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Dear Readers,

It’s been a while since I’ve written and there’s no real excuse for it except I’m busy with life, moving and general personal matters. However, the good news is that I’m still working on updating the next edition of the book. In fact there are some changes coming up ahead that may impact how you go about applying for your partner visa. That blog post will come out shortly and the updates in the book will also address that.

Some of the personal matters that I’m dealing with include a concerted effort against me by very unhappy migration agents who would like to see my book and website go away. I’m being harassed via email and social media by people who verbally abuse me, question my integrity and sometimes say downright racist things. This abuse has extended to my family and friends and all because I wrote a book with the intention of helping people and not profit off vulnerable people like other migration agents.

I wrote the book to help those who can’t afford paying outrageous fees to the Australian government just to bring their loved ones here.

I wrote the book so that people wouldn’t have to pay thousands more to dodgy migration agents who tell them to fill in their own forms and never call them back.

I wrote the book because I’ve been through the process myself and know how hard it is to understand all the different moving parts.

So you might ask why would I charge money for a book if all I want to do is help people? The honest answer is that I put time and effort into it and I believe in being compensated for that time and effort; just like you who would like to be paid for work that you’ve done.

What I ask for the book is not a big sum to pay. Considering how much migration agents charge versus the amount of information in my book, many readers have actually told me that I’m selling myself short.

In fact, when people email me to say they want to do their partner visa application with me, I tell them to read the book first. I tell them that they may find the many answers that they seek in the book. I also tell them to read the book first so that they can be prepared and know about the process so that when they do want to engage a migration agent, they’ll be able to see if the migration agent knows their stuff or not (because frankly, a lot do not).

9 times out of 10, these readers go on to do their own partner visa applications.

This is because the book really does set you up for a good starting point to do your own partner visa application. And the additional services that I provide are priced so affordably that with a little assistance, many readers are quite thankful to not have to pay thousands to migration agents.

Because the Australian government continues to squeeze partner visa applicants for money, the review services I provide are so popular that unfortunately I have to suspend them. That’s right, you read correctly: I’m getting so many requests for review applications that I now have to stop doing them for now.

I’ve got an increasingly busy schedule and as a perfectionist, if I can’t give it my all to my readers, then I don’t want to give you sub-par work. This is your applications (and lives) in the balance, so I want to be able to help out as much as I can, where I can.

Thus, the review services are not available until further notice.

I will continue to provide important updates via the blog and Facebook and in the meantime I’ll be updating the third edition of the book to give you my dear readers even more tips and tricks and more insider information so that you can do your own partner visa applications.

And to all the trolls, I’m going to stand tall and know that you only attack me because I am exposing your own weaknesses.

Did you know that over 50% of migration agents have less than 3 years of experience? Check the MARA site for the statistics.

As I’ve said, there are migration agents who are from a completely unrelated field, do a one year course, and can claim to know all there is to know about immigration law. These are the majority of migration agents these days. These are the majority of migration agents that ask you to hand over your hard earned cash to.

As always the choice is yours where you spend your money and I never ever oblige or push my readers to do one thing or another. I believe in free choice so please choose wisely but please be informed before you do.

All the best in your migration journeys, I’ll keep you all posted for the next edition and further important updates.

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Working holiday visas are changing and here’s how they can benefit you

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Working holiday visas (subclass 417 and 462) are a very common pathway for couples to live together in Australia for a while as they provide work rights and a long enough time for couples to establish their relationship in Australia.

Couples who meet overseas and would like to repatriate to Australia often use working holiday visas for the foreign partner (if they’re eligible) to see if they want to spend the rest of their lives in Australia.

In many cases that I see now, many couples actually meet while the foreign partner is on a working holiday visa travelling around Australia. This visa is, short of sponsorship, the next best visa type for couples to be together during the processing time.

To be eligible for a working holiday visa you must be under a certain age (depending on your home country) and from an eligible country.

The deal with working holiday visas is that if you do 3 months of farm work, you’ll get an extension to the visa for another year, giving you a total of 2 years of temporary residence in Australia. Now the good news is that you can extend that 2nd year by doing another 6 months of farm work. Once you’ve completed that, you’ll get an extra year with a maximum of 3 years in Australia.

So in total, if you do 9 months of farm work, you’ll get 3 years of working holiday visa in Australia.

Other changes include:

  • Raising the eligibility age from 30 to 35 for some countries
  • Increasing the intake quotas for some countries meaning more opportunities for people to come and visit and work in Australia
  • The ability to work for one employer for 12 months (rather than the 6 months right now)

Overall these are welcome changes to the working holiday visa program and designed to address the labour shortages

Of course it must be said that working holiday visas are not intended for this use and if you apply for them with the specific intention of living with your partner then there could be problems in the approval process. However, it is not uncommon for foreign partners to first apply for this visa and then apply for a partner visa.

Source: Visa changes to help farmers find workers

Partner Visa Fees Will Increase AGAIN on 1 July 2018

The visa application charge for Australian partner visa applications will increase on 1 July 2018.

The new visa application charge for Australian partner visas will be $7,160.

I urge everyone who can submit their application now to not delay. However be mindful that submitting incomplete applications may not be a good idea.

Once again I’m disappointed in this move by the government. When I first received the notice of this I thought to myself “the Australian government has done it again!”

As if the price of Australian partner visas was not high enough, they’ve decided to index it to inflation.

Whilst this increase is not as high as the previous one, I know couples have to forego a lot, scrimp and save to even get together the visa application charge. Not to mention the other associated fees.

So while this increase is a drop in the proverbial visa fee ocean, an extra $160 may still pose a problem for some couples trying real hard to stay afloat. This is especially true if the foreign partner does not have a job in Australia or due to visa restrictions can only work limited hours.

But like I always say, chin up and don’t be disheartened by this news. Love will find a way!

Full text here: Migration Amendment (Visa Application Charges) Regulations 2018

Australia Has Legalised Same-Sex Marriage And This Means More Opportunities For You

Australia Has Legalised Same-Sex Marriage And This Means More Opportunities For You

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I think it’s time to discuss the impact of Australia legalising same-sex marriages.

I’ve always been a staunch supporter of legalising same-sex marriages because for me, love is love. It’s also the very premise of me writing this book: love is love and not even a government should have any say as to where and how you spend your life with your partner.

So although Australia legalised same-sex marriages in December last year, I’ve been relatively silent on the matter.

In fact, because it was legalised in December and I wrote the revised second edition in November, I wouldn’t have had time to update the book.

But there is a HUGE impact on same-sex couples.

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