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Do “unregistered migration agents” exist?

“Unregistered migration agent”

This is a term that’s been getting around in the media lately as they’ve caught a few dodgy characters breaking the law and giving unqualified migration advice. In Australia this is against the law, and rightly so.

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Registered Migration Agents (RMA’s) in Australia have to go through a fairly exhausting process to ensure that only suitable people are able to legally advise you and represent you. To be registered, an RMA needs: 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.

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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

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Offshore Visas? Onshore Visas?

Australian Migration Law is complicated. There are a huge number of visa types, all with their own rules. Fortunately we at Down Under Visa stick to Partner Visas (fiancee visas and spouse visas), Tourist Visas and Family Visas. And we know them inside and out.

Partner Visas are broken up into ONSHORE and OFFSHORE visas.

 

OFFSHORE means you must be offshore (ie. OUTSIDE Australia) to apply for them. And you must also be offshore (outside of Australia) for the visa to be granted.

So….. Continue reading

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Australian Visa “Information Series” videos

For those who would rather watch a video than read BLOG posts, Down Under Visa have produced the INFORMATION SERIES, which is a series of 12 short videos explaining various issues relating to Australian visa applications.

Tourist visas, child visas, partner visas and prospective marriage visas, as well as dealing with Registered Migration Agents.

All these topics are discussed by Jeff Harvie, our Registered Migration Agent.

Please enjoy, and please feel free to share with those whom you feel may benefit.

And please share the link on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

 

DOWN UNDER VISA – INFORMATION SERIES

 

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Want an Australian Partner Visa? What next?

If you’ve met that special lady in the Philippines and you’re now engaged (or married), then good for you! Congratulations!

I hope you’ve decided not to mess about with tourist visas and to apply for a Partner Visa or Prospective Marriage Visa to bring her to Australia. If you’re not sure yet? Wait until you are. Plan another trip. Wait a few months until you’re certain. But if you know she’s the one for you, then for your own benefit get on with it. Life is too short. Don’t waste any of it due to cold feet.  Continue reading

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