Yes, DIAC have done it again. Revenue-raising at its best! Partner visas in particular are made up of captive audiences who really have no choice.
Please note that there is NOTHING we can do about this. This affects previous quotes, and it affects existing applications which haven’t been lodged yet and which will be lodged after 1 September 2013.
OK, here they are: Continue reading
Is it easy to get a Australian partner visa? Is it as simple as just filling out forms and ticking boxes?
Trevor and Marites (from Philippines) chose to use Down Under Visa as their Registered Migration Agent in 2010. We assessed them, provided them with their visa requirements, and we prepared and lodged their visa application. Four months after the visa application was lodged with the Australian Embassy in Manila, Marites received her Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa grant and was able to go to Australia to marry her fiance. Continue reading
This has been a good week for us. Four x Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage (Fiancee) Visas, and 1 x Subclass 309 Partner Visa for a de facto couple. This is a good week, because we know how happy and relieved our clients are.
We know exactly how stressful the process is. We went through it ourselves years ago, and we’re glad its behind us now. It’s a hard process, and the total lack of feedback from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship makes it this way. No reflection on the Case Officers themselves. It’s just the way the system works. And it’s very hard on couples knowing that their future sites on a knife-edge.
Actually, the Australian sponsor of one of the ladies just emailed me this morning. He said they had started to resign themselves to the visa never being approved, and had planned that he would have to keep coming back and forth to Cebu (Philippines) for years to come. After getting the good news I’m sure they’re still in a daze of disbelief.
As I said, yes it’s been a very good week because five couples are now secure in their futures together. And that makes our job worthwhile!
The Family Code of the Philippines states:
Art. 26. All marriages solemnized outside the Philippines, in accordance with the laws in force in the country where they were solemnized, and valid there as such, shall also be valid in this country, except those prohibited under Articles 35 (1), (4), (5) and (6), 3637 and 38. (17a)
Where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall have capacity to remarry under Philippine law. (As amended by Executive Order 227)
We just had a client contact us because an attorney in Philippines had told him he must get an annulment done in Philippines because he had married his estranged wife in Philippines. And it was going to take a very long time and cost an exorbitant sum. Continue reading
This week we’ve had two clients from Philippines granted Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visas (fiancee visa). In both cases they’ve taken only 2 1/2 months to process. All good and sound applications, as we always do. The better the application is prepared and complete, the smoother it goes through the system. Those clients will soon be on their way to Australia.
However, just last week we had a Subclass 309 Partner Visa (de facto visa) granted which took 9 months! It was also a very good application, with no requests for further information from the Australian Embassy in Manila. Partner Visas based on de facto relationships require lots of evidence to prove the existence of a genuine relationship that is permanent and ongoing. So yes it’s always a major achievement, and we are justifiably proud of the end results. So why 9 months and not 2 1/2? Mostly just luck of the draw, which is something we can’t control. Continue reading