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We provide migration advice and strong legal representation to get the best outcome for you, your children, and your finances.

Contact us for creative solutions on Migration & Visa Issues, Partner Visa, Business Visa, and all Migration concerns.

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    Overview of the Australian migration law

    The Australian migration framework is complex and always changing.
    The Department of Home Affairs (‘DoHA’) is the Australian government interior ministry that is responsible for the administration of immigration, refugees and citizenship in Australia.

    There are different types of visa in Australia and you must apply for the correct visa. The DoHA outlines the requirements and criteria in helping the delegates of the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs in deciding whether to grant or refuse a visa application. These requirements and criteria that must be complied by visa applicants are outlined in the Migration Act 1958 and the Migration Regulations 1994.

    For Australia citizenship applications, the eligibility criteria of applicants are outlined in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 and Australian Citizenship Regulation 2016.

    The data of the DoHA also justifies that it is very becoming difficult to obtain permanent residency in Australia. This is confirmed by the number of Skilled visa granted in financial year 2019-2020 which is only 105,665 compared to financial year 2016-2017 where 180,208 Skilled visas were granted. The common cause of inability to obtain a Skilled visa is lack of strategic and long-term planning. Prospective applicants must also consider the competition when applying for Skilled visa as there are hundreds of thousand just hoping to apply for Skilled visa and the DoHA only selects the best candidates for Skilled visa.

    Pitfalls of DIY applications
    You always have the option to apply for your own visa or citizenship application to save money. You may also take advice from friends and different forums in social media on how to apply for a certain visa. However, incorrect visa application, or mistakes in your application can result to lengthy and stressful delays, possible refusal of your visa or citizenship application and in some circumstances, ban to enter Australia. In addition, your situation can be different from your friend or the person who posted a migration advice on social media. 

    Moreover, the DoHA is using an online platform for visa or citizenship applications that is user-friendly and accessible. It is not recommended that all applicants submit an application without the consultation or assistance of a specialised migration lawyer. This is due that there may be risks in your application that you are not aware of and these risks may cause to a possible refusal of your application.

    Financial cost
    Also take note that immigration fees are steadily increasing over the years. For instance, the visa application charge for a Partner visa used to be around $4,000.00 but is currently at $7,850.00 and this fee is non-refundable if your visa application is unsuccessful.

    Time
    Not only the cost of the visa application, you must also consider the time period that you may lose if your visa application is unsuccessful. For example, the DoHA has the timeframe of between 16 and 22 months to process an application for Subclass 309/100 Partner. If your application for Subclass 309/100 Partner is unsuccessful and you decide to re-apply again, you must wait for another 16 and 22 months for the DoHA to make a decision on your next application for Subclass 309/100 Partner.

    Why use a Migration Lawyer?
    Migration lawyers have the requisite skills and knowledge to interpret and navigate through different migration legislations, regulations and policies as lawyers spent 3 to 5 years of full-time studying law and Practical Legal Training to be admitted as a solicitor. Additionally, migration lawyers are also registered with the Legal Admissions Board and Law Society.

    Furthermore, migration lawyers can identify the risks that are lurking in your visa or citizenship application that may cause stressful delays, possible refusals or combination of both. The Australian government also enhances the migration framework that makes immigration to Australia more difficult. Migration lawyers are knowledgeable of the changes and updates in different migration legislations and regulations that may affect an applicant.

    Why use Sunshine Migration Group?
    Unlike others, Sunshine Migration Group will not only fill-out forms for you and communicate with the DoHA if required but our team will advise you of all of the possible risks that you may experience in your migration journey. Our team will then provide migration solutions to either minimise or eliminate the risks in your visa or citizenship application.

    In addition, the qualified lawyers in Sunshine Migration Group can assist you in achieving the most desirable outcome of your visa or citizenship application. As our clients, Sunshine Migration Group has a dedicated team to ensure that your application or migration matter is stress-free.

    If you are unsure of your potential visa pathway or have concerns in your eligibility for a visa, our experienced migration lawyers in Sunshine Migration Group can assist you. Our team provides detailed advice as we want you, the client, to fully understand the migration framework without any confusions. Lastly, our team in Sunshine Migration Group has extensive knowledge and experience in the Australian migration law framework that will provide you with the assistance of submitting a strong application to the Department of Home Affairs.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Why do I need a migration lawyer?

