Tag Archives: Australian Embassy in Manila

Where’s my visa sticker? About Australian visa grants.

Up until a few years ago, an Australian visa meant getting a sticker in the passport. The passport was sent into the Australian Embassy in Manila, and back it came with “the visa” as people thought.

What is a visa?

A sticker? Stamp? Letter? No. None of these.





Is this something new? No, not at all. The demise of stickers s only a few years old, however those weren’t actually visas either. Continue reading

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Tourist visas to Australia. Why so hard?

We at Down Under Visa hear from clients and prospective clients every week telling us their tourist visa application lodged in Manila was refused. They either put the application together themselves, or used a local travel agent with no qualifications. Visa refusal is usually shattering to the Filipina applicant and her Australian sponsor, and no one ever expects it. They are usually upset….often confused why it happened….and sometimes angry and take it as a personal affront.


Why do Australian tourist visas get refused? Continue reading

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New Year starting with a bang!

Greetings to all Down Under Visa clients!

We’ve just put some photos of the new office interior on the Down Under Visa Facebook Page, which is HERE. Please feel free to have a look, and feel free to “like” the page.

Just a reminder again to ensure you send all document packages to the NEW address.

Down Under Visa

Lot 26, Bucal, Sampaloc 2

Aguinaldo Highway

Dasmarinas, Cavite 4114

Philippines  Continue reading

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Visa application processing at Christmas time

Dear clients,

A continuation on yesterday’s Down Under Visa BLOG post……..

This applies particularly to applications for Australian tourist visas. Everyone wants a tourist visa at this time of year. What better Christmas present could you possibly get than your loved one being there with you? And we most certainly DO understand this, which is why we’ve been very honest with you about the situation.  Continue reading

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Where should you marry? Australia or Philippines?

How often are we at Down Under Visa asked this question? It would have to be several times a week. And of course it’s an important issue. You will both be hoping that this is a once in a lifetime occasion, so of course you want it to be special. But there are also practical considerations, as the days of taking 4 weeks annual holidays in one go is ancient history for most of us. And time is the main issue! It takes generally 3 – 4 weeks to organise a wedding, which means you need to be in Philippines for 3 – 4 weeks.

Weddings in the Philippines can be great fun. They are generally done in the Church. There are no “marriage celebrants”. Your choices are: Church, Judge, or Ships Captain. Unless you can get a Judge to marry you in a reception place somewhere, it means marrying in the courthouse. You and wedding party sit at the back of the courtroom and wait for him to finish sentencing someone and for him to say “Next!” A bit odd! Stick to the Church. Continue reading

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