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Old 09-05-2013, 07:13 AM
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Okay so here's my story here.

I [27] met a girl there over a year ago [22] and I proposed to her at the start of the year.

Anyhow fast forward time. I wanted her to come over to Australia and wasn't really sure of the steps for the visa. So I hired a migration agent... that's where the problems began. We were at the 7th month at the time, and agent tells me we need at least 12 months relationship with proof. I was like damn. So we waited the extra months (visited her twice during those months also ). There were also other various incorrect information which she had given us but that's not really the problem at hand here.

We've done all the forms (PMV) in July and everything. And Agent goes and mails it off to the Philippines... direct to the Australian Philippines Embassy (she stated this was the right place to send it to). This was at the start of August. I trusted her on this one.

She tells me she's done it before and yeah, should take 2 weeks for acknowledgement. 3 weeks go by and nothing. I'm thinking maybe some delays due to the recent flooding. No updates from immigration department or anything. I asked her what could've happened? She goes maybe there's a delay - they might be busy. She then says hopefully it's not lost because the last time she sent it there, it was lost in the mail and took a while for them to find it. Alright cool.... Another week goes by. Nothing. Great.

So that when I asked her what address did she send it to? She tells me it was the postal address of the Australian Philippines embassy. I looked it up and from the website, it says

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Visa applications, except for Refugee and Humanitarian Entry, should be lodged through the department's Service Delivery Partner (SDP) in the Philipines, Philippines Interactive Audiotext Service Inc (PIASI).
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Applications can be lodged by post direct to the Embassy. However, it is not recommended that clients forward personal documents, passports and payment through the post as safe delivery cannot be guaranteed.
I've contacted the Philippines Embassy about 4 days ago and they say that they will try find it and update me if there's anything. Haven't heard back from them since. I'm just praying here for an update from them. Me and my partner here are getting pretty hopeless... long distance relationship sucks and is extremely tough. We don't need any of this extra trouble.

So... so far I've been waiting about a month now and haven't even gotten an acknowledgement yet. Is this normal? Or did my agent screw us up badly by not lodging through the department's Service Delivery Partner (VIA)?

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Hi Plaz
Yes you received some very bad advice, you did not have to wait the 12 Months. If the embassy does not locate the paperwork and you have to re-lodge it all again, just do it yourself, it is not really that difficult and you can seek the advice you need here for free. If you do need to re-lodge the application I would recommend lodging in person at the VIA. Just use the search this thread function at the top of the page to research for information.
I would ask the migration agent for a copy of what they sent, if they have one (a good agent would have this on file in my opinion), gather the additional evidence that you need ie photos stat declarations etc and resend by registered post (not express) as it is safer and a copy of the receipt for embassy process fee and send it to your fiancée to lodge in person at the VIA ( I know there is one in Cebu), she could also attend the CFO counseling session the day before lodging so this could be included in her application.
I am curious did you use an agent in the Philippines or one here?

Also there is an agent rom Sydney who frequents this site Mark Northam, who will check your documents prior to lodging for a reasonable fee.

I wish I had better news for you, it sounds like your application has been lost in the mail. Also have your fiancée call the embassy again to see if they found the application. Remember this, it is up to you and your fiancée to follow up on everything with the embassy as you are just 1 of hundreds of applications

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remember mail from Australia to PH can take up to 3 weeks

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Old 09-06-2013, 04:21 AM
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"Yes you received some very bad advice, you did not have to wait the 12 Months."

Yes I found that out the hard way. After about 5 months of waiting, which was at 11 months of the relationship, she then said, "oh it's okay we don't need to wait another month before we can submit the application. It's not required anymore". I was thinking mmm not required anymore? Jesus Christ I was wondering what was up. She didn't really reveal nothing. I only found out about the PMV not requiring 12 months on the internet. I was pretty pissed off and so was my fiancee. We waited so long for nothing. Not sure if she did that on purpose or not. At the start she was questioning my relationship. Also said that waiting was good and that her father also has a wife from the Philippines n that it was a disaster. I think she's a bit biased there.


