Australian Agriculture Visa

Some interesting information for people to consider before paying anyone to get them a visa to work in Australia.

Some Social Media posts have been made offering agriculture jobs in Australia. Those posts link to unusual website names. They might be a scam.

A report dated 25 Feb 2022, states that the Philippines has formally withdrawn from Australia’s new Agriculture Visa negotiations.

That means that a Filipino is not eligible for the Australian Agriculture Visa.

Philippines Withdraws from Australian Agriculture Visa

This official statement on the subject.

Philippines Australian Agriculture visa

British Pound to Philippine Peso

Exchange Rate: British to Philippines – GBP to PHP.

UK-English Pound to Philippine Peso, Currency Conversion Table.

The same rates apply to the Scottish Pound, as the Scottish Pound is tied to the Pound Sterling.

This may change if Scotland gains independence. heraldscotland.com

Banknotes of Scotland are the banknotes of the pound sterling that are issued by three Scottish retail banks and in circulation in Scotland.

Philippines reopening to tourism 10 Feb 2022.

Philippines reopening to tourism.

On 28 January 2022, the Philippine government confirmed that visitors will be permitted to enter the Philippines again from the 10th February 2022.

Philippine Quarantine requirement changes:

Foreign tourists from the countries that have visa-free entry to the Philippines, and who are vaccinated and test negative for Covid-19, will not need to quarantine from 10th February 2022.

Returning Filipinos, that are vaccinated and who test negative for Covid-19, will not need to quarantine from 1st February 2022.

Visa Free Nationalities:
List of countries allowed a 30 day visa free entry: https://dfa.gov.ph

Cost of the 13a Marriage Visa

13a Visa For Foreigners Married to A Filipino Citizen.

Current cost for the “Probationary 13a” and the “13a Amended to Permanent” visas are:

Php 8,620.00 Principal
Php 8,620.00 Dep-Spouse
Php 8,370.00 Dep-B16
Php 7,870.00 Dep-B14
plus $50 for the ACR-I card for each visa.

I have read that there may be other fees and ancillary expenses which might come to around 22,000PHP.

So, including those other costs, for a single applicant this might total about 30,000PHP +US$50. (US$650 or A$900 or GBP490).

I assume that these fees apply individually to both the “Probationary 13a” and the “13a Amended to Permanent visa” applications.

The cost shown at the Philippine consulate in Australia is currently shown as A$270 for the 13a.
https://sydneypcg.dfa.gov.ph/notices/schedule-of-fees

The cost shown at the Philippine consulate in Norway is currently shown as NOK 1,350 (US$151, A$210, GBP114).
https://www.philembassy.no/consular-services/schedule-of-fees-price-list

The cost shown at the Philippine consulate in New York, USA is currently shown as $150 for the 13a.
https://newyorkpcg.org/pcgny/consular-services/schedule-of-fees/

Renewing Visas During COVID

Renewing a Philippine  Visa during COVID.

To renew your visa, please contact the Philippines Bureau of Immigration directly for advice and to make an appointment to correct any outstanding visa issues. You must wear a facemask and exercise social distancing during your visit to an immigration office.

Foreigners who overstayed for less than six months can still pay their visa overstay fees at the airport.

For foreign nationals who have overstayed for more than 6 months, process are as follows:

  • apply for visa extension at nearest BI satellite office,
  • all applications for visa extension are referred to BI Manila; process can take more than a month,
  • visa fees and penalties must be paid,
  • exit clearance certificate (ECC) is required.

For foreign nationals who have overstayed for 3 year or more (see 8.2 for more details):

  • apply for visa extension at nearest BI satellite office,
  • all applications for visa extension are referred to BI Manila; process can take 2 to 3 months or more,
  • visa fees and penalties must be paid,
  • exit clearance certificate (ECC) is required,
  • you will be issued with “order to leave” and is given a timeframe to depart the Philippines.

The above is shown at the Philippines Embassy in Australia, but should be similar for other countries too.

Chinese Sinovac Covid Vaccine

News reports on the Chinese Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine.

28 Feb 2021
Philippines receives Chinese vaccine (Sinovac), but Duterte prefers another brand…
www.reuters.com

11 April 2021
Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates”, said Gao Fu, the director of the China Centers for Disease Control.
Beijing has distributed hundreds of millions of doses in other countries.
www.aljazeera.com

11 April 2021
A COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac was found to have an efficacy rate of slightly above 50% in Brazilian clinical trials.
www.reuters.com

By comparison, the vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech has been found to be 97-percent effective.

Efficacy Rates from Yale Medicine.

www.yalemedicine.org

Overall all risks.

95.0% Pfizer-BioNTech
94.1% Moderna

Against risk of symptomatic disease.

96.4% Novavax
76.0% Oxford-AstraZeneca
72.0% Johnson & Johnson
?% Pfizer-BioNTech
?% Moderna

Against risk of Severe Disease.

100% Oxford-AstraZeneca
100% Novavax
86.0% Johnson & Johnson
?% Pfizer-BioNTech
?% Moderna

Moderna: 94.1% effective at preventing symptomatic infection. 86.4% for people ages 65 and older.

Johnson & Johnson: 72% overall efficacy and 86% efficacy against severe disease.

Oxford-AstraZeneca: 76% effective at reducing the risk of symptomatic disease, and 100% against severe disease. 85% effective in preventing COVID-19 in people over 65.

Novavax: 96.4% efficacy in reducing mild and moderate disease, 100% against severe disease from the original strain of COVID-19.

Down Under Visa

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Jeff Harvie is a Registered Migration Agent from Australia, but resident in Philippines since 2010 with his Filipina wife Mila and large extended family.

Experienced with the Philippines culture, cross-cultural relationships and bureaucracy as well as Australian visas and Australian Migration Law, he writes with authority and fortunately with enough informality and humour that the average Aussie gets it!

Down Under Visa specialises in visas for Australians in relationships with ladies and gents from Philippines, Thailand, China and Vietnam.