Longton Legal's qualified solicitors and registered migration agents (RMA) are industry veterans and flexible experts who provide you with a complete immigration service.
The law around immigration in Australia is ever-changing and, at times, can be unclear to the general public. The adaptable and informed migration team at Longton Legal ensures that you will always be at the right place at the right time no matter your unique migration situation. Our team thrives on providing innovative and pragmatic solutions, and have a reputation for successfully helping our clients in obtaining the results that they desire.
If your visa has been rejected, you may be able to apply for Ministerial Intervention. Under the Migration Act 1958, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection may, in certain circumstances, overturn the original decision and grant you the visa. Ministerial Intervention is the last step of appeal in the visa process. This step should be properly considered and dealt with by an expert. Get trusted experts on your case, contact our Immigration Lawyers today.
Has your visa expired or is about to? You need to act sooner rather than later as overstaying your visa in Australia has serious consequences. Without a valid visa, you may be removed from your place of residence and placed in immigration detention until the determination of your case. Further, you could also be refused entry into Australia for at least the next three years. Don't wait until it's too late, speak to our expert Immigration Lawyers today.
Tribunal & Court Appeals
There are appeal avenues available to you if your visa has been rejected by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. A decision on a visa application is treated as an administrative decision and at first instance, most appeal matters are heard by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The time for the AAT to reach a resolution can vary and may take anywhere between a month to a year. To assess the merits of your visa appeal, talk to our expert Immigration Lawyers.
Business and Investment Visas
The Australian business innovation and investment programme (“BIIP”) is designed to attract international business talent and entrepreneurs who are willing and able to apply their skills, innovation, and capital for the benefit the Australian economy. Visas under this category primarily focus on the applicants' credentials in having successfully managed their business or investment portfolio overseas. In general, this category is suitable for high-net-worth applicants with the necessary commercial experience to manage an Australian enterprise, or investments ranging from A$1.25M to A$5M. Longton Legal has highly specialised expertise in this practice area and consistently delivers long term visa outcomes for international businesspeople under the BIIP programme.
To work in Australia, overseas residents need to have a valid work visa. There are a range of different visas available depending on your circumstances. If you have certain skills or qualifications that are in demand in the Australian market, you may be eligible for a work visa. Australia is currently facing major skill shortages in the areas of information technology, nursing, automotive trades, engineering and many more areas. Work visas may allow applicants opportunities to work in Australia in their nominated occupations with approved sponsors for up to four years, depending on their circumstances. At Longton Legal, we are able to provide comprehensive and specific information to the applicant and/or the sponsor to determine the best avenue for success. Our Immigration Lawyers are highly experienced in the following visa categories: Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400) Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408) Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (Subclass 457) Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (Subclass 186) Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (Subclass 187) Investor Retirement Visa (Subclass 405) Working Holiday (Subclass 462 and 417) Book an appointment with our expert Immigration Lawyers to explore your options.
Australia is an increasing popular place to study. Whether you are looking to study full-time or undertake training in a profession to meet requirements of your study in your home country, there are visa options available to you. You will need to understand the eligibility criteria to ensure you have the relevant documents and have made the appropriate arrangements. For example, failure to submit a Genuine Temporary Entry (GTE) statement might lead to a refusal of your student visa application. Our experienced Immigration Lawyers can explain to you in detail why a GTE statement is required and what issues you might need to consider and address when preparing your application and documentations.
Applications under the Family Visa categories often involves various complexities. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to sponsor your family to live in Australia; however there are limitations and restrictions. Separate visas exist for partners, children and other family members and the eligibility criteria, including medical and financial requirements, are different for each category. Our experienced team can assist with the following initial visa applications, and, if required, related appeals: - Onshore Partner Temporary Visa (Subclass 820) and Permanent visa (Subclass 801) - Offshore Partner Temporary Visa (Subclass 309) and Permanent visa (Subclass 100) - Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) – Fiancé visa - Child Visa (Subclass 101) and Onshore Child Visa (Subclass 802) - Adoption Visa (Subclass 102) Orphan Relative Visa (Subclass 117) and Onshore - - Orphan Relative Visa (Subclass 837) - Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445) - New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 461) - Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 173) and Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 143) - Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 884) and (Permanent)(Subclass 864) - Carer Visa Offshore (Subclass 116) - Carer Visa Onshore (Subclass 836) - Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115) - Aged Parent (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 804) - Parent Visa (Subclass 103) - Medical Treatment Visa (Subclass 602) To find the appropriate visa for your family member, speak to our expert Immigration Lawyers.
Is someone coming to visit you? In Australia, there are three Visitor Visas available: Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601 visa) eVisitor (subclass 651 visa) Visitor Visa (subclass 600 visa) Each have their own eligibility criteria and process. An easy starting point to decide which visa is right for your visitor is their country of nationality. Talk through visa options with our expert Immigration Lawyers today.
Skilled Independent | Nominated Visas
This permanent visa category is assessed against an applicant’s skills. This stream is for points-tested skilled applicants who meet the nominating state/territory or departmental criteria in relation to their nominated occupation. Subclass 189 – This stream is for points-tested skilled applicants who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government. It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. Subclass 190 – This stream allows skilled workers who do not meet the above point test for the skilled independent visa, to apply for permanent residency through state and territory nomination. Subclass 489 – This stream is designed to encourage migrants to live and work in regional areas of Australia where there are large skill shortages and significant numbers of job vacancies. This is a four year regional provisional visa which gives the applicant temporary immigration and residency. To find out whether this visa is for you, speak to our expert Immigration Lawyers.
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