Partner and Family Migration

Date: 30 March 2017
Visa Type: Partner (Temporary) (class UK) Partner (subclass 820) visa and AAT Review
Date Visa Application Lodged: 16 April 2015
Date Visa Granted: 29 March 2017

When my partner Maria and I were originally denied our application for Spousal Sponsorship by the Department of Immigrations, we were quite distressed and unsure who to turn to. Luckily for us, a family friend put us in touch with Work Visa Lawyers to assist us with our appeals process.

From the very first meeting with Chris, we felt reassured that we had a way forward.

Chris and his team took charge and handled the entire process for us. Their hard work meant that we didn’t have to attend the tribunal as a result of a very strong submission prepared by Katie and his supporting staff.

In the end, Katie managed to negotiate with Immigrations and we were successful, not only with our appeal, but also with me being granted my full Permanent Residency without having to serve out the two year Temporary Visa. Katie’s efforts and skill in dealing with the Department has made a huge impact on our lives. We can now move forward as a couple and as a family to realise the life we want together in Australia.

I cannot thank Chris and his team enough. I will be coming back in a year to have Chris help me with my application to become a citizen with absolute confidence in his firm.

Thank you!

Frank and Maria

Visa Type: Partner (Provisional) (class UF) Partner (Provisional) (subclass 309) visa

Date of Visa Application: 30 August 2016
Date of Visa Grant: 17 January 2017

Dear Chris,

Sumalee, Aelwin and myself are absolutely delighted at receiving the Partner (Provisional) Visa subclass 309 for Sumalee and Aelwin. We received these visas’ in 5 months from application date which is an outstanding result given that the usual processing time frame is 6 -18 months. I believe this result was achieved by the first class preparation of our application by Michelle Petty-Sampson. Michelle made sure that every detail was attended to and provided every piece of documentation that the DIBP assessing officer would need ….. and indeed sent them more than they were asking for. Our application needed no further information to be supplied which is a big delaying factor in assessing applications. Chris Johnston with his vast experience made sure that our application was as strong as it could possibly be……. particularly as Sumalee and Aelwin were immigrating from Thailand rated a “high risk” country by DIBP for arranged marriages and visa overstays.

Without any hesitation we would recommend Work Visa Lawyers highly and cannot stress enough the value of using a skilled Migration Agent such as Chris Johnston and his team at Work Visa Lawyers.

Yours sincerely

Robert & Sumalee Rippin

Partner Visa Onshore (subclasses 820 and 801)

Testimonial received: 16 May 2016

Dear Chris and Michelle,

Our family is forever in your debt for the wonderful work and the ultimate result, getting the partner Visa approved and being blessed with our beautiful baby boy.

Your professional, compassionate and sensitive approach to our situation and ongoing support made the very stressful and lengthy process manageable and easier to live with. When we first came to you we were facing the unthinkable and while you never gave us false hope, you made us believe that what we had and wanted to achieve, was within our reach.

Kim and I put our complete trust into both and you rewarded with compassionate understanding and unserved commitment to our lives, our hopes, our future.

May I say to anyone who find themselves having to deal with the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, do not underestimate the complexities of their procedures and the strictly worded Immigration Legislation. You generally only have one chance of getting a particular Visa granted/approved and for that you need highly skilled, competent and professional migration legal team.

I don’t even want to imagine, how things could have been, if it weren’t for Work Visa Lawyers and in particular Chris Johnston and Michelle Petty-Sampson.

Chris and Michelle, thank you again for everything, we are eternally grateful.

Cody sends his hugs and kisses too

Partner Visa Onshore (subclasses 820 and 801)

Email received on 6 January 2016

Hello Chris,

I'm writing this to say a big Thank You.

I had a meeting with you to consult my Partner visa application about 3 years ago in 2013.

I followed your advise you gave at the meeting and I had received my temporary grant just after 2 weeks.

And today, I've received my PR!

Thanks so much for your professional help, I'm so glad I seek for it and forever grateful.

Wishing you a happy 2016!

(Name removed)

Re: Partner visa (subclass 820)

Onshore Partner Visa

Email received on 2 July 2014

Dear Chris,

Michael and I would like to thank you for your assistance in helping us with my successful de-facto partner visa application (subclass 820).

Michael was recommended your service shortly after I arrived in Australia. Arranging our initial consultation with you was quick and easy and you were always prompt in responding to queries. It was a relief to receive the clear guidance you gave us, as we were both feeling overwhelmed with the visa application process. You helped us in prioritising which information to begin gathering and in providing the relevant forms for my application. We were amazed that my visa was approved within four months of being submitted. However I am certain the process would not have been so quick, had you not looked through our final application so carefully and if we had not made the changes you suggested.Thank you for removing the stress and confusion from my visa application, we were delighted with the end result.

Kind regards

(Name removed)

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