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Migration Law Team

Ramsden Lawyers are able to assist in all matters relating to migrating to and remaining in Australia. Australian immigration law is complex and often difficult to navigate, particularly in the current climate. Our experienced lawyers and migration agents have the skills and expertise to provide assistance to our clients to take the pressure off the process and to provide educated and concise advice with respect to any migration matter.

Applying for an Australian visa is an important decision in a person’s life and can have many effects. Having an experienced professional advisor that you can trust to assist you every step of the way, will make the process considerably easier.

We are able to assist you every aspect of your matter, whether that is recommending the most suitable visa pathway to you, preparing and lodging your visa application or advising you with respect to a refusal or cancellation of your visa.


Professional Registration

Migration Agents are registered with the office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (‘OMARA’).

A registered migration agent must:

  • Adhere to a strict code of professional conduct in the practice of Australian migration law;
  • Hold current registration with the OMARA;
  • Complete continuing professional development to ensure up-to-date knowledge on all aspects of migration law, policy, practice and procedure; and
  • Maintain access to a professional library.

In addition to this, all of our migration agents are fully qualified lawyers. As such, you can be assured that when you utilise our professional services, you are receiving the most up to date and professional advice available.


Our lawyers and registered migration agents:

Ramsden Lawyers are able to assist clients in all areas relating to migration to Australia. Generic information with respect to the visa subclasses is available via the Department of Home Affairs website however, it is highly recommended that you seek professional advice when preparing and lodging applications with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

John Ramsden (Managing Partner) MARN 0214966

Lauren Blud (Associate) MARN 1798989


If you are looking to live and work in Australia, provided that you meet the general requirements, you may be eligible to apply under one of the following categories;


Work Visas

  • Temporary Work (skilled) Visa (subclass 457) * The Australian Government have announced that the 457 visa will be abolished by March 2018 and replaced with the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489)
  • Temporary Graduate Visa (485)
  • Applications to become a Standard Business Sponsor. Australian employers who are looking to hire skilled workers from overseas can become an approved sponsor and nominate candidates to help address the skill shortage problem in their businesses. Ramsden Lawyers have a high level of expertise in the applicable law and regulation of business entities. We are able to apply this expertise in order to assist your business in all aspects of the requirements to become a standard business sponsor.

Partner/Family Visas

Family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents may be eligible under one of the family categories:

Onshore Partner Visa (subclass 820 and 801)
Offshore Partner Visa (subclass 309 and 100)
Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300)
Parent Visa (subclass 103)
Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)
Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864)
Carer Visa (Subclass 836)
Orphan Relative Visa (subclass 117)


Business and Investor Visas

Applicants who have an established business, genuinely intend to establish a reputable business in Australia (meeting specific requirements) or invest within Australia, may be eligible under one of the following categories:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa (subclass 188)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa (subclass 888)
  • Business Talent visa (subclass 132)
  • Investor Retirement Visa (subclass 405)

Skilled Visas

If you are qualified, with relevant experience in an occupation currently on the relevant list of eligible occupations and have strong English skills, you may be eligible for skilled migration.

Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)
State Nominated Visa (subclass 190)
Distinguished Talent Visa (subclass 858)

Skills assessments. There is often a requirement for a formal skills assessment to be undertaken when applying for a skill visa application. We are able to assist you with preparing and lodging a skills assessment to the relevant assessing bodies ahead of your visa application.


Visa Issues, Cancellations and Refusals:

Ramsden Lawyers are also able to assist in matters relating to review of immigration decisions, visa cancellations and character issues. If faced with any of these issues, it is important to get the correct advice at the earliest opportunity.

  • Visa refusals
  • Visa cancellations
  • Health issues
  • Character issues

The Migration and Refugee Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal reviews decisions made by officers of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or the Department of Home Affairs to refuse or cancel visas.

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Australian Citizenship and Resident Return Visas

Australian Citizenship

We can assist you through the application process to become an Australian Citizen. We will guide you through all of the information relevant to this application, from the eligibility criteria through to finalising your application. We are also able to advise you as to any factors which may effect your eligibility for citizenship and how you should address these factors moving forward with your application.

Resident Return Visa (subclass 155 and 157)

Only Australian citizens have an automatic right of entry to Australia. If you hold a permanent visa you have the right to remain in Australia indefinitely, however if you choose to travel outside Australia, you must ensure that you have authority to return. Generally a permanent visa will allow the holder to travel into Australia for up to five years from the date of grant.

This visa will allow you to maintain or regain your status as an Australian permanent resident.

Business Migration

At Ramsden Lawyers, our strong links to Asian business in Sydney and the Gold Coast have led us to develop an expertise in business migration law. For our clients who wish to invest, establish or manage a business in Australia, or visit Australia for business related matters, we can assist them in acquiring a visa amidst the technicalities of technical migration regulations.

Obtaining an Australian Visa

Our business migration lawyers can assist you in establishing or developing a business in Australia, or investing, by providing expertise relating to satisfying the requirements for a visa to live in and manage your interests from within Australia. At Ramsden Lawyers, we can assist you in obtaining either a temporary or permanent stay, depending on the arrangement that best achieves your business objectives.


Our business migration lawyers are adept at providing the professional advice needed to achieve the following:

  1. Investor retirement;
  2. Permanent business talent visa for a significant business history stream and venture capital; or
  3. Business innovation and investment under the significant investor stream, investor stream and business innovation stream.

Our commercial lawyers can assist you in successfully illustrating your eligibility for a visa in Australia based on factors such as your health, character, relationships, financial assets, work experience and education. Without an advocate that knows the intricacies of Australian migration law, those struggling with business migration will often encounter significant hurdles that prevent them from consolidating or growing their business through a presence in Australia.

Our commercial lawyers can assist you in successfully illustrating your eligibility for a visa in Australia based on factors such as your health, character, relationships, financial assets, work experience and education. Without an advocate that knows the intricacies of Australian migration law, those struggling with business migration will often encounter significant hurdles that prevent them from consolidating or growing their business through a presence in Australia.


Comprehensive Advice About Migration Options and Business Structuring

Our lawyers are conveniently located in Sydney and the Gold Coast to provide you with assistance in attaining a visa, even if your application has been refused at first instance. Ramsden Lawyers can work directly with you or your sponsors to have your decision reviewed via a merits review before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (‘AAT’).

We can also assist you in the interim while you pursue a review in terms of making sure your presence in Australia does not become unlawful by working with you and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to provide you with a bridging visa while your application is being decided.

Our lawyers are of the unwavering conviction that having an advocate that understands the Australian legal system often makes the difference between a borderline application being accepted or refused.

Setting You On the Pathway to Permanent Residency

We recognise that there is a certain degree of gamesmanship and regulatory awareness that is necessary to operate in the migration space. We are experts at tailoring our approach to helping our clients attain their visa status by utilising the full range of visa options, often pursuing the criteria for multiple visas simultaneously in order to maximise your chances of success. Our migration lawyers are also adept at ensuring our bases are always covered by frequently liaising with the Department to stay up-to-date on timelines and ensuring our clients at least have a bridging visa to protect them.

Once a client has attained the necessary provisional visa required to undertake immigration to Australia, we can guide them along the path to permanent residency, often on the basis of their business or investment ability.

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Our Areas of Expertise Include:

Migration law, Migration visas, Temporary visas, Visa cancelations, Review tribunals, Australian citizenship.

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