Skilled Migration

Occupation: Fleet Manager ANZSCO 149411
Email received on 18 October 2017

Hello Chris

I would like to extent my sincere thanks to you and your team for the wonderful job you did in securing my work. Before I contacted work visa Lawyers, I have used another law firm that was not helpful after taking my first payment installment. When I looked for lawyers in south Australia on the MARA website, I came across work visa lawyers. My instinct after reading your profile give me the confidence to contact your firm. As they say the rest is history.

The professionalism you and your team showed during this whole process was amazing and the response time to all my questions was amazing. All I can say is that you delivered as promised during our first consultation meeting and I am grateful that your firm is as professional as you say. The guidance you gave on the visa type best suited for my work experience made all the difference.

I am more than happy to happy to recommend Work Visa Lawyers to anyone looking for a reliable and trustworthy immigration lawyers.

(Name Removed)

Visa applied for: Skilled (Residence) (class VB) Skilled - Regional (subclass 887) visa

Date of lodgement: 17 May 2017
Date visa approved: 23 August 2017
Testimonial date: 31 August 2017

I would like to put on record my sincere thanks to Work Visa Lawyers in particular Sean for making my family's journey towards being granted permanent resident status in Australia a trouble free experience with the minimum of fuss throughout. It has been a pleasure to have Sean on board as he went about his task in a highly efficient and professional manner.

The advice by Chris at the onset has proven to be invaluable and spot on which I reckon ultimately saves us time and money in the process.

Based on my experience I have no hesitation recommending Work Visa Lawyers in all migration and visa related matters.

(Name Removed)

Visa applied for: Skilled (Residence) (class VB) Skilled - Regional (subclass 887) visa

Date of visa application: 19 October 2016
Date of visa grant: 5 June 2017

I will like to use this medium to Thank Chris & Katie for excellent job in securing my family our Permanent Residency visa 887.

I just checked on LinkedIn for few migration lawyers and after interviewing many I had a feeling to trust Chris to handle my application.

Chris was very meticulous and diligent with all the documentation. He has rare way of listening to clients and communicating the legal issues in a very clear and understandable way without necessarily complicating things.

Due to changes in processing time on DIBP, website, l was a bit worried but l was guided and advised in a very pleasant way. Chris and Katie will always be ready to return calls, reply e-mail and respond to questions to remove fear and anxiety.

I haven't met them in persons yet, but l can recommend them for anyone due to excellent service my family received.

Thanks to everyone in Work visa lawyers for friendly and awesome service!

Mrs Oluwatoyin Osunneye
(name published with permission)

Visa Type: Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) visa
Nominated Occupation: Software Engineer ANZSCO 261313
Date Visa Application Submitted: 30 January 2017
Date Visa Granted: 15 February 2017

I (was) granted my visa directly from Poland, without the need to even go to Australia for a single meeting, all via Skype and e-mail only.

Without the help of Christine, her expertise and in-depth knowledge about all the circumstances I would probably fail to obtain it before the deadline related to my age. The process was very intensive, and she kept her eye on it for all the time, making sure that every single paper (and there were a lot of them) is signed and written in just a right way.

All my family and I are very grateful for all the hard work she was done. What is precious, she also guided us after we obtained the visa with all the valuable hints about our rights, obligations and the ways we can reach Australia in the best possible way.

Best Wishes from me and my family

Pawel & Kasia Kaplanski

Visa applied for: Skilled Independent subclass 189

Nominated occupation: Software Engineer ANZSCO Code 261313

Date of visa application: 9 December 2016

Date of visa grant: 10 February 2017


I had the pleasure of working with Christine on 2 occasions - First time for my 457 visa sponsored by [employer’s name removed] and second time when I was applying for my skilled migration subclass 189.

Throughout the process of both the applications, she has been really pro-active, meticulous and really fast. Her attention to details and really good time management makes her stand out as an agent. Due to her extensive knowledge of the visa laws, she was able to guide us in the right direction, whenever we were doing something wrong. Also, her compassion and genuine care for the clients makes her stand out from other migration agents out there.

Both me and my wife highly recommend her for anything related to visas and migration. Wishing you all the best.

