Immigration Law

We have assisted more than 4,000 visa applicants over the last 25 years.

For an outline of the available visa classes, click on the following links:

The imigration lawyers who lead our team

Nick Houen, First Class Honours in Law, was awarded the University Medal (UTS). Nick  also worked for many years with the Department of Immigration.

Our team leaders also include  Steven Sue and Suzi Diab, both with extensive immigration law experience.


All matters are conducted in accordance with ISO best-practice standards - we have LAW 9000/ISO90001 certification for our Quality Management System.

Visa applicants and business people need to know their chances of success. We advise honestly and openly about the prospects of a case. 

Migration agents are not required to be lawyers. Some migration agents who are not lawyers do acquire many of the necessary skills. In our view, however, the supervision of a migration agent by a lawyer provides an additional level of quality assurance. 


We have acted in thousands of visa applications. As an example of our work, we won a unanimous 7-0 victory in the High Court of Australia in NAGV and NAGW v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.

We are on the panel selected by the Department of Immigration under the Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (IAAAS) to represent refugees in detention and disadvantaged people in the Australian community - see:

We are the only law firm to have remained on this panel continuously since the Scheme started in 1997.

Fees – value

We provide an up-front estimate of fees, and often fixed or capped fees.

Our fees are competitive - call us for a no-obligation estimate.

Costs orders - who pays the costs of legal proceedings?
Date: Aug 25, 2014

The Court has power under Section 98 of the Civil Procedure Act 2005 to determine by whom, to whom and to what extent the costs of the proceedings are to be paid.

SkillSelect and Expressions of Interest – visa applications based on employment or business skills
Date: Aug 21, 2014

If you want to migrate to Australia based on your employment or business skills, SkillSelect is an on-line system that assists with the process.

LITIGATION - Frequently Asked Questions
Date: Dec 04, 2012

Deciding how to settle a dispute - Choosing a process - Commencing litigation - Pre-trial procedures - Discontinuance or withdrawal - Enforcement of judgments - Costs of Litigation - Time limits - Lawyers

How SkillSelect can help ease migration program operations
Date: Oct 09, 2011

Recent market conditions in Australia have highlighted the important role that skilled migrant workers can play in allowing businesses to access talented pools of labour.

New enterprise migration agreements (EMAs) released
Date: Oct 04, 2011

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has released the details on the long-awaited enterprise migration agreements (EMAs).

Working in Australia with the Business Long Stay Visa
Date: Nov 02, 2010

If you are interested in working in Australia on a temporary basis, one of the most common programs is the 457 business visa. This program enables businesses to employ an overseas worker for up to four years. The worker can bring other eligible secondary applicants with them to Australia. Secondary applicants can also work and study.

Australian Working Holiday Visas
Date: Oct 07, 2010

This article considers the key considerations in obtaining an Australian working holiday visa. Living and working in a new country can be a great experience and the working holiday visa program is a fantastic way to see Australia (while helping to meet the generally higher costs of travelling around the country).

Lifting the suspension on processing Afghan asylum claims
Date: Oct 05, 2010

The decision-making process for people who seek asylum in Australia is rigorous. Asylum seekers are required to detail their claims for protection. They are then interviewed by a Departmental officer who will assesses their claims, applying the following definition of a refugee: a person who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country…".

Overseas Marriage, Children and Dual Citizenship
Date: Sep 02, 2010

Dual citizenship occurs where two or more countries deem an individual to be a citizen of that country. While most people are aware that they are a citizen of a particular country (e.g. they were born there or became naturalised), it is possible to be a dual citizen without realising it. This issue is of particular interest for people who have parents who immigrated to Australia, or were born to (or adopted by) a couple that had different national backgrounds.

Asylum Seekers
Date: Aug 11, 2010

There is much debate about whether Australia should grant visas to asylum seekers who arrive by boat (the so-called “boat people”) without documentation.

Security for Costs
Date: Aug 08, 2010

The general rule is that everyone should be able to enforce their rights in the Courts – poverty should be no bar to justice.

Overstaying your Visa
Date: Aug 03, 2010

In order to enter Australia lawfully, it is necessary for non-citizens to obtain a visa. The requirement to obtain a visa applies to everyone, regardless of whether the purpose of the visit is tourism, study, work or migration. However, there are many different types of visas each with specific conditions regarding study, work and duration.

Using a Migration Agent
Date: Jul 02, 2010

A migration agent is a person registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA), who offers to assist people with applying for visas and citizenship in Australia. This article examines some important considerations in using the services of a migration agent and what you should expect to receive for their assistance.

Who is a Refugee?
Date: Jun 04, 2010

« Back to FindLaw Legal Content Services Who is a Refugee? The legal status of refugees in Australia is a contentious and frequently misunderstood matter. Unlike many developing countries, where the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will make a determination of a person's refugee status, Australia has a formal administrative process for assessing refugee claims.

Immigration Update: General Skilled Migration
Date: May 02, 2010

In 2010, the Commonwealth Government announced significant changes impacting general skilled migration, with further changes taking place later this year. If you have applied for or are thinking of applying for general skilled migration, it is imperative to seek advice and understand how the changes may impact your application.

