Tag Archives: department of immigration and border protection

Where’s my visa sticker? About Australian visa grants.

Up until a few years ago, an Australian visa meant getting a sticker in the passport. The passport was sent into the Australian Embassy in Manila, and back it came with “the visa” as people thought.

What is a visa?

A sticker? Stamp? Letter? No. None of these.





Is this something new? No, not at all. The demise of stickers s only a few years old, however those weren’t actually visas either. Continue reading

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Annulments and Divorces in Philippines

Whilst we at Down Under Visa wish that all our clients end up with happy marriages that go on forever, sometimes it doesn’t work out and they fail. So let’s clear up a few things.


First thing, before you do anything else, unless the permanent partner visa (Subclass 820 or Subclass 100) has been granted then you have a legal obligation to tell the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. You need to call up the 131 881 number or go into the nearest office and withdraw your sponsorship! If you don’t tell them, then you are breaking the law. Don’t think “Oh, but I don’t want to be responsible for her being deported.” It’s not your decision to make. Continue reading


Filed under Australian Visa Applications, Fiance Visas, Partner Visas - Onshore, Philippines

Department adds credit card fees to visa applications

DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) has introduced credit card fees effective now.

What it means is this:

Despite how you pay us (Down Under Visa), we pay the Department via credit card. This is how payments are made. They have no bank transfers or EFTPOS systems in place. We pay your Visa Application Charge via credit card, and they will now be imposing a credit card surcharge on those payments.  Continue reading

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Choosing a good migration agent ……. and then listening to them!

I’ve had some wonderfully positive comments lately on the BLOG from happy clients who are aware of how much we do for them. It’s great to get positive feedback, and we truly appreciate it.

I think most people these days come to us after doing a great deal of research into what’s out there. They read our Down Under Visa website, and our BLOG website, and the FilipinaWives website. They watch out YouTube Information Series videos, and they watch our Testimonial videos, and at the end of it they can see we’re a serious and dedicated operation and we know what we’re doing. Continue reading


Filed under Administration of visa applications, Australian Visa Applications, Child Visas, Fiance Visas, Partner Visas - Offshore, Partner Visas - Onshore, Practical Issues, Tourist Visas

Australian Partner Visas – Fraud and Identity Theft!

Third-World countries have long had a problem with the proliferation of fake official documents, and the tendency to be “morally flexible”. It’s not a put-down. It’s a side-effect of human cultures being highly diverse. We don’t always look at the same things in the same way. It happens that in countries like the Philippines there are plenty of people who will offer fake documents as a speedy solution. And people are not necessarily so fanatical about getting facts right.  Continue reading


Filed under Australian Visa Applications, Character Requirements, Fiance Visas, Partner Visas - Offshore, Partner Visas - Onshore, Practical Issues