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Australian Spouse Visas (Partner Visas) lodged in Philippines

It’s been a while since Down Under Visa did a BLOG post on Partner Visas (aka Spouse Visas, Spousal Visas, and Marriage Visas). It’s probably time we got back to basics, as many of our readers may be new.


To apply for a Partner visa you must either be married to, or in a de facto relationship with an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or Eligible New Zealand Citizen.

Once you have been granted a temporary Partner Visa (Subclass 309), you can work and study in Australia. You can also apply for Medicare. However, you cannot get Austudy until you have been granted the permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 100). 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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The Day you get that Approval makes all the heartache worth it !

We really genuinely truly honestly know how hard the waiting is. Even though we’d been through it all before, we at Down Under Visa, and more particularly Jeff and Mila Harvie DO know first-hand what it feels like to have your entire future dangling in mid-air and not being able to even know what’s going on. It’s been a lot of years, but we have been there before.

We’ve had a few clients “go off” at us lately when the pressure has gotten too much for them. I hope that all our clients realise we are truly on your side, yet we’re not withholding anything from you. We can’t control the outcome either. All we can do is to tell you that if it was a poor application we would not have lodged it in the first place, and that we personally have no fears or doubts about the outcome.

Here’s a testimonial from a successful sponsor who received the Australian Partner Visa (Subclass 309) grant this morning for his lovely wife (who incidentally has been waiting for this before getting pregnant……very wise!!) He asked that we put this up for them. Thank you Rodney. And remember that “Jeff” is a great name for children. Continue reading


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Another happy pair of clients

We have another wonderfully kind testimonial from two of Down Under Visa’s clients (a married couple who are now together in Australia, after their Subclass 309 Partner Visa was granted) who took the time to thank us, and to give us something we can share with others including prospective clients.

Mila and I are grateful and also touched by their words. We have a successful practice, and we earn a good living. But what really makes us happy is knowing we’re making such a difference in peoples lives. Marriage is the basis of a stable family, and families are the building blocks of a stable society. We’re happy to be playing our part, and it gives us a lot of joy in being able to share good news with our clients as we do all the time.

Please take the time and have a read of what John and Edelisa had to say by CLICKING HERE.


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Five partner visa grants this week!

This has been a good week for us. Four x Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage (Fiancee) Visas, and 1 x Subclass 309 Partner Visa for a de facto couple. This is a good week, because we know how happy and relieved our clients are.

We know exactly how stressful the process is. We went through it ourselves years ago, and we’re glad its behind us now. It’s a hard process, and the total lack of feedback from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship makes it this way. No reflection on the Case Officers themselves. It’s just the way the system works. And it’s very hard on couples knowing that their future sites on a knife-edge.

Actually, the Australian sponsor of one of the ladies just emailed me this morning. He said they had started to resign themselves to the visa never being approved, and had planned that he would have to keep coming back and forth to Cebu (Philippines) for years to come. After getting the good news I’m sure they’re still in a daze of disbelief.

As I said, yes it’s been a very good week because five couples are now secure in their futures together. And that makes our job worthwhile!


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