Category Archives: Partner Visas – Offshore

Don’t try to avoid a partner visa!

I put up a post recently about why it’s a waste of time trying to get 12 month tourist visas. That was the second one I’d put up in the last 6 months. The last one went up only two weeks ago.

Yet lately I get a flood of enquiries asking about 12 month tourist visas! I would say almost every day I get someone asking about one, especially those who are in long-term relationships. And we’re fairly sure we know why!

 

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Finishing school in Philippines….or not?

“She wants them to finish schooling in Philippines!”

“My mother wants them to finish schooling…….”

[name of child] wants to finish schooling…..”

These are common reasons for Filipino children NOT being included as migrating dependents (aka “secondary applicants”) in Australian partner visa applications.

 

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Partner Visa Price Increase 1 Jan 2015 – Backlash?

I’m sure most of our clients know all too well about the revenue-raising increase in the cost of partner visa applications that happened 1 January 2015. Offshore applications, which are 99% of our applications, have gone up from $3,085.00 to $4,630.00, and fees for kids have also risen.

Much as I wish it wasn’t the case, the Government were correct in knowing they had a captive audience. No one is going to give up on their true love. I don’t believe any Filipino/Filipino spouse or fiancee has been dumped because of this. They know that you will find a way, and the Government coffers will increase as a result.

 

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A Thank You from a grateful Down Under Visa client

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Someone asked me what was the hardest part of applying for a partner visa for my wife.

Was it finding a accredited visa agent? No, Down Under Visa were easy to find.

Was it finding someone to trust with the visa process? No, Down Under Visa are the only people I would trust with the right advice and there guidance with the application. Continue reading

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Visa Grant Averages – September-November 2014

As I stated in an earlier BLOG post, I’ll be putting up regular posts on how long visas are taking to be granted for Down Under Visa clients. Just note please that:

(a) This does not include visas not granted yet. This is only visas that have been granted.

(b) Partner visa averages are based on the last 3 months

(c) Tourist visa averages are based on the last 1 month Continue reading

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