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Are partner visas easier to get that tourist visas?

An enquirer asked me this today. The answer is: In some ways yes, in some ways no.


'Another 'undecided'.'

Partner Visas

There is about 8 times as much work in a partner visa. There is a lot more evidence required, more documents and more information. Normally it takes 1 – 2 months to prepare a thorough application for a partner visa or prospective marriage visa, and average of 9 months to process in the Australian Embassy in Manila. However if you’re ready to make your relationship permanent, then yes it’s the right way to go. Continue reading


Filed under Australian Visa Applications, Fiance Visas, Partner Visas - Onshore, Tourist Visas

Tourist visas and Christmas – patience please!

Christmas comes but once a year……..

christmas stress


……and many of us are very glad it’s only once! Continue reading

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Filed under Australian Visa Applications, Tourist Visas, Visa Grants

That long long wait for an Australian Partner Visa!

I had somebody tell me recently that they felt the response from Down Under Visa after the visa application was lodged was a little “cold”.

Very sorry we would ever give that impression. It’s difficult when there is no feedback at all from the Department (Australian Embassy in Manila), and we simply can’t give any sort of warm and comforting answer that contains any truth. I’m a straight-shooter from way back, and I expect the same from Mila and Jeremy. We tell it like it is.

And what is the way it is? It’s a long wait, and you’re kept in the dark just as we are. And anybody who tells you otherwise is lying to you! Continue reading


Filed under Administration of visa applications, Australian Visa Applications, Visa Grants