Team Members

Staff photo Chris 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 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 a member of the SA State Executive Committee of the MIA from 2010 to September 2011.

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

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.

ChristineChristine is a Senior Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Commerce. Christine worked as a Marketing Specialist/Researcher for International Healthcare companies in Seoul, Korea before completing a Graduate Certificate in Migration Law and Practice at the Australian National University in 2009. She has been a Registered Migration Agent since January 2010.

Christine’s practice areas include:

  • General Skilled Migration Visas including Independent subclass 189, State Nominated 190 and State or Family Sponsored 489
    • Assisting with Skills Assessments for a range of occupations including, Accountants, Nurses, IT Professionals, Engineers and Trade occupations etc.
    • Obtaining State Sponsorship for GSM visas
    • Preparing Expression of Interests (EOI) in an accurate and timely manner
  • Employer sponsored Temporary Work Visa 457 and Permanent RSMS and ENS
  • Student Visa and Temporary Graduate Visas
  • Business Skilled Visas
  • Family Visas including Partner and Parents Visas
  • Australian Citizenship

Christine is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia and Migration Alliance.

MARN: 0963880  MIA: 3927

Spoken Languages: English and Korean

Katie Gilbert has been with Work Visa Lawyers since March 2016, initially as a Corporate Client Liaison and she is currently practicing as a Registered Migration Agent.

Katie is a bright and welcoming team member with over 4 years of experience in the migration industry. 

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With her strong background in Management and Customer Service gained during her time in recruitment and business management industries. Katie is a professional who previously managed a team of 6 in a Migration firm, where she gained her Graduate Certificate in Migration Law and Practice from Victoria University and subsequent Registration as a Migration Agent.

Previously having focussed on Skilled and Employer visa’s Katie also has sound experience in processing Spouse, Student, Visitor and Parent visas, as well as assisting in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal process.

Her in-depth knowledge of Migration regulations and processes means she is able to provide thorough and accurate advice throughout the entire application process, from initial document preparation, lodgement of the application and through to the final outcome.

Katie's areas of practice 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
Family Migration including Partner applications
AAT and Judicial Review
Australian Citizenship
Katie is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia

MARN: 1465630
MIA: 10491

Staff photo SeanSean joined Work Visa Lawyers in December 2014 and brings more than 9 years of experience working in the Australian migration industry in Malaysia. 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:

  • Business Innovation and Investment visas
  • General Skilled Migration visas
  • Employer Sponsored visas
  • Family Migration visas
  • Migration Skills Assessments and Business Visa proposals

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

Karina

Karina Di Blasio: Office Administrator

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.

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