Australian Tourist Visas for Filipinos – Common Myths Debunked
Myth #1: The universal checklist of requirements for Filipino passport holders
“What are my requirements?” is a common request, because many people assume that an Australian tourist visa application is “simple” and that there must be a simple list available. Some of the travel agent sites will give you a “checklist” of what you need, which is quite amateurish. 80%+ of the value of a tourist visa application is in providing sufficient and correct documentation to present your case well. A professional will assess your case and will provide you with a personalised and detailed To-Do List, and will guide you to ensure you get it right.
Myth #2: Booking flights before applying for a tourist visa
The Embassy advise you not to book flights first. So do Down Under Visa. Booking flights, booking hotels, etc before having a visa? A great way to lose a whole lot of money if the visa is refused, or even if it’s granted after your flight date!
Myth #3: Depositing money into a bank account aka “Show Money”
This is a common myth. A popular one amongst scamming Filipino females too, I might add! The belief is that if you dump AUD$5,000.00 into a bank account in the Philippines first, you can use this as evidence that she is wealthy. This is attempted fraud.
Myth #4: She must be employed or you won’t get an Australian tourist visa
90%+ of successful Down Under Visa tourist visa clients are unemployed. Many have never had a job in their lives, and very few have banks accounts either. It’s never been an issue for us! The issue is that they need to believe the visa applicant is a genuine visitor to Australia, and is of a low-risk of breaching visa conditions (ie overstaying, working illegally etc). They need to believe she will return at the end of the visit, and they also need to see she would be supported financially during her stay in Australia. There are other ways of demonstrating that she is low-risk, and a professional and experienced Registered Migration Agent knows how to do this.
Myth #5: She must attend the CFO (Commission for Filipinos Overseas) before traveling to Australia
Not correct. The CFO runs seminars for migrating spouses with Partner Visas to Australia, and yes this is a requirement. It is not a requirement for Australian tourist visa holders.
Myth #6: Filipinos Must have vaccinations
Currently Australia does NOT require any vaccinations for tourist visa holders.
Myth #7: Filipinos Must have a medical examination
On occasions they will ask for a medical examination. Most of the time they won’t. If they do require a medical examination and/or an xray, they will request this after the visa application has been lodged. There is nothing gained by seeing a private clinic beforehand.
Myth #8: I can decide to apply for a partner visa and remain in Australia
Technically, yes you can. You may do this as long as you don’t have a No Further Stay (Condition 8503) on your visa grant, which stops you applying for other visas inside Australia. However, from a practical point of view a partner visa is a monster-sized application! Plus you will have a wedding to organise. Trying to do all of this in less than 3 months is a great way to mess everything up. Either you run out of time, or you lodge a substandard rush-job partner visa application. Get some professional advice if you want a partner visa!
Myth #9: I want a one year (12 month) tourist visa
Yes, the Department website lists this as an option. And if the applicant is wealthy enough to take a 1 year holiday in Australia, yes maybe it’s a possibility. Otherwise? It’s a good way to get a refusal of your tourist visa application. Get some professional advice, and be realistic with your expectations.
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