S.B. and family

Complications faced: Previously received a refusal for state nomination

Visa application date: 17 October 2016

Visa grant date: 13 December 2016

Country of citizenship: China

Email received on 16 December 2016


Dear Work Visa Lawyers,

I would like to say a big thank to your guys and I am really appreciate how the support has been for last four months working on my 190 state sponsored permanent visa.

My situation is really tricky and I have been rejected by the state nomination when I first tried to apply by myself. Then I decided to look for help from Chris who was highly recommended by one of my friends. Luckily, my state nomination was successfully approved after Chris’ magic.

Once the trust is built, I decided to let Chris to deal with my 190 visa submission as well. We submit the documents around early November (2016) and I was granted the permanent residency on 17th December, 2016. In other words, the whole process takes less than two months. I almost break the records among who I heard has been granted the permanent residency visa!!!!

I would highly recommend Work Visa Lawyers to all of you who are intending to live/ work in Australia for a long term purposes!

Thank you all the team members from Work Visa Lawyers

Best wishes,

Wenru Pan

Letter of Recommendation

Visa type: Subclass 124 Distinguished Talent
Date of visa application: 12 November 2015
Date of visa grant: 28 July 2016
Occupation/Distinguished talent: Specialist Consultant Scientist – Petroleum industry
Passport: United Kingdom

Last year I paid a visit to my Australian relatives and used the opportunity to investigate the possibilities for migration. I undertook a dual approach, firstly to visit petroleum companies for whom my specialist skills and services would benefit in order to see if I could obtain support for my application from any of them and secondly to research appropriate legal firms who could assist in advice on a suitable route.

Owing to the current severe downturn in the petroleum sector I had, not unexpectedly, mixed results in obtaining industry support, although I did get good advice and found a consultancy whom were able and willing to fulfil that requirement.

Of the legal firms researched, the only consultancy that seemed to offer potential in my case was Work Visa Lawyers of Torrensville, Adelaide. I thus ended up contracting one of their chief partners Chris Johnston. On our first meeting Chris immediately advised that I aim at applying for a Distinguished Talent Visa, as this most suited my profile.

As an applicant with special requirements I can thoroughly recommend Chris for the following reasons.

  • Clear advice given at all times
  • Selection of the most suitable visa type for my application
  • Prompt and informative response to all my enquires
  • Detailed guidance with the extensive documentation required
  • Timely follow-up with the application progress after submittal to the authorities and additional advice on the additional requirements requested thereof

Given the perceived headwinds associated with such an application, his advice and judgement proved to be impeccable and I am delighted to report that my application for Distinguished Talent Subclass 124 visa has been a success.

Yours sincerely,

(A Successful Distinguished Talent Visa Applicant)


Email received on 26 October 2016

Hi Christine,

Work Visa Lawyers help me already 3 years ago with my application for the Skilled State Sponsorship Visa for Australia and I was impressed with their service and great work. That's why I choose them for my PR Visa (subclass 887) application process too. As everyone can imagine the application process for a Visa is very stressful as this decided about my future. It was very important for me to know that I'm in good hands and have people who understand the importance. Christine worked on my application and she did an amazing job which started with the initial consultation where I received all the information I needed and continued throughout the application process. She guided me all the way, gave me clear and easy understandable instructions and answered all the questions I had. I can only recommend Work Visa Lawyers as they have the expertise and provide an exceptional service. I'm very happy and thankful for everything they have done to make my dream of living and working in Australia to come true. Thanks a lot Christine, Chris and the rest of the team.

Thanks so much for your help and all the work. You helped me make my dream of a better live in Australia come true.

Kind regards,


Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

Occupation: Civil Engineer ANZSCO 233211
Country of Origin: Tanzania
Email received on 17 August 2016

I met Chris through my work and after explaining my situation to Chris he gave me confidence that he could get me positive outcome for my permanent residence. Since start to finish of my application Chris and his company have been excellent. Fast, efficient, and very professional. Chris is a legend. When i received my PR I couldn't believe how quick it was all done. I put it down to Chris's experience and the knowledge he has about migration matters.

I have been recommending Chris to everyone and I thank them with all my heart.

You guys rock. Abbas Bandali

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