Wednesday, December 6, 2017

How to Apply Australian Tourist Visa in the Philippines

Hope for the best, expect the worst. This is my mantra in facing challenging situations. I've heard a lot of visa application horror stories, and as a traveler, I don't want that to happen to me. I am extremely keen when it comes to planning and executing these applications because whatever the outcome might be, I know I did everything. Indeed, you need to plan your attack because you need to aim to pass, and on the very first try. For the third time this year, I've been fortunate to get a visa approved, and this time, for an Australian Visitor Visa. I did hope for the best and went home glorious in the end.

This year, I had the opportunity to travel to places I never thought I will. South Korea and Japan are two countries just four hours away from the Philippines, but are so hard to get to due to their visa requirements. I had the chance to travel to these countries and I embraced it completely.

After completing all the required documents and carefully filling out the application forms, I aced the Korean Tourist Visa Application and Japan Tourist Visa Application on my very first try. The secret? Just be honest, no matter what.  

My buddy and I have always been on the lookout for new places to explore. We've been to Southeast Asia, South Asia and East Asia for the past four years and were captivated by its very diverse culture. But we're yearning for more. Now, we're planning to hop off from our comfort zone and explore new continent. One happy place at a time, there's no rush.

Australia. I've heard so many nice things about this country from friends and even social media. It seems like the perfect place to have our next backpacking trip. All our trips start with the desire to explore uncharted territories and the rest just fall into place.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Me and my buddy checked our travel calendar for next year and targeted February to be the perfect time to go to Australia. It will just be a short two-week trip and we will try to cover as much with whatever budget we have. 

After setting the dates, we had to research on the visa application process for tourists in Australia for Philippine passport holders. And as we did our online research, we learned that there are so many types of visa that a Filipino can get. We were confused and didn't know where to start so we consulted some friends who have been in the same situation. Some got approved and some got denied. We didn't want to end up on the latter.

After scrutinizing all online sources, we stumbled upon the website of One Vine Migration Australia. Apparently, you need not go personally to the Embassy of Australia in the Philippines to apply for visa. Everything is done online. But to ensure that we get approved the first time around, we checked the company's profile and were convinced that we needed their help.

Australia Tourist Visa in the Philippines
One Vine Migration Australia
One Vine Migration Australia is committed in assisting anyone who wishes to migrate, study, work or travel to Australia and New Zealand in the most professional, efficient, and cost-effective manner.

There are only 26 authorized Immigration Consultants in the Philippines and Mr. Alfeo Salcedo of One Vine Migration Australia is one of them.

So why did we seek the help of a consultancy firm? To guide us on the proper flow of Australia Visa Application and to perfectly align our qualifications to the right visa type, this usually causes confusion.

Australia Tourist Visa in the Philippines
The One Vine Migration Australia team
Plus, the licensed immigration consultant will lodge the application on your behalf which will be helpful in securing the visa on the very first try. With its 100% approval rate, we knew that we were in right hands. 

Just a little backgrounder; I am a public school teacher for more than nine years now but also have online freelance writing jobs on the sides.

Once we're sure about the consultancy firm, we took these four easy steps that helped us to achieve our goal.

First step: Online Booking for Appointment

With its user-friendly interface, we browsed and found the easy one-click online booking for an appointment. Please note that for each consultation, a fee will be incurred that will be deducted to the final bill once they set it. The fee will all depend on the visa type you're applying for and the severity of the case.

We chose the date and time for the initial one-hour consultation, then filled out the necessary information.

Second Step: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Survey Questionnaire

We received an email from One Vine Migration Australia that confirmed our appointment for the initial consultation. We were also asked to accomplish a survey form and to supply our CV for characterization to maximize the one-hour consultancy time.

Certain reminders were also included such as bringing of a valid ID for proper identification and Tax Identification Number (TIN) ID for taxation purposes.

Third Step: First Consultation

We arrived on our scheduled date and time at One World Place Building in BGC, Taguig City and personally met Mr. Alfeo Salcedo, the Licensed Immigration Consultant (MARN: 1574601 / IAA License Number: 201501375).

In compliance to the Code of Conduct for Registered Migration Agents, the company is required to provide us with a copy of the Consumer Guide for Licensed Advisers. We countersigned the said document after thoroughly going through it.

A brief summary of the services offered by the company was given and we were assured of the privacy clauses with regard to the personal information we will provide them. Other documents might be needed so it's better to be clear about it on the very first meeting to avoid the rush when the time comes that they would need it.

The consultation was an eye-opener on the step-by-step process of acquiring our Australian Visitor Visa. We also got the chance to raise our concerns regarding the application which, I doubt, you'll not be having when you apply online by yourself.

Australia Tourist Visa in the Philippines
One-on-one consultation with Mr. Alfeo Salcedo, a licensed Immigration Consultant

Fourth Step: Second Consultation and Document Presentation

Three important factors were stressed during the first consultation; Gracious Intent, Incentive to Return, and Financial Capability to support the travel.

With this, we had to provide evidences or documents to back up our desire to travel to Australia. And just like my other visa applications, I'm totally keen on this part of the process.

We were given a rundown on the documents we needed to present and we set another appointment for it. Here are the specific documents that we presented (take note that it's better to have a photocopy or scanned copy of each document for faster transaction):

Valid Philippine PassportWe brought our old and new passports with visas we acquired and stamps of the countries we've visited.

Birth CertificateIssued by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Valid I.D.I presented my LTO Driver’s License.

Passport-size photoWhite background, collared short, and no editing.

Bank Certificate and Bank StatementsI provided the latest statements from all my deposit and investment accounts.

Credit Card Billing Statements I presented the recent three months.

Certificate of Employment I got this from the HR Department of my school.

Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Form 2316 I presented  the latest which I got from my school.

Pay slips and Proof of payment from my freelance jobsI presented the recent three months of my pay slip and receipts from my online jobs.

*Additional requirements are necessary for other visa types*

Australia Tourist Visa in the Philippines
Document Presentation
After presenting the needed documents, Mr. Salcedo asked me to double check a printed copy of my application form and after which, he lodged the application online and asked us to wait for the results.

The next day, just 20 hours from lodging it, I got an email from One Vine Migration with the subject IMMI Grant Notification. At that point, I was already ecstatic as I knew that it was positive news from their end.

Australia Tourist Visa in the Philippines
Mr. Salcedo is the key to success for that Australian dream.
And yes, I got an approval for my Australia Visitor Visa; a multiple entry for one year, three months per visit. My buddy got his two days after. Totally amazing! 

Australia Tourist Visa in the Philippines
Australia Visitor Visa approved on the very first try!

The key to a successful visa application is to get it right on the first try. And with the numerous types and sub-classes available for Australia Visa, a consultation with an Immigration Consultant is deemed important. It is highly advisable to get an expert’s advice with the help of One Vine Migration Australia. And yes, we’re so ready to conquer Australia next year!

One Vine Migration Australia
Unit 805, One World Place, 32nd Street, BGC,
Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact Number: (+63) 2.776.0246 | (+63) 2.777.2392 | (+63) 2.777.1393
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  1. Congratulations Chong! I will try to visit this office next year.

    1. Thanks! Flight tickets na lang ang pag-iipunan :)