Immigration Lawyers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth
Immigration Help You’ll Get At MyVisa®
Get our expert knowledge of Australian immigration and citizenship laws. Whether you are outside Australia or located in Sydney NSW, Melbourne VIC, Brisbane QLD, Perth WA, Darwin NT, Adelaide SA, I can:
- Help you decide what application to file
- Help you prepare and lodge applications
- Help you respond to requests for information
- Help you get traction on applications that are lost in the system
- Help you appeal refusal and cancellation decisions
- Help you obtain Australian citizenship
- Help you recover losses suffered from the immigration negligence of others.
With prime locations including Sydney CBD, Brisbane, Melbourne CBD, and Perth, wherever you are based we can help you!
Which of these problems do you need help with?
Call me to discuss your immigration needs.
I’ll tell you quickly (and without obligation) whether I can help write a better submission or win a difficult case for you.
How expensive is an Immigration Lawyer?
All lawyers charge a premium for their services because they are more highly trained than migration agents. Immigration lawyers I’m not more expensive than other lawyers and most will charge a fixed fee for the services they provide.
The important question is whether or not the work they provide is of high-quality so that costs associated with further visa appeals I saved. If your desired immigration outcome is achieved in one step rather than two steps, then it might make financial sense to pay a little bit more in respect of that first step, because the great saving you receive by not having to pay for the second step, is very significant.
How much would a immigration lawyer cost?
In my experience immigration lawyers will charge between $250 and $450 per hour depending on their level of experience in doing submissions or in running appeals in the Federal Circuit Court and in the Federal Court of Australia, you should be aware of course that most immigration lawyers will not charge an hourly rate but rather a fixed fee and a fixed fee for running an application would vary between $3,500 and $7,500 for visa applications to the Department of Home Affairs and between $5,000 and $15,000 for applications to the Administrative aAppeals Tribunal. Fees in respect of appeals at the Federal Circuit Court and the Federal Court of Australia after adverse decisions are made by the administrative appeals tribunal or by the minister acting personally, would be in the vicinity of $12,500 and $25,000.
Immigration Law Pretenders
There was a time when migration agents were able to do a weekend course and get a certificate which allowed them to become a migration agent and provide immigration advice and assistance.
Some agents practicing today might not have done any formal postgraduate qualification in immigration law at all, but because they came under the old provisions which were far more relaxed, they may still be able to renew their licence to provide immigration assistance today.
Be particularly careful of migration agents who hold themselves out usually in their own ethnic communities to be immigration lawyers. This practice is something that I have come across in many communities where unsuspecting immigrants are led to believe that migration agents are in fact lawyers because they appear to be more sophisticated and more knowledgeable the lawyers in their original country.
Of course it is very unethical for someone to hold themselves out to be a lawyer or a barrister in Australia and it is also contrary to law. Do you know anyone who has told you that they are an immigration lawyer and they are not? Run. Run Fast!
How to call out a pretending practitioner?
If you’re not sure if your immigration practitioner is a lawyer then simply ask for a copy of his or her legal practicing certificate. Every lawyer in Australia is issued with a practicing certificate every year by the relevant law society.
How do I choose the best immigration lawyer for my case?
In my experience the best immigration lawyers are not the ones that have the best marketing teams and the best advertising. Rather the best immigration lawyers are those lawyers that achieve consistently strong immigration outcomes for their clients, year in and year out.
One thorough way to find out who these practitioners are this is to do research online of all published immigration case decision that are very similar to your own case – cases which mirror the challenges that you face in achieving your own immigration outcome.
If you are not able to undertake this research yourself, then an alternative way is simply to contact immigration lawyers you are considering for handle your case and asking them directly whether or not they have handled cases similar to yours and what options are available for you in those circumstances.
Most immigration lawyers will have a short discussion with you. This will be sufficient for you to work out whether or not they have the skill set and compassion and experience in the type of problem that you have, to help and a vision for a successful outcome for you.
If where do you they don’t have the time to have a quick discussion with you then they are unlikely to have the time that is necessary to be devoted to presenting the very best possible submissions to achieve the immigration outcome you desire.
Who We Work With
Unfortunately we can’t help everybody. We are able to provide premium quality visa and citizenship services to a select group of clients because we say “NO” more often than our competitors. We are not right for you if:
- You are looking for sponsorship or academic study advice.
- You are looking for a visa for another country (besides Australia).
- You are looking to circumvent Australian laws.
How To Work Together
The first step is a consultation to discuss your needs and how we can help. Our consultation attracts a nominal fixed fee that can be aa credit towards any work you require us to do after the consultation.
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What Migration Agents Do?
Our team of registered migration agents are qualified and skilled at looking at migration objectives and how to achieve it . Migration agents are appointed as personal representatives of individuals and businesses seeking some type of Australian immigration or citizenship approval.
Migration Agents obtain their registration from the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (the OMARA). This registration is renewed each year. The law in Australia requires lawyers seeking to offer immigration advice and assistance to be registered migration agents. This rule is likely to change and immigration lawyers might not need a separate registration with the OMARA in order to give immigration advice.
What Immigration Lawyers Do?
An Immigration lawyer is also called an Australian Legal Practitioner. Immigration lawyers are admitted to practice law in Australia. As an Immigration Lawyer and a registered Australian Migration Agent, not only do I assist with immigration lodgments with the Department of Immigration, but I also handle appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), the Federal Circuit Court and the Federal Court of Australia.
Learn more about MyVisa Migration Lawyers & Migration Agents.
1. Get to know us better
Try us today and see the difference.
