Sham Marriages? Not here, sorry!

Those who have been following the Down Under Visa BLOG may remember me telling you how a gutter-level “current affair” show in Australia had planned a program on “romance tourism” and wanted our participation a few months back. We of course refused!

Well, it seems they did it anyway, and never let the facts get in the way of a good story which the knuckle-draggers of Australian society would enjoy. One destructive and patronizing trip to the Philippines! Nothing like a bit of Asian-bashing to boost ratings, eh? They stated that the “invasion” of Asian wives was bigger than the boat people problem. They could have pointed out how refugees account for less than 1% of Australia’s migration intake, but that wouldn’t suit the xenophobic agenda now, would it?

They went to what was probably Angeles City and interviewed a collection of bar girls, and projected them as being the issue. And they found someone who would introduce men to groups of bar girls, and there was the basis of their story.

I was hopping mad, I don’t mind saying. We process easily a dozen or more fiancée visas and partner visas for Australian men and their Filipina wives and fiancées every month. All bar the occasional doubtful relationship, our clients are made up of normal people. Most of the men are decent and kind, many of whom are marrying for the first time. Most simply believe in marriage for life, and haven’t been able to find women sharing the same values back in Australia. They meet sweet and kind-hearted girls, and decide to marry after developing close and loving relationships often after spending a year or more talking on Skype or Yahoo for three or four hours every night. How dare these gutter journalists condemn these fine people!

Nothing I can do, of course. Morons exist, and there will always be bottom-scrapers out there willing to feed them garbage.

Then, I get an enquiry today from somebody wanting to have a sham marriage with somebody he certainly doesn’t love. I won’t even begin to describe the reasons he had for this, but it most certainly wasn’t legitimate. It would have involved faking a loving relationship, and apart from the fact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship would see right through the scam, it’s simply not what we do! We take pride in what we do, which is bringing loving couples together and building families. We don’t lie and cheat and commit fraud, and we don’t help clients to lie, cheat and commit fraud either!

If you want help with a GENUINE partner visa application to Australia, please feel free to contact Down Under Visa anytime for a free visa assessment. We’re Registered Migration Agents (MARN 0959797), and bound by a professional Code of Conduct.


Filed under Australian Visa Applications

5 responses to “Sham Marriages? Not here, sorry!

  1. Raul

    Good on you, mate.. Fair Dinkum.. that’s the way it should be.. You make us proud.. A million thanks to Mr. Jeff Harvie.

  2. Jonathan

    I Love my Filipina girlfriend. she is beautiful, kind, Loving and close with me, respectful to me and my parents, quiet in nature but we still have a good yarn often and She is a bit older than me too.
    I cant find anything like she is in Australian girls and i bet they wouldn’t mention that in their news either?
    So now i am just very glad i found a wonderful Filipina who i feel will make a great wife for me and a good mother for my kids..
    And i am not very good with forms its always been a struggle for me but i am hoping to sort out my sponsor ship application and bring her over here so we can build a life and family together as soon as we can! And that is as normal as you can get Salamat for reading 🙂

  3. wayne

    Thers are some bad apples of course that tarnish and send the good ones rotten as the saying goes. Unfortunately the journos are one eyed and judge the bad apples as a full whole.

  4. Frank Walters

    Wish they could do a story on us happy guys from Australia that have found happiness with our Filipina partners who love us in such wonderful ways that a Western woman could not even think of. And Downunder Visa that has helped us have a life together the legal safe way. Just the positive feed back from all of us should seal it up good. Yep.

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