    - A migration lawyer has the knowledge of Australia’s migration law framework, policies and procedures.

    - A migration lawyer will provide an honest advice of your migration matter.

    - It is important to get your visa application right at the first time as incorrect visa applications may result to a refusal or possible and stressful delays.

     - A migration lawyer is regulated by its respective State law society.

    2. Can I save money if I do my own visa application?

    You always have the option to submit your own visa application. However, your payment to the Department of Home Affairs is non-refundable if your application is unsuccessful. Additionally, the Department of Home Affairs has strict regulations to limit your attempts to apply for a visa if you are inside of Australia. The Department of Home Affairs also has specified timeframes in processing applications and some visa may take up to two years to get a decision. Thus, you might waste your money and time if your visa application is unsuccessful.

    3. What are the differences between a migration lawyer, a registered migration agent and an education agent?

    - A migration lawyer can provide immigration assistance in connection with legal practice and is regulated by its respective State law society.

    - A registered migration agent can provide immigration assistance and is regulated by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

    - An education agent cannot lawfully provide immigration assistance in Australia unless the education agent is a registered migration agent or a legal practitioner.

    4. What types of migration service do Sunshine Migration Group offers?

    Sunshine Migration Group offers migration services in relation to visa application, Australian citizenship application, application for Ministerial Intervention, application for review to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and application for review to the Federal Circuit Court.

    5. Why do I need to book an initial consultation?

    - This allows our team to evaluate which visa may be eligible for you or course of action that can be taken in relation to your migration matter.

    - This also allows our team to identify any potential issues that you may encounter in your migration matter.

    6. How much is our consultation fee?

    Please contact us at 0434 789 704 or send an email to admin@alex-mandry.com.au for information.

    7. What if I cannot attend a face-to-face consultation?

    Our team can organise an online or phone consultation if you cannot attend a face-to-face consultation.

    8. Can I use the service of Sunshine Migration Group if I am outside of Australia?

    Yes. Our team has provided migration services to clients from outside of Australia.

    9. What visa application should I apply for?

    Our team will advise you what visa to apply for during the consultation.

    10. Can a migration lawyer guarantee that my visa application or migration matter to be successful?

    No. The Department of Home Affairs has the authority to decide whether to grant or refuse a visa application. However, our team will submit a well-prepared visa application to maximise the chance of achieving a desirable result.

    11. Can a migration lawyer speed up the processing of my visa application?

    No. A migration lawyer or a registered migration agent cannot speed up the processing of a visa application. However, our team will submit a thorough visa application so that the visa application is processed within a timely manner.

    12. What should I do if my visa application is refused or my current visa is cancelled?

    - If you visa is refused or your current visa is cancelled, you might be able to apply for the decision to be reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). Our team can advise you on your chance of success and represent you to the AAT.

    - Kindly note that not all decisions from the Department of Home Affairs are reviewable by the AAT.

    - Please note that the AAT has a strict time limit when applying for an appeal. The decision letter from the Department of Home Affairs indicates the time limit in an application for review. It is advisable to immediately seek professional advice when your visa application is refused or when your current visa is cancelled.

    13. What are the common reasons of a visa application being refused?

    There are numerous reasons why a visa application can be refused. These include providing incorrect information, lack of documents, submitting incorrect documents or applying for the wrong visa. Therefore, it is important to seek professional service from migration lawyers such as Sunshine Migration Group to save time and money when submitting a visa application.

    14. What happens if I stay in Australia without a valid visa?

    You will become an unlawful non-citizen if you remain in Australia without a valid visa. You may contact us if your visa is expiring soon or if your current visa has expired so we can take the correct course of action.

    15. How do I apply for Australian citizenship?

    There are different pathways to obtain Australian citizenship and it depends on your personal circumstances and immigration history.

    You may contact Sunshine Migration Group and book a consultation to confirm your eligibility for Australian citizenship.

    16. Can Sunshine Migration Group assist me in my application for Australian citizenship?

    Yes. Sunshine Migration Group will evaluate and advice you on your eligibility to apply for Australian citizenship.

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