What might you get from less passionate immigration lawyers and migration agents? Who knows?
I hope this website gives you a small taste of what we are about at MyVisa®. The biggest difference between what our practice is what we can offer you – a commitment to getting the best outcome for you, not just “an” outcome.
So, call me and get to know us better!
2. Your First Step
The first step toward getting a better immigration outcome is to have a realistic game plan – wecan help with this. If you are ready to make an application, we’ll make sure you are on track. Not just any track. The best track possible. You won’t often get a second chance to make a good impression with Immigration, so thinking things through from the outset makes a lot of sense.
3. Why Get Paid Advice?
Getting paid advice makes sense for two reasons. Firstly, advisors can be sued and more likely to be correct in this advice than friend and family. Secondly, you get to get back your life, with another person having your back. Importantly, you don’t know what you don’t know. Even if you think you have it all under control, you’ll get peace of mind.
4. My Tips For Getting Better Visa Outcomes:
- Know your very best option, not the easiest one.
- Be confident the advice you are getting is 100% right for you.
- Write a better submission (or get help) to save you grief later.
- Acting sooner works better.
5. Challenging Cases
Without an immigration lawyer, you might compromise your chances of getting a more difficult visa approved. It might even take longer than is necessary.
Has your visa application been refused? Or your visa cancelled? Or are you worried that a visa refusal or visa cancellation is just around the corner? Now is a great time to get advice. I get it! Your stomach churns as soon as you read the email.
I get to read refusal emails all the time and my stomach churns too. I’ve been where you’ve been and I understand how your life seems now to be a “film” shot in slow motion. Bad news – it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
6. Bigger Problems
say “getting worse” because unless you fully understand how the recent notification or immigration decision will affect you, it will be like you are looking down the barrel of a loaded shotgun, not knowing when the shot will go off. This is the nature of very strict immigration laws and policies in Australia, managed by the Department of Home Affairs.
Take a deep breath. Ask yourself this key question – “In how many ways does this latest development limit my options?“
Just one? “How big is the risk I now face of losing the life that I have come to know or expect?
7. My Advice
My advice is to get “real”, fast. After you properly understand the bad news, you’ll be able to make far better immigration decisions for yourself. Yes! Be “real” now.
Don’t get your advice sugar-coated to make it appear more pleasant than it is. And don’t settle for half-baked advice offered easily by friends, relatives, and free-consult migration agents.
You see – in the last 18 years, I’ve seen thousands and thousands of immigration notifications, visa refusal decisions, and visa cancellations. Most haven’t been properly explained to visa applicants or sponsors like you.
8. Come For Confidence
If you know what you are doing and there is limited risk or consequences that you can live with, then you probably might not need to have an advisor.
9. Are You 100% Confident?
There are many online applications made each day by applicants who can not afford or see any incremental benefit is using an advisor.
If you don’t need me, then please don’t come to me!
But if you haven’t got clarity or confidence today or you want to start improving your situation now (perhaps after a false start) rather than flying blind, then book in a consultation with us.
10. Why Use An Immigration Lawyer?
Immigration Lawyers can help you lodge a better visa application.
You’ll get practical advice on how to avoid a visa refusal or a visa cancellation.
We offer a very outcome-focused service for obtaining Australian visa grants and immigration troubleshooting.
Sound interesting? It should – because many of our clients make mistakes with their immigration applications before coming to see us.
Don’t be a visa applicant or sponsor who decides to consult an Immigration Lawyer only after things have gone wrong.
11. Help you can expect:
We help many applicants respond to Department of Immigration “emails”, “invitations to comment” and “notices”. We can also help you make sure your next visa application is made properly.
Right from the outset, we’ll make your ride a little easier for you – with honest, realistic and accurate immigration advice.
Every week we help people like you get visa grants to come to Australia or stay here for longer. Together we have dealt with thousands of visa cases, from employer sponsored visas, family visas and 457/482 visa applications, and we have argued several hundred visa appeals, and even ministerial intervention.
We spend most of our time learning about the latest developments in immigration law. Also every week, we negotiate cases and communicate with Immigration Officers and make submissions to AAT (Immigration Tribunal) members.
We attend (yes – we sit right next to you) at Administrative Appeal Tribunal (AAT) hearings, prepare submissions for visa cancellation and refusal appeals and seek the review of visa decisions in the Federal Circuit Court (FCC) and in the Federal Court of Australia – looking carefully for administrative decisions infected with legal error, often referred to as “jurisdictional error”.
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Decide what application to file
Everyone has an opportunity to file an application. We’ll give you confidence in recommendation which applications to file, and in the precise order for maximising the chances of getting you immigration outcome faster.
Prepare and lodge applications
Once we are clear on what applications need to be made, we’ll file these for you. Complete and on-time putting your best foot forward not matter what your circumstances.
Respond to requests for information
Instead of receiving intimidating letters from the Department of Immigration, we’ll stand between you and the Department and work with you to respond in the best possible way.
Get traction on applications that are lost in the system
Sometimes things go astray at Immigration. It’s a big Department and if you’ve lost momentum, we’ll help you get traction with the any undue delay issues you experience.
Appeal refusal and cancellation decisions
When things go wrong at Immigration, they tend to go very wrong and the consequences can be severe and costly. We’ll help make the best possible appeal if things don’t go your way at the beginning.
Obtain Australian citizenship
After achieving permanent residence, insure against losing it. We’ll help you get Australian citizenship so what you’ve worked so hard at getting, isn’t at risk of being taken away from you.
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