How to Apply Australian Fiance Visa online

sZHello beshies ūüôā

I will give you below details for Fiance Visa (Prospective Marriage Visa) application. My ex-boyfriend, now my husband and I applied for Fiance Visa first before we applied for my Sponsored Tourist Visa.

We did this because I was working in Manila and he lives and works in Oz. We can’t just get married in Australia without a plan and preparation. While our Fiance visa application was in progress, we applied for a tourist visa on August 2015, so I can visit him in Australia for a few weeks while waiting for the PMV to be approved. Luckily, the tourist visa granted was multiple entry, with 3months stay per visit. After my 10day visit last September 2016, we decided I can use the maximum 3months stay so I went back to the Philippines after 10days, prepared my resignation letter then rendered 30days as stated in my work contract. We we’re blessed to have the PMV approved after 6 months.

After my 3months stay in Australia, from November 2015 to January 2016, I received an visa grant email from immigration on February 2016. I know there are easier ways to get married in Australia or in the Philippines. We chose this way, because we thought it’s the best course to go through in our situation.

What is Fiance Visa? this visa will allow you to marry your Australian partner in Australia or in any country when the visa is approved. You need to get married after entry to Australia and before the visa expires ( 9 months).  The price of subclass 300 at the moment is 6,850 AUD.

So, here’s what’s needed to do the application online – Prospective Marriage Visa subclass 300.

  • Create your immi account. Just type immi account australia in google ūüôā
  • Application will be offshore which means you need to be in your country, in this case – Philippines when the visa is granted.
  • Time frame – 9 months to one year. If there are other documents / additional medical needed it might be more than a year.

For the documents:

  • Document of relationship – you need to prepare two documents that will state the details your relationship with your fiance; one from you and one from your fiance. How you met,¬†date of engagement,¬†things you did together, communication while apart, travels together, status of relationship, plans of wedding and plans after marriage.
  • Other proof of relationship – these are evidences of the things you claim on your letter about your relationship. Photos of travel together. Photos with family and friends. Screenshot of communication in facebook messenger, skype calls, messages, viedocalls. Proof of gifts given to each other. Receipts with your name together.
  • Proof of plans to get married – receipt of wedding ring, engagement ring. Engagement photos if there are any. Church reservations etc.
  • Social proof of relationship – common facebook friends. Invitation to a gathering that include both of your names. Photos of gathering with friends.
  • 2 or more statutory declaration¬†Form 888. This must be completed by Australian citizens who can attest to your relationship.

Proof of Identification – applicant and your fiance:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport bio page
  • Other identification – SSS, drivers license, Medicare or Philhealth
  • 2 recent passport-sized photo

take note that these documents (ID) need to be notarized in the Philippines or for Australian documents (fiance doc) – needs to be verified by Justice of Peace.

Others:

  • Medical / Health requirement for the applicant – immigration in Manila will send you an email when to do your medical so it’s important you check your email regularly. You will undergo medical examination, chest x-ray and HIV test. Once you are given HAP ID, you need to print the HAP ID form. Go to the accredited clinic to complete medical. They will tell you if everything is good or if you need to get additional tests. The clinic will forward the result to immigration – get the clinic number and verify after 2-4 days that they have forwarded result. Check the¬†accredited clinics.
  • NBI for the applicant
  • wait for your case officer to ask for your Cenomar. When you receive the email asking for Cenomar, apply online¬†for the cenomar¬†and select Deliver the document to Australian Embassy. Once this is done, don’t forget to click the button in the online immigration account – document has been supplied.

**for the HAP ID, i didn’t receive an email after 2 months of application – so I ¬†clicked the generate HAP ID button in my immi account, printed the HAP ID confirmation then I emailed immigration Manila to let them know that I haven’t received any info about when to get medical. They then advised me to get my medical done as HAP ID has been generated. Immigration says to wait for their advise to get a medical – but it has been two months or so and no advise was given so I clicked the generate HAP ID. I think it worked for me. So just wait for 3 ¬†weeks or a month ¬†but if they haven’t given you details for your medical. You can do what I did ūüôā

You don’t have to upload all documents at once. You can complete the whole thing in a week. You can start uploading after the visa is paid for.

