Child Visas

Philippine Child Visa for Australia

Child Visas

There are Child Visas and Dependent Child Visas for Filipino children (natural children and adopted) who are wholly or substantially dependent on you (Filipina parent) for their daily needs. This option should be considered if you feel that it would be advantageous to not include a dependent child in a partner visa application from Philippines, if you wish them to travel to Australia at a later time. Be aware that child visa applications may mean that children and parents are separated for 18 months to several years.

An easier option is to include a dependent child in an Australian partner visa application from the beginning, and we at Down Under Visa always advise our clients to do just that. However there are circumstances where parents (and even the child if old enough) decide that they wish to delay migrating to Australia for education purposes or to allow their mother to adjust to life in Australia before they join her. And as long as children remain dependent on their parent in Australia (and remain as children), they may be applied-for under the Child Visa options at a later stage.

DISCLAIMER

Information contained in this page is of a general nature. Informative, yes, but not a formula for preparing visa applications and should not be relied on as such. The devil is in the detail, rest assured. Australian migration law is complicated and Departmental decisions are inflexible and often final. Readers and future visa applicants and sponsors are advised to rely on professionals to ensure a happy outcome.


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Dependent Child – What does it mean?

A Dependent Child must be the child of the Filipina mother (or father, if the original partner visa applicant is male). If they are under 18 they are considered to be dependent on the parent, however if they are over 18 they need to establish that they remain “wholly or substantially dependent for their daily needs”. This means food, clothing and shelter. If they are being supported by another parent, or especially if they are working and supporting themselves then they are no longer dependent.

Note that a dependent child over 18 should be able to show why they remain dependent, such as being full-time students. Working, living away from home, being married or engaged or in a de facto relationship, all of these can render the child as no longer being dependent as they show evidence that they are able to support themselves.


Child Visa Eligibility

As well as the aforementioned need to be a dependent child, they must also be the biological child of the Australian partner visa holder, or a legally adopted child or step-child over whom they have legal responsibility. Note that whilst it’s common in the Philippines to have unofficial adopted children living with you, they are ineligible for Child Visas to Australia. Relatives or neighbours children, even if they have lived with the visa holder for a very long time, will not be eligible.

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The Filipino child must also be under the sole custody of the Filipino visa holder in Australia through court order or due to being born out of wedlock which under Philippines Law, ie Art 176 of the Family Code of the Philippines, gives sole custody to the mother when the child is call “illegitimate”. If the biological father of the child is still alive and maintains legal custody of the child, written permission from this parent is required before the child may migrate to Australia.

Child Visa Options

  • Dependent Child Visa: If the parent of the child holds a temporary partner visa.

The Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445) is for dependent children of holders of temporary partner visas, such as the Subclass 309 or the Subclass 820. The dependent child is sponsored by the original sponsor of the temporary partner visa, and it allows the visa holder to travel to Australia to live with his parent and new step-parent. When the temporary partner visa holder is being considered for the permanent partner visa, the Dependent Child Visa holder may be included in that permanent visa.

  • Child Visa: If the parent of the child holds a permanent partner visa.

The Child Visa (Subclass 101) is a permanent visa for the dependent child of a permanent partner visa. Therefore this visa is applied for at a later stage than when a 445 dependent child visa may be applied for. The Child Visa holder enters Australia as a permanent visa holder. The Regulations are particularly strict, and standards for being dependent are particularly high. The visa applicant must be wholly or substantially dependent on the parent in Australia for their daily needs, and for this to have been the case for a significant time.


Child Visa Pros and Cons

Philippines to Australia child visa pros and cons

  • May apply for on a temporary partner visa (Subclass 445 Dependent Child Visa) or on a permanent partner visa (Subclass 101 Child Visa)
  • Moderately high Government fees only
  • Allows time for a couple to adjust to marriage and life in a new country before children arrive
  • Technically may be applied-for onshore
  • Cannot apply for whilst parent is on a prospective marriage visa
  • Can mean children are apart from their mother for several years
  • Higher level of evidence to prove dependency than as a secondary applicant on a partner visa, ie. can’t marry, get engaged, live in a de facto relationship, live independently, be employed, and leaving study is inadvisable
  • Very hard to get a tourist visa for an otherwise dependent child, therefore not easy to apply for an onshore child visa application

Australian Child Visas From the Philippines FAQ

Do I need to apply for a Child Visa at the same time as a Partner Visa?

No, you may apply for a Dependent Child Visa when the parent has had a temporary Partner Visa granted (ie Subclass 309 or Subclass 820). You may apply for a Child Visa when the parent has a permanent Partner Visa granted (ie. Subclass 100 or Subclass 801).

