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Visiting your girl in the Philippines this Christmas?

This is the time of year that many choose to take some time off work and to go and visit the Filipina lady whom they’ve been emailing and chatting to. We know this because every year in January Down Under Visa get plenty of enquiries from Australian men who say things like “I’ve just come back from spending _ weeks with _____ in Philippines, and now I miss her so much and I want to know how I can bring her to Australia”Continue reading

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Where should you marry? Australia or Philippines?

How often are we at Down Under Visa asked this question? It would have to be several times a week. And of course it’s an important issue. You will both be hoping that this is a once in a lifetime occasion, so of course you want it to be special. But there are also practical considerations, as the days of taking 4 weeks annual holidays in one go is ancient history for most of us. And time is the main issue! It takes generally 3 – 4 weeks to organise a wedding, which means you need to be in Philippines for 3 – 4 weeks.

Weddings in the Philippines can be great fun. They are generally done in the Church. There are no “marriage celebrants”. Your choices are: Church, Judge, or Ships Captain. Unless you can get a Judge to marry you in a reception place somewhere, it means marrying in the courthouse. You and wedding party sit at the back of the courtroom and wait for him to finish sentencing someone and for him to say “Next!” A bit odd! Stick to the Church. Continue reading

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Tourist Visa? Or do you need a Prospective Marriage Visa?

(Please note this is an updating of an older post)

At Down Under Visa we get partner visa assessment forms all the time from men who clearly have good, stable and committed relationships with their Filipina ladies, and they I get to the end and see they want to get a TOURIST visa for their fiancées. I shake my head in amazement in each and every time. When I brought my wife Mila to Australia, there was no way I was going to be sticking her on a plane again after three months!

Make no mistake about it. That is what you are looking at. Tourist visas are NOT short-cuts to partner visas. And this is common thinking. Tourist visa as an easier way to bring their fiancee to Australia and for her to remain, thus avoiding all the red tape. Bring her on a simple tourist visa….marry her….and she stays.

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For Down Under Visa partner visa clients

Greetings all!

This is for applicants with partner visa applications pending, ie. prospective marriage visas (fiancee visas) and spouse visas. This doesn’t apply for tourist visa applicants.

(And it does NOT apply to those who are not our clients. We don’t give away our work for free.)

We’ve updated:

  • The Client Guidebook
  • The Requirements in Tagalog

A few things were out of date and needed correcting, and we have a few additional bits of useful information, namely: 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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