* You can always send email or ask enquiry to immigration through email. They respond within a week. Make sure all documents are complete.

Hope this helps.

If you have any inquiry let me know ūüôā

Things to Remember in Applying Tourist Visa

The tourist visa (TV) saga continues; I have a lot of people asking about how to get their TV applications approved. Well, their are a lot of factors:

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  • 100% proof¬†you are¬†a genuine tourist – that means having strong ties to go back to your own country. ¬† This applies to solo travelers and those applying with sponsors & it includes:
  1. Assets Рbank account, savings, insurance policies, time deposits, land titles, car registrations etc. Have bank documents signed by the bank manager and others notarized.  Immigration needs to know if you have enough funds for your travel. For sponsored applicants, they need to make sure the sponsor is financially capable.
  2. Work Рyes! this helps too. You need to get a Certificate of employment and payslips to be included on your application.
  3. Family – include photos of your family and photos with sponsor.
  • Cover Letter and Statutory Declaration¬†– Australian Immigration does not require interview, the decision is based on the papers and documents you provide.
  1. Write a cover letter which states your relationship with the sponsor (if your have sponsor of your travel), state a story of how you met, how is the relationship going, reasons for travelling and your reasons to go back. It’s important that you create a truthful and clear story about your motives in going to Australia.
  2. Statutory Declaration Рyour sponsor can write a stat dec indicating his sponsorship of your travel. The form can be searched / downloaded from google,  ag.gov.au/…/CommonwealthStatutorydeclarationform.PDF.
  • Itinerary – include a rough plan of your visit. Create a table of dates and where to while in Australia.
  • Proof of relationship – this applies to the applicants with sponsors, get a screenshot of your communications (email, viber, skype, facebook). A photo in skype or facetime is valuable. Make sure these documents show that you have constant chat with your sponsor.

Those are the top things to include on your application. Please don’t forget ¬†proof of Identification and travel documents; you and your sponsor (if need be) must include all necessary papers; below documents need to be notarized:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport

How about those who haven’t met their sponsors yet in person?

I’ve read a lot of successful stories of visa grants where both parties haven’t met yet. Rule of the thumb – be truthful in your application as genuine tourist who will abide with the visa.

Good luck to all¬†ūüôā

How Important is Show Money for Visa Application?

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“How much show money should¬†I have to have to be approved?”

This is one of the most asked questions visa applicants have, when they start their journey to get that stamp to travel outside the country. As a person who is a citizen of a third world country, it is far more difficult to get out and travel to countries that require visa. Immigration and Border Protection of each countries have their own set of guidelines for tourists; this will ensure safety, socially and medically. So you will likely to have to be asked to get police checks and medical examinations.

But how do we get a higher chance of a visa approval?

  1. Travel – and yes I mean get your feet off that couch, now! Start small, travel to countries that does not demand visa.

You will be surprised that there are 25 countries you can travel to without a visa. Isn’t that amazing!!!¬†gmanetwork.com/‚Ķ/pinoys-can-visit-at-least-25-countries-without-visas-dfa. HongKong, Malaysia, Thailand to name a few. How about basking in the sun in Brazil??!! ¬†or having a sip of pinacolada in Maldives? But you might think, it’s expensive.

Why not travel in one of these Asian countries without visa first for the next 2 or 3 years Рthis is an achievable goal. Here are are few tips:

  • Save for a year¬†or so- put¬†that Php1000 ¬†every payday in a savings account and stay true to your goal. That’s Php2000/permonth* 16months = Php32,000. Once you have that safe and sound. Get ready !
  • Stay tuned for LowFare Promos – take note of the usual dates / months¬†airlines advertise cheaper fares.¬†Do you know when Philippine Independence Day is? Mark that and make sure you start stalking their website as early as June1.
  • Since you already have that travel money in the bank – it’s easy to pay for the return ticket. Don’t worry about having a credit card to pay for tickets, most airlines use 3rd party ¬†payment centers like LBC, etc. Please see following links¬†philippineairlines.com/‚Ķs/OfflinePayments,¬†cebupacificair.com/‚Ķ/booking-payment.aspx
  • Once you booked that ticket, travel period is usually a few more months before you get into the plane. Which means you can save more.¬†Resist that urge to dine out and focus on knowing your destination at the moment.
  • Research about the country – plan your trip.¬†This will help you create an inexpensive travel itinerary. Read blogs of those who¬†have¬†set a budget in their travels and stick to it. Whether you are travelling solo or with a company of two, knowing where to go for accommodation, food and sight seeing, planning will help you appreciate the experience more.
  • Leave your 13th month and SL/VL conversion pays alone –¬†think of spending Php 3000 to 5000 pesos only from these additional savings. Imagine getting Php22000 (13thmonth) + Php7000 (SL/VL) = Php30,000 . Multiply it in 3years and you have Php90,oooo. Stop! Don’t think of buying a go-pro at the moment..:)¬†This will help you create a more solid track record of savings for your future visa applications.