The family has a niece who grew up with them. Can we get them a Child Visa?

No sorry. Only biological, step or adopted children. No chance for another relative.

When can we apply for a Child Visa?

You can apply for a Dependent Child Visa when the parent has had a temporary Partner Visa granted (ie Subclass 309 or Subclass 820). You may apply for a Child Visa when the parent has a permanent Partner Visa granted (ie. Subclass 100 or Subclass 801).

Her son has a biological father she was married to. Can we get him a Child Visa?

Only if (a) you have his written permission for the child to migrate permanently, or (b) there is a court order removing his custodial rights.

She wasn’t married to the father of the child. Can we get him a Child Visa?

Under Philippines Law, children born out of wedlock are the sole responsibility of the mother. An unmarried biological father has no say in what happens to his children.

What’s better? A Child Visa, or adding the child to a Partner Visa?

It comes down to what you prefer. To me? I think kids should be with their parents, and note that a Dependent Child Visa means parent and child will be apart 18 months or longer. Child Visa, even longer. But if you prefer that mum settles into life in Australia first, then a Child Visa is reasonable choice. We will help you no matter what you choose.

Do I need to adopt the child in Australia?

There is no legal requirement for you to do so. It’s very easy to change the family name of a child through the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages with a simple form.

What’s the difference between a Child Visa and a Dependent Child Visa?

There are different criteria in the Migration Regulations for each one, which we won’t go into here. In short, the Dependent Child Visa is applied for when the child’s parent has a temporary Partner Visa, whereas the Child Visa is applied for when the parent has a permanent Partner Visa.

The child is 25 years old and has a job and a husband. Can we get a Child Visa?

Not a chance. Needs to be a child who is wholly or substantially dependent on their parent for their daily needs. If working and/or with a spouse, they are clearly not dependent on anyone else.

The child is 25 years old and doesn’t work. Can we get a Child Visa?

Not unless there is a very unusual reason for the “child” to be still genuinely dependent on a parent at that age. Laziness is not a justifiable reason. This is about genuine dependency, and not because you want your older child to enjoy the good life in Australia. They need to genuinely deserve the visa grant.

What age can the child be for a Child Visa?

It gets a little complicated. Please complete an online assessment and we can advise you.


Have A Child Visa Question Not Answered Above?

Philippines to Australia child visa ask a question

Now, over to you the client (or potential client)! We value our clients opinions, and we believe in keeping all well-informed. What would YOU like to ask about child visas? What do YOU think needs a bit more explanation? Ask below, and Jeff Harvie RMA will answer your question for you and for others wondering the same thing.

35 Comments

  1. wynd david

    Hi I would like to ask if I have a dependent child and the custody is given to the father
    by court can I still get my children?

    also what is the age to get a visa for my daughter – I have 6 yrs ,12 yrs ,13 yrs and 18 yrs old.

    thank you and looking forward for your reply

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      Australia will follow what the legal custodial position is in the home country, David. That means if the court in the Philippines gives custody of the kids to the father, then she may not take them out of the country without written permission from the custodial father. I won’t comment on ages, because I don’t know your situation, visa held now, or visas you wish to apply for.

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  2. Cathleya Benitez

    Hello Mr Harvie! I have an 18 yo daughter living in the Philippines while I am currently working in Doha, Qatar. I will apply for Partner visa next year hopefully with your agency but I am concerned that I cannot get a written permission from my ex husband since I do not know if he is still alive. Is it better to apply Dependent child visa and my Partner Visa at the same time? Thanks

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      If your daughter is 18 years old you do not need permission from the other biological parent, Cathleya. Your daughter may make her own decisions at that point, as she is legally an adult.

      Reply
  3. Alma

    Hi, my son is 20 and fully dependent on me. He had been enrolled many times in different colleges but never continued his courses. He is currently enrolled now as freshmen. Meaning, he is not enrolled in this course he’s in now before he turned 18. Would that complicate his application for child visa? Cheers

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      I don’t know the details of your case, Alma. He needs to be wholly or substantially dependent on you for his daily needs, and he needs to fit the definition of a dependent child. The older he gets, the harder it is to prove this. If he keeps not finishing his studies, of course they will suspect he’s just doing this so he remains dependent on you. You should advise him to stick to what he’s doing now.

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  4. janica

    Hi, im in a temporary visa now and i wanna bring my kids here after they graduate in philippines next year. they will be 19 and 21 years old. My question is what is better for them, i apply dependent visa for them while they are in Philippines or its better to invite them as tourist first and apply here onshore?

