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Migration Lawyer Melbourne

OUR MIGRATION SERVICES

Employer Sponsored & Nominated Visas

Family Visas

Partner Visas

Business Innovation &
Investment Visa

Other Visas

Citizenship

Visa Appeals & Reviews

NF Workforce Mobility

General Skilled Migration Visas

US Migration

Based in Melbourne CBD, Australia, Nevett Ford’s top immigration lawyers have earned an international reputation for their service in this complex and important area of law.

Nevett Ford’s reputation for innovation is best exemplified by it becoming one of the first legal firms in Australia to become active in advising intending migrants. Our Australian immigration lawyers will consider a range of alternatives to find one that is suitable to the needs of migrating clients. As one of the best full-service firms in Melbourne, our lawyers are able to offer strategic immigration solutions to intending migrants. Decisions about migration are often difficult. Our involvement in this area means that we understand how intending migrants feel, their concerns and fears and their desire to have a smooth transition to Australia.

Nevett Ford’s Migration Services

Our services in this area include all aspects of Australian and American migration including independent applications, family migration (including partner – spouse and de facto – and child/parent), employer nominations, corporate and business sponsored temporary and permanent residence visas, business skills migration, general skilled migration, Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) appeals and Federal Court matters.

The team at our immigration law firm is led by Ryan Curtis-Griffiths and comprises an accredited specialist in immigration law, Mr David Stratton, and other highly experienced senior immigration lawyers and registered migration agent practitioners. Whether you require an immigration appeal lawyer, immigration lawyer for citizenship or an immigration lawyer for spouse visa, the team at Nevett Ford has years of experience behind them so you can trust you are in safe hands. Our local immigration lawyers look forward to assisting you, every step of the way.

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

Ryan Curtis-Griffiths

Director

David Stratton

Managing Director

Helen Zheng

Special Counsel

Heather Dzviti

Senior Lawyer

Rebecca Henzel

Senior Lawyer

Melissa Vincenty

Senior Lawyer

Jacqui Azouz

Lawyer

Lili Sibic

Lawyer

Shalini Kodikara

Paralegal

Chloe Wang

Legal Assistant

CASE STUDIES

Our team has assisted thousands of clients obtain Australian 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 was able to assist and advise 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 dedicated 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.

Case study: Visa cancellation, Review to Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Client had visa cancelled because incorrect information had been provided on application form many years before. In the meantime, the client had written to the Department acknowledging the error on the form and providing correct information. This notification also occurred a number of years before the decision was made to cancel and the client had assumed that the Department had elected not to take action and as a result, made a substantial commitment to Australia and his community in particular. A review application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal was successful, in large part due to the fact that the Tribunal was mindful of the impact of a cancellation on the young children of the applicant.
Case study: S/C482 skills Refusal: Review to Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Applicant had applied to the Department for a S/C482 Visa on the basis of being an ‘in-house’ accountant for the nominating business. The Department refused the application on the basis claimed that it was ‘non-genuine’. The business used outside accountants for taxation work and the Department’s view was that the duties associated with the position were more bookkeeping related compared to those typically associated with the role of Accountant. On review it was Demonstrated to the Tribunal that the business was a large one with a turnover in the tens of millions of dollars. Further, a lot of its sales revenues were derived from overseas, and there were multiple issues to be concerned with relating to exchange rates and frequent price adjustments on stock. Managing these issues was the principal role of the internal accountant and was clearly distinguishable from the work which was sent to the external accountants to be done. Review application was successful

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Testimonials

Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

"Friendly, professional service. Subject matter promptly dealt with. Will recommend them."

Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

"Ryan Curtis-Griffiths and Jacqui Azouz provided excellent legal work.  I am a lawyer in the United States so I expect a lot.  And I got it from Ryan and Jacqui.  They are knowledgeable, efficient and very easy to work with. I will use them whenever I have an opportunity. "

Professionalism, Responsiveness, Value

"I cannot find any words to describe the professionalism of thos firm. Everyone from the reception to financial services and not to say Mae who helped out was absolutely amazing. I had Richard Hamilton who was definitely someone I will always have to represent me if I need any further help. Keep up the fantastic work ?  "

Reliable Lawyer and Good Expertise

"Richard Hamilton is a very genuine lawyer with very good expertise, good values and ethics of responsibility. He is not one of the lawyers in the market who would deceive you with false hopes. I found him very reliable which is something you need when you are going through a difficult family court case. Richard is also very good in returning to calls and emails. I definitely recommend him."

Excellent services and advice

"Ryan has been my migration lawyer of a number of years now and has been successful in obtaining PR and Australian Citizenship for me. His advice is clear, straight forward and tailored to an individual's needs. He puts in the effort and time and always cares for his clients. Overall, I received a first-class service from him, and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for migration advice."

The best immigration service provider in Mel

"In all respect to achieve your PR and the pathway for citizenship was done very professionally ! Special thanks to Rayan ( MD) who helped me in all the way throughout to achieve goal."

