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!
“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.
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.
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
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