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Is your fiancée/wife/partner pregnant?

Is your fiancée (or wife or girlfriend) pregnant? Have you lodged a visa application yet?

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We at Down Under Visa often get prospective clients contacting us via our free assessment form who:

(a)    Tell us that their lady is pregnant, and;

(b)   Clearly hope that we can either speed up an Australian partner visa application, or find another visa option that’s quicker. Continue reading

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What does Down Under Visa do for our clients?

What does a migration agent do? What SHOULD a migration agent do?

I’m sure that 99%+ of our new clients for Australian Visas are fairly blank on this one. You know what the doctor does, and you know what the butcher and the newsagent do, because you deal with them all the time. Visas are generally a once-in-a-lifetime thing for most people who get them, and a never-in-a-lifetime thing for the majority of people.

So we get people contacting us asking if we can look over their pre-prepared visa application and visa requirements, or if we can fix up a problem that they’ve caused for themselves on an application they’ve lodged by themselves. Continue reading

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11 visa grants in the last three days

Eleven Australian Visa grants for Down Under Visa clients in the last three days. And these are all for prospective marriage visas and partner visas. I haven’t even counted the tourist visa grants.

[UPDATE. Now 16 partner visa grants, as of 4/07/2013!]

That makes eleven happy couples with Australian Partner Visas. Twenty two people whose lives have changed for the better, and who will soon be together permanently. We really do love our job! Continue reading

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New Government Visa Application Charges – 1 July 2013

New visa application charges (VAC) for Australian Visas will be introduced and will come into effect 1st of July. These charges will affect Australian Partner Visa applicants who have children as secondary applicants, ie. they are including dependent children in the application. (Please note that these figures are not “official” until after 1 July, however they come from DIAC themselves)

There are NO increases in the base Visa Application Charge for either Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visas or Subclass 309 Partner Visas (offshore). This charge remains at AUD$2,680.00 Continue reading

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The difference when you use a professional

We just had three visa grants. We’ve had far more lately, but these ones stuck out from the others for the same reason. Each of them was refused before by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). One was applied-for by the client, and the other was handled (mishandled) by an agent(?) who claimed to have a friend in the Embassy. If the friend existed, he wasn’t a very good one because the two visas were refused.

What did we do? No promises. No guarantees. Just sound applications, prepared truthfully and thoroughly. No lies. No tricks. No schemes. No “show money”. If clients are to deal with us, they do things our way, and that means doing things by the book. Continue reading

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