If you have made any enquiries of Down Under Visa about a partner visa or prospective marriage visa, you will have heard the expression “committed relationship”.
Meet your Filipina lady in a bar? Maybe in Angeles City or Olongapo? Or one of the bars in Ermita, or P. Burgos St in Makati or elsewhere? And she was a bar girl or GRO (Guest Relations Officer)?
Is this going to be a problem with the Australian Embassy and the Department of Immigration (DIBP)? Can you still apply for an Australian Partner Visa or Tourist Visa for her?
Australia and Philippines have different ways of writing things, and sometimes these differences can cause confusion. The Philippines got a lot of its style from the Spanish and also the Americans. Australia got a lot of its style from England, the UK. Even though you grow up doing things the way your teachers explained to you, remember that your visa application is going to the Australian Embassy and they do things the Australian way. Continue reading
We have clients with this problem all the time at Down Under Visa.
In the Philippines they have a different attitude towards being accurate. Not like in Australia where everything has to be perfect. No one cares too much if the dates are right or if the spelling is right. And in the government offices like the NSO (National Statistics Office), the NBI (National Bureau of Investigations), they are no better. Continue reading
What should you do if you have a refusal for an Australian Partner Visa or Australian Tourist Visa?
Refusals happen! They happen regularly!
Australian Migration Law is based on Commonwealth legislation. Each visa class and visa subclass is written into the Migration Regulations (Cth) 1994. The criteria they use to decide whether to grant or refuse is written into those Regulations, and this is what they use to decide whether to grant a visa application or not. If the application shows that the applicant (and sponsor, when it’s a partner visa) meets those Regulations, then the visa is granted. If it does not? By Law they must refuse it! Continue reading