Migrating to a new country can change the entire course of your life. By successfully obtaining the right Australian visa, you can:

  • Enjoy access to work and study opportunities in Australia
  • Provide a safe, permanent home for you and your family

However, immigration laws are regularly updated and can be deceptively complicated. Missing key documentation or failing to follow specific requirements or process can result in your application being rejected.

If you need help filing visas for yourself or your loved ones, talk to us at JK Lawyers. We are a full-service migration lawyers in Melbourne that will evaluate your situation and advise you on the best course of action. Save time and money with our cost-efficient legal solutions!


Yes. While it is possible to apply for an Australian visa without a lawyer’s assistance, there are many benefits to having a legal expert by your side. Australia has over 70 active visa subclasses, each for a different purpose and with different documentary requirements to be submitted.

It can be challenging to determine which visa subclass is best suited to your circumstances on your own. Our immigration lawyers in Melbourne can advise you on your visa options, eligibility, and documentary requirements. With our help, you can ensure that your application is complete and ready for verification.


Whether your goal is to study or work in Australia, or to establish permanent residency, we can do the legal work for you. Agents at JK Lawyers qualified and registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority. Our migration lawyers in Melbourne are fully equipped and trained to handle the following issues.

  • Family, partner and spouse visas
  • Business and investor visa applications
  • Student visa applications
  • Work and employer-sponsored visas
  • Australian citizenship applications, including residency requirements
  • Resident Return Visas
  • Refugee and humanitarian visas
  • Bridging visas and status resolution
  • Appeals and reviews of visa rejections and cancellations, including AAT appeals and ministerial intervention
  • Tourist visas
  • Work and holiday visas

Applying for the right visa for your travel to Australia will make the process more efficient and maximise the likelihood of getting your visa granted. Book an appointment with us to find out which visa best suits your needs, and to gain an understanding of what is required for a successful application.


The top reason for visa applications getting rejected is incomplete information. Here are some of the common mistakes that result in a denied application, which can be avoided with the help of an immigration solicitor in Melbourne:

  • Failing to address all relevant eligibility requirements
  • Giving incomplete information or not properly explaining documentation provided
  • Failure to meet Australia’s health or character requirements
  • Failing to submit compulsory documentation, such as a Skills Assessment or English language test
  • Not holding an appropriate visa when applying for a new visa

These are just some of the things that can get your application rejected. Keep in mind that the Immigration Department will have a record of your previous applications and refusals – past rejections can hurt future applications.

Ensure that you meet all the eligibility and documentary requirements for the type of visa you want by going through a thorough checklist with our immigration lawyers in Melbourne.


Will buying a house in Melbourne give me a visa?

No. In fact, a foreign resident must hold an appropriate type of visa to gain permission to purchase property in Australia. There are further differences in what kind of properties you can purchase as a temporary visa holder compared to a permanent visa holder. Our experienced immigration lawyers in Melbourne can advise you what options to purchase property you will have depending on the type of visa you are applying for.

When I become an Australian citizen, will I lose any other citizenship?

It depends on the laws of any other countries involved. If their laws allow for holding dual or multiple citizenship, you can retain both your Australian citizenship and citizenship in that country. Citizenship in countries can be automatically acquired through marriage or birth, or a formal legal process. Find out if you can be considered a dual citizen by consulting Australian immigration lawyers in Melbourne.

If my visa is approved, how much time do I have before I need to travel to Australia?

Your visa will have an initial entry date, calculated based on the different health and character clearances you submitted. This is the date by which you should travel to Australia.If you and your family members included in your visa fail to enter Australia by this time, the Department of Home Affairs may cancel your visa.

What happens if the Department of Home Affairs has already rejected my visa application?

You may be able to appeal the application rejection by having the decision reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The appeal process will allow you to submit additional, or in some cases, new supporting evidence and documentation, to demonstrate why the Department of Home Affairs decision to refuse your visa application was incorrect. If your appeal is successful, the Tribunal will remit your application to the Department of Home Affairs for further processing, and it will be as if the refusal did not occur. If the appeal was unsuccessful, this is an affirmation of the Department of Home Affair’s original decision, and the refusal of your visa will remain. Note that not all application rejections can be appealed to the Tribunal. To find out if your visa rejection is appealable, set a consultation with our law firm.

How long does it take to become an Australian citizen?

The average time it takes for an applicant to become an Australian citizen from the time an application is submitted is currently approximately 18 months. This period can be longer or shorter, depending on whether the Department of Home Affairs requires further documentation or information in support of your application and the scheduling of a citizenship ceremony by your local council.


