We at Down Under Visa specialise in Australian Partner Visas* and Australian Tourist Visas for couples, and we specialise in visas from the Philippines for Australian men with Filipina fiancées and wives. Whilst we do the occasional visa from another country, 99%+ are from the Philippines.
*(Australian spouse visas, fiancée visas, marriage visas, de facto visas, and whatever else you may wish to call them)
A lot of people get divorced in the Philippines. Well, not quite. Let me clarify that statement. A lot of Filipinos get divorced, but not all of them do it in the Philippines. Many, like the rich and famous, ‘artistas’ or celebrities as we’d call them, fly to Guam and get divorced there. Those who end their marriage legally within the Philippines do it through their contacts in the Church and courts. It costs them a lot of money and or favours, but they get what they want.
Meet your Filipina lady in a bar? Maybe in Angeles City or Olongapo? Or one of the bars in Ermita, or P. Burgos St in Makati or elsewhere? And she was a bar girl or GRO (Guest Relations Officer)?
Is this going to be a problem with the Australian Embassy and the Department of Immigration (DIBP)? Can you still apply for an Australian Partner Visa or Tourist Visa for her?
And will Down Under Visa turn up their noses at you? Continue reading
Does age matter? Can you get an Australian partner visa when you are 20, 30, or even 40 or more years older than your Filipina wife or Filipina fiancée?
So, how much does it cost to end a marriage in the Philippines? The simple answer is… a lot. At least by Filipino standards. It is so much that it is beyond the financial reach of most Filipino couples. There are a lot of people co-habiting in what we would refer to as a ‘De-Facto’, or ‘Common-Law’ relationship. This is often by mutual agreement between the parties, simply because they cannot afford the cost of getting a more legal arrangement put in place.