Australia’s immigration laws are complex and ever changing. Our focus is on partner visa applications and family migration. We also help clients with visa appeals, cancellation issues and ministerial interventions.
We offer a free initial consultation which gives you a chance to get in contact with us and obtain general information about your immigration options and our services. You will learn about the various visa options that may be available to you, our retaining procedure, and the likely costs of your matter.
Visa appeals and reviews
If your visa application has been refused (for example because you were deemed not to meet health of character criteria, or the decision maker simply overlooked important facts) then you have a right to seek a review of the decision.
You can also ask for a review in many other circumstances, for example if your visa has been cancelled. A visa can be cancelled for a variety of reasons, including for breach of its conditions (such as work limitations).
There are 2 types of review available. Firstly, you can apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a merits review. Then you may have the option to apply to the Court for “judicial review”.
Please take the time to read our detailed appeals page here, and contact us for more information.
If you have overstayed your visa, we can provide you with advice and representation with your dealings with the Department of Home Affairs.
Overstaying the visa validity period is a very serious issue. Immigration officials may detain you (and potentially your family members). You may be forced to leave Australia and you may not be able to return for a number of years.
However, the good news is, we may be able to help you get a bridging visa, which may lead to a new substantive visa. You need to act urgently so please contact us on (07) 3063 2268 or here.
When all else fails, it may be possible to apply for Ministerial Intervention to grant a visa. It is very rare that the Minister decides to intervene. To maximise your chances of success, you will need to demonstrate that there are exceptional and unique circumstances which warrant the intervention.
Many applications for intervention never make it to the Minister. There are set guidelines based on which officials of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection can refuse the application and prevent it from going to the Minister.
If you wish to apply for intervention, we can assist in advising you about your prospects of success, and then drafting your submissions for you. If we decide to take your case, we will carry out all necessary interviews, investigations and document reviews to ensure that our submissions get before the Minister so that a favourable decision can be made.
Character test issues
Before you can be granted a visa you must be able to pass the so called “character test”. Visa applicants who do not pass this requirement may still be able to get a visa, but they must put evidence before the Department of Home Affairs to convince them that it is appropriate to grant the visa.
We can help visa applicants by obtaining all relevant evidence and by putting forward forceful submissions to maximise the prospects of a favourable visa decision. More details on our dedicated page and our blog article here.