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Philippines Election 2022 – And different Down Under Visa News May 2022

Hello to all Down Under Visa shoppers, outdated and new. Hope everyone seems to be nicely, and hope Down Under Visa are serving you nicely.

A number of bits of reports…….


Philippines Election 2022 and other Down Under Visa News May 2022

Philippines presidential candidates 2022


Philippines Election


Philippines election right this moment! 

And meaning a PUBLIC HOLIDAY for the Down Under Visa workplace for MONDAY AND TUESDAY.


There isn’t any absentee voting right here. Where you register, that’s the place you vote. So folks journey all around the countryside to get to their place of voting to forged their poll. 

Voting is for:

  • President (and Vice President and Senators and doubtless others)
  • Province Governor
  • Local Mayor

So a busy time. Lots of visitors on the street. 

I can’t vote right here as I’m not a Citizen, however I can hope that those that DO vote have lengthy recollections, particularly again to the early 1980’s. And I hope there isn’t any dishonest and that the brand new office-bearers can have a real mandate from the folks!

I’ll be right here working away as I at all times do, however I’ve no employees to do issues for me or to ask about uploaded paperwork. (And please learn beneath about asking me about uploaded paperwork!) Please simply perceive my limitations.


Clients solely – The To-Do List and the Migration Hub


A reminder once more that whenever you add paperwork and relationship proof to the Migration Hub that it takes time to test this correctly. We know Agents who are usually not as fastidious as we’re, and can simply add no matter you ship. NOT US! We have at all times recognized that the paperwork and relationship proof are primarily what’s going to make or break an utility, and we are going to by no means compromise high quality simply to make life simpler on everybody (together with ourselves!)

And observe that we don’t test paperwork on weekends or Philippines public holidays.

So please:

  • Don’t depart all of the paperwork till the final minute earlier than importing after which panic after they nonetheless present as incomplete!
  • Check the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT EMAIL to make sure that you uploaded accurately
  • ONLY add once more should you didn’t get an acknowledgement, ie please by no means add once more to attempt to make us work quicker! (It has the alternative impact)
  • Then please patiently allow us to do our jobs

And observe that should you did all of the above and it’s greater than 4 WORKING DAYS because you efficiently uploaded, there’s a technical help web page which you should utilize. You will discover it on the primary menu web page of the Migration Hub. You may use that should you neglect your password or have difficulties logging in.

And by subsequent week we can have some new adjustments on the Hub which can present you what information you’ve got uploaded, which can take almost all of those issues away.

But you’ll nonetheless have to be affected person whereas we do our jobs!


The post-election lockdown hearsay


The chattering lots have been arduous at work! 

It goes like this:

  1. They are hiding the true numbers of COVID instances from us!
  2. As quickly because the election is over they’ll lock the whole lot down!

Absolute load of bovine excrement! Nonsense! Lies! 

Please learn the hyperlinks beneath to get an official view on the standing of COVID within the Philippines in the mean time, and ask your self what may probably be gained by lockdowns?

And an unofficial view from li’l ol’ me?

  • The hospitals are quiet!
  • The docs are quiet!

And please learn this:

If the inhabitants is being decimated, why would this be the case? And why would an outgoing Government wish to hold a horrible state of affairs secret? The Duterte Government might be gone quickly. Nothing to realize by them hiding issues!

So select rigorously who you want to take heed to, OK?


Traveling to the Philippines – Those {couples} getting collectively


There have been loads of you touring to the Philippines and at last catching up together with your sweethearts usually after a very long time aside. Flights appear again to regular once more, and fares affordable. We’ve seen and heard from lots of our shoppers this yr because the borders opened once more, and there have been engagements and marriages in abundance. 

I hope nobody is placing it off resulting from Facebook Fake News just like the above! If you miss one another, for goodness sakes get on a aircraft and get collectively like you already know it’s worthwhile to do! 




  • Do NOT go to the Philippines with plans on getting a vacationer visa and bringing her again on the identical flight! It will NOT occur!
  • Tourist visas take preparation, ie no less than a number of weeks. And processing time is 1 – 2 months for brand spanking new purposes these days. Booking flights and anticipating the Embassy to work round your plans? It by no means occurred earlier than, and it’ll by no means occur now.
  • If that is your intention, be sure to let me know many months forward, or your plans will most definitely fail.


Anything else?


Well, the Harvie’s are all nicely. Kids are noisy. School trip arising quickly, and we hope to fill the home with much more youngsters from the Province. 

Life within the Philippines is basically very regular today. Masks are nonetheless the norm out in public, and I truly hope it turns into the factor to do sooner or later. Crowds of individuals all sharing the identical air and viruses, whether or not it’s COVID or the flu or the frequent chilly, it’s fairly disgusting. Why not put on a masks in crowds? Makes excellent sense to me.

So take care, everybody. We sit up for persevering with that can assist you all to make your desires come true.



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Jeff Harvie is a Registered Migration Agent from Australia, however resident in Philippines since 2010 together with his Filipina spouse Mila and enormous prolonged household. Experienced with the Philippines tradition, cross-cultural relationships and paperwork in addition to Australian visas and Australian Migration Law, he writes with authority and happily with sufficient informality and humour that the common Aussie will get it! Down Under Visa specialises in visas for Australians in relationships with girls and gents from Philippines. Read MORE

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