Once you traveled to at least 2 or 3 countries within 3-4 years; start saving for your trip to South Korea, Japan, or Australia. Remember, you can still travel while saving for your next big trip.  Philippines is a great country with a lot of scenic beaches, amazing sunset and gorgeous landscapes.  With these I mean, Nayong Pilipino, National Museum,  Majayjay Laguna, Antipolo, Cagbalete Quezon, Burot Beach, Cavite,  Рsearch the web for budget travels of less than Php1500 every 3months to keep a balanced life.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†2.¬†Get ready for your next BIG TRIP. Think about the money you saved at the moment. This will give you power and motivation to start planning your trip to South Korea or Japan. Remember to save more and continue your 2K monthly travel savings, give yourself a year.¬†Plan one¬†budget travels every 3months for less than Php2000 at this stage. Remember you still have that 90K savings. Get your bank account to 6 figures without the decimal points ūüôā

        3. Finally, get your visa application ready. Search the web and get all information and requirements before applying the visa. Start with Asian countries that require visa. This time, you will be confident that you have strong track records of money in the bank, have experience travelling overseas and a bit of planning to make your trip worth while.

For countries like USA or Australia, travelling solo means having more credentials that you are a genuine tourist.

  • Having strong and long history records of money/savings in the bank helps, not the money you just deposited or borrowed a few months before applying for the visa.
  • Have¬†visa stamps on the passport. That is why it is¬†important¬†you start with other countries that are easy to apply visa for.
  • It means saving more for the next 2-5years and sacrificing expensive wants; Focusing on your¬†big trip to Australia or USA or France. Continue to save Php3000 permonth * 12= Php36,000 for 2-5 years. This will be Php 180,000.00 Or more¬†if you can.
  • Start acquiring assets – open bank trusts and time deposits. Your next 5years will help you. Think about saving your 13thmonth and SL/VL conversion for the next 5years.¬† Php 30,000 * 5 = Php 150,000. It can be in the province where you grew up, a piece of land or a house and lot as prices are lesser in the provinces.
  • Having goals to travel will also help you, stay on the same company longer and will motivate you strive to better at what you do, getting more skills to be promoted or to get bigger incentives.

There it is folks, who said show money is important? I guess in one side of the story it is, but there are other factors as important as having 6 digits in your bank account.

I’m happy to see your comments or questions below ūüôā

Let’s go and travel!!

See you xoxo

 

 

 

Visa: Land Down Under

Applying for Australian Tourist Visa is easy breezy. Whether you have a family member, partner / boyfriend / fiance to sponsor or you’re someone who loves to travel, there are¬†a lot of information online to help you get the visa to the Land Down Under.

First, there are two ways you can submit your application, online or personally in VFS.Global Philippines Рthrough courier / postal (if you live away from VFS offices in Cebu and Manila). I  applied online through Australian Government: Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Advantages in  doing this includes: no courier / handling fee and avoiding traffic to travel to VFS office. Your sponsor can also help you upload documents if both parties are aware of the log in details.

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After creating my account, I prepared all documents needed to be to be uploaded. Here’s the list of requirements¬†philippines.embassy.gov.au/‚Ķ/Subclass 600 Tourist Stream checklist – updated 24-06-2015.pdf.