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      It is often difficult to get tourist visas for dependent children, because they need to be convinced they will return at the end of the tourist visa. Highly likely the tourist visa applications would be refused. I would suggest you look at child visas for them applied-for offshore. And I suggest you get the applications applied-for professionally so that you get it right.

      Reply
  5. Bela

    How to prove that im mother or illigitemate child.what are the requirements?and do i needto get some affidivit of illigitimacy to provr that..some says thats not acceptable evidence.and immigration dont brlelieve that.thank u

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      Don’t you have the child’s birth certificate? Or birth records from the hospital?

      Reply
  6. Russell

    Hi jeff we are thinking about a second tourist visa before applying for a permanent visa .could we include a dependent child on the tourist visa .and then also on the permanent visa later on

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      Hello Russell. You need to email me about this so we get it right. This isn’t the place to discuss an actual visa application. Cheers.

      Reply
  7. Liza

    Hi jef.if ever my de facto visa will approve,is my tourist child 10 yrs old no need to exit anymore?

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      Not 100% sure what you’re saying, Joy. Are you asking if your child on a tourist visa will not need to return if your partner visa application is granted? Yes, IF he was included as a secondary applicant in the partner visa application. If he was not? No, he will need to return. Please use the CONTACT FORM on our website if you need to discuss this further.

      Reply
  8. scott knopf

    Hi
    My wife has the temp bridging visa A awaiting her approval for her 820 Perm Res. We were told to apply for her son using the 1436 form and attach it to her application and he will receive the same bridging visa as her and be able to come to Australia asap and DOES NOT have to wait for my wife to be granted her perm visa in 2 years. Is that true? I’ve already applied for him and paid the fees and am still waiting on an answer.

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      He’s outside Australia, and someone told you to fill out and lodge a Form 1436? That only works if he’s already inside Australia! Who gave you such terrible information?

      Reply
  9. Gesela Sulam

    Hi,

    My father is Permanent Resident here in Australia.
    He has a 1 year old daughter in the Philippines which her mum gave the child to my father since she was born, Because she can’t look after her. My father is the said father on her birth certificate. He left the child in the Philippines to her hired carer because my father needs to come back here in Australia so he won’t lose her permanent visa. My father has no job here in Australia and we her children here in Australia
    was supporting him until now.

    I was just wondering how my father can bring the child here in Australia even he doesn’t have a job. What kind of visa we are able to apply for the child.
    He is on Parent Contributory Visa which is now he is already Permanent Residence through that visa.

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      We may apply for a Child Visa for the child. We will need to establish beyond any doubt that he is the biological father of the child, and we will need permission from the mother. Suggest that you get him to contact us via our help and support page on the website.

      Reply
  10. Vicky

    Hi Mr Harvie,I am permanent resident and my husband is an Australian citizen.I applied for my daughter Child visa 101 at the time she was 23 and still studying in the university,it was on the 22 April 2017.She is my daughter of my first marriage.She graduated last year in April 2018 and she was 25 year old in December.During that time she did undergo all the requirements ,medicals,submitted every forms..Since then we have been waiting .We wrote three times and they replied that it was under processing.The last one they said was due to circumstances.My daughter is now working.Is it normal to take so long?Thank you very much and have a good day.

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      That’s a long time, but there is nothing you can do about it. Nagging won’t make it go faster. You just need to wait.

      Reply
      • Vicky

        Hi Mr Harvie,Thank you very much for your prompt answer.It was very kind of you.We wish you a good afternoon.

        Reply
  11. K.

    Hi, I am an Australian female with god children (as per certificate of baptism). Is it possible for me to act as sponsor for them to study senior high school in Australia?

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      We dont advise on student visas, sorry

      Reply
  12. S

    Hi Jeff, Me, My Partner and my baby are currently PR here in AU. During my application here i stated that im single in all of my documents.
    But in my younger years i had a daughter in the Philippines who is now in her 20’s and in her birth certificate i am married to her mother
    as we paid a marriage document just to present to the hospital.
    Now my question, is it still possible for me to get my daughter via child visa without having any issue with my PR status?
    I mean applying single here and having a daughter that i didn’t declare in my PR application.

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      You will need to see an attorney and to get her birth certificate corrected. This will need to go through the court and will take probably a year or more. There is no other way to repair this damage, and you should not even think about a visa application until this is done.

