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To say that I am frustrated with this whole process would be an under statement.

 

I have not had any feedback from anyone at the embassy on either the Tourist Visa or Partner Visa since mid November 2012.

 

Numerous emails direct to the allocated case officers and the generic email addresses have gone unanswered ( note – not so many emails that I have become a nuisance to the embassy staff, but just enough to remain vigilant )

 

To give a brief history – we applied for a Partner Visa in May 2012. At the time, the staff at the VIA indicated that the process may take up to 12 months, and suggested we apply for a Tourist Visa so that we were together while the other application was being processed, so we applied for a 12 month Tourist Visa as well.

 

Approximately 2 – 3 weeks after the Tourist Visa application was submitted, the embassy contacted my partner and instructed her to do the medical examinations. Unfortunately, the chest x-ray showed an active pulmonary tuberculosis in her right lung. Treatment commenced immediately.

 

After the first two months of treatment, my partner had a follow up x-ray. The specialist stated in his report to the embassy that the condition had shown significant improvement and that she was no longer contagious. I contacted the embassy regarding the results and they stated that the treatment program will have to be completed before any decision was made.

 

After four months of treatment the TB was totally gone, leaving behind scarred tissue. I contacted the embassy again and they advised again that no decision would be made until the treatment had finished.

 

On December 1st my partner finished her treatment and had her final x-ray ( which was all clear ). Whilst I accepted that the Partner Visa application would be a few months away yet, I pleaded with the staff at the embassy to grant the Tourist Visa so that my family could be together in Australia for Christmas, and our sons first birthday ( on Boxing Day – December 26th )

 

As stated earlier, I have not had any response from anyone at the embassy since mid November 2012.

 

Apart from the health criteria, we tick all the boxes -

 

- We have been together now for 5+ years

- I am 33 years old, my partner is 27

- I have spent a total of 2+ years in the Philippines with my partner over the 5+ years

- We had shared assets in the Philippines ( property, car and bank account )

- I spent 15 months straight living in the Philippines prior to lodging the application

- We showed 5+ years of phone bills, emails, remittance slips, passport stamps etc

- I have stable employment, suitable accommodation, great character references

- Most importantly, we have a ( now ) 1 year old son, whom is an Australian Citizen with an Australian Passport

 

Throughout the whole process, my partner has been totally compliant with every single request / requirement, normally fulfilling them same day or next day ( and having to drag around our infant child everwhere she goes )

 

What makes it more frustrating is the fact that there is no health requirement for a 3 month Tourist Visa, so these are being granted daily to those that could be carrying a condition that they do not know exists.

 

I also know of 2 cases where they were granted to late teen / early twenties bar girl girlfriends of 50+ year old sex-tourists, whom they met on a two week holiday.

 

Where is the fairness in that !! ( don’t even get me started on the refugee issue !! Geesh !! )

 

We are a legitimate couple, I am a natural born Australian Citizen, our son is an Australian Citizen ( being deprived of his rights and opportunities to live in Australia, and to see his father ), and whats more, my taxpayer dollars are paying these peoples wages !!

 

Apart from missing all the important milestones in the early part of my sons life ( first words, first steps ), the tipping point was missing his first birthday. That was the straw that broke the camels back.

 

They say that they give special consideration for compassionate and compelling circumstances, I say pigs f***ing a**e they do !!

 

I am ready to explode !!

 

 

OK, my whinge is over..

 

 

Feel free to share your Oz embassy experience here. I know some are luckier than others..

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If she had TB they may stop her ever going there. You should have pulled the application rather than tell them.

you have my deepest sympathy in trying to deal with these questionable imbessites. an english woman friend of mine trying to return to oz had nothing but vile expletives when i asked her about the em

If your mate was in Aus before 2001 on a Special Category Visa (what all Kiwis arrived on) then he's classed as a permanant resident in the eyes of immigration, and able to sponsor.   I sponsored my

KennyF

I was once told by embassy staff in London that "we're not in the business of splitting up families".

 

From what you say, something is wrong, like lost paperwork or someone doesn't like you.

