Tag Archives: Australia

1000 Partner Visa Cancellations!

This is what the Australian news is saying, and it’s put some Down Under Visa clients into a panic!

One of the fine tabloids has this:

FOREIGNERS in fake relationships with Australians have been stripped of their visas as the migration system is swamped with people trying to get residence here through marriage.  Continue reading


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De Facto Visas? Do you qualify?

You can apply for an Australian Partner Visa based on one of two scenarios:

  1. You’re married (or will be married before the application is finalised)
  2. You’re living in a de facto relationship, and have been living in that relationship for 12 months or more. (Note that this may be reduced to 6 months if your state allows you to register your relationship.)

A partner visa for a couple in a de facto relationship is NOT a visa to allow you to commence a de facto relationship in Australia. Definitely not that simple or flexible!  Continue reading

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End of a very busy year for Down Under Visa

2013 has officially come to a close for Down Under Visa. It’s been a very busy year for us, with over 250 visa applications submitted. 32 applications for December alone!

Thank you to all of our clients who’ve made this possible. And we stand by what we always say that we have the best job in the world. We get to bring couples together and to play a stepping-stone role to their futures in Australia. How many new families in the making have passed through our offices over the years? Countless! We are proud and honoured to have been able to do our bit.  Continue reading

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Safety in the Philippines – Stay safe and out of trouble

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I just had a client ask me if it was safe to drink the tap water in the Philippines, and it reminded me how not every first-time visitor from Australia is as prepared as they should be. And we don’t want to lose any clients or we won’t get paid!

The Philippines is a Third-World country. Parts of it are very developed and sophisticated, whilst just down the road you’ll find people sleeping in the streets making a living by begging. It’s not like Australia. Try to mentally-prepare yourself for something quite different if you’ve never been before.  Continue reading

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A new website has opened which should be of great interest to all of our BLOG readers and Facebook page subscribers, given that most of you are Australians who visit the Philippines.

The site is called australia.com.ph and it’s a directory of Australian-friendly businesses and places in the Philippines. It’s value is to Australian visitors as well as expats who crave a bit of familiarity.



You can find Aussie-friendly hotels, resorts, restaurants, pubs and clubs, business and personal services and attractions.  Continue reading


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