      Reply
  13. Lorrisa

    Hi, I just want to ask, I am in a de facto relationship with an Australian Citizen.I am planning to apply for a partner visa and wanted to include my dependent child. I am currently here in Australia but my daughter is still in the Philippines. Which form should I fill out for me and for my dependent child if I am lodging my visa whilst I am here in Australia and her visa whilst she’s in the Philippines?

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      You can’t include your child in an onshore partner visa if she is not also onshore. You need to bring her to Australia.

      Reply
  14. jean-claude daems

    The visa application is still under consideration and you will be advised in due course as to the outcome.

    If there are any changes to your circumstances in the meantime, please advise immediately
    Dear Jeff,
    Thank you for taking the time.
    Does the second paragraph applies to my wife only or her daughter?
    The daughter after graduation has been working for over a year now.
    The application was lodged over 2 years ago, and she is now25.
    Is working a good thing or not/?Thank you again.
    J-C.

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      Sorry but I don’t understand your questions at all

      Reply
      • jean-claude daems

        Dear Jeff,

        I’m so sorry for the confusion I tried to make it short.I was just wondering, because the case officer sent this email to my wife recently:

        The visa application is still under consideration and you will be advised in due course as to the outcome.

        If there are any changes to your circumstances in the meantime, please advise immediately..

        The word “changes to your circumstances”Does this concern between my wife or her daughter or both?
        The child visa 101 application was lodged 2 years ago while she was studying in the university .Shortly after graduation,she applied and was hired for a job. Shes 25 and currently working over a year now. Is working a good thing or not for the visa?Because it was never mention to them .
        Thank you very much again for your time.J-C

        Reply
        • Jeff Harvie

          Those are changes in circumstances, and yes you should inform them. And no, working is NOT a good thing. She’s supposed to be dependent on her mother wholly or substantially for her daily needs.

          Reply
          • Pk

            Hi Jeff

            I would like to know if I’m still eligible for dependent child visa.

            My father is now Australian citizen but before he got in Australia he put me to be his dependent. Now 21 years old and just graduated last year. Also I’m dependent on my father for everything and had no job. The reason why it took me this long is that I want to finish my studies first in the Philippines.

            Thank you in Advance.

  15. Candy

    I have a baby with a British man (I am Filipino). He has a job in Australia and although will not marry me, we are going to bring our baby up together. What visa can I get? My baby has a British passport.

    Reply
  16. Abbey

    Good day I’m from philippines i am a child visa client i applied last July 2018 my age is 21 but now im turning 23 on september the last email is my application has been collected from high commissioner . I am college graduate and taking 2nd course has no work experience the gaps of my study is 11 mos it should be affect or not l.

    Reply

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Further Reading

Want to read more about Australian Child Visas from the Philippines? Check out some of our Child Visa BLOG posts below.

Travel Requirements for Filipino Children

Finishing School in Philippines, Or Not?


More On Child Visas From Our BLOG Page…

When should the Filipino child come to Australia?

Not always the easiest question, but if you are bringing a Filipino child of your single-mum or divorced/annulled Filipina lady from Philippines to Australia, it’s an area you both need to discuss and you should both agree on. And I really mean that! If you are the committed couple that you claim to be on your Partner Visa application (or Prospective Marriage Visa application) then you should be leading a shared life, and decisions about kids should be made by both of you. It’s not just the decision for the mother, and it is DEFINITELY NOT the decision of her family in the Philippines.

If there are kids involved and you intend to bring them to Australia to live as a complete family, then you have two major options. Either:

  • Include them as secondary applicants as part of a Partner Visa application, or
  • Do not include them as secondary applicants in the Partner Visa application, and bring them to Australia later with a Dependent Child Visa or Child Visa later again.

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Leaving Filipino kids with the relatives

Lots of great things in Filipino culture, but I’m of the firm belief that kids should always be with their parents despite the tendency to leave them with relatives. I also married a single mum. Remy (child) was left in the province from 2 ½ until 9 years old while Mila was an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) in Hong Kong doing her best to make a better kids for her daughter. The relatives did their best, but she was semi-feral by the time we brought her to Australia on a Subclass 445 Dependent Child Visa. An auntie, an uncle and two ol’ grandparents shared the parenting role, but it meant the buck didn’t actually stop anywhere! “Where is Remy?” “Diko alam” (ie. “I don’t know”). She was very underweight. She slept when she wanted. She roamed the town. And she didn’t like being told what to do. She needed a mum and dad, and she got them in Mila and myself. We did what I think was a great job, but there were also insecurities to deal with from the feeling she had of her mum abandoning her!

Other relatives who did the same thing? Yes, and they are the kids who got into trouble. There are three nieces whom we have nothing to do with now. Two of them married complete morons after getting pregnant at a young age. They’re now trapped, and will live in poverty forever.

