Access to expert, comprehensive advice

Combining 17 years practical experience and advanced case management software to deliver expert guidance and strategies for individuals and business in a dynamic legal environment.

In an age of “do-it-yourself”, it is easy to believe that professional advice is expendable. This is particularly the case in the context of Australian immigration law.

While we encourage intending applicants to seek answers for themselves, when it comes to the changing landscape of Australian immigration law, the Department of Home Affair’s ever-increasing application fees, their vigorous approach to the enforcement of sponsorship obligations, English language ability, and health and character checks, the need for sound legal advice delivered by specialist  immigration practitioners has never been greater.

Our legal qualifications, experience, and practical knowledge mean we have the necessary technical expertise to map a clear and direct course through the Australian immigration process.

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If you are looking to live and work in Australia we can help you identity the right visa option and understand the requirements you need to satisfy in order to apply for Australian permanent residence. Engaging our services at the start of the application process will save you time and money.


To be effective in this age of globalisation your business needs expertise to ensure your employees get the right visa as quickly as possible. We offer a full range of services focusing on businesses that need to bring executives, managers, specialists, key personnel and their accompanying family members to Australia.


We provide a comprehensive range of immigration services in relation to Australia’s Skilled & Employer Sponsored Visa programmes to individuals and businesses, locally and overseas.  Our in-depth knowledge of latest developments in immigration law, policy and procedures means you can be confident you will receive comprehensive accurate, and solution focused immigration advice. 

What We Deliver

  • Expert advice – finding the right immigration solution and providing the advice you need through a full consultation and completion of our electronic questionnaire to efficiently identify the most appropriate visa option;

  • Personalised service – direct contact with our Accredited Immigration Law Specialist & Registered Migration Agent, who will personally guide you through the entire application process and ensure  the relevant criteria is addressed and the required supporting documentation provided to the Department of Immigration for assessment;

  • Follow-up – to ensure our clients are advised of any changes in Australian immigration law, policy and procedure which may impact the processing of their application or the conduct of their business; and

  • Professional ethics & confidentiality – our legal qualifications, professional regulation, and legal professional privilege that attaches to client communications, means you benefit from the highest level of professional and ethical standards.

 Australian Immigration Blog

Stay up to date with the latest developments in Australian Immigration law, policy and procedure.

What occupations can employers sponsor for under the Skilled Occupation Lists?

July 13th, 2018|

Australian businesses looking to sponsor employees, either for a temporary visa or Australian permanent residence, are able to sponsor individuals for eligible skilled occupations listed on the relevant Skilled Occupation List. Effective 18 March 2018, there are [...]

New Skilling Australians Fund Levy for Sponsors

May 28th, 2018|

The Australian Government has now passed important new legislation to establish a Skilling Australians Fund, administered by the Department of Education and Training (DET), to support skills development of Australians.  The Skilling Australians Fund replaces the outgoing Sponsorship Training [...]

Fast Processing for new 482 Visa Applications

May 17th, 2018|

With the introduction of the new subclass 482 visa on 18 March 2018 came more stringent legal requirements to satisfy before making an application and clear powers enabling the Department of Home Affairs to refuse an application where [...]

What Our Clients Have To Say

Our reputation for excellence in Australian immigration law is built on direct client contact between our principal immigration lawyer, Ms. Melissa Haag (Registered Migration Agent Number: 0000586) and our clients, as well as our delivery of effective immigration solutions specifically tailored to our clients needs and circumstances.

I had a great experience with Haag Walker Lawyers, would highly recommend them to anyone requiring assistance with visas. Melissa was extremely knowledgeable and guided me throughout the process of dependent 457 visa for my wife and transition of 457 to 186 (Permanent Residence), for both me (primary) and my wife (secondary applicant). Melissa never sets false expectations and was very precise with the processing timelines. Melissa was easy to approach and always responded to the queries at the earliest. We had a very pleasant experience through out the course of visa process. Extremely reliable and highly recommended!

Chaitanya Payasam

We have been using Haag Walker Lawyers for all our immigration work from India and the US for the past 3.5 years, and I can honestly say that the service and knowledge that we get, along with excellent processing times has been excellent throughout. Melissa has excellent knowledge and finds good solutions each time. Balancing this with a great fee structure has meant that we have been able to reduce costs by about a third and improved timelines of the previous Big 4 company we were using in the past. Highly recommended!

Haag Walker lawyers managed my and my family’s transition from a Temporary Work Skilled Visa (457) to a Skilled State Nominated Permanent Residency Visa (190) as Engineering Manager. I had found out about them through an internet search for visa agents with expert knowledge on Victorian state nominated visa. We received state nomination almost instantaneously after submission of the relevant documents. While the subsequent waiting period from submission of the visa application to allocation of a DIBP case officer was lengthy, our visa were granted without any further inquiries, once this had happened.
Melissa demonstrated a high level of professionalism, with firm knowledge about what is required – and what is not required – to be successful in the various process steps. Her focus on the bare facts and integrity of the information provided to the authorities were decisive for the quality of the submission. Above all, her reassuring way helped my family and me not to lose confidence during the final waiting period. The process to achievement of the visa grant would probably not have been straight without Melissa’s service and advice.

Michael Jansen

Highly recommend. Melissa was extremely experienced and knowledgeable, and provided multiple solutions to a particularly difficult case; As there are new changes to immigration policy, and the 457 visa has been scrapped. She was able to outline the options available. If you are in a similar situation, I would definitely recommend pursuing advice through Melissa.

Ryan Gemmel

I run a hospitality company running a number of venues in Melbourne. I have had the pleasure of working with Melissa, at Haag Walker, on a number of occasions in relation to Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa, including, Standard Business Sponsorship Application & 457 Nomination. A very professional outfit, timely and transparent in their advice and correspondence and they get results. I have had plenty of experience working with various Lawyers over the years and I would put Haag Walker Lawyers at the very top of that list.
Many thanks

We had a great experience with Haag Walker Lawyers. Melissa was amazing from start to finish – she helped us throughout the 457 process, and again for the transition to the 186, for both the primary applicant and de facto. We had trust in Melissa from the first time we met with her – she is incredibly knowledgeable and professional, she explains everything clearly and sets realistic expectations. I have already recommended her to friends, and will continue to recommend her without hesitation in the future.

Charley Fisk

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