Best choice

"Ryan Curtis-Griffiths knowledge of immigration law, a skills in preparing all documents, excellent communication skills, rapid response to my inquiries, thoughtful and good listener."

Professional Service with Attention to Detail

"We engaged Nevett Ford Lawyers to prepare our 186 Business Nomination and Visa Application. Ryan provided outstanding service by assisting us with all his experience in the industry. It was the best decision to work with Ryan as he always listened to our instructions and assisted with timely advise. I would definitely recommend Ryan and his team to anyone looking for a Immigration lawyer."

Professional Service and Prompt Response

"Ryan and his team made sure the process of 186 Business Nomination and Visa application were as seamless as possible. We always received prompt response and correct advise regarding the matter. I would happily recommend Ryan and Nevett Ford to anyone who wants assistance with 186 visas."

Best Lawyers in the business

"Looked after me. Always made sure I knew what was going on and why, but also made sure my mental health was top priority."

Very professional team

"Great professional team, best communicating with the customer."

Legal expertise, Client focused service, Courtesy

"Nevett Ford Lawyers, including paralegals and administrative staff, displayed professional and reliable services. All staff with whom I interacted responded promptly to my queries and requests. Their polite and friendly manner was appreciated and reassuring."

Professional, Efficient & Supportive

"A Positive outcome of Permanent Residency from a Ministerial Intervention is what we achieved through Nevett Ford Lawyers. David Stratton and his Team have been highly efficient and professional along the entire journey through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and Ministerial Intervention. The Team managed our file with great care and patience while supporting us through the entire process during the past four years. We would highly recommend Nevett Ford Lawyers for their Professionalism and Task Accomplishments."

Ryan and Shalini worked extremely hard for us

"Ryan and Shalini's communication skills were what really stood out to us. They replied to emails most of the time within minutes and did a good job on helping us stay realistic about expectations as our case was extremely difficult and had a high chance of failure, they did a brilliant job of getting the visa through for my partner."

Service provided was professional & prompt

"Great communication, friendly interaction with all staff (including reception), prompt and did what they said they would do."

Navigating a tricky workplace case

"Generous with their time. Fair and pragmatic advice from which I was able to make an informed decision."

Mlam Camou (MlCam)
Mlam Camou (MlCam)
2023-08-31
I will recommend definitely this services to anyone who wants a clear and positive outcome for his immigration case. Professionalism and experience are also 2 very important points to consider when you decide Nevett ford to represent you. I am satisfy with their work to be honest.Thank you Nevett Ford Lawyers for your excellent work.
Lisa-Marie Hinton
Lisa-Marie Hinton
2023-08-31
My visa application was the most challenging time of my life. It was so much pressure, lots of tears and emotions. Ryan and the wonderful Team guided our family and secured my husband and children Citizenship and my PR. I think Ryan has a beautiful heart and is very kind. He listened to me when I was at my wits-end and could only cry on the phone. I would choose Ryan again. It has been a difficult journey but he never gave up on helping my family in the fight of staying together. Forever grateful. The Hintons xxx
Vivien Karabinas
Vivien Karabinas
2023-08-31
The expertise and service received by lawyer Sophie Stickland was efficient, caring and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend her. Thank you.
Jervin Paul Dhas
Jervin Paul Dhas
2023-08-30
Had the pleasure of working with Lili for my PR application and I had a very good experience. She was very responsive and guided me and provided updates in every step and the entire process was smooth and quick. Highly recommend their services and one of the best. Thanks again Team
Tom Simpson
Tom Simpson
2023-08-29
During the period between 2020 - 2023 i was applying for a permanent partner visa and hired Ryan to assist me.I had spoke to 7 other immigration lawyers prior to Ryan, and the general feedback i would get back was negative (installing doubt into my mind about the likelihood of obtaining a visa in my circumstance). Ryan was the only lawyer who had a positive attitude and was optimistic about my situation and gave me a lot of free advice about what i could do even before i hired him, this was a major green flag to me so i made the decision to hire him.I couldn't of asked for a better lawyer, i would highly recommended his services to anyone. Good communication, fast responses, never hesitant to answer any queries, pleasant to speak to and most importantly a good lawyer that gets the job done.I recently obtained my PR after a 3 year process and I cannot thank Ryan (and the team) enough for their service.
Hieronim Wiatrowski
Hieronim Wiatrowski
2023-08-23
Lili Sibic was ery professional and helpful. Highly recommended ????
Jessica Liu
Jessica Liu
2023-08-21
Awesome and extremely professional and patient. Highly recommended!!!
Antonia
Antonia
2023-08-17
Experienced, organised and friendly, Ryan is always helpful and reassuring during the entire visa application process. The entire duration has made him more than just a lawyer but a friend.
Hiro Kamisugi
Hiro Kamisugi
2023-08-16
Nathan and Jean as team helped me for my first home purchase. Even though I knew nothing of this matter, they made my whole journey nice and comfortable. Everyone around myself tells me that purchasing home is a very stressful journey, but I was totally fine with their help. Don’t think I can ever ask anyone else for my next home in the future!

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    Melbourne, VIC 3000