So please think carefully, OK? The relatives might be well-meaning, but kids need a mum AND a dad. And to me, nothing is more rewarding than being a dad. It’s probably the best thing a man can ever aspire to being.

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Darren Way
23:20 06 Jun 17
Thanks Down Under Visa what a great service and experience both Rosalie and I received from your business. Would highly recommend your service to anyone looking to obtain a tourist visa as we did. The Hub page is great and let's you know where you are at with the visa application and what needs to be sent next. Looking forward to spending 3 months with Rosalie and without Jeffrey and Jeremy's and staff help it would not be realty. Cheers again for your great work. Glenn & Rosalie.read more
Glenn Fowler
Glenn Fowler
07:53 24 Nov 16

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Jhanet B. Kamad
Jhanet B. Kamad
2018-07-10T16:10:14+0000
Thanks for helping us. We are a happy and satisfied with your service.read more
Joel Marshall
Joel Marshall
2018-06-06T09:47:48+0000
Getting a partner visa is a daunting challenge. Jeff and the team made it as easy as possible for us and minimized stress. I knew that if i followed what they said i would get a good result and i did. My wife is now a permanent resident! I really appreciated there availability to answer questions and respond quickly. Thanks DUV!read more
Roschel Arpon
Roschel Arpon
2018-05-25T06:43:01+0000
Happy and grateful that we made the right choice of appointing DUV as our agent to process my tourist and partner visa to Australia. I highly recommend DUV for their professionalism and expertise in visa processing.read more
Russ Hawk
Russ Hawk
2018-05-24T02:11:38+0000
Yet another Stella performance from Jeff, Jeremy and the DUV Team, our permanent visa approved the day after it was submitted. We used DUV for our Partner Visa (temporary) and after plenty of hard work and excellent advice from the DUV team it was approved in 7 months (record time). Now we used DUV to apply for our Permanent Partner Visa after the obligatory two year wait and have just been informed that it has been approved one day after it was submitted, great work team. Sure you can apply for all this yourself but be prepared to be knocked back by the Australian Immigration as its a bit of a mine field to negotiate and DUV do it better than anyone I know. My advice to any prospective visa applicants use DUV they make it so simple as they know the system. Also remember be totally honest and patient with DUV in all your dealings, if you are unable to supply a requested item just tell them, they will advise you from there. So thank you so much to Jeff and his DUV team and my mate Jeremy who has helped us throughout this amazing Journey. Russell & Roxanneread more
Paul Jefferey Scates
Paul Jefferey Scates
2018-04-26T01:33:46+0000
These guys are the greatest. They know how to do the job done in the most legit manner possible. I would recommend them to anyone who is in a relationship with a beautiful filipina.read more
Larry Mitchell
Larry Mitchell
2018-04-21T03:11:03+0000
I would recommend duv to anyone who us looking for a visa for their filipina partner..Very friendl and prompt and i am very happy with their service..thanks jef and the team..from larry and donna..cheers..read more
Allan W Lambert
Allan W Lambert
2018-04-16T08:03:55+0000
I would like to congratulate Jeff and team for my son and his pina partner visa which ia now at the TR stage as they wait in Australia for Permanent Residency...Anything in life worth having takes hardwork ,patience and going about it the right way.I can say that DUV thorough pre processing methods ,hard as it may seem at times bares a great success rate and satisfaction for any client .. Thanks Jeff for all your expertise and professional and realistic helpread more
Stephen Leonard
Stephen Leonard
2018-04-07T11:56:42+0000
WE now have a Partner visa and a dependent child visa ! we are completely happy with Down Under Visa , the staff (bless you Jeremy ) the courtesy ,the belief in what they do,is apparent in the result which speaks for itself.I cannot recommend DUV any higher than to say Well done and thanks so very much .A family business satisfying other families, God Bless ..Steve and Beth Leonard .Sydney. Australia .read more
Craig Bagnall
Craig Bagnall
2018-04-02T18:58:18+0000
My Partner and I spent a lot of time on our partner visa under the guidance of Down Under Visa and was approved in 5 weeks after submitting.I think because of the reputation of them is the reason for quick approval.I have a friend at work who has done his own and he submitted his before me and is still waiting ours was approved in November 2017.Very happy i chose to get them to help us.read more
Mic Knights
Mic Knights
2018-03-06T23:26:52+0000
