Category Archives: Practical Issues

Should you ARGUE with Down Under Visa?

Not sure how many of you have seen the latest of our testimonial videos? If not, please have a look HERE




Always great to see another happy client. De facto partner visa applications are a bit more complicated than the standard “spouse visa” partner visas, with all the more reason why you should be seeking professional help. Continue reading

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Why do you need help with an Australian visa?

In Australia we’re used to filling out Government forms ourselves. Many do their own tax returns. Fill in the boxes. Anyone with half a brain can do it, surely? We apply for loans. We renew licenses. We use the you-beaut free divorce-kit when our marriages collapse. Easy stuff.

Well, welcome to the parallel universe that is Migration! The place where nothing is as it seems, and intelligent, capable men crash and burn! A place where stress exists like nowhere else, and where your entire future rests on the outcome. A place where the decision is final, and the Australian Embassy doors slam shut, leaving nothing but a MRT (Migration Review Tribunal) appeal if your visa application is refused.  And probably worst is that you are pretty much kept in the dark for 9 months or more.


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Down Under Visa’s valuable resource


Twice yesterday I had clients contacting me telling me about some difficulties their lady was having.




A common occurrence we find at Down Under Visa is that the lady applicants for Australian visas are too shy to contact us. So when they’re not sure about something, they instead email the Australian sponsor. Being good men (as all Australian men are…..we all know that!) they try their best to help. And when they can’t, they email me or they email Jeremy about it. And sometimes this can go back and forth, and yes sometimes this can lead to frustration. Continue reading


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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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