Category Archives: Administration of visa applications

Can I get an Australian tourist visa extended?

When you think of a “visa extension”, you think of the existing visa being given a bit more time. A bit like a top-up. You can get extensions of 59 days or up to 6 months on tourist visas in the Philippines. A mere formality, really. And Down Under Visa frequently find returning clients thinking it will be a formality.

 

 

Australian tourist visas are nothing like that, sorry to say. No top-ups or refills of existing visas. If you wish the applicant to stay longer, it’s a new application. Continue reading

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CFO Seminar Information

Thank you very much to those who completed the CFO Seminar Survey. Very helpful!

The collected information has been summarized and is now up on the Migration Hub (Client Portal). To those who are using the Hub, please just log in and you will find the information available in the list down the bottom.

To those who are not using the Migration Hub, please click on this link: www.downundervisa.com.au/cfo

 

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Where’s my visa sticker? About Australian visa grants.

Up until a few years ago, an Australian visa meant getting a sticker in the passport. The passport was sent into the Australian Embassy in Manila, and back it came with “the visa” as people thought.

What is a visa?

A sticker? Stamp? Letter? No. None of these.

 

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Is this something new? No, not at all. The demise of stickers s only a few years old, however those weren’t actually visas either. Continue reading

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Visa processing – Is it something that can be predicted?

We have a survey for old and new clients of Down Under Visa at the moment. If you haven’t already completed it, please do. Your input is valuable, and we use it to improve services.

Most of you sound really happy and satisfied, and of course we’re delighted to hear that. But we’ve had a few comments about the waiting time for visas, and the lack of information coming through to you.

 

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New “Communication” document for Down Under Visa clients

Dear clients

(And note that this is for Down Under Visa clients only)

We’ve just updated the COMMUNICATION.PDF document. This document explains how to contact us by email, and how to send things to us by courier.

 

Important things to note:

We won’t be using the confusing email addresses downundervisa@ etc, downundervisa2, downundervisa3 anymore, as no one can really work out who they are emailing. Instead we will have our names. Not putting them here, because I don’t want the spam bots picking them up, however they are on the new document. Continue reading

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