They only deal with a specific range of visas and they do it very well, the Migration Hub is an excellent tool that helps keep track of things. They truly understand the process and are very efficient at doing the best they can to help love happen. I would never consider using another Migration Agent and we are so glad we decided to use Down Under Visa they have done a fantastic job. Many thanks for all your help in getting the Visa organised for my beautiful family, at last we can be together forever, you are the best, keep up the good work. Best wishes from Mic, Marivic and Camilleread more
Rit Peralta-Welland
Rit Peralta-Welland
2018-03-04T00:26:43+0000
After getting a refusal for a tourist visa to Australia years ago, I'm so glad that I found DUV and decided to engage their services for a tourist and then subsequently a partner visa. I'm a lawyer here in the Philippines and I would like to believe that I'm more or less able to understand the requirements and follow the procedures in applying for a visa. But I realized that application for visa is not a walk in the park when I received my very first visa refusal (and it hurts!). What you need is strong proof that your relationship is genuine and a strategy on how you can present this effectively. In legal parlance, you need to present sufficient evidence to establish probable cause that a genuine relationship exists and convince the assigned case officer to grant the visa. And for this, DUV can indubitably give you guidance with their vast knowledge and expertise in Australia's migration laws, rules and regulations; and their experience in both its theoretical and practical application. Because of this, I highly recommend the services of DUV for tourist and partner visa to Australia!read more
Enreech Lim Smith
Enreech Lim Smith
2018-02-26T14:40:00+0000
You won't ever regret calling a help from them 💕💕💕 All you have to do is trust them and believe that everything will fall into its places. Im so glad my husband found this team to work for my visa. Every cent is WORTH IT!!! A huge thank you jeff,jeremy,mila and DUV team 💕💕💕 May God shower more blessings for all of you guys 👍👍👍read more
Bob Bailey
Bob Bailey
2018-02-24T10:15:02+0000
I am 65 and my wife 54. I have never gone through anything like this before, I started doing the visa application myself through the Immigration website. I am so glad that i made the decision to get Downunder Visa to do it instead. I class myself as reasonably well educated but there was no way i could have done it myself. Downunders Hub page makes it very easy to know what to get and when to get it. We arent quite at the stage of applying yet but we are very close. Thank you to Jeff and his family for helping me to get my wife in my life in Australia. When you get to my age every day without her is a day we will never get to have together. I would whole heartedly recommend Downunder Visa to anyone who is considering a Tourist or Partner Visa. You will not regret it.read more
Neville Norman
Neville Norman
2018-02-22T07:43:48+0000
In a little over 24hrs, a Tourist Visa Grant has been given to my partner and her daughter. Down Under Visa provides a valuable service, dealing with an Australian Government agency which is generally not easy to do and it is peace of mind, knowing the business, DOWN UNDER VISA is the BEST in this line of business. Jeff, Jeremy and all of your staff, thank you!read more
Jon Murray
Jon Murray
2018-02-15T11:35:52+0000
Choosing down under visa was the best decision I made. My partners tourist visa was approve 1 week after lodgment. Now we are just waiting for our PMV to be approved. All you have to do is follow down under visa's instructions to have the best possible chance of being approved. Thank you DUV!read more
May OS
May OS
2017-12-20T13:26:55+0000
My husband and I would like to thank Down Under Visa and all the staff specially Jeff and Jeremy for helping us make one of our dream come true. We finally get our 820 visa grant today and we are so happy. Thank you so much for helping us along the way of processing the visas, from our visitors visa, bridging visa, and now our PARTNER Visa. This is such a great CHRISTMAS gift. Once again thank you very much and most of all thanks to God!!!read more
Marinel Tabuyo-Hansen
Marinel Tabuyo-Hansen
2017-11-15T22:24:05+0000
Just follow the instructions, provide all the papers asked, they will do the rest and voila! You'll receive visa grant notices. Mine was very fast. Thanks, Down Under Visa.read more
Jenivy Segovia Echavez
Jenivy Segovia Echavez
2017-11-07T00:02:10+0000
As a first timer applying visa, I couldn't say more since I can't compare a past experience about rejections or how other reflect their works but one thing I can assure (to those clients who are reading reviews to enlighten your situation that I used to do) that DUV is such a great partner (back then I have a bit ideas the struggle of applying visa) Tho we always think positive of the result but still the granted of my visa makes me feel "wow like how come?" Lol � I highly recommend this agency and we are looking forward to your help again in the near furture. You guys deserve more than 5 starts! God bless your team always! To Sir. Jeremy, Sir. Jeff and Mam Mila that I used to talk through email thanks guys, I honestly get comfortable emailing with you all, specially Sir. Jeremy� (sounds like a bro to me lol) Once again thanks teammate! Regards Isaac and Jenivy (the King and Queen of hearts �) ayy ��read more