In uploading your documents, please click¬†border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Atta.¬†60 documents are allowed in a TV SubClass600. However, I collated similar information in each category to upload more in¬†one go. You can see below how I named one file as Sponsor_Financial_Proof and included in that file are documents like bank statements, payslip and proof of accommodation from my sponsor. You can save each file in PDF, word or JPEG with¬†maximum 5MB size per file. Please label each documents and photos accordingly. You may experience uploading documents twice like proof of identity (passport , BC), it’s normal, just put them in when needed.

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I scanned all documents and some needs to be notarized like:

  1. Passport
  2. Statutory Declaration (Commonwealth statutory declaration form [DOC 53KB]) from the sponsor
  3. Birth Certificate

There are a lot of notary public in the Philippines and it cost from Php50 to Php150 per document; price depends on the type of document. You can use your smart phones to take photos or scan documents. Free applications you can download on your phones itworld.com/…/8-best-scanner-apps-for-ios-and-android

Payment was done using credit card.¬†Check this link for fees¬†border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Fees.¬†¬†I started uploading documents after that; and also got an email confirmation from Immigration.¬†I didn’t worry about completing the whole application in one go, as they allowed adding documents. I did go back a few times to add¬†bits and pieces. I do recommend though to get the all¬†important requirements be uploaded¬†within a week.

My tourist visa SubClass 600 was sponsored by my fiance. Applying for a sponsored TV means;

  • your sponsor must be eligible (financially & must be Australian citizen / resident) to support your stay in Australia – expenses, tickets, travel insurance etc. Documents that will prove this are: birth certificate, passport, statement, payslips, his/ her rent receipts¬†/ contract, or papers to prove that he/ she owns the house you’ll be staying. Other things that might help is a statutory declaration from the sponsor, stating that he / she is in relation to ¬†you and that he’s the sponsor(please see above form)
  • you are related to your sponsor – whether he is a family member, friend, ¬†fiance, proofs are important. This includes, photos together, letters / emails for each other, messenger/skype/viber convos.¬†If you are in a relationship (bf/gf, fiance) a brief history of the relationship will help. Birth Certificates if you are related by blood.
  • Most importantly – the applicant’s strong ties to go back to his home country. This will include family, work and assets. ¬†Family – photos, BC. Work – Certificate of Employment, letter from your manager that you’re allowed for a¬†vacation leave ¬†(include the dates), ¬†payslips. Assets ¬†– bank¬†statement, investments, land / car / house titles / registrations.

Here are other things that might help:

  1. CoverLetter Рfrom the applicant stating relationship with the sponsor, itinerary and reason for applying for the said visa.
  2. If you are already have a Fiance Visa application, you may indicate reference number in your letter. As having it doesn’t allow you to marry in Australia, until ¬†the Fiance Visa is approved. It also needs to be granted when the applicant is¬†outside Australia.
  3. NBI

Medical is only required when you are staying for more than 6 months. You have to wait for their advise when to get one. Or if you haven’t received any information about it within 2-3¬†days, you can click the HAPID button and get your reference¬†number, email them that you applied for Visa for more than 3months stay and medical is needed. Usually they will reply within 5days and you may complete the requirements on the following accredited hospitals / clinics:¬†border.gov.au/‚Ķ/Help/Location/philippines. Applicants will undergo – x-ray and medical exam:¬†border.gov.au/‚Ķrement/health-examinations. They will advise if the results are good or whether you need to do some additional tests. Results are forwarded to Immigration within 3-5 days. This clinic will advise you if there’s a need to go back for another check. You can also follow up if the results have been forwarded.

Tourist Visa can be a long wait. I received my visa grant notification after 35days .Others get it in less than two weeks. This depends on a lot of factors. People who apply need to make sure they have genuine motive of being a tourist and follow visa requirements and conditions.

I basically have to send email to immigration.manila_permanent@dfat.gov.au¬†and follow-up after 25days. Immigration does not recommenced booking the ticket / accommodation prior to application as this doesn’t guarantee approval, but we did it anyway and used it as one of the proofs. If you think that you have all documents and proof then you may do so.

Overall, applying is not as dreadful as it may seem. It’s the waiting game that gives you a bit of a nervous breakdown. I have never felt so nervous reading an email, but it’s worth it ūüôā opening the attachment was terrifying, but when I saw it was a visa grant, it was such a big relief.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions. I’d be happy to answer them ūüôā