The Immigration Lounge is our Blog. Inside you will be able to read posts on various topics, from legal tips to changes in the process for visa applications. Don’t feel intimidated- our aim is to take the complicated issues regarding immigration and help them go down just a little more smoothly. If the law was Jerry Lewis, consider us the Dean Martin!
We are particularly interested in expanding our knowledge of the Bankstown community, since we have recently opened a new office right next to the train station. We know that the area is a melting pot of different cultures and is rapidly expanding, so we would love to find new ways to help people riding this wave of prosperity. We are also eager to meet people at local events and group meetings, so please let us know if there is anything local happening that we can be a part of. We would love to expand the reach of the Immigration Lounge to cover subjects that the public will find interesting, so any suggestions are always helpful!
If you come across some terminology that you don’t understand, be sure to head over to our Glossary and see if you can find an explanation. If there is a particular subject that you would like covered on the Immigration Lounge, or if you know of an event that might relate to the blog, please feel free to get in contact with us using the contact information to the right.
Over the last several years many South African white farmers have been brutally murdered on their land, which causes many more farmers and their families to live in a constant state of fear.
In addition to the humanitarian visa path, the Skilled Migration program can be...
16 April, 2018
Our Clients Claudia and Neville who we had helped to get a visa and move from South Africa to Australia sent us a letter that we would like to share with you:
Once upon a time in 2016, the Smith family decided to pack up and move...
21 February, 2018
If you ever applied for a Partner Visa (subclass 820/309), you know that a processing time for this visa subclass can be up to 20 months. This means that partner visa applicants and their sponsors have to wait for a decision for almost 2 years...
02 February, 2018
On 17 January 2018 the Australian Government released another set of important changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations for Australia’s skilled visa programs.
The following changes have already taken effect:
three occupations were added to the lists of eligible skilled occupations (Property Manager, Psychotherapist,...
23 January, 2018
Good news for the 457 Visa Holders and Applicants!
In November 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced in its official communication that 457 holders and applicants as of 18th April 2017 will NOT need to meet all of the new requirements. Namely, the transitional provisions...
14 January, 2018
PHILLIP SILVER REPRESENTS OUR CLIENT (AN EMPLOYEE) AND WINS IN THE COURT OF APPEAL SUPREME COURT NEW SOUTH WALES AGAINST STATE TRANSIT AUTHORITY (EMPLOYER) ON 24 OCTOBER 2017
Our client, Mr Jamal Marroun worked for the State Transit Authority (“STA”) for some 38 years. On 19 May 2015,...
06 November, 2017
Last week was incredibly successful for our team of immigration lawyers and migration agents.
The Department of immigration and Border Protection have approved Permanent Residency for several of our clients.
Namely, we have received three PR visa approvals for the following types of visas:
the subclass 186...
22 October, 2017
As you may probably know, certain legislative changes to the 457-visa program have been introduced by the Australian Government in the last several months.
We have summarised below the most important provisions affecting new applicants and current 457-visa holders.
Changes affecting new 457-visa applicants
31 July, 2017
A Brisbane-based Australian Business sponsor was investigated by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) for allegedly ordering an overseas worker on a 457 skilled worker visa to pay back $18,000 of his wages through an unlawful cash-back payment.
The sponsor was ordered to pay more than $180 0000...
20 June, 2017
By now, you would probably have heard about the recent changes to the 457-visa program introduced by the Turnbull Government and its eventual abolition which will come in March next year. Some of these changes have already taken effect while others are being incrementally introduced....
20 June, 2017