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I actually held off posting my usual Tuesday BLOG post, because there were so many Thank You posts from happy clients. We’re getting a flood of visa grants at the moment, most of which have been pretty speedy.

Much as I wish we could take all the credit for speedy applications and to say “Down Under Visa can get you a fast visa grant!”, we really can’t. It doesn’t work like that. We can and do prepare excellent visa applications, as our remarkably high success rate will testify. However we make no claims about speed, because:

visa processing times in Manila change a lot during the year, but are fairly fast right now

  • We have no control over how fast applications will be processed, and
  • We will always put quality ahead of speed, anyway. Aussie blokes will know the story of the old bull and the young bull, right? Down Under Visa are the old bull (with No Bull, mind you). We would rather take the required amount of time, and then have all the visa grants!

Current visa processing time in Manila

We’re getting tourist visas being processed in a day or two lately. In some cases we lodge in the afternoon, and they are processed and granted the next morning.

Again, I WISH I could take credit and say they are doing that because they adore us, and they just can’t wait to get their hands on such excellent work. But no….sadly no. Yes, of course they wouldn’t be granting the visa applications if they weren’t correctly prepared and didn’t have all the right information. If we stuff up, they will still refuse even from Down Under Visa. But no faster.

But yes, right now we’re getting speedy tourist visa applications coming through, which makes for a lot of happy clients. The less time people wait, the happier they are. And we’re certainly getting some surprised reactions, considering we quote 2 – 4 weeks as an average time.

So, for those of you getting speedy tourist visa grants, congratulations and please enjoy.

I will however tell you that this is unlikely to last very long. We’ve seen this happen over the years. The one-day-processing, followed by the 6 – 8 week processing. It all depends on how many visa applications are being lodged in Manila, compared to how many people are there processing them.

Partner visa processing times?

Yes, getting some speedy partner visa applications being processed too, happy to say. Bear in mind though that there is a lot more they need to check and verify, and regardless of whether they have sufficient staff to do it, the checks and balances will still be done. And if the application is light on relationship evidence, it won’t get rushed through. The quality that we always strive for must be there, otherwise you risk failure.

Watch this space

Not ready to make the full announcement yet, as still a few things to be put in place.

But we will soon be launching the Down Under Visa – Visa Q & A page, which will be a Facebook group. This will allow both clients and prospective clients to ask questions of that knowledgeable and overworked Registered Migration Agent, Jeff Harvie. And those questions will be answered by video. What I expect is that this will be informative and educational to all who ask and to all who listen, as no doubt any question that you ask will be something that someone else was also wondering about.

So, yes. Watch this space.

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  1. Alan Duff

    Very good info that you provide

  2. onwuanaku. k. Vernitius

    Thanks for your information, I love australia, and I will love to live there, please let me know how to apply for personal visa

    • Jeff Harvie

      Not sure what you mean by a personal visa, sorry. Please have a look at the website. You will see that we manage partner visas, family visas and visitor visas from the Philippines. If you fall into this category, please complete a visa assessment form and we can see if we can help you.

  3. Vermelyn Linogo

    Hello sir/maam.
    I woul like know whats the first step to process a tourist visa.
    How long it takes and
    How much cost.
    Hope to hear from u soon sir/madam.

    Have a good day

  4. Carl

    Hi Jeff. Myself and my girlfriend submitted for our second tourist visa (3 month, multi entry) on 9 October 2018. Today we go past the 31 days processing time stated by the DIBP website. She received her first visa within 16 days in April 2018.

    Reading all the comments, we understand contacting the embassy will probably not help or speed up the application.
    We both want to try and understand at least what the current processing times are actually at the Manila Embassy (Not global) at the moment (i.e. 5-6 Weeks??), Do you have any current feeling on Manila processing times based on the applications you have made?

    We are both very frustrated and are constantly having to re-arrange our personal and work commitments for a holiday together in Australia. We have stated (in the immiaccount website) that she wants to fly on Thursday 15th November (No flights booked) and feel that we will have to change this date again.

    Many Thanks

    • Jeff Harvie

      They take as long as they take, Carl. Knowing how long it took Fred and Betty won’t help you to know how long yours will take. You can only be patient.


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