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Leading Migration Agents in Australia

Employer Sponsored & Skilled Visas

We assist employers and skilled workers with visa sponsorship so they can work in peace in Australia.

Individual Visas

Our lawyers and migration agents help individuals navigate the complexities of migration with ease.

With over 20 years of experience in the immigration industry, our Nevett Ford migration agents have a wealth of expertise in assisting thousands of businesses and skilled workers with their employer-sponsored and skilled visas and individuals with their parent visas, partner visas, and visas for family members.

 We believe in helping people unlock a world of opportunities in Australia and helping them reunite with their families. Our lawyers and migration agents are committed to ensuring you have a seamless migration experience from when you hire us until the end of the process – and even beyond the visa. 

Our team of migration agents in Melbourne are trained to prepare you for a “decision-ready” application, giving it the best chance of success. Get in touch with us today to make your migration dreams a reality!

Employer-Sponsored and Skilled Visas

Employer-sponsored visas enable Australian businesses to sponsor high-quality and skilled international employees to fill their specific positions, helping their company grow and contribute more to the local economy. Meanwhile, skilled visas help competent individuals without an employer sponsor work their dream job in Australia.

There are several visa options available – temporary and permanent – for different types of applicants and their purposes. Here are the types of employer-sponsored and skilled visas our migration agents can help you with:

Employer-Sponsored Visas

Subclass 186 – Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)

If you are a skilled worker looking to secure permanent residency in Australia for yourself and your family, both the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) and Direct Entry (DE) pathways of the 186 visas can help you achieve this goal with no conditions.   

No matter the pathway, you must be nominated by an Australian employer to be eligible to apply for this visa and meet the respective pathways’ eligibility criteria.

Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa

As of November 2019, this visa replaced the 187 visas (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme). It offers skilled workers in and out of Australia a potential path to permanent residency in Australia after fulfilling certain requirements for three years. Otherwise, they can remain in Australia for up to five years.

 An employee must be skilled in an occupation listed on the Regional Occupation List and be nominated by an employer in a defined regional area to be eligible for this visa. Other age, language, and relevant eligibility requirements apply.

Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS)

Replacing the 457 visas (Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa) from March 2018, the 482 visa allows you to live in Australia for a duration of one to four years while working full-time for the sponsoring employer.

However, the duration of the visa, English language proficiency requirements, and eligibility for permanent residency in Australia all depends on the specific occupation you are nominated for and whether it is on the short-term or medium-term stream.

Subclass 400 – Short Term Temporary Work VisaYour Title Goes Here

The visa in question permits employees to work in Australia for a short period, for highly specialised work or Australia’s interests. The latter refers to major disasters and impacts on Australia’s diplomatic, trade or business interests, among others.

Although this visa does not require a business sponsorship, a letter of support from an Australian business is essential for the application. You must also meet all the relevant eligibility criteria.

Subclass 407 – Training Visa

This temporary visa is available to people seeking to enhance or gain skills through employer-sponsored training in Australia. You can work for your sponsored employer while partaking in the training program through three different streams: Workplace-Based Occupational Training, Training That Promotes Capacity Building Overseas, and Work-Based Training for Registration.

 Similar to other visa applications, applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirements, and health and character criteria, among others.

Skilled Visas Without an Employer

Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent Visa

This visa offers individuals with an occupation listed in the medium-term stream permanent residency with no conditions.  

However, applicants must meet a minimum score on a points test and other relevant eligibility criteria.

Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa

The 190 visa allows skilled applicants to live and work in Australia if they are nominated by a particular state or territory. This visa provides you with a permanent residency with no conditions. 

However, you must meet a minimum score on a points test and other eligibility criteria.

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

This provisional visa is available to skilled individuals willing to live and work in a designated regional area. You can apply for the 491 visas from within or outside of Australia.

With a permanent residency pathway available after three years, individuals can remain in Australia for up to five years after the visa is granted. However, they must meet the relevant eligibility requirements and criteria.

Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate Visa

This visa can be applied by a recent Australian educational institution graduate, allowing them to live, work, and study in Australia once they have completed their studies.

 There are two streams through which you can apply for the 485 visas: The Graduate Stream and the Post-Study Work Stream. However, they must meet all the relevant eligibility requirements and criteria

Do you have an Australian employer willing to sponsor you? Are you an employer wanting to nominate an overseas worker? Or are you simply looking to broaden your horizons by working in Australia?

If any of these situations apply to you, contact our experienced migration agents in Melbourne for expert advice and assistance!

Individual Visas

A wide range of individual visas is available for partners, parents, and family members of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens. These visas exist to reunite families – whether temporarily or permanently – with their Australian counterparts.

