It seems the Government found themselves a way to make up for budget shortfalls, and decided to milk a captive audience by cranking up the Visa Application Charges – Partner Visas (ie. prospective marriage visas aka fiancée visas, partner visas aka spouse visas) only, both onshore and offshore.
Well, 2011 has certainly been a busy year for us. We’ve needed more administrative help to keep up with everything, as we’ve had a record number of applicants. Our high professional standard means we never let a client down, therefore we just work harder.
Applications this year through the Manila Embassy are fairly inconsistent in timeframe. Our quickest this year has been 3 months and 1 week. Others around the 4 month mark. Others have taken 8 months! No rhyme or reason. It’s just the way it is. This is one reason why we recommend getting us to apply for a tourist/visitor visa at the same time as the 300 or 309. At least you can do most of your waiting together rather than apart. Continue reading