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Another Happy Down Under Visa Client

(Despite COVID)


Another Australian Partner Visa granted to an Australian Filipina couple, thanks to the work and skill of Down Under Visa. Jeff Harvie and Down Under Visa are the Number One Registered Migration Agent practice in Philippines, taking care of the needs of Australian Filipina couples for many years. Partner Visas, Tourist Visas and Citizenship applications.


Down Under Visa client with Australian Partner Visa   



Australian Partner Visa Grant


Many people are under the impression that there are no Australian visas being granted at the moment. No tourist visas. No partner visas. Borders shut down, therefore no one gets in and out.

Well, it’s not quite that! 

Yes, if you want a tourist visa from the Philippines for your girlfriend or for your sister, highly unlikely you’ll get it. COVID-based travel bans do exist, however:

That does NOT mean no visas and no travel!

  • Partner visa holders can travel to Australia freely
  • And genuine spouses (by de facto relationship or by marriage) may also travel to Australia (with a Travel Ban Exemption, which we can help you with)

Every week Down Under Visa clients still get visa grants, as well as grants of travel ban exemptions. Tony was kind enough to make a video for us, which we share with you today. He stresses two points:

  1. Be patient
  2. Listen to Jeff!

Yes, most of you do listen to Jeff and most of you are extraordinarily patient in these trying times. Never hurts to have a reminder, especially pointing out that by doing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

We thank Tony for his kindness in sharing his story with everyone, and for giving Down Under Visa a great review. We wish him and his family many happy years together. Mostly we hope that this gives further hope to those of you (Well, it’s ALL of us….including us!) during these trying times. Bring on the vaccines, I say! Let’s see an end to COVID once and for all!


Online Weddings


The fairly-newish Utah State online weddings continue to attract clients. We’ve seen maybe 12 – 15 couples marry online from Utah since January, with all saying it was easy stuff (and no type of services needed!)

These marriages are legal in the US, and meet the minimal requirements (done with witnesses, done with clear consent and understanding of what’s happening, no underage marriages, no bigamy, and no marrying your sister, etc) to be recognised as valid in Australia. 

Marry this way, and you get a Utah marriage certificate. No different to if you had married there in person. And as long as your relationship is otherwise genuine and committed, we can apply for Travel Ban Exemptions as I mentioned above.


More information….


Disclaimer: Neither Down Under Visa or any of it’s staff are marriage coordinators or advisers on marriages and weddings, whether in Australia, Philippines or in Utah USA. We have no business arrangements with the Utah Government, nor do we receive any commissions or gratuities. This is purely an information page to allow site visitors to make their own decisions as to whether they wish to take this path.

Down Under Visa also give no guarantees that visa applications based on marriages performed online in Utah (or Australia or Philippines or anywhere else) will result in granted visas. The decision to grant an Australian visa rests by law with the representatives of the Minister and not with us. We guarantee only to do the best job we can to prepare and manage your visa application.


Free online visa assessment form from Down Under Visa
COVID CONCERNS? Australian visas ARE still being granted. We can assess you (a) for an Australian visa AND (b) for a travel ban exemption. CLICK HERE and find out!


Jeff Harvie is a Registered Migration Agent from Australia, but resident in Philippines since 2010 with his Filipina wife Mila and large extended family. Experienced with the Philippines culture, cross-cultural relationships and bureaucracy as well as Australian visas and Australian Migration Law, he writes with authority and fortunately with enough informality and humour that the average Aussie gets it! Down Under Visa specialises in visas for Australians in relationships with ladies and gents from Philippines, Thailand, China and Vietnam. Read MORE
Utah Online Weddings - Australian Government Feedback
Down Under Visa Newsletter Feb 2021 - Partner Visa News


  1. Brian Morse

    How much to obtain a spousal visa for my fillipino gf who is already in Australia on a tourist Visa

    • Jeff Harvie

      Hello Brian. I can give you all the details and costing you need, but I first need to see if I can help you. If you can spare five minutes, please do our free online assessment form.


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