Australian Immigration Lawyers
Haag Walker Lawyers are registered migration agents and lawyers practicing exclusively in Australian immigration law. Our principal migration lawyer, Melissa Haag (RMA 0000586) is an Accredited Immigration Law Specialist, meaning she has met the rigorous requirements set by the Law Institute Victoria to be recognised as a leader in the field of immigration law.
We provide a comprehensive range of Australian visa and immigration services, from standard visa applications to High Court appeals.
Navigating the intricacies of Australian Immigration Law requires experience, knowledge and expertise. It can be a confusing task to determine which Australian visa you should apply for and whether you will satisfy the relevant visa criteria.
So, in the complex and ever-changing environment of Australian Immigration, it is vital that you receive expert advice right from the start of the visa application process.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) manages the arrival and settlement of migrants to Australia. Australian immigration is controlled by the Migration Act 1958 and associated Regulations.
Most Australian citizens have the right to enter or leave Australia at will. For citizens of other countries wishing to visit, work or remain permanently in Australia, a visa is required.
This guide explains the different visa types, how to choose the most appropriate visa option and then apply for an Australian visa.
Under Australia's General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, there are a series of visa options available to skilled workers intending to migrate to Australia, who are not sponsored by an eligible employer.
Skilled workers may apply for an Australian visa as either as: an independent migrant or on the basis of sponsorship by a relative or nomination by a state or territory government.
The subclass 457 visa (Temporary Business - Long Stay) can create a pathway to permanent residency in Australia, via both the Employment Nomination Scheme (ENS) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).
In our experience, Subclass 457 visa holders frequently progress to permanent residency. In 2009–10, 43,390 people transitioned from a subclass 457 visa to permanent residence with 78 per cent granted a permanent employer sponsored visa.
Latest Australian Immigration News
- 457 To Permanent Residency 28.03.2013
- 457 To Permanent Residency | FAQ's 28.03.2013
- 457 To PR | Update 28.03.2013
- Changes to Australia’s Visitor Visa Program 24.03.2013
- New Reforms to Temporary Skilled Work 457 Visa 28.02.2013
- Australian Immigration Update - 1 Jan 2013 16.01.2013
- Significant Investor Visa – Nomination Criteria 18.12.2012
- Significant Investor Visa Now Active On SkillSelect 18.12.2012
- Australian Working Visas Changes - 400 Visa Series 16.12.2012
- Business Skills & Student Visas Now Subject to Fraud PIC 17.11.2012
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Latest Blog Posts
- Australian permanent residency for 485 visa holders 29.04.2013
- 457 to permanent residency in Victoria fast tracked 02.04.2013
- ENS Direct Entry – the 457 alternative 06.03.2013
- Take the step from 457 to permanent residency 25.01.2013
- SkillSelect - Australian Migration Occupations Filling Fast 21.01.2013
- Demand for skilled migrants continues to grow in 2013 21.12.2012
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