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Old 09-03-2015, 05:29 AM
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Worth hiring immigration lawyer for partner (820) visa?

I spoke to a lawyer earlier in the year about my visa options as I was hoping to find work, however, it looks like applying for a defacto visa is my best bet.

Planning to start the application in 3 weeks time and the question that my partner and I are wondering is if it's worth hiring the lawyer ($3k) to help out with the application papers and process as the visa itself is already quite a hefty sum.

My main concern is that I've lived in 3 countries prior to coming here and getting police checks from 1 in particular might be difficult due to language barrier and it's making me nervous.
Otherwise I'm not sure what the pros/cons are... or what other requirements I'll need to supply that might be difficult.

Is it easy to apply for a bridging visa too? I'm planning to visit my family in Europe mid-November and want to make sure everything goes smoothly before my visa runs out Mid-January (I come back early Jan).

I'm a European - my visa is on my German passport so that shouldn't be much of an issue.

Appreciate any help/comments. Thanks!


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You would be well advised to consult registered migration agent, not a lawyer. A consultation to iron out your issues and put you on the right track would not cost much,.

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In my opinion, it's always a good idea to use a migration agent even if just to review your evidence before you submit your application.. Migration regulations are complex, and putting together a solid application can be difficult for a lot of applicants.

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You would be well advised to consult registered migration agent, not a lawyer. A consultation to iron out your issues and put you on the right track would not cost much,.
Thank you, I meant migration agent (sorry about that).

Also thank you Maggie, appreciate the input too!


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I spoke to a lawyer earlier in the year about my visa options as I was hoping to find work, however, it looks like applying for a defacto visa is my best bet.

Planning to start the application in 3 weeks time and the question that my partner and I are wondering is if it's worth hiring the lawyer ($3k) to help out with the application papers and process as the visa itself is already quite a hefty sum.

My main concern is that I've lived in 3 countries prior to coming here and getting police checks from 1 in particular might be difficult due to language barrier and it's making me nervous.
Otherwise I'm not sure what the pros/cons are... or what other requirements I'll need to supply that might be difficult.

Is it easy to apply for a bridging visa too? I'm planning to visit my family in Europe mid-November and want to make sure everything goes smoothly before my visa runs out Mid-January (I come back early Jan).

I'm a European - my visa is on my German passport so that shouldn't be much of an issue.

Appreciate any help/comments. Thanks!
If you are not 100 % confident of dealing with the paperwork and having to communicate with the Department of Immigration yourself, it will be worthwhile investing in professional assistance. Refusals are expensive and extremely stressful. The migration agent fee is far less than the money you will be handing over to the DIBP.

I like to compare our services to those of an accountant.As a self employed business man I am perfectly capable of handling my own bookkeeping and tax affairs, but I prefer to use an accountant. I find that, despite the cost, it saves me time and money every time.

I also like the fact that there is an intermediary between me and the tax office, who looks after my interests and alerts me to any changes and potential problems .

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If you are not 100 % confident of dealing with the paperwork and having to communicate with the Department of Immigration yourself, it will be worthwhile investing in professional assistance. Refusals are expensive and extremely stressful. The migration agent fee is far less than the money you will be handing over to the DIBP.

I like to compare our services to those of an accountant.As a self employed business man I am perfectly capable of handling my own bookkeeping and tax affairs, but I prefer to use an accountant. I find that, despite the cost, it saves me time and money every time.

I also like the fact that there is an intermediary between me and the tax office, who looks after my interests and alerts me to any changes and potential problems .

I just had a very upsetting conversation with a migration agent I just contacted. They are unable to take my case because they believe I do not have sufficient requirements to make the visa - whereas the agent I saw at the beginning of the year was certain that everything would be fine in my situation. I have now been told that this agent is not very reliable and I am completely distraught learning this as I don't know what I can do now..


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I just had a very upsetting conversation with a migration agent I just contacted. They are unable to take my case because they believe I do not have sufficient requirements to make the visa - whereas the agent I saw at the beginning of the year was certain that everything would be fine in my situation. I have now been told that this agent is not very reliable and I am completely distraught learning this as I don't know what I can do now..
Send me an email with all available information and I will give you a free and honest assessment of your options.

Personally I never engage in badmouthing colleagues, unless I know for a fact that they are dishonest or incompetent.I suggest you ignore agents who engage in that sort of behaviour, unless they actually have some hard evidence re. the other person's reliability.
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Send me an email with all available information and I will give you a free and honest assessment of your options.

Personally I never engage in badmouthing colleagues, unless I know for a fact that they are dishonest or incompetent.I suggest you ignore agents who engage in that sort of behaviour, unless they actually have some hard evidence re. the other person's reliability.

Thank you, I have just sent an email.


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