Chris Johnston - Principal Lawyer and Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

Chris Johnston: Principal Lawyer

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Chris Johnston completed a Bachelor of Law with Honours at the University of New England (NSW) in 2005.

He worked in civil litigation in 2005 to 2006. He was part of a legal team in an important, successful precedent setting case in the Supreme Court Trevorrow v State of South Australia (no 5) [2007] SASC 285

Chris became a Migration Lawyer in 2006.

Chris worked for two of the largest migration advice businesses in South Australia between 2006 and 2011. During this time he gained extensive experience in the areas of employer sponsored migration, business skills visas, religious workers, partner visas and reviews before the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT).

Chris is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA). The MIA is the peak professional body for registered migration agents. As a member of the MIA, Chris stays abreast of all migration legislation and policy changes and other issues relevant to the migration advice profession.

Chris has served as SA State President for the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and a Director on the National Board of the MIA.

Practice areas include:

  • Employer Sponsored Migration - 457, RSMS and ENS
  • GSM Skillselect visas including subclass Skilled Independent 189, Skilled Nominated 190 and Skilled Nominated or Sponsored Provisional 489
  • Business Innovation and Investment including Significant Investor Visa
  • Family Migration including Partner applications
  • MRT and Judicial Review
  • Australian Citizenship

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Luke Edwards - Legal Research Assistant

Luke Edwards: Associate Lawyer

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Luke has completed a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in February 2018.

He has been a part of the Work Visa Lawyers team since October 2017.

During his studies of law, he has pursued an interest in migration through undertaking courses in Migration Law and Policy, as well as Refugee Law and Policy.

Luke has experience in dealing with:

  • Employer-sponsored visas, including the 400, 482, 494, 186 and 187 visas
  • Partner visa applications
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal reviews
  • Character considerations including convictions
  • Australian citizenship
  • Business visas
Luke is a member of the Law Society of South Australia.

Wendy Guan - Registered Migration Agent

Wendy Guan: Registered Migration Agent

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Wendy Guan is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1685761).

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of International Trade. Wendy completed a Graduate Certificate of Migration Law and Practice and obtained the status of Registered Migration Agent in 2016.

Wendy has experience with the following visa types:

  • Student and Graduate visas
  • Migration Skills Assessments
  • General Skilled Migration visas
  • Business visas
  • Visitor visas

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Lochlan Reef MacNicol: Lawyer

Lochlan Reef MacNicol: Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent

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Lochlan Reef MacNicol (MARN 2117075) completed a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide in 2015. He is admitted as a lawyer and barrister to the Supreme Court of South Australia and joined Work Visa Lawyers in November 2020.

Prior to joining Work Visa Lawyers he spent two years based in Vientiane, Laos, working in corporate and commercial law on a diverse range of matters dealing with clients and counterparts from all over the world.

Lochlan’s creativity, clear thinking and resourcefulness make him a collaborative and empathetic migration lawyer and his skills in legal writing and reasoning support his formulation of successful submissions to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on behalf of Work Visa Lawyer clients.

Lochlan understands the diverse issues facing clients and works diligently to achieve their visa and immigration goals.

Lochlan’s primary practice areas include:

  • Review of Ministerial decisions at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal;
  • Judicial Review of decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal at the Federal Circuit Court;
  • Visa cancellations, including character grounds;
  • Visa applications, particularly the 858 Global Talent Visa.
Rosa Torrefranca: Lawyer

Rosa Torrefranca: Lawyer

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Rosa completed her law degree in the Philippines in 2001. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2002 and her work focused upon development legal work with underprivileged and disadvantaged clients and communities in the Philippines.

In Australia, Rosa is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia and registered in the High Court of Australia, enabling her to practice in any federal court. Since being admitted to practice Rosa has practiced primarily in immigration and commercial law. Prior to her admission to practice in Australia, she gained experience in immigration law by working as a legal secretary and paralegal for boutique law firms and registered migration agents in Adelaide, South Australia.

In addition to her law degree, Rosa has a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the Philippines and completed a Certificate IV in Legal Services from TAFE SA.

Rosa is a member of the International Legal Practice Committee, and the Wellbeing and Resilience Committee of the Law Society of SA.

She speaks English, Tagalog (Filipino) and Visaya.

Jonathan Liu: Lawyer/Marketing & Business Development Officer

Jonathan Liu: Lawyer/Registered Migration Agent 

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Jonathan Liu is a Lawyer and a registered migration agent (MARN 2016882)

Jonathan Liu has completed a Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice & Bachelor of Marketing at Flinders University. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in September 2019. In addition to managing visa applications, Jonathan is also involved in the marketing and business development activities for Work Visa Lawyers.

Jonathan Liu is fluent in Chinese and has been a part of the Work Visa Lawyers team since September 2020.

Sumandeep Grewal: Administration officer and Researcher

Sumandeep Grewal: Administration officer and Researcher

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Sumandeep has been working with Work Visa Lawyers since 2011. She performs a range of administrative and research tasks in support of the Migration Agents and Lawyers. Sumandeep’s excellence in customer relations and attention to detail are valuable skills contributing to our practice of Migration Law. She has over 14 years of work experience in administrative work in Migration industry. She has a Master degree in Arts from Panjab University, India and also an Advanced Diploma in Computer Applications from DOEACC, India. She has completed Graduate Diploma in Migration Law from Victoria University.

Spoken Languages: English, Hindi and Punjabi.

Karina Di Blasio - Office Administrator

Karina Di Blasio: Office Administrator

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Karina joined Work Visa Lawyers in September 2014. She has a Bachelor of Management from the University of South Australia, and has over 7 years experience in customer service and administration within the finance and legal industries.

Karina prides herself on her attention to detail and interpersonal skills. She provides valuable and efficient administrative support within our office and contributes to the smooth running of all aspects of the business.

Christine Tsitsinaris

Christine Tsitsinaris

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Christine joined Work Visa Lawyers in January 2018 and has since become a highly valued and reliable member of the team, providing administrative support to the Migration Agents and Lawyers.

Christine prides herself on her enthusiasm, friendliness and approachability. Having had 20 years experience as a legal assistance/receptionist, she understands the importance of providing valuable and excellent customer service.

Christine brings a welcoming and understanding nature to Work Visa Lawyers. Outside of Work Visa Lawyers Christine is a proud mother to two young daughters and often volunteers her time to schooling events.

Christine has studied at the Adelaide Legal & Commercial College receiving a Certificate in Legal Secretary & Office Procedures, Level II, and studied a Para-Legal Certificate IV at the Adelaide Institute of TAFE.

Languages: English and Greek (spoken)

Victoria Phillips - Communications Officer

Victoria Phillips: Communications Officer

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Victoria graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2008 with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics. She is an admitted barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia.

Prior to joining Work Visa Lawyers, Victoria spent 11 years practising law; first as a legal advisor on civil, criminal and family law matters, and then as an in-house commercial solicitor in the aviation and finance industries.  In 2020 Victoria completed a Graduate Certificate in Communications through Deakin University and she now manages the social media, blog and website for Work Visa Lawyers.

Victoria is a strong advocate for equality and she thrives on empowering people with knowledge, shared through Work Visa Lawyers’ blog and social media platforms.

When she is not researching and writing, Victoria co-runs an animal rescue charity and enjoys learning about other cultures, languages, and cuisines.

Victoria is a member of the Law Society of South Australia.

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