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Who are the Down Under Visa people?

A client asked my son Jeremy today if he preferred being called Jeremy or Jeff. He said he preferred Jeremy, but he’d got quite used to being called Jeff. The prospect of confusing people was one of the reasons I chose his name in the first place, and it continues to work to this day! And my son has had no choice but to imbibe aspects of my sense of humour.

For those of you who are not aware, Down Under Visa is very much a family operation here in Manila.

Jeff Harvie: Registered Migration Agent (RMA), and overall man in charge. We function according to the Code Of Conduct, which is written into Law. All advice comes from me. Other staff assist, but no advice is given without my approval. Continue reading

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Choosing a Migration Agent

I generally don’t get into this sort of thing, but I do get annoyed when I see clients getting stung when they trust the wrong “agent”. This is as a much a vocation to us as it is a job. Take note that we have www.filipinawives.com.au as a free advice site on relationships. We like to see nice people develop great relationships, and go on to lead happy lives together. People stuffing them about, this can destroy their hopes and dreams through negligence.

With this in mind, here’s a few things to think about:

  • First and foremost, is the agent REGISTERED with Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) ie. www.mara.gov.au ? If not, you have no protection and no comeback. You have no assurance that this person or their staff act according to a Code of Conduct. You don’t know if they are up to date with changes in the Law. You don’t know if they know what they are doing. And if something goes wrong, you’re on your own. And they can have as many refused applications as they like without anybody asking them to explain themselves. Continue reading


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Manila migration scams again!

Every time we hear a prospective client tell me that their girl has gone off to apply for a tourist visa I shudder a bit. There are so many scam artists. Every Travel Agent in the Philippines thinks they can get visas, and will never say no to anybody. But some of them take it even further.

We had a client a few months ago who had been conned into applying for a visa through them. The “agent” told them he had a close friend in the Australian Embassy in Manila, and he would be able to fast-track the visa for them. He promised them three days. He also left out essential information, and told several lies. The visa was refused.

This left the client disappointed and out-of-pocket. It also left them with plane tickets that expired.

We took over the case, and she is now in Australia. We did this by telling the truth….and by explaining what had happened before….and by preparing a sound and professional visa application, as a client should expect. Continue reading

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