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Australia’s Leading ImmigRation Lawyers 

As one of Australia’s most established migration practices, Nevett Ford Lawyers is proud to provide visa solutions and pathways in all aspects of Australian and American migration.  Our services also include advice and assistance in relation to travel waiver applications. 

As a full-service firm, our team offers strategic immigration solutions and a depth of collective knowledge to ensure a smooth migration. Our highly experienced team comprises an Accredited Specialist in immigration law and other senior immigration lawyers, whose expertise covers technical and complex cases.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many travel plans have been disrupted. Families and couples have been split apart and business visitor travellers may have not been able to attend to critical business meetings. Australia’s International Travel Ban and its exemptions is something that requires careful consideration before travel. We provide immigration law advice in relation to all travel waiver exemption applications. Our services include:

  • Assessing eligibility for travel waiver applications.
  • Advice and assistance for companies requiring inbound travel waivers for their employees.
  • Advice and assistance for families wishing to bring their parents to Australia which currently requires an inbound travel waiver approval.
  • Advice and assistance on strategies to improve the prospect of a travel waiver being approved.
  • Advice in relation to the supporting documents for a travel waiver exemption application.
  • Preparation of the travel waiver exemption application for submission to the Australian Border Force (ABF) Commissioner.


New requirements have been set by the Australian Border Force (ABF) for anyone who is travelling to, or transiting through Australia, after 22 January 2021. Travellers must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to their airline. This test must be taken within 72 hours or less before the scheduled departure.  Travellers must also complete the Australia Travel Declaration before arriving in Australia.

The situation regarding travel to Australia and the relevant requirements are changing rapidly, including in relation to quarantine requirements.  Therefore, professional legal advice is highly recommended to ensure that your travel plans and objectives can be met.

With all the added complexity of travel at the current time, your circumstances may require our team of travel exemption visa lawyers to work together to help you navigate your travel exemption requirements smoothly.

Why Choose
Nevett Ford 

Over 150 Years Of Experience

Our team is backed by decades of experience and in a wide range of service areas.


Personalised, Tailored Service

Our lawyers will accommodate to your needs, instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.

High Success Rates

We strive to provide successful visa results, even for those who have had their applications rejected with other lawyers or agents.  


Fast Responses

We understand every travel exemption enquiry is urgent currently. If you contact us with any queries or concerns regarding your case, we will respond to you immediately or within 15 minutes.  

Initial Fixed Cost Consultations

Our team is dedicated to providing transparent, streamlined and affordable migration advice.

Record of success

Inbound Approvals
  • Spouses of Australian Citizens have been granted travel waivers to enter Australia and remain with their Australian spouse during the processing of an onshore partner visa application. Many of these couples had attempted to obtain approvals themselves but were denied before we assisted them.
  • Specialist Engineering Technician (subclass 482) visa holder from the Netherlands was granted a travel waiver approval to enter Australia and commence employment on machinery involved in food production. Their employer had previously attempted to obtain a waiver but it was refused.
  • Several Religious Worker (subclass 408) visa holders from Pakistan, Italy and the United Kingdom, were granted travel waiver approvals with our assistance to enter Australia and commence employment providing care and spiritual and emotional support to Australians impacted by the pandemic.
  • Specialist medical doctor (subclass 482) visa holder, was granted a travel waiver approval to enter Australia and commence employment. This client and his Australian employer had attempted to obtain a travel waiver approval unsuccessfully on three (3) prior occasions.
  • Business Visa holder was granted a travel waiver approval to enter Australia and attend business meetings in relation to film productions in Australia.
Outbound Approvals
  • Australian permanent residence visa holder who was granted a travel waiver to depart Australia for Greece to care for an ill family member
  • Australian citizen who needed to travel to the UK because her father passed away. She had previously been refused when she applied herself but Nevett Ford Lawyers obtained approval for her to depart Australia.
  • Australian citizen with a US citizen partner was granted a travel waiver to depart Australia for the United States.
  • Australian citizens with short-term contracts for work in Hong Kong, United States and the United Kingdom were granted travel waivers to depart Australia.
  • Australian citizen with a construction and property development company was granted a travel waiver to depart Australia to meet with contractors and clients.

Topics We’ve Written About

Travel Waiver Exemptions – Request A Review

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Eased Border Restrictions To Take Effect By November 2021

Several announcements have been made regarding the easing of Australian border restrictions in recent weeks. These announcements apply to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents, as well as temporary visa holders who have not been able to return to Australia...

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