Inside you will be able to read posts on various topics, from legal tips to changes in the process for visa applications. Don't feel intimidated- our aim is to take the complicated issues regarding immigration and help them go down just a little more smoothly. If the law was Jerry Lewis, consider us the Dean Martin!

We are particularly interested in expanding our knowledge of the Sydney community, since we have recently opened a new office right next to the train station. We know that the area is a melting pot of different cultures and is rapidly expanding, so we would love to find new ways to help people riding this wave of prosperity. We are also eager to meet people at local events and group meetings, so please let us know if there is anything local happening that we can be a part of. We would love to expand the reach of the Immigration Lounge to cover subjects that the public will find interesting, so any suggestions are always helpful!

If you come across some terminology that you don't understand, be sure to head over to our Glossary and see if you can find an explanation. If there is a particular subject that you would like covered on the Immigration Lounge, or if you know of an event that might relate to the blog, please feel free to get in contact with us using the contact information to the right.


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June 28, 2021

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP RE-INSTATED FOR OUR CLIENT This is an extract of the decision by the Australian Dept. of Home Affairs after we made representations to them they incorrectly revoked our client’s Australian Citizenship. We have deleted our client’s name for confidentiality reasons. Dear Mr Silver Thank you for your email to the Department of Home…

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Phillip Silver wins spouse visa cancellation case in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

March 30, 2020

Revollo v Minister for Immigration & Anor [2011] FMCA 899 (25 November 2011) Last Updated: 30 November 2011 FEDERAL MAGISTRATES COURT OF AUSTRALIA REVOLLO v MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION & ANOR [2011] FMCA 899 MIGRATION – Review of Migration Review Tribunal decision – cancellation of temporary spouse visa – where applicant claimed to be victim of domestic…

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Temporary Work Skilled Visa 457 Programme

Is sponsoring skilled immigrants really that complicated?

March 18, 2020

By Phillip Silver, Solicitor in New South Wales. Phillip has 25 years of experience as a lawyer in Australia and South Africa. Phillip represents  Australian Farming enterprises to sponsor skilled  farmers from South Africa to work on Australian farms. I read with interest the article in a recent edition of Agricultural Appointments by Professor Jock…

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South African farmers get out of their bakkies and into an aeroplane

October 14, 2019

Andre made contact with us in October 2018. We assessed him as being eligible and introduced him to a Sugar Cane Farmer in Northern Queensland. To his credit Andre travelled to Australia to meet the farm owner personally. The farm owner offered him sponsorship and we processed the application. This week the sponsored visa was…

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Australian Work, Study and Business Visa Types Summary

May 27, 2018

  Over the last decade we have helped numerous clients to move and settle in Australia. Our team have prepared dozens of visa applications for clients who wanted to bring their skills and investments to this country. And now, in order to give you a better understanding of Australian skilled visas,  we have a prepared…

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Anomalies in Australian Immigration Law: South African Farmers Prohibited from Using Skilled Migration Route

April 16, 2018

Over the last several years many South African white farmers have been brutally murdered on their land, which causes many more farmers and their families to live in a constant state of fear. Currently, the Australian federal government are considering introduction a special type of visa aimed at South African farmers and designed to address…

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Migrating from South Africa to Australia: A Client Testimonial

February 21, 2018

Our Clients Claudia and Neville who we had helped to get a visa and move from South Africa to Australia sent us a letter that we would like to share with you: Once upon a time in 2016, the Smith family decided to pack up and move to Australia. So our journey started in Phillip Silver…

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Partner Visa Approved Within Three Months!

February 2, 2018

                If you ever applied for a Partner Visa (subclass 820/309), you know that a processing time for this visa subclass can be up to 20 months. This means that partner visa applicants and their sponsors have to wait for a decision for almost 2 years before they…

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The 17 January 2018 Changes to Lists of Eligible Skilled Occupations

January 23, 2018

On 17 January 2018 the Australian Government released another set of important changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations for Australia’s skilled visa programs.             The following changes have already taken effect: three occupations were added to the lists of eligible skilled occupations (Property Manager, Psychotherapist, Real Estate Representative);…

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