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.
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.
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:
- drafting submissions and responses to the DIBP
- research legislation and precedent cases for reference
- review and check documents and information for accuracy
Some of the migration work Luke has been involved in include:
- AAT-MRD reviews
- addressing the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria
- visa cancellations on character grounds
- preparing Australian citizenship applications
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