Travelling or migrating to Australia has several legal requirements. With all the other preparations you may need for entry, it can be easy to miss out on critical information or documents. Save yourself the stress of monitoring all your visa processes and requirements by getting expert immigration advice in Melbourne. Our trained eyes will make sure that your paperwork is complete and filed promptly, maximising the likelihood of a successful application and giving you peace of mind. Send us an email or give us a call to find out what your options are. By giving us more information about the type of visa you need or the migration process you want to accomplish, we can take all the necessary steps to secure your stay.

Australia’s Migration laws are complex and constantly changing.

At JK Lawyers, our objective is simple: we want to assist people to evaluate their various visa options, and then to decide which pathway is the most suitable to achieve their desired Australian migration outcome.

With over 20 years’ experience in Migration law, we have successfully assisted clients from over 30 different countries, such as Afghanistan, America, Brazil, Britain, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Portugal, Singapore, Uganda, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.

As an introduction to the migration application process, we firstly understand all of your background and future plans, and then from the available options that we propose may be open to you, we will work together with you to map out a clear strategy for your visa application process.

Our professional team will personally guide you step by step to ensure that you have the peace of mind and confidence throughout the sometimes long and stressful process.

If you are looking to obtain permanent residence in Australia these are the pathways that may be available to you:

  • Business Visas
  • Employment Visas
  • Partner and Family Visas
  • Skilled Migration

  • There are also many opportunities for you to obtain temporary residence in Australia for work or study, including:

  • Religious Worker
  • Student Visas
  • Temporary Graduate Visa
  • Temporary Employment Visas

  • Our services also include the other areas of the migration laws such as:

  • Bridging Visas
  • Visa cancellations and refusals
  • Australian Citizenship

To find out what visa options may be open to you, please complete our online questionnaire. We look forward to making contact with you shortly, and to assist your Australian immigration needs.

Bridging Visas

Bridging Visas are a constant source of misunderstandings in what is already an extremely complex immigration system. At JK Lawyers, we can cut through the confusion to clearly advise you regarding the intricacies of Bridging Visas and their operation. Bridging Visas allow you to maintain your lawful status in Australia between when your existing visa expires and when your new visa is finally granted, a period which can sometimes take years given processing times by the Department. Alternatively, perhaps you have accidentally overstayed your visa due to forgetting to renew it, or had your visa cancelled but did not receive notice, and need to regularise your immigration status in Australia. No matter your circumstances, JK Lawyers can identify the right Bridging Visa for you and assist you in applying for it. Not having a Bridging Visa, or not having the right Bridging Visa could severely impact your rights in Australia, such as for work, study or travel, or at worst, mean you become unlawful, which can severely affect your immigration journey in Australia. Contact us today to ensure that you get the right Bridging Visa so that you can maintain lawful status in Australia.


Australia’s Business Visa program caters to successful business owners or investors wishing to settle in Australia with the aim of developing a new or existing business, or investing in Australia. If you have a history of running your own successful business, we at JK Lawyers can help you to determine if your business satisfies the necessary requirements and develop a comprehensive business plan for your new or existing Australian business investment. For Applicants looking to invest significant funds in Australian assets, our experienced team can canvass the various investment opportunities that will be available to you and how these investments must be undertaken to comply with the Business visa system. Whether you are taking the route of business ownership or investment, the process is long and often complex. JK Lawyers will provide you with a holistic legal service, not just in relation to your visa, but covering all legal aspects of your business and investment plan. This includes, company registrations, legal advice for matters such as property acquisitions, commercial leases or contracts. To start your Business visa journey, complete our online questionnaire and we will be in contact with you to book an initial consultation.


Obtaining Australian citizenship is the end-goal for the majority of those who migrate to Australia, yet the rules for obtaining this highly valued citizenship are regularly changing. At JK Lawyers we can advise you on whether you satisfy the eligibility requirements and can help you plan and prepare for this significant change in your Australian immigration status. Look no further because at JK Lawyers we are committed to representing and assisting you with your Australian citizenship application. We shall be privileged to walk with you through to the final stage of your planting in this Great Southland. If you want to speak to one of our lawyers to gain better understanding of religious worker visas, call 03 9562 2662 to book an initial consultation.


The Employment Visa program has undergone significant changes in recent times, but at JK Lawyers our dedicated team is across all of the changes and can advise you as to how the new visa framework will affect you, whether you are an existing Employment Visa holder, or are thinking of applying for the first time. At JK Lawyers, we appreciate the importance of coordinating between the Employer and the Applicant to ensure that all aspects of the Sponsorship, Nomination and Visa components of the program properly addressed. We regularly work directly with Employers to ensure that they are adequately set up to satisfy the sponsorship requirements, and take time to ensure that we develop a personalised understanding of the needs of the business, and to obtain a detailed picture of the nominated position, so that we can prepare a comprehensive submission , and to obtain a detailed picture of the nominated position, so that we can prepare a comprehensive submission aligning the skills of the Applicant with the requirements and objectives of the business. We also help the Applicant to understand their commitments and rights under the system, and to point them towards the most suitable option for them. Our professional team will give you peace of mind and confidence. We are passionate about helping all our clients whatever their circumstances and background. To start your Employment visa journey, complete our online questionnaire and we will be in contact with you to book an initial consultation.


