part of the application? No, not at all. I would say about 5% only. Gathering the correct information and gathering correct supporting documents and solid evidence of your committed relationship, this is where most of the work is done. And this part of the process doesn’t come with written directions that you can download, nor can you get anything of value from the “advice forums” on the web.

And I’ve also never once seen a client come in to the Down Under Visa office with a complete set of documents and relationship evidence either!

And there is no “standard list” of visa requirements. Every visa application is different, especially partner visa applications (ie. prospective marriage visas aka fiancee visas and partner visas aka spouse visas). We assess each client (ie each visa applicant and each Australian sponsor) through our proprietary online questionnaires before putting together customised checklists of documents and relationship evidence that we require from you. We also provide you with guidance along the way, and we assess and thoroughly check all documents and relationship evidence that you send us for suitability.

And the assessment of the information you give us is critical too. Filling out forms on the surface is easy. But put the wrong bit of information, or leave out an important bit of information which you thought didn’t matter, and you could get caught by PIC 4020 (part of the Migration Regulations that deals with false statements and bogus documents) and you could face a refusal and a three year ban from making further applications. And it’s not just the bad-guys who get caught in this. An innocent mistake can lead to tragic results.

And that is what you get when you engage the services of a professional and experienced Registered Migration Agent who is a specialist in partner visas from the Philippines. We’ve helped hundreds and hundreds of couples through this process over the years, and we’ve built a reputation for never letting a client down. What this means to you is that you will not be flying blind through a process where the outcome really matters to you.

Please visit our website at and fill in the free visa assessment form!

Processing of visa applications
Prospective Marriage Visa or Partner Visa