Baird Review welcomed by Immigration Minister
Date: Apr 03, 2010

On 9 March 2010, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, welcomed the final report of the Baird Review on the legislation governing international education. It is titled “Stronger, Simpler, Smarter ESOS; A Review of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act. It was also greeted favourably by the Deputy Prime minister, Julia Gillard and comes in conjunction with the changes made to the skilled migration program in February, 2010.

Maintain your status quo
Date: Mar 01, 2010

Visa status is hard to maintain, especially when travelling in and out of several countries. If you’re an Australian permanent resident who wants to travel, and wish to keep your status, you should consider a Five Year Resident Return Visa (subclass 155).

Skills Assessment for Migrants
Date: Feb 02, 2010

The most common form of migration to Australia is the General Skilled Migration program. The aim of the program is to attract skilled, experienced and therefore employable people for migration to Australia.

Staying on After your Working Holiday
Date: Jan 02, 2010

Are you in Australia on a working holiday visa and interested in staying on after your visa expires? There are a few different visa options if you would like to extend your stay.

International Students and Permanent Residency
Date: Dec 02, 2009

In 2008-08, the Commonwealth Government granted a total of 320,368 student visas. Many of these international students are interested in becoming permanent residents in Australia. In most cases, students apply for general skilled migration upon the completion of their studies. In 2008-09, the Commonwealth Government granted 69,153 permanent resident visas through the general skilled migration program.

New Priority Processing Arrangements for General Skilled Migration Applications
Date: Nov 01, 2009

The Migration Act 1958 (Cth) provides the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship with the authority to set the order of priority for considering and finalising visa applications. The Minister recently set new priority processing arrangements for certain skilled migration visas.

Sweeping Changes to 457 Program Effective 14 September 2009
Date: Oct 03, 2009

The Commonwealth Government introduced a number of changes to the sponsorship regime for temporary workers in Australia on subclass 457 visas. These changes came into effect on 14 September 2009.

Family ties & Migrating to Australia
Date: Sep 02, 2009

Under the Australian Migration Program, people can apply for visas under the family stream component

A Guide on Getting your Permanent Residency (PR) for International Students in Australia
Date: Aug 03, 2009

Many international students studying in Australia aspire to become a permanent resident and stay in Australia for good. The most common route to permanent residence is for students to apply for general skilled migration after completing their studies.

How to board the Australia Citizen Ship
Date: Jul 02, 2009

There are many vessels in which you can become an Australian citizen. Your rite of passage to either apply or be automatically granted citizenship depends on your circumstances. So which option applies to you?

Your strength of character in Immigration
Date: Jun 02, 2009

Australian migration laws require all applicants to satisfy a "character test" before approving a visa. This is known as the public interest criteria, and it can be difficult to understand its requirements.

More Changes for Skilled Workers on The 457 Visa
Date: May 02, 2009

The 457 temporary business (long stay) visa plays an important role in the Australian economy. This visa enables employers to fill skilled positions with an overseas worker where they have been unable to find a local candidate. The program allows overseas workers to remain in Australia for a period between three months and four years.

Government Introduces Changes to the Skilled Migration Program
Date: Apr 02, 2009

As of 1 January 2009, the Commonwealth Government made changes to the skilled migration program. The new measures were the result of Australia's changing economic needs, including forecasts for higher unemployment, and were designed to ensure that the skilled migration stream continued to meet the needs of industry in the new economic climate.

I do not have a visa So can I still apply for a visa in Australia?
Date: Mar 07, 2009

Just because your visa has expired and you have become unlawful in Australia it does not necessarily follow that you cannot lodge a visa application while you are in Australia.

Visas cancelled because of incorrect information
Date: Mar 07, 2009

The Department of Immigration has the power to cancel a visa that is granted to a visa holder if he or she provided incorrect information either as part of their visa application or on a passenger card upon entering Australia. The Department may cancel a visa for this reason even where the person did not know that the information they provided was incorrect.

Report commissions new Immigration Policy
Date: Mar 02, 2009

The Human Rights Commission slammed the Government's immigration detention policy last week, following the release of the Commission's 2008 immigration detention report.

Report commissions new Immigration Policy
Date: Feb 02, 2009

The Human Rights Commission slammed the Government's immigration detention policy last week, following the release of the Commission's 2008 immigration detention report.

Immigration Update
Date: Jan 03, 2009

Over the past few months the Commonwealth Government has made a number of amendments to the migration legislation. These changes impact a wide range of visas and highlight the need to keep abreast of changes to immigration law.

Changes to Skilled Migration in January 2009
Date: Dec 23, 2008

On 17 December 2007, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, announced a number of changes to the general skill migration program. These changes will come into affect on 1 January 2009.

Fantastic Result for Craddock Murray Neumann
Date: May 26, 2008

Recently our Mr McCrudden was approached by a gentleman who held a subclass 457 visa.

Immigration Spouse Visas
Date: Mar 28, 2008

The following is a summary of how spouse visas operate and the usual criteria that must be satisfied to be granted a spouse visa.

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