We do all of the following:
Advising on and compiling your entire application up until a decision is made:
This includes initial advice, application assistance, form preparation, assisting
with the gathering of documentary and other evidence to support the application,
preparation of submissions and any necessary correspondence with DIAC. We will also
contact DIAC on your behalf in relation to the application as required.
Assisting self-prepared Applicants:
Some applicants, usually for cost reasons, prefer to prepare and lodge their own
applications. In our professional opinion, we consider it to be a potentially dangerous
option to prepare your own application and it is accordingly not something we recommend.
There are many reasons for this - the constantly changing nature of Australian Immigration
law, which includes not only the law itself, but also the forms and fees that apply
for a given application, together with the effect that a rejected or refused application
can have on your future, and your ability to make further applications.
Notwithstanding the above, we can review your application prior to lodgment, and
can assist you with planning and dealing with potential future issues.
Partially completed applications
A further service we offer is representing applicants part-way through an application.
This often occurs where an applicant has made their initial application with another
migration agent and is dissatisfied with the service they have received, or where
an applicant has lodged an application themselves and then struck complications
with the application which they feel they do not have the necessary experience to
deal with. In both cases we can offer assistance.
We are often asked to provide a second opinion in relation to initial legal advice
given by another migration agent, particularly in complex migration issues. This
will generally be charged at an hourly rate.
Expert Legal Opinions
Carina Ford has provided expert testimony in a number of Federal Court and Supreme
Court matters in relation to complex migration law matters.
Attending Tribunals and Departmental Interviews
We would always recommend being represented at any hearing or Departmental interview
in which an applicant is involved (for example the MRT or student cancellation cases).
We are also able to attend interviews at DIAC with applicants (eg Student visa applications,
Student visa cancellation interviews).
Preparation of statements to the DIAC
We can also help you to compile a written statement and supporting documentation,
for example in a student cancellation case where a section 20 notice has been issued.
Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers
28 Hall Street Newport VIC 3015
PO Box 2539
Footscray Vic 3011
tel: (+61 3) 9391 0677fax: (+61 3) 9391 0655