Down Under Visa do not tolerate bogus documents or false statements. Many of our clients know all too well how we react when such things are suggested. Despite that fact threatens the integrity of the system we work in as well as the integrity of the visa application we would manage and lodge, nothing is worth us risking our registration as Registered Migration Agents with MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority). False statements and fake documents can also be considered fraud and are open to criminal prosecution.
A Subclass 309 OFFSHORE Partner Visa is the one you apply for offshore, ie. for our clients generally in the Philippines. This is the visa of choice if you wish to marry overseas and to apply for a partner visa based on this marriage.
And to answer a common question, yes a marriage in the Philippines is completely legal in Australia. Under Australian Law you are seen as being legally married. You don’t need to re-marry in Australia, and you don’t even need to register the marriage at Births, Deaths and Marriages.
As I stated in an earlier BLOG post, I’ll be putting up regular posts on how long visas are taking to be granted for Down Under Visa clients. Just note please that:
(a) This does not include visas not granted yet. This is only visas that have been granted.
(b) Partner visa averages are based on the last 3 months
(c) Tourist visa averages are based on the last 1 month Continue reading
Down Under Visa just had an onshore (applicant in Australia) partner visa (Subclass 820) granted for a young couple in a de facto relationship. It only took 28 days.
There is no question that we were fortunate that a Case Officer picked it up early. It could have been sitting in a pile for 6 months or more. However, they decided it quickly because it was “Decision-Ready”. That means that everything was complete, and the Case Officer was able to make a decision immediately. Nothing to check. Nothing to clarify. No extra information or documents requested. Continue reading