The Family visa program aims to unite Australian citizens or permanent residents with their overseas loved ones. You may be able to sponsor your partner, parents, children, and siblings. We will work with you to determine if you are an eligible sponsor, obtain a detailed understanding of your family circumstances, and clearly set out which members of your family you can sponsor. Family visas can take a long time to process. JK Lawyers can assist in mapping out the best pathway for you, whether you are currently living in Australia or residing overseas, so that you can confidently plan for your family’s future. Our professional team will guide you through the process of putting together the documents and supporting evidence you will need to demonstrate your relationships and to satisfy the criteria specific to your visa, to give you peace of mind and certainty regarding your application. We are passionate about helping all our clients whatever their circumstances and background. To start your Partner or Family visa journey, complete our online questionnaire and we will be in contact with you to book an initial consultation.


When you are granted an Australian permanent residency visa, most people believe that this means they no longer need to deal with Australia’s immigration system. This is not the case, and if you have held an Australian permanent residence visa for a number of years now, then you may be required to apply for a Resident Return Visa to renew your ‘travel facility’ if you wish to continue to travel out of Australia. Be warned, if you depart Australia without a Resident Return Visa, you may be prevented from returning to Australia, or in the worst case, potentially lose your right to permanent residency and find yourself starting your migration journey all over again. The team at JK Lawyers is ready to take the hassle and stress from you by clearly explaining the requirements and timelines to you, and can manage the entire application process for you so that you can concentrate on the more important things in life. We have looked after many clients from all parts of the globe to obtain their Resident Return Visas, including complex cases where clients have previously allowed their permanent residency visa to lapse for more than 10 years. Call us on 03 9562 2662 or send us an email because it gives us great satisfaction to ensure that you can continue to travel with peace of mind knowing that your permanent residency status is secure.


While Australia may recognise the need for religious workers to provide services to relevant community groups, the process of obtaining the property visa is not as straightforward or easy as one might imagine. However, with over 20 years of working with charity organisations and religious bodies, JK Lawyers has the expertise and understanding of the sector to advise you as to the hiring of religious workers from overseas or in Australia, for both temporary residence and permanent residence status. Organisations will have to satisfy the sponsorship obligations and nomination requirements, before the visa applicant can successfully apply and obtain a visa to remain in Australia and assist with the religious activities. JK Lawyers will work closely with you to make the process comfortable so that you can focus your time and energy on what is most important to you: the religious work. Together with the visa requirements, our Legal Team can also assist you with the legal structuring of your organisation, employment contracts and remuneration, tenancy agreements, and other general legal advice. If you want to speak to one of our lawyers to gain better understanding of religious worker visas, call 03 9562 2662 to book an initial consultation.


Australia’s Skilled Migration program aims to attract individuals who have qualifications and experience in professions and industries in demand in Australia. This program provides visa applicants with direct pathway to permanent residence in Australia. At JK Lawyers, our experienced team will assess your background to determine your options. Be it the Independent, State Nominated, or Regional skilled visas, we will identify a strategy to ensure you can obtain sufficient points and satisfy all eligibility requirements. We will guide you step by step through the entire process, including applying for a Skills Assessment to have your experience and qualifications evaluated, lodging an Expression of Interest (EOI), applying for a Nomination from an Australian State or Territory Government where required, and managing your visa application from submission to grant. Our professional team will give you peace of mind and confidence. We are passionate about helping all our clients whatever their circumstances and background. To start your Australian Skilled Migration journey, complete our online questionnaire and we will be in contact with you to book an initial consultation.


Sometimes despite our best efforts and preparations, things do not quite go to plan and we may be faced with a refusal or a cancellation of a visa. While this can be a devastating result, the most important thing to remember is that this is not the end of your migration journey, and there may still be options available to you to rectify the situation and get back on the pathway to your end objective. At JK Lawyers we have assisted clients in all stages of appealing their visa refusal or cancellation, including applying to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and submitting a request for Ministerial Intervention, from a wide range of different types of original visa applications. We will take the time to carefully review the decision of the Department, to identify errors or points of contention and prepare a compelling submission stating your case and why the refusal or cancellation was incorrect. Despite sometimes seemingly insurmountable odds, our team has many success stories of overturning incorrect decisions of the Department. If you have had had your visa application refused, or cancelled or are facing cancellation, you must not delay, as strict time limits apply. Call us today to arrange an urgent appointment, and our compassionate team will find the best solution to get your immigration journey back on track.


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