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Visa Type: Partner (subclass 100) visa

Application lodged: 14 November 2019

Application granted: 7 March 2020

Country of Origin: Philippines
Dear Christina and Chris,   We honestly cannot thank you enough for making our long-awaited wish to come true. We have experienced a major problem in regards with our partner visa application in which we seeked... Read more

Visa type: RSMS Direct Entry 187 Visa
Application lodged: 27 June 2017
Visa granted: 10 January 2018

Work Visa Lawyers assisted in getting a 457 visa and subsequent permanent residency (187 visa) for me and my family. I found them professional and very helpful in answering questions about the... Read more

Re: State Nominated subclass 190 visa

Email received on 07 August 2013

Dear Chris and Christine

I would just like to say thank you for your professional conduct in helping me secure my PR for Australia. The experience right from the beginning was dealt with candidly and professionally. You effectively assessed my situation... Read more

SA 491
75 points
Invitation Received: 06/02/2023
Visa Granted: 11/07/2023


Hi Chris, Wendy, and your Team,

  My heart is glad and full of gratitude for the amazing work that you have done for me.    I have lost count of the number of times that I have opened this Grant Notification, read, read again... Read more

Why Consult an Immigration Lawyer

Are you thinking about making the move to Australia? Many people write their visa applications themselves, only to have their application rejected because they aren't familiar with all the legal requirements. Australia's immigration laws are complicated and always changing and if you get it wrong, you will lose your application fees and you may even be barred from applying again. If you want the best chance of having your Australian visa application approved the first time, you should consult an immigration lawyer in Australia. At Work Visa Lawyers, we give your application the best chance of success.

Work Visa Lawyers is located in Adelaide, South Australia, and we are known for our high visa success rate. We have helped a wide array of individuals and businesses to achieve Australian visas, appeals, and citizenship applications. Our clients include the following:

  • Students
  • Workers
  • Family members of individuals that have acquired permanent Australian citizenship
  • Business or corporations ranging from small to large

We take the utmost care with your matter and are committed to achieving your goals in the fastest timeframe possible. 

Our services include:

  • Visa applications
  • Visa refusal appeals
  • Visa cancellation appeals
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearings
  • Citizenship applications
  • Australian migration advice
Our team of Registered Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers has over 80 years' experience combined, and would love to help you with your Australian immigration journey.

The Application Process

For most Australian visa applications, we follow the following process:

Pre Visa Application

The first step is a consultation to assess which visa is the best option for you. We will ask you questions about your goals and your pesonal situtation to see which visas might suit you, and whether you can meet their criteria.

We then work with you to collect all the relevant paperwork, write an application for you, and submit it on your behalf - giving your application the best chance of success.

Post Visa Application

Once the application has been submitted, we will follow up with the Australian Government to check on the application's status and keep you informed of its progress.

Final Decision of the Application

After your application has been approved, you must comply with any conditions that attach to the visa. We will explain these to you and anything you need to do to comply with your visa.

We expect your application to be successful but if for any reason it is not, we will explain to you why this has happened and what options are available to you for an appeal or re-application.

Book an appointment with us today and find out how Work Visa Lawyers can give you the best chance of success.

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There is big news in relation to New Zealanders

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New Direct Pathway to Australian Citizenship for eligible New Zealand citizens.

From 1 July 2023, New Zealand citizens who are long-term residents of Australia will be able to apply for Australian citizenship without first having to obtain a permanent visa

New Zealand citizens in Australia will be able to apply for citizenship after four years of residence in Australia without having to obtain a permanent visa first.

This will be viewed favourably by many New Zealand Citizens.  

There may be some talent drain from NZ, plus migrating to NZ just got a whole lot more attractive!

When Will the Australian Citizenship Changes for NZ start?


From 1 July 2023.


Children of New Zealanders born in Australia – straight to Citizenship

From 1 July 2023, any child born in Australia on or after 1 July 2022 to an special category 444 holder - may at birth automatically acquire Australian citizenship.

Please note, the changes effectively backdate eligibility to 1 July 2022. 

Positives for Australia from Giving Access to Citizenship to NZ Citizens:

How will the changes to NZ eligibility to Australian Citizenship be effected?

The changes will be effected through the residence requirements for Citizenship by Conferral in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007.

To meet the general residence requirement an applicant must be lawfully present in Australia for four years, including 12 months as a permanent resident, immediately before the date of application.

From 1 July 2023, directy from the Home Affairs Website:

  • “All New Zealand citizens holding an SCV will be considered permanent residents for citizenship purposes.
  • New Zealand citizens granted an SCV before 1 July 2022 will have their period of permanent residence for citizenship purposes backdated to 1 July 2022.
  • New Zealand citizens granted an SCV for the first time on or after 1 July 2022 will be considered a permanent resident for citizenship purposes from the date of their SCV grant.”

Positives of NZ eligibility to Australian Citizenship for Australia:

The changes will provide a strong incentive for New Zealanders to consider moving to Australia.

Negatives for of NZ eligibility to Australian Citizenship for Australia:

There is no cap or control on how many NZ turn up on temporary work visas – the Special Category Visa 444. So this move could put pressure on:

-          Housing

-          Infrastructure

Australia’s rugby teams will improve!

Negatives of Australian Citizenship changes of 2023 for New Zealand?

New Zealand will face the challenge of a brain drain or loss of talent to Australia.

Living in South Australia, this is a challenge for where many young people choose to move to Melbourne and Sydney for employment or the bright lights.

Unfortuntately, NZ may experience the negatives of many of its young adults choosing to go to Australia.

Positives for New Zealand in Giving Access to Australia Citizenship:

New Zealand Citizens will be able to feel more confident about having a real future for themselves and their children in Australia. 



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At Work Visa Lawyers we are experienced in assisting applicants in all matters relating to Australian visa applications. Our areas of expertise include Student Visas, Skilled Migration visas, Business visas, Employer-Sponsored visas, Partner, and other Family Migration visas, as well as Migration Review Tribunal, Judicial Review, and Ministerial Intervention. Based in Adelaide South Australia, our Immigration Lawyers and Migration Agents provide migration advice to people and businesses from all over the world.

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Elders of this land and this nation, and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational
practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.