Can your Filipina Girlfriend Apply for an Australian Tourist Visa?

If you are an Australian and you have a girlfriend from the Philippines, at some stage you may want to invite her out to Australia to spend some time with you. For the citizens of a few select countries it is possible to apply for a Visitor or Tourist visa to visit Australia relatively easily. However, for most countries, including the Philippines, applicants have to fill in a paper application and provide a considerable amount of supporting documentation. Unfortunately, it can be a very complicated process and a high percentage of self-prepared applications are refused. Below I will explain the rules and broad criteria of selection so that you can more easily determine whether your Filipino girlfriend might be eligible for a Tourist visa. It is very important to us that our clients feel both confident and comfortable with the whole visa process.  

Whether your Filipina girlfriend will be able to obtain an Australian Tourist visa will depend on a number of factors. These include whether she has any prior Australian visa history, her character – including any criminal record, and her financial position. The Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) is always concerned with whether she is a genuine tourist or not and if she is likely to overstay her visa or not. DOHA wants to know many details about her, including whether she is working or studying. They want to know if she has adequate funds to support her stay. The Australian government is also concerned about the medical history and current condition of the applicant.

Through your relationship with your Filipino girlfriend you can act as her sponsor. This means that you can offer to provide financial and other support to her. This can certainly improve her chances when she might otherwise not meet the legal criteria for the grant of the visa. DOHA will look at your relationship and assess its nature and longevity.

The length of a Visitor or Tourist visa can vary. It is possible to apply for a very short stay of a few days or a long visit of up to 1 year or even more. Visa applications for longer periods are obviously assessed with a consideration for a greater financial need. Holders of an Australian Tourist visa are not allowed to work.

If your girlfriend has any dependent children that you both would like to bring over with her, it is possible to do so. However, they will usually have to submit a separate application. As a final note, it is very important to take time to assess whether your Filipino girlfriend might be eligible for a Visitor / Tourist visa, and if so, to then make sure that you both include all the necessary supporting documentation. The lack of even one important document can result in significant delays or even the application being refused.

How Australian Visa Advice (AVA) can help:

For more information about preparing a Visitor/ Tourist visa application you can contact us at Australian Visa Advice (AVA) We can advise you about the visa and prepare her visa application. We have a very high success rate, and many of our applications are granted in under the normal processing times. We have helped many people from the Philippines (both females and males) in both heterosexual and same sex relationships to obtain an Australian Visitor or Tourist visa – so contact us today!

Written by Luke Gorham ©2020
Registered Migration Agent
Australian Visa Advice


How long is a Tourist visa for Australia?

A Tourist visa Australia can be valid for different periods of time – usually from 3 months to up to 3 years. When you make an application you would normally request the period of time that you want to stay in Australia – and that may be for only a few weeks or so or for a much longer period, and then the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) will make a final decision as to how much time they will give you.

How much is a Tourist visa to Australia?

The cost of a Tourist visa depends on what type of visa you apply for and whether or not you get professional help with the application. The current Australian Government Visa Application Charge (VAC) as at December 2019 for the main Tourist visa is $145.

Is it easy to get Tourist visa for Australia?

Generally speaking, no, it is not easy to get even a Tourist visa for Australia. The Australian Department that handles both temporary and permanent migration (DOHA) is often considered to be the strictest in the world. Most countries in the world are actually classified by DOHA to be “high-risk” and so applicants from these countries must fill in a detailed application and provide a lot of supporting documents. The majority of all self-prepared applications are refused – so consider getting professional help – it is usually worth it in the long run.

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