27th July 2015
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Specialist Immigration Lawyer 
& Registered Migration Agent

Haag Walker Lawyers practice exclusively in Australian immigration law.

We serve international, domestic, corporate and individual clients.

Our principal migration lawyer is an Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), Accredited Immigration Law Specialist, meaning she has met the rigorous requirements set by the LIV to be recognised as a leader in the field of Australian 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.

Migration to Australia 

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIPD) - formerly the Department of Immigration & 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.

How to Migrate to Australia Under SkillSelect

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.

457 to Permanent Residency

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.





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