"If the embassy does not locate the paperwork and you have to re-lodge it all again, just do it yourself, it is not really that difficult and you can seek the advice you need here for free. If you do need to re-lodge the application I would recommend lodging in person at the VIA. Just use the search this thread function at the top of the page to research for information."

Yeah they said they'll update me if there's any news. That was Monday. I asked again last night but haven't had any replies back. Doubt they are even trying like you said. I'm just one out of hundreds. It was sent off from Melbourne on the first week of August. So about 6-7th August via Registered Post to Philippines. Which should take about 10 business days max to reach there. So let's just say 14 days. Should've arrived 21st August. So it should have been at the Embassy postal box for around 12 days now.


"I would ask the migration agent for a copy of what they sent, if they have one (a good agent would have this on file in my opinion), gather the additional evidence that you need ie photos stat declarations etc and resend by registered post (not express) as it is safer and a copy of the receipt for embassy process fee and send it to your fiancée to lodge in person at the VIA ( I know there is one in Cebu), she could also attend the CFO counseling session the day before lodging so this could be included in her application."

I definitely will be doing this. I don't want to sit around and wait for weeks and then only to find out it's lost. I'd rather gather everything here and send it overseas to her so she can submit it herself in person at the VIA manila. I'm not too familiar with CFO counseling session. Is this a requirement for the PMV application?


"I am curious did you use an agent in the Philippines or one here?"

Used a migration agent from Melbourne. Definitely regretted it.


"Also there is an agent rom Sydney who frequents this site Mark Northam, who will check your documents prior to lodging for a reasonable fee."

I think my documents/evidence are all up to scratch. I've given it a through check/reading and so has my agent.


"I wish I had better news for you, it sounds like your application has been lost in the mail. Also have your fiancée call the embassy again to see if they found the application. Remember this, it is up to you and your fiancée to follow up on everything with the embassy as you are just 1 of hundreds of applications."

Look I'll wait until mid next week and if there's still no news of my application/documents, I'll definitely be calling them up to see what's going on. I'll probably start gather all my documents again this weekend and if it is lost, at least I'll be a bit ahead.

Anyhow, thanks for valuable advice and fast reply. I'll definitely be checking up on this forum more often and will update if anything happens.


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MMm I just posted a pretty long reply and nothing showed up. Haha. I'll try retype it up again.


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Plaz, if that ever happens, message me. Sometimes something in a post will get it automatically flagged by the system as spam. Happens rarely, but it does happen. Then a mod has to go in and approve it. I just approved yours, so... hoping you see this before you retype it all!

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Plaz, if that ever happens, message me. Sometimes something in a post will get it automatically flagged by the system as spam. Happens rarely, but it does happen. Then a mod has to go in and approve it. I just approved yours, so... hoping you see this before you retype it all!
HAHA I see. Omg thanks. I was pretty much about to type it all out again haha. I'm a bit new here so I was wondering where my post disappeared to. Was 100% certain I hit the submit button.

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Old 09-06-2013, 04:35 AM
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It's so funny - I have looked through your post and I've no idea what could have possibly triggered the spam filter. Technology, man. Great in so many ways, and sometimes completely incomprehensible. Haha.

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Hi CollegeGirl

Hello again. As per your advise I emailed Mark Northam and he had already replied. However his reply even sunk me deeper into more confusion and discouragement as he opined same as that of the other Migration Agent I consulted, that I need to have my Philippine marriage annulled 1st, before I can apply for a Partners Visa.

And so for the last 2 months, I have consulted, asked the opinions of 4 Australian based Immigration Lawyers and /or Licensed Australian Migration Agents... 2 said I need to have my Philippine Marriage annulled 1st ..BUT the other 2 said, NO i don't need said annulment for as long as me and my Partner live together for 12 months then we can go ahead and apply for a De Facto Relationship based Partners Visa after 12 that months.

I am very confuse. if only I can afford the full fee of an Immigration Lawyer to handle our case.

Question: Am I qualified now to start a Thread in this forum so I can share my predicament to more people and maybe somebody someone out there will be kind and knowledgeable enough to help me with my problem? How do I start a Thread by d way?

Thank you so much for this favor and kind assistance.


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