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)  SASC 285.
Chris became a Registered Migration Agent in 2006 (RMAN #0640686).
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 was elected by his peers to serve as SA State President for the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and a Director on the National Board of the MIA.
Practice areas include:
In 2011 Chris founded Work Visa Lawyers, continuing on his practice focus on the area of work visas and business visas.
Based in Adelaide South Australia, Immigration Lawyer and Migration Agent Chris Johnston provides migration advice to people and businesses from all over the world.
Sean joined Work Visa Lawyers in December 2014 having worked in the Australian migration industry since 2005. Sean speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. He holds a Bachelor of Business with double majors in Finance and Marketing from the University of Technology Sydney.
Sean completed a Graduate Certificate in Australia Migration Law from Victoria University and obtained the status of Registered Migration Agent from MARA in 2017 (MARN 1794465).
Sean has extensive experience with the following visa types:
Coming from a multicultural country and being a migrant himself, Sean is able to understand a variety of client needs and considerations, especially in a migration context. In addition to managing visa applications Sean is also involved in the marketing and business development activities for Work Visa Lawyers.
Spoken Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay
Christina Lien is a Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1794427). She joined Work Visa Lawyers in October 2017.
Christina holds a Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Master in Public Policy and Graduate Certificate of Migration Practice. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2012.
Prior to joining Work Visa Lawyers she spent two years as a Barristers Clerk working on complex common law matters in State and Federal jurisdictions. Following this she spent three years as an assistant to a State Member of Parliament.
Christina uses clear thinking and practical legal guidance to formulate successful submissions and utilises her significant court experience to put forward successful submissions to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on behalf of Work Visa Lawyer clients.
Christina understands the issues facing clients and works diligently to achieve their visa and immigration goals. She specialises in:
- Family Migration
- RSMS and Employer Sponsored Migration
- Character Cancellation issues
- Requests for Ministerial discretion
- Judicial Review and Merits Review at AAT
Christina is committed to providing access to justice to people who have a special vulnerability. She is a volunteer Registered Migration Agent at the Refugee Advocacy Service of South Australia assisting applicants with Protection Visas.
Alana Pedler is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1466039). She joined Work Visa Lawyers in May 2018.
Alana holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a Master in International Relations with a major in Human Rights and International Law. Alana completed a Graduate Certificate of Migration Law and Practice and obtained the status of Registered Migration Agent in 2014.
Alana has extensive experience with the following visa types:
Prior to joining Work Visa Lawyers she spent 3 years working as a consultant for a number of respected local and interstate Migration companies.
Alana has significant experience in the migration context and understands the unique needs and considerations people seeking a migration pathway. Alana makes the process both easy to understand and is highly supportive.
Alana is also a volunteer Registered Migration Agent at the Refugee Advocacy Service of South Australia assisting applicants with Protection Visas.
Outside of Migration law, Alana is a long time volunteer for the Australian Red Cross Emergency Services responding and supporting communities during and after natural disasters and complex emergencies.
Luke is a graduate with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics) from the University of Adelaide. He joined Work Visa Lawyers in October 2017.
During his studies of law, he has pursued an interest in migration through undertaking courses in both Migration Law and Policy and Refugee Law and Policy.
Luke assists the team with:
Some of the migration work Luke has been involved in include:
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.
Sumandeep has been working with Work Visa Lawyers since 2011. She performs a range of clerical and administrative tasks in support of the Migration Agents and Lawyer.
Sumandeep’s excellence in customer relations and attention to detail are valuable skills contributing to our practice of Migration Law.
She has over 6 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.
Spoken Languages: English, Hindi and Punjabi.