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Unable to marry? What are your options?

OK, you don’t want to marry, or you can’t marry for whatever reason?

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But you have a genuine commitment to each other, and you want to live together in a relationship that is permanent and exclusive (ie. to the exclusion of all others)? Continue reading

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Registered Relationships and De Facto Visas

To apply for an Australian Partner Visa based on a de facto relationship (aka “live in” relationship), you must of course BE in a de facto relationship. It is NOT a visa that allows you to form a de facto relationship. You need to be in one already.

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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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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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