Australian immigration? Questions To Ask An Immigration Lawyer



Moving is indeed an exciting time of your life. Especially if you’re moving to a country such as Australia, where the grass is literally greener on the other side. Not only will you enjoy fantastic work opportunities, but you also have access to beautiful sceneries, a laid back life, and the friendly Aussies.


Before you get too excited, keep in mind that immigration is not an easy process. There’s so much you’ll have to go through first before finally setting foot legally as a migrant in Australia.


To assist you in migrating to Australia, you’ll need a good migration lawyer. An immigration lawyer will provide you with the necessary details and information about moving to Australia. Keep in mind that hiring an immigration lawyer shouldn’t be a necessity. Surely, you can migrate without one.


However, there are also numerous advantages that you can gain from hiring an immigration lawyer. Make sure that every cent you’ll be spending on your lawyer is an amount well spent by asking the right questions.

Don’t know where to start with all the questions running on your mind? Take some cues from this article.


  1. What is it that you can help me with?


Because you can still process your papers without the help of a lawyer, you’ll want to know as well the specific advantages of hiring one. Unfortunately for you, there are numerous institutions as well who might pretend to be experts, but in reality, will only try to cheat you off your money. This, in itself, is not a desirable situation.


Immigration lawyers should be able to help you with the following:


  • Choosing the proper subclass of visa application, as Australia has over 140 options
  • Studying your eligibility for migration
  • Working on the documents that you will need to submit
  • Negotiating with government authorities on your behalf, should there be any dispute


  1. How many clients have you helped before, and what was the success rate of each?


To make sure that you have the best immigration lawyer assisting you, you have to ask your lawyer first about his success rate, and how many migration cases they’ve handled before. You’re just going to spend your time and money by hiring a lawyer that still doesn’t know what he’s talking about.


  1. What are the costs that we are looking at?


Yes, immigration processes are expensive, but it doesn’t have to reach the point of going into debt just to afford to pay for all your fees. Hiring a lawyer is an added expense, but some lawyers are definitely cheaper than others.


The last thing that you want is to be paying for an expensive lawyer, while later on finding out that you can get one for a cheaper price. Make sure to include the budget of hiring an immigration lawyer, in addition to all the other fees that you’ll have to pay for.


  1. Now that I have your help, what is the overall processing time that we’re looking at?


When you’re preparing your migration papers, experts suggest starting processing at least a year earlier than your intended moving date. That way, you have ample time to prepare additional documents that may be needed, or that you lack on.


With the help of an immigration lawyer, the processing time might be lesser, simply because the processing of the documents has a higher chance of going smoothly. Plus, you can be more assured that you really are coming in to Australia legally. Whichever country you come from, or are headed to, illegal migration is a serious problem that also has serious consequences.


  1. Will you be updated on any possible changes to the law during the processing time of the migration?


One year is a lot of time, and indeed, there can be numerous changes that may happen during this span of time. For instance, there might be amendments that will be in place, that can either be favorable or against, your visa application. If your lawyer is an expert on this matter, then he should be aware of any updates concerning the law.




As exciting as migration can be, you should first get the task of completing all your papers. The last thing that you would want to happen is to be physically prepared for your migration, and later on, find out that some circumstances inhibit your entry to Australia.


Migrating to another country is not without additional expenses. It definitely won’t be to your advantage if you have already prepared and spent so much, only to find out at the last minute that you’re ineligible for migration.


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