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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AUSTRALIAN VISA

(Reference: Manila Visa)

An Australian prospective marriage visa, or more commonly known as the Australian Fiancé visa is the primary requirement of those who want to enter the land down under to marry their Australian partner.

Marriage should take place within the 9-month stay. Otherwise, the visa shall expire. The holder, on the other hand, has no choice but to return to the Philippines immediately.

What this can do Once approved, the applicant may freely enter and leave Australia within the 9-month visa validity. However, visa holders must always remember that their length of stay in Australia shall be carefully considered during residency applications.

They may also work during their stay. Likewise, they are allowed to study but they have to shoulder all their expenses.

Lastly, they are eligible to receive medical benefits, but only if the couple is already married and there is an ongoing Partner visa application.

Important conditions

The Australian fiancé visa is primarily issued to facilitate the marriage between transnational couples. Marriage should not be used as the easiest way to migrate.

If the couple decides to get married while the application is on process, the application will be cancelled. This leaves them with no choice but to apply for another visa category, the Australian partner visa.

Documentary evidence

The basic requirements for the Australian prospective marriage visa are as follow:

Valid passport

Passport photos

Proof of true and genuine relationship

Proof of sufficient accommodation

Proof of sufficient financial resources

Proof of marriage eligibility

The above-mentioned papers are just the basic forms that can be shown. Consular officers may ask for additional evidence. Should there be any confusion, expert assistance is highly recommended.

Marriage breakdown

If the marriage broke down due to domestic disputes, the visa holder should report immediately to immigration officers. Depending on the merits of their arguments, they may or may not be permitted to stay in Australia.

An Australian visitor visa is required from those who want plan to have a short visit with their family in Australia. It allows sponsorships as long as the applicant can readily demonstrate their strong consanguine ties with their relatives.

Visa validity

The visa is valid for three (3) to twelve (12) months. Yet, always remember that consular officers, still have the upper hand in determining the authorized period of stay.

Although this visa allows sponsorships from immediate relatives, this visa cannot be extended. Petitioners may be required to present a security bond to ensure that the applicant shall not depend on public funds.

Basic requirements

Here is the list of papers and forms that applicants need to present:

Valid passport

Passport pictures

Evidence of strong consanguine ties

Proof of sufficient financial resources

Proof of sufficient accommodation

If financial support and accommodation are shouldered by the relative, the latter must present his or her source of income as well as his or her detailed address

Evidence of strong ties in the Philippines.

Consular officers have the right to ask for additional documents as needed.

Important conditions

The Australian visitor visa is not meant for permanent residency. This is only for a temporary stay. Should the visa holder overstay, the latter can be prohibited from entering Australia again. Likewise, they are not allowed to engage into activities that can be misconstrued as a form of employment.

Sponsors are also liable should their beneficiaries violate their visa provisions. If any of this unfortunate circumstance occurs, the Australian sponsor is prevented from sponsoring another family member for a total period of five (5) years.

Again, this is solely exclusive to family members. Fiance or fiancée cannot act as sponsor.

Australia is one of those countries known for their vast employment opportunities. But in order to take advantage of this, the Australian working visa should be obtained first.

Who can work in Australia?

Similar to other countries, there are also different types of workers that may enter the land down under. These are the following:

Employer sponsored workers “ Individuals known for their talents and skills and are being sponsored or petition by a legitimate employer

Professional and skilled migrants “ This covers employees who have the necessary skills and experience needed in the Australian labor market, but does not have a sponsoring employer. Usually, applicants under this category have held managerial positions for five (5) years prior to lodging an application

Business people “ In general, these are investors wanting to build a business inside Australia

Specialist entry “ For individuals participating in cultural, social or professional research activities

Doctors and nurses

Regional employment “ Issued to skilled workers who plan to work outside the major cities of Australia

Skills Australia Needs Events “ This program is designed to meet the labor shortage of Australia

Air and Sea Crew

Basic requirements

Valid passport

Passport photos

Employment contract, if applicable

Language exam, if applicable

Scholastic records

These requirements are the general documents that should be prepared beforehand. Depending on one work category, additional and supporting papers may be asked.

Working without the appropriate visa

Performing without the necessary working visa is strictly prohibited. Illegal workers are duly penalized. For this, they face deportation risks and a permanent ban from entering Australia.

For visitors whose main intention is to study in Australia, the Australian student visa is the appropriate entry requirement that they should secure. Holding a tourist visa and studying at the same time, is strictly prohibited.

Types of degree programs

Here is the list of degree programs where international students can enroll:

English language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) – For those who want to have an extensive knowledge of the English language

Primary and secondary – For elementary students, to be more specific, those who are under exchange programs

Vocational education and training – Evidently, for those wanting to take vocational courses or acquire training and vocational certificates

Higher education – Issued to those who are pursuing bachelors degree or graduate studies

Post graduate – Given to those involved in masters research or doctorate degrees

Non-award – For students who are in a non-award Australian course

AusAID and Defense for students sponsored by the Australian aid or Department of Defense

Student guardians – For the parents or legal guardians of legitimate Australian students

Basic requirements

The basic documents that potential applicants should prepare are:

Valid passport

Passport photo

Proof of financial resources and accommodation

Proof of acceptance or enrollment

Proof of passing the language exam

Consular officers have the discretion to ask for additional documents and forms.

Pointers to remember

All applicants must ensure that they are already accepted by their chosen or preferred academic institution prior to lodging an application. Applicants who are not yet enrolled or accepted will be automatically denied. Working is allowed but only for a limited period of time. If approved, applicants must ensure that they meet the scholastic requirement set by their respective universities. The failure to do so may lead to their visa cancellation.

A Filipino or Filipina married to an Australian citizen may settle permanently in Australia. As

long as they hold the Australian partner visa, they are permitted to stay.

But this visa is not exclusive to married couples, de facto partners are also eligible to apply for this entry permission.

Two (2) Australian partner visas Once approved, the foreign partner is given two (2) types of Australian partner visas. These are:

Partner temporary visa and

Partner permanent visa

Whenever an approval is secured, this does not automatically make the foreign partner a permanent resident. There is the so-called “probationary period” which determines the couple’s commitment to share a life together, thus, the partner temporary visa is issued. The probationary period usually lasts for two (2) years.

If the couple has successfully demonstrated their genuine relationship, the partner permanent

visa is granted and so are the residency rights.

Required documents

Here are the basic requirements that should be prepared:

Valid passport

Passport photos

Evidence of valid marriage

Proof of enough accommodation

Proof of enough financial resources

Proof of the petitioner’s Australian citizenship

Evidence of true and genuine relationship

One note for all applicants, do not limit your documentary evidence to the above- mentioned requirements. Consular officers would eventually look for other supporting papers that are not stated above.

Applicants with previous marriages

Those who have been married before are eligible for the partner visa only if the previous marriage has been dissolved or terminated. Corresponding evidence should be therefore presented during the application. Divorce and annulment papers must be prepared Since there is no divorce in the Philippines, annulment must be secured. Take note that only the court has the power to declare that the marriage is no longer valid. If the marriage is not annulled and marriage with an Australian citizen is pursued, the second marriage is considered null and void and therefore makes the applicant visa ineligible.

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