 

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Patience Mate. Just keep hassling them, ( BOI )

With all Middle East migration going on in Oz. Boat people situation and JG`s messed up party. Kiwis and Pac Islanders coming and going out of the country as they please without any restriction would also not help the situation. I think this is reason why they cannot anymore make it easy for honest people trying to get in with correct paperwork. I have a kiwi mate living and working in Oz and he`s peed off coz he cannot get his filipina missus there eighter and he cannot figure out why not ? He`s not a Oz citizen not even a dual citizen in Oz ?

Go figure.

 

The Lucky Country No More.

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If she had TB they may stop her ever going there. You should have pulled the application rather than tell them.

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Is BOI concerned that your partner may need medical treatment in the future? ie a burden on Medicare?

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We lodged on 14 dec, got acknowledgement 1 week later plus requests for docs direct from NSO, the original ones they prob did not believe were true. Wife did her 2 days of medicals this week. Our situation is very similiar to yours.

 

here is a great site/forum to read in....www.australiaforum.com/

 

 

lots of Filipinas there so you get many different angles...cheers

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Aussie Dude

What is your case officer's name ? We had a woman named Mrs Ooms , a real nightmare , put us through hell ,and we had been married for 8 years

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Partner Visa, wow, wish the USA had something like that.

Is there a local Aus politician that could help? US Reps have been useful in our visa escapades over the years.

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Sounds like you somehow got the short straw. I have a lot of Aussie friends and am always telling them how lucky they are to be able to take girlfriends (not even fiance or spouse) to visit Australia. I must know 5 or 6 people that have gone for visits with their GFs. Some of them have taken multiple different girls over the years.

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so out of curiosity

 

if you go to the OZ embassy and tell them you are flat broke and need help getting home

 

so they tell you to click you heels together and say "there's no place like home." ?

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so out of curiosity

 

if you go to the OZ embassy and tell them you are flat broke and need help getting home

 

so they tell you to click you heels together and say "there's no place like home." ?

Only if you're from Kansas...

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It is not easy for a Filipina to get a tourist visa n its only them to blame in the past...they had a tendency to overstay n not return home n hide much to their own detriment by hiding with family there or getting sucked into blending in with their  own worst enemy that r fellow filipinos that then exploit them..

 

My mate tried 3 times to take his G/F of 7 years on a visit n was denied each time even though he put up the guarantee  criteria n she comes from a rich family in Leyte....the problem was she couldnt provide enough evidence that she had ties to her homeland n the old custom of having ''Show Money'' in her bank account is now recognonised as another scam to provide such compelling evidence....

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you have my deepest sympathy in trying to deal with these questionable imbessites.

an english woman friend of mine trying to return to oz had nothing but vile expletives when i asked her about the embassy in england.

lebanese/australians on holiday in lebanon  were greeted by an answering machine when they phoned the oz embassy in lebanon for help during the israeli/labanon war in 2006.

i believe the philippines is blacklisted but sometimes everything goes smoothly for no accountable reason. or badly for an accountable reason like the filipina in the oz embassy failing to contact a local office for 4 months when they did not respond to her enquiries.

my friends girlfriend was denied a tourist visa twice despite having income from 4 units on the gold coast. on the 3rd try he spoke with an oz guy there who said put ^ grand in her bank and re-apply with his name on the top page. he got it-but only for 3 months. she came and returned within the time frame. then he applied again but they would not budge past the 3 month amount which they gave him again.

another guy was asked for a guarantor when his investment income (guaranteed) was twice that of an average wage. he was in manila at the time and communicated this to the case managers supervisor who emailed him and said a guarantor would not be necessary. his fiancee was in oz within 5 weeks.

logic seems to be absent in the embassy or at least unfathomable.

i sometimes wonder if a case could be made to an oz court about the discrimination that occasionally  rears its head in the oz embassy in manila.

another guy got a swift tourist visa when he attended or played cricket with an oz staff member.

 

not all dealings with filipine offices go well either. being allergic to paperwork i did not read totally all documents and found they had mixed up names (first with middle or surname with maiden) which then demanded a stat dec which i had to pay for even tho their mistake.  not a heavy burden but such corrections are sent to manila and WILL take up to 5 months to return. inter-island letters take 2 weeks each way on enquiries. all the time adds up and at the end of it  when my wife landed here i was so strung out i doubt i could even change a spark plug.

 

good luck with it all!

