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.
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
Another successful Partner Visa story: Big Win for Phillip Silver and Associates at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Last week the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) remitted a Temporary (Subclass 309) Partner Visa application for one of our clients (Jacob) and his spouse (Maree) whose initial visa application...
25 April, 2017
Major changes to certain Australian Visas announced by the Australian Department of Immigration in April 2017
Author: Phillip Silver, Principal Lawyer
Benjamin Franklin apparently wrote in a 1789 letter that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”.
If Benjamin Franklin were alive today,...
25 April, 2017
Judicial review under s.474 of the Migration Act 1958 as summarised in the case of Shahpari & Ors v Minister for Immigration & Anor  FCCA 513 (11 March 2016)
Section 474 of the Act creates a statutory scheme providing for the finality of a...
10 May, 2016
Migration Matters Phillip Silver and Associates
With the year soon to be drawing to a close we look back on our year and the successes we have had. Our team has remained the same, with a few additions, which has meant growth for the company,...
20 December, 2015
What is a Migration Agent?
If you need to ask what is a migration agent then perhaps you are in the wrong place, but really what you should be asking is do I need a migration agent or a Lawyer. Some agents are practiced in law,...
05 December, 2015
Best Website for Australian Travel Advice
While of course Phillip Silver and Associates is your one stop shop for the best website for Australian travel advice, there are also many other websites that will assist you with advice for when traveling to Australia. Please be aware...
28 November, 2015
Many looking for love are looking online and are seeking out love in alternative ways. Many of the people being scammed are the older generation in Australia as they may be more vulnerable and not as knowledgeable in understanding when they are being scammed.
22 November, 2015