What to do if your Filipino girlfriend was Refused an Australian Visitor Visa

I am often contacted by Australian men who have a Filipino girlfriend. They tell me that they have attempted to obtain an Australian Visitor visa for their girlfriend, but unfortunately the application was refused. The Australian man has either attempted to prepare the application himself or paid some dodgy local so called migration agent (who is often neither an Australian nor qualified in Australian Migration law). A very high percentage of Australian Visitor visa applications are refused, and it is not surprising because most people think that obtaining a Visitor visa is easy, butAustralian Migration law is amongst the most complicated and strictly applied areas of all Australian law. For most foreign citizens there is a lot involved in the preparation and processing of even a Visitor visa, and if you do not get it right then the application will definitely be refused.

The first thing that you should do if your Filipinogirlfriend is refused a Visitor visa is to look at the Decision Record/Letter of Refusal. The Department of Immigration (DOHA) sends out a letter with every Refusal and they are required to provide reasons for the refusal. This might seem like a simple exercise whereby one looks at the reasons and can easily identify something which is lacking and that can be rectified in a new application. Unfortunately however, the reasoning is often not very detailed and can be a little cryptic. It often takes a skilled and experienced Migration Agent to decipher what the concerns really are. A detailed assessment also usually involves having a talk to the Australian man and his Filipino girlfriend to discuss what they submitted and what they said in the application.

I regularly prepare Visitor visa applications for my Australian clients who have had prior Refusals for Visitor visa applications of their girlfriends. The preparation requires careful attention to address, not only the normal eligibility criteria, but also the reasons for refusal. The Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) states that, unless your circumstances have changed significantly from the first application, there isn’t much point in submitting another application. So effectively, a refusal creates an extra hurdle that one has to be overcome.

In summary, if your Filipino girlfriend has already had a Visitor visa application refused, I would strongly recommend, not only using an experienced Migration Agent, but also one with a good track record of visa applications of the type that you want to apply for. In this case we are talking about a Visitor visa – and a Visitor visa for a Filipino citizen. Each Australian Embassy overseas has its own peculiarities about the way it does things – its procedure – so it is important to take that into consideration. Try to find someone trained in Australian Migration law. If you do all of these things and follow your Migration Agent’s advice, your Filipino girlfriend’s chances of obtaining an Australian Visitor visa will be greatly increased.

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):info@aussievisas.net We can advise you about the visa and prepare her visa application. We have a very high success rate, even with prior refusals, 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 / Tourist visa – so contact us today!

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

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