Down Under Visa Logo

There are two questions……..three questions that we at Down Under Visa get asked all the time by prospective visa applicants wanting to bring their Filipina lady to Australia.

  1. How much will it cost?
  2. How long will it take? (ie. “What is the processing time?” or “What is the waiting time?”)
  3. The third one is the “What are my visa requirements?”, which we’ve already covered in a previous article.


How much will it cost?

Government fees? Very high. Down Under Visa’s professional fees? A bargain, especially when you see how much work is involved. Seriously, that’s the most frequent comment we get at the end of the process. And we charge considerably less than the Government charge!

What is the visa processing time?

  • Partner visa processing time and prospective marriage processing time, still an average of 9 months waiting time.
  • Tourist visa processing time, still an average of 2 – 4 weeks waiting time.

And note that the word is AVERAGE. NOT “guaranteed longest time you will ever wait”. Not “the usual” processing time either. Average of 9 months could mean 3 months, or it could mean 15 months…..or more or less. Tourist visas can take 2 days or 6 weeks……or more or less.

Can we make the visa processing time faster and waiting time shorter?

Please understand that using a Registered Migration Agent doesn’t mean a super-fast and speedy visa application. We have no influence on how long the Australian Embassy in Manila or the Department of Immigration in Australia take to process the visa application, and we don’t have special mates in there who will push buttons for us. They operate at their own speed, and I assume that just like us they place accuracy ahead of speed.

They are charged by the Australian Government with protecting Australia’s borders, and they will always do just that. If that means waiting longer, then that’s the price us Aussies pay for a secure and safe country.

So can we “chase the application up?” Can we “find out what’s the holdup?” No, we can’t.

What do we do?

We prepare good, solid, sound visa applications that meet the criteria for each visa type specified by the Migration Regulations. We make it as good as it can be so hopefully when they pick it up and start processing it, they will like what they see. And if there are any unforeseen issues or any random more indepth checks made, we respond promptly and correctly to what they want, therefore minimizing delays as much as possible.

That’s the professional way of doing things. Nagging them incessantly, or “giving them an earful” over the phone is not only unprofessional, it will also be to the detriment of the application. So don’t expect us to do this. We are Down Under Visa…..not “Loudmouth Cranky-Person Visas”. Please understand that we really do know what we’re doing. If nagging and chase-ups worked, we would employ professional naggers who would do just that. But it doesn’t……so we don’t!

Do we understand your anxiety?

Yes, absolutely we do. A thousand times YES. I had a former client visiting over the weekend, and he told me he couldn’t stand dealing with emotional outbursts and worried clients like we do. Yes, I admitted to him that it can be tough. However we do understand exactly what it means to our clients, and we take consolation in the fact we know that in 99%+ of times we have nothing but great news for them at the end, and we are making a huge difference to a lot of lives. So we’ll be here for the long run!

Visa Application Charges and Professional Fees
Australian Bridging Visas – What are they?


  1. Mike Regan

    The most informative post yet… thanks. I can now see light at the end of the tunnel. For me that means less anxiety.

    • trevor sargent

      pmsl yes we need you but do we and at what price you say govt charges are high high for what your fees are well the best ya gunna get, its not that much hey its your wife/girlfiend we talking about come on she is worth it ,,, can you talk straight or not is it really that hard to sell your self are your prices so way over the top u don’t want to print them, me for one will not use you no matter what your price is, cant do back door carsales men see ya

      • Jeff Harvie

        I talk very straight, Trevor. I’m well known for this.

        This article was about processing times, therefore no necessity to outline our fee structure. We give detailed fixed-price quotes with our assessments, and our fees are perfectly competitive.

        I see that you have submitted an assessment? If you feel that I’m a “back door carsales” person and don’t wish to deal with us, that’s your prerogative. I won’t complete it then. Good luck with your future application.

  2. Ricky Ray

    Hi jeff still reading your posts and I believe using a migration agent is still faster on average because you will leave no stone unturned and in that way you wont get immigration asking for more imformation. If people attempt there own and the imformation is not correct or there is something missing that will delay there application or even have a more devastating affect.

    • Jeff Harvie

      This is very true, Ricky. Less problems means less delays due to problems.


Questions: Please search our BLOG menu or Visa Knowledge Base

Submit a Comment

NOTE: Please restrict your comments to what's written on this page.

PLEASE NOTE: You may comment on posts, and you may ask general questions about the visa topic. However requests for “how-to?” information on how to lodge visas or how to deal with specific problems will not be answered. Please engage the services of a professional Registered Migration Agent for actual assistance or advice. Thank you.

Your email address will not be published.

Questions about visa types we don’t handle, or about countries we don’t apply for visas from, will not be answered, Philippines to Australia visas for couples and families only.

Do you have suggestions for topics you would like to read an article about? Click HERE and we will see what we can do!



How does it work?

How It Works Image

Search Our Site

Happy Couples

Happy Couples Image


Google Reviews

See All Reviews

Facebook Reviews

Subscribe to our BLOG


Want the latest in Australian Visa information?

SUBSCRIBE to the Down Under Visa BLOG Page

Never miss a single important update!

BONUS EBOOK! “Philippines to Australia – Australian Visas, Frayed Emotions and a Journey You Will Never Forget” by Jeff Harvie RMA

Just want to buy the book? Purchase directly from Amazon by clicking HERE

We never share or sell your data

Migration Law

Registered Migration Agent Details Image

Should you use a Registered Migration Agent or not?



Migration Alliance Image

Latest Posts

Useful Links

Filipina Wives Image Down Under Visa - Visa Q & A Image Online Filipino Weddings Image
Online Weddings for Australian Filipina couples