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udonthani

lebanese/australians on holiday in lebanon  were greeted by an answering machine when they phoned the oz embassy in lebanon for help during the israeli/labanon war in 2006.

the war was between Israel and Hezbullah, not Israel and Lebanon. 

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To say that I am frustrated with this whole process would be an under statement.

 

I have not had any feedback from anyone at the embassy on either the Tourist Visa or Partner Visa since mid November 2012.

 

Numerous emails direct to the allocated case officers and the generic email addresses have gone unanswered ( note – not so many emails that I have become a nuisance to the embassy staff, but just enough to remain vigilant )

 

To give a brief history – we applied for a Partner Visa in May 2012. At the time, the staff at the VIA indicated that the process may take up to 12 months, and suggested we apply for a Tourist Visa so that we were together while the other application was being processed, so we applied for a 12 month Tourist Visa as well.

 

Approximately 2 – 3 weeks after the Tourist Visa application was submitted, the embassy contacted my partner and instructed her to do the medical examinations. Unfortunately, the chest x-ray showed an active pulmonary tuberculosis in her right lung. Treatment commenced immediately.

 

After the first two months of treatment, my partner had a follow up x-ray. The specialist stated in his report to the embassy that the condition had shown significant improvement and that she was no longer contagious. I contacted the embassy regarding the results and they stated that the treatment program will have to be completed before any decision was made.

 

After four months of treatment the TB was totally gone, leaving behind scarred tissue. I contacted the embassy again and they advised again that no decision would be made until the treatment had finished.

 

On December 1st my partner finished her treatment and had her final x-ray ( which was all clear ). Whilst I accepted that the Partner Visa application would be a few months away yet, I pleaded with the staff at the embassy to grant the Tourist Visa so that my family could be together in Australia for Christmas, and our sons first birthday ( on Boxing Day – December 26th )

 

As stated earlier, I have not had any response from anyone at the embassy since mid November 2012.

 

Apart from the health criteria, we tick all the boxes -

 

- We have been together now for 5+ years

- I am 33 years old, my partner is 27

- I have spent a total of 2+ years in the Philippines with my partner over the 5+ years

- We had shared assets in the Philippines ( property, car and bank account )

- I spent 15 months straight living in the Philippines prior to lodging the application

- We showed 5+ years of phone bills, emails, remittance slips, passport stamps etc

- I have stable employment, suitable accommodation, great character references

- Most importantly, we have a ( now ) 1 year old son, whom is an Australian Citizen with an Australian Passport

 

Throughout the whole process, my partner has been totally compliant with every single request / requirement, normally fulfilling them same day or next day ( and having to drag around our infant child everwhere she goes )

 

What makes it more frustrating is the fact that there is no health requirement for a 3 month Tourist Visa, so these are being granted daily to those that could be carrying a condition that they do not know exists.

 

I also know of 2 cases where they were granted to late teen / early twenties bar girl girlfriends of 50+ year old sex-tourists, whom they met on a two week holiday.

 

Where is the fairness in that !! ( don’t even get me started on the refugee issue !! Geesh !! )

 

We are a legitimate couple, I am a natural born Australian Citizen, our son is an Australian Citizen ( being deprived of his rights and opportunities to live in Australia, and to see his father ), and whats more, my taxpayer dollars are paying these peoples wages !!

 

Apart from missing all the important milestones in the early part of my sons life ( first words, first steps ), the tipping point was missing his first birthday. That was the straw that broke the camels back.

 

They say that they give special consideration for compassionate and compelling circumstances, I say pigs f***ing a**e they do !!

 

I am ready to explode !!

 

 

OK, my whinge is over..

 

 

Feel free to share your Oz embassy experience here. I know some are luckier than others..

 

Mate you need to contact me, ask me anything you want.

 

I am exactly like you, the only difference is you are six month behind me.  But our stories are the same.  I am 33 Aussie, lived in the Philippines for a couple years with my girlfriend, legitimate relationship all the way.  We applied for both Visa as you did, and she had TB also.

 

We ended up waiting for 9 months to get her Fiancee visa because of it, but lost the tourist Visa. We finally left Cebu in July, 2012 and have been back here in Australia for 6 months now.

 

Last week on Tuesday we applied for her next Visa to stay here for another 2 years on a partner Visa and bang just like that we got it on the same bloody day.  Unbelievable!!

 

PM me I am sure you have lots of questions.

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