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Old 12-03-2012, 12:06 PM
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Hi. Greetings to all!

I am from the Philippines with an OZ fiance of nearly 4 yrs.. We are planning of applying a Tourist Visa for me so we could be together since he couldn't be here coz he is waiting for his surgery. Now, I have a dilemma that worries me to death

HEre is my story. I was a victim of illegal recruitment 18 yrs ago. Went to an Asian country but was fooled. To make the story short, the recruiter ran away with my passport and money. I took the risk and overstayed to save for my air fare and money to pay back the amount i owed just to work abroad..
After less than 2 yrs I personally surrendered. I was not put to jail and was just asked to prepare my travel document and leave the country.
That was a traumatic experience for me and never left the Philippines since..

Have any of you guys know people who have the same case as mine but were able to travel abroad especially Australia as a tourist?
Do you think they told the truth?

thank you in advance. Any comments will be highly appreciated..


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Old 12-03-2012, 08:39 PM
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Hi. Greetings to all!

I am from the Philippines with an OZ fiance of nearly 4 yrs.. We are planning of applying a Tourist Visa for me so we could be together since he couldn't be here coz he is waiting for his surgery. Now, I have a dilemma that worries me to death

HEre is my story. I was a victim of illegal recruitment 18 yrs ago. Went to an Asian country but was fooled. To make the story short, the recruiter ran away with my passport and money. I took the risk and overstayed to save for my air fare and money to pay back the amount i owed just to work abroad..
After less than 2 yrs I personally surrendered. I was not put to jail and was just asked to prepare my travel document and leave the country.
That was a traumatic experience for me and never left the Philippines since..

Have any of you guys know people who have the same case as mine but were able to travel abroad especially Australia as a tourist?
Do you think they told the truth?

thank you in advance. Any comments will be highly appreciated..
Two things, one DON'T lie to Australian immigration you will be found out and probably never get in!

The other thing is in your case you should talk to a migration agent, I haven't read about a case like yours and I think it is a case that requires professional help.

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Old 12-04-2012, 03:40 AM
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Hi.thanks for your response. I am now trying to inquire on how much is the fee for a migration agent,.


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Old 12-05-2012, 04:47 AM
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Hi Filogirl

Personally, i think you should be ok. I would also recommend having a Migration Agent actually provide a Cover Letter supporting your application.
It is a good idea to reveal this infomation in your application.

Because the activity was conducted so long ago, and assuming you have been a outsstanding citizen of the philippines for the last 18 years, this will give some advantage to your case. Also, the decision maker will consider all past general conduct, but as it was so long ago, it should be ok.

I would have imagined, that after your passport, and money was taken, the best thing to do would be go to the police, and have them contact your family in the Philippines for assistance. It might be difficult to convince the decision maker of your past.

Also, you will have to establish you are a genuine tourist. You will have to show evidence of strong bonds to the phillipines, which require you to return. This is not only family, but should include employment, and other strong ties.

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Hi Filogirl

Personally, i think you should be ok. I would also recommend having a Migration Agent actually provide a Cover Letter supporting your application.
It is a good idea to reveal this infomation in your application.

Because the activity was conducted so long ago, and assuming you have been a outsstanding citizen of the philippines for the last 18 years, this will give some advantage to your case. Also, the decision maker will consider all past general conduct, but as it was so long ago, it should be ok.

I would have imagined, that after your passport, and money was taken, the best thing to do would be go to the police, and have them contact your family in the Philippines for assistance. It might be difficult to convince the decision maker of your past.

Also, you will have to establish you are a genuine tourist. You will have to show evidence of strong bonds to the phillipines, which require you to return. This is not only family, but should include employment, and other strong ties.
thank you so much for the reply. i would like to consult a migration agent to help me with my application but i have no idea how much it would cost.\


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thank you so much for the reply. i would like to consult a migration agent to help me with my application but i have no idea how much it would cost.\
If you PM Mark Northman he can give you a list of his fees, he is very active on this site and seems to be very knowledgeable too. http://www.australiaforum.com/members/marknortham.html

Or I am sure Chris will give you a list of his fees.

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I have never read about a situation like yours, sorry :-( but from what I have read I would firmly second being very honest about this right away to Immigration... in this situation I think there is no such thing as too much explaining.

Also in your case I would *definitely* get an agent even if it took time to save up for it. What you DON'T want is end up rejected on something you knew would be an issue if you would have had a chance with the right advice.

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Hi...tell them what happened...the philippines is notorious for doing this illegal job set ups esp to Middle East countries where you get treated worse than slaves....glad you made it out safely....


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Hi Filogirl -

My view is that there's a good chance you'll be approved for a visitor visa for Australia with a properly constructed submission that details the history of what happened and focuses on the fact you have not breached any immigration conditions since then. If you could PM me or email [email protected], I can see how far you've gotten on the application so far and get you information re: assistance.

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