Depending on the specific circumstance of the applicant, here are the different types of individual visas our lawyers and migration agents can help you with:

Parent Visas

This visa allows parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens to migrate to Australia. There are several subclasses of this visa category – temporary and permanent – with their respective eligibility requirements and criteria that need to be met. 

The two main categories of parent visa subclasses are contributory and non-contributory. Contributory parent visas have faster processing times but are more expensive, they include:

  • No age restriction: Subclass 173 (Temporary) and Subclass 143 (Permanent)
  • Pension age: Subclass 884 (Temporary) and Subclass 864 (Permanent)

 As for non-contributory parent visas, there is the Subclass 870 Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa, which does not have any age restrictions and is temporary in duration.


Partner Visas

These types of visas are available for de facto partners, spouses or fiancés of Australian permanent residents, citizens, or eligible New Zealand citizens. Depending on your relationship type and other circumstances, there is a wide range of visa subclasses with their respective eligibility requirements and criteria.

 Some of the most common ones are:

  • Subclass 820 and 801 – Onshore Partner Visa
  • Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage Visa
  • Subclass 309 and 100 – Offshore Partner (Migrant) Visa
Visas For Family Members

These types of visas are available to children of Australian citizens or permanent residents. Similar to all the other visa types, visas for family members are also subject to respective eligibility requirements and criteria depending on your relationship status and other circumstances.

Here are some of the family member visas you can apply for:

  • Subclass 445 – Dependent Child Visa
  • Subclass 461 – NZ Citizen Family Relationship

If you are seeking to apply for a parent, partner, or family member visa, simply call our friendly migration agents to book a free 10-minute consultation for legal advice tailored to your situation.


Our team of lawyers and migration agents have assisted thousands of clients to obtain Australian permanent work visas, permanent residence, and citizenship even when they have previously been refused. The following is an example in relation to a client who had a partner visa application refused when they engaged another lawyer.

There were multiple reasons for the refusal, including failure to meet the health criteria but it also involved character (police convictions). Nevett Ford assisted and advised the client through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) appeals process and then the Ministerial Intervention request process to obtain Australian Permanent Residence when the client had previously been advised by another lawyer that they had no chance of success.

At Nevett Ford, we are committed to providing certainty and clarity about your Australian Visa options. We can navigate confidently through all types of cases, including highly complex cases, to obtain the desired outcome.

Why Choose
Nevett Ford

Over 150 Years Of Experience

We are backed by decades of experience and provide full-service migration assistance, from eligibility assessments to application lodgement and management.


Personalised, Tailored Service

Our lawyers and migration agents will accommodate all your visa application needs, considering the individual circumstances of your case. instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.

High Success Rate

We strive to provide successful visa results, even for those who have had their applications rejected by other lawyers, helping you prepare a “decision-ready” application.

Stress-Free Application Process

Our migration agents endeavour to reduce your burden by ensuring you submit a complete visa application, helping you stay on your deadlines, and liaising with the authorities on your behalf.

Stress-Free Application

Our migration agents endeavour to reduce your burden by ensuring you submit a complete visa application, helping you stay on your deadlines, and liaising with the authorities on your behalf.

Fast Responses


Fast Responses

If you contact us with any queries or concerns regarding your visa application case, we will respond to you immediately or within 15 minutes.

Initial Fixed Cost Consultations

Our migration agents in Melbourne are dedicated to providing transparent, streamlined, and affordable migration advice.

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“You will never go wrong with Nevett Ford’s experience, skills, and professionalism. They are very thorough in checking your requirements and providing expert advice. Kudos to Ryan Curtis-Griffiths, my immigration lawyer, and his team for assisting me with my application. He’s just an expert in every aspect. The details are on point. Highly recommended for people who are looking for immigration services!”


“Nevett Ford Lawyers assisted me with a visa application. They have been responsive and professional. I found it easy to explain my personal situation to them and felt that I received honest feedback with regards to how they could help me. They helped to make a rather complicated process much easier and I really do appreciate their professional knowledge. The lawyers that assisted in my case were understanding and easy to get along with. Overall, I have received great service from Nevett Ford Lawyers and would definitely recommend them.”


“This has been such a memorable and rewarding journey together with Nevett Ford Lawyers. Me and my family departed from our motherland 8 years ago in order to obtain the permanent residency of Australia. The first several years had been disasters for us as we were not familiar with our surroundings, there have been times we were deceived by people and times when our family business was not going well, until we met Nevett Ford Lawyers and chose them to be in our company. I would like to sincere thank Nevett Ford Lawyers for the substantial effort they have put it that all the pain me and my family had endured turned out to be meaningful.”


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