Migration Lawyer Melbourne

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.

Our Migration Services

Employer Sponsored & Nominated Visas

Family & Partner Visas

US Migration

Business Innovation &
Investment Visa

Other Visas


Visa Appeals & Reviews

NF Workforce Mobility

General Skilled Migration Visas

Who You’ll Work With

Ryan Curtis-Griffiths

David Stratton

Helen Zheng

Heather Dzviti

Melissa Vincenty

Shalini Kodikara

Chloe Wang

Lien Hoang


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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    Melbourne, VIC 3000