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Why is it hard to get a visa to Australia?

It can come as quite a shock to Australians when they first apply for an Australian Tourist Visa or Australian Partner Visa for their Filipina girlfriend (or fiancée or wife) when they realise it’s not just a formality. It’s so easy for Aussies to go to most countries. Most don’t require visas at all, and those that do? Usually just a few questions, and you get a sticker in the passport. Easy stuff. Philippines? You arrive and you can stay for 30 days. If you want to get the visa extended, it’s easy.

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De Facto Partner Visas for Australia

You may apply for an Australian partner visa by two different methods.

The most common is that the applicant is married to the Australian sponsor, and they apply for a partner visa with that as the basis. As long as you have a genuine relationship, it should not be too difficult for us to prepare a successful application for you. You mostly just need to leave it in our capable hands and to follow our instructions and guidance. That’s why you engage the services of an experienced Registered Migration Agent like Jeff Harvie from Down Under Visa in the first place.

The other option is to apply for a partner visa on the basis of having a de facto relationship for a period of 12 months or more. This is otherwise known as a “Common Law marriage”, or in the Philippines as a “live-in” relationship. Australian Migration Law recognises de facto relationships, even between same-sex couples, as being a legitimate basis for applying for a partner visa. It’s exactly the same visa. It’s just based on a different type of relationship.  Continue reading

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