Charissa Pua Guingue
Charissa Pua Guingue
2017-10-17T04:31:38+0000
Highly recommended migration agent! Very trusted worry nomore!read more
Michael Tran
Michael Tran
2017-09-28T09:19:17+0000
Hi, I would like to thank DUV for the Tourist Visa they got for my fiance Patricia recently; Especially Jeremy who was the one to do most of the work. Just like to add that it was good to see such good old fashioned dedicated business ethics displayed by this company, that modern times have left by the wayside. I reckon I sent a thousand emails to DUV (probably 990 to Jeremy and 10 to Jeff) and every single time the reply was sent within a few hours. think the longest I ever wait was about 6 hours. It might seem a small thing for some, but for an eccentric old Aussie buggar like myself, who values service above all... it was a very pleasing factor in my review of DUV. The other thing is... At first I was complaining to my fiance because of all the stuff DUV were asking of us. I thought, gee wizz... they are asking too much and I was mad at them. As time went by I began to see the method in the madness (for me at least) and come to grips with it all. By the end of the process, I now see that the way DUV process these Visa's is the very BEST way possible. It virtually assures you will be successful 99%. Yes, its taken us a long time, but yes also, I feel confident of success now with our pending PMV current being processed by Oz immigration. Thanks for everything guys at DUV and I take back all I said against you in the beginning (not that you knew about it lol). Keep up the good work guys, and a special thanks to Jeremy who handled most of our case. Very well done and highly recommend.read more
Rona Ragay Rankin
Rona Ragay Rankin
2017-09-05T12:17:41+0000
After 2 rejections from others, Downunder Visa came through for us. Rona arrived in Sunday 2nd September and we haven't stopped smiling. Thank you so much to Jeff and his wonderful team they have made 2 people very happy. Through out the entire process they were supportive and understanding and we owe them our happiness. Thanks guys Greg and Ronaread more
Johnston Frederick
Johnston Frederick
2017-08-19T22:21:17+0000
Excellent, well organised and very structured. I commend you on a business that helps dumbo's like me through the maze of goverment mumbo jumbo and makes it all so easy. Well doneread more
Daryl Wagner
Daryl Wagner
2017-07-12T00:37:18+0000
So far so good, when Elsa gets a visa we will be over the moon....read more
Richard Otten
Richard Otten
2017-06-20T10:44:36+0000
We are very happy and satisfied with the Down Under Visa team and were successfully granted a prospective partner Visa for my partner. She is now living here with me and we look forward to a very happy life together.read more
Kaz Maras
Kaz Maras
2017-05-24T10:41:16+0000
We are so happy with the great news. Five stars. Our partner VISA was granted on the 22st May and apart from relief, we're mostly happy with the way it's unfolded time wise... which is weird as I was so worried because we - including DownUnder Visa - had no control over how long it would take ... in the end it was done right and to that I thank DownUnder Visa, job well done .. thanks a million guys.read more
Catherine Cashion
Catherine Cashion
2017-03-31T03:43:49+0000
Thank you so much Jeremy,Jeff,Mila and Down under visa staff for the Great news for us last week March 22 2017 Our partner visa is Granted...we will Recommend this to our fellow friends to choice Down Under visa ...God bless and thank you once again👏👍 Regards Rob and Catherineread more
Lelani Ibanez
Lelani Ibanez
2017-03-27T13:52:41+0000
Down Under Visa Migration Agent is a very reliable agent. They lodged my tourist application last March 24, Friday and given the granted tourist visa today March 27, 2017, Monday. Very excellent of their services and satisfying to communicate with them. Me and Brian are so much happy and saying to all of you thank you very much mostly to Mr. Jeremy Harvie likewise to Mr. Jeff Harvie. (y)read more
Nick Dimitrakiou
Nick Dimitrakiou
2017-03-22T08:54:15+0000
To Down Under Visa, This is it! Our Partner's Visa is Finally Approved today!!!...We are very happy that we're going to stay and live in together in Australia. We would like to Thank Jeff, Jeremy, Mila and DUV Team for your wonderful work.read more
Michael Norris
Michael Norris
2017-02-17T09:43:59+0000
