A spouse visa application is possible to lodge with the Department of Home Affairs (DIBP) if the visa applicant and Australian sponsor i.e., an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen have already married each other be it in the Philippines or in Australia they are then permitted to lodge a valid, genuine and continuous visa application’. They may lodge either a spouse (Provisional) Class UF (Subclass 309) in the Philippines or a spouse (Temporary) Class UK (Subclass 820) visa application in Australia.
If an application for a spouse under Class UF subclass 309 is lodged from the Philippines and is granted this would allow the Filipino visa applicant to entre Australia as a temporary resident for two (2) years from the dated of lodgment.
Usually 22 months after that temporary visa was lodged and the Filipino visa applicant actually entered Australia the department will communicate with them again to commence the next stage of their permanent visa application under Class BC subclass 100.
Alternatively, if an application for a spouse under Class UK subclass 820 is lodged in Australia and is granted this would allow the Filipino visa applicant to stay in Australia as a temporary resident for two (2) years from the date of the visa application.
Usually 22 months after that temporary visa was lodged and the Filipino visa applicant actually stayed in Australia the department will communicate with them to commence the next stage of their permanent visa application under Class BS subclass 801.
To be eligible to apply for a spouse visa application, either off-shore or on-shore, the Filipino applicant must
As of the 1st of July the Visa Application Charge (VAC) for all partner (Spouse, De Facto) visa applications whether lodged in the Philippines of in Australia is the same. The VAC for a partner (Provisional) Class UF (Subclass 309) in the Philippines or a partner (Temporary) Class UK (Subclass 820) visa application in Australia. Will be AUD $ 7,000.00 dollars.
There are other costs involved that you need to be mindful of, apart from the VAC and they may include, Police Clearance check(s) for the Filipino visa applicant and their Australian sponsor, identification and civil status searches for the Filipino visa applicant e.g., Birth Certificate, CENOMAR, Death Certificates, notarial and stamp duties costs to certify original documents, courier and postage costs, translation costs, medical examination costs, professional fees, and the like.
When, how and why they are paid is explained during a thoughtful yet informal meeting to ensure all costs and fees applicable to your particular application is identified, verified and applied to your understanding of the de facto visa application from the Philippines to Australia.
Of course. However, doing it on your own will assume and entail that you understand every aspect of the application process and dealing with any further information the department will have regarding your particular visa application.
Furthermore, lodging a valid and genuine spouse visa application is hard enough, having to manage and present evidence and information regarding your 'continuous' relationship requires a whole new set of understanding, management tools and a mindset and discipline in gathering appropriate evidence and information to then present to the Department of Home Affairs.
The most problematic aspect of doing your own application are those sleepless nights wondering if the application was lodged in a valid and genuine manner and what if the department decides to refuse the spouse visa application, what are your other alternatives or options with regard for a merit review. What are the additional costs involve and who would you appoint to pursue that application as the initial application was already refused.
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