Well done Down Under Visa! Yesterday you delivered us the great news we have been longing to hear. Advising us our visa has been granted. We cant thank Jeff, Mila and Jeremy and the dedicated and hard working team at Down Under Visa enough! For helping Grachelle and I through those times of the visa application process. You showed true professionalism and personal understanding towards us. The service you offer is second to none.Without Down Under Visa, I dont think none of this would have been possible. Your direction and advises to us were truely helpful and will never be forgotten in that rollercoaster ride they call the visa application journey. You were always there for us. Guiding us through the best ways you knew how, Now Grachelle and I can start making a happy life together in marriage. This is all thanks to Down Under Visa. I wish you Jeff and Down Under Visa many more happy clients. Many more years of success. And without a dout I will recommend your service to those seeking a visa. And for anyone reading up this review. If your thinking of getting a visa done. Take my word Visa Down Under are the real deal. It will be one of the best decisons that you will ever make. A job well done by Down Under Visa and once again a massive thank you from Grachelle and myself!!! 🙂read more
Richard Glover
Richard Glover
2016-11-19T02:31:59+0000
Just want to say how professional and efficient Jeff and the team are! Thank you so much! Your hard work makes such a positive impact to the lives of so many people! If there was a 6th star you guys would get it!read more
Alan Todhunter
Alan Todhunter
2016-09-25T09:43:57+0000
Absolutely top shelf immigration service. I am now married to my beautiful Philippine wife, Catherine. Jeff will ask all the tough questions to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Trust him, he and his team know what they are doing.read more
Micháel Desveaux
Micháel Desveaux
2016-09-08T12:49:56+0000
Great service, great reputation! Highly recommended.read more
Mary Cecile Oracoy Panganiban
Mary Cecile Oracoy Panganiban
2016-09-08T10:28:45+0000
The best and they have help me and the love of my life meet for the first time in Australia. I was approved for tourist visa even if we didn't meet in person yet. What can I say but thank you for making it possible 🙂read more
Ant Franga Francis
Ant Franga Francis
2016-09-08T03:00:56+0000
We used these guys for our fiancé visa. Some stressful times but they got us there in the end. Thanks guys��read more
Rick Williams
Rick Williams
2016-09-08T00:36:08+0000
Money well spent for a good honest service providedread more
Tarah Solidarios
Tarah Solidarios
2016-09-07T23:07:42+0000
I fully recommended them for doing your visa.... Thanks for the help Jeff Harvie and family and the staff of DownUnder Visa☝️☝☝read more
Ndaylin Matthews
Ndaylin Matthews
2016-09-07T11:03:37+0000
I highly recommend Jeff and the staff. We wouldn't been able to do it with out them. They were very efficient and helpful to us. We were very happ we found them. We are so thankful we found Dounundervisa. Gobless you lways guys.read more
Steven Lisk
Steven Lisk
2016-09-07T11:00:15+0000
I have every faith in recommending Jeff and the team they know exactly what's needed and how to present it There's a lot of preparation work to be done and information to be supplied I would recommend you engage them to handle your application knowing full well they will respond to your enquiries and help you all the way . The new hub is a very good system it makes things very straight forward and clear explanation of its use I personally think it's a great tool I've said it before I will say it again thanks to All the team at down under visa Jeff Jeremy and Mila for her language assistance in our case it's our commitment to each other and your commitment to detail and your clients which made our application successful Regards Steve & Tess Belmores Liskread more
Steve Freeman
Steve Freeman
2016-09-07T09:14:38+0000
Thanks to Down Under Visa i have the most wonderful woman in my life and we couldn't be happier. You made the whole experience easy for us and were a great support to us during the whole process. Awesome visa agents.read more
Joshua Peters
Joshua Peters
2016-09-07T07:47:54+0000
On behalf of my wife dinah and i id like to thank jeff and the down under family for all you have done for us. U have made the whole process so so much more easier for us , and less stressful in every way. When we first looked at the the visa options it was all too much so I looked around and found Down under visa. Thank God I did as jeff and crew hit the nail on the head everytime. My wife and kids are here now on their multiple entry tourist visa and We are awaiting the approval now for our spouse visa . Thanks again guys . 5 stars for us from us to you all..read more
Lilia Cabajar Bevan
Lilia Cabajar Bevan
2016-09-07T07:47:38+0000
They are a very great people to talk to. Very helpful. They guide you what you need to do and advice what is the best for you. Do not hesitate to ask them they will help you.read more
Mal White
Mal White
2016-09-07T06:16:05+0000
Great people to deal with very helpful on everyway if your having doubts about doing the visa process yourselves don't hesitate to email jeff at downunder visaread more
Wendy Eborde Argante
Wendy Eborde Argante
2014-05-22T02:10:22+0000
Very Easy to go to they're office, and very friendly staff,specially ate Mila,jeff,and they're Son 🙂read more
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