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Migration Lawyers Canberra

Get the help you deserve with Canberra’s trusted immigration lawyers

Our proficient legal team practice exclusively in Australian immigration law, giving you added peace of mind that all legal support and advice you receive regarding your visa application, appeal or court matter will meet your specific migration needs. Arrange a consultation with an Australian Migration agent in Canberra to get started on your visa journey.

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The Australian Migration Lawyers difference

Contact us in Canberra for confidential legal advice

If you’re based in Canberra or in the Australian Capital Territory, we can arrange a consultation with you to discuss your visa requirements and explain our legal services. We’ll discuss with you how the application process works, what the various stages are and provide a fixed fee quote for our ongoing migration services.

  • Multiple payment options available
  • Offer online consultations
  • Compassionate and supportive team of immigration lawyers
  • End-to-end services, from visa application though to the appeal process (if necessary)


Call us on
1300 150 745

Business hours

Monday – Friday:
9am – 6pm

Saturday – Sunday:
9am – 1pm

Payment options

Bank transfer, credit card (VISA, Mastercard, or AMEX),
3-6 monthly instalments available in some cases

Postal address

PO Box 13118
Law Courts 8010

Visa and migration services in Canberra

At Australian Migration Lawyers, we can offer our clients based in Canberra that they can work with a legal team that has been recognised as a highly trusted migration law firm with a proven track record providing advice on various visa types and complex scenarios in migration law. We are a full service law firm working with individuals and business clients to address their migration matters. Listed below are some of the visa categories we frequently oversee.

Partner & Family Visas

Primary visa applications for married or de facto couples to remain in Australia include the Partner Visas subclass 820/801 and subclass 309/100, as well as the Prospective Marriage Visa (300). These visas also apply for same-sex couples.

Partner VisaParent VisaFamily Visa
Work & Skilled Visas

A range of visas for applicants with in-demand skills and qualifications to work and live in Australia, contributing to the country's economy and addressing skill shortages. This includes employer sponsored visas, skilled visas through state and federal programs and Global Talent visas. 

Protection Visas

The Protection Visa (866) enables you to apply and seek asylum and live in Australia permanently based on key criteria from the Australian Government’s immigration law and policies. 

Visa Appeals

For visa cancellations and visa refusals, our team can help you prepare for the review process handled by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and/or Federal Courts.

AAT AppealsVisa Refusals/RejectionsVisa Cancellation

50+ years

since admission to practice

100% success rate

for Partner visas for married or de facto couples


Migration Lawyers representing clients at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court


law firm, recognised as leading migration lawyers

Visa application process

Applying for a visa to Australia can be complex. With help from an Australian Migration Lawyer, we can untangle this complexity, and help you apply for the right visa.

1. Consultation and engagement

2. Preparation and support

3. Submission and communication

4. Representation and success

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Benefits of hiring an immigration lawyer - Canberra

Following your first consultation, we’ll connect you with an Australian Migration Lawyer that specialises in your migration requirements. Your immigration lawyer will be with you at every stage of the application process, providing guidance and support to ensure your application fulfils all the requirements. We have helped numerous individuals and families settle in Canberra - we’d love to add you to that list too.

We assist you with preparing your application all the way through to the grant of your visa, including working with you to action any additional requests from the Department of Home Affairs. By working with use you can benefit from:

  • High success rate
  • Highly experienced migration lawyers
  • Legal advice when you need it and representation in court or tribunals 
  • Providing the most up-to-date knowledge on visa policies
  • Tailor advice to your personal circumstances
  • A dedicated Canberra migration lawyer that you can rely on

Checking your visa eligibility in Canberra

Applying for a visa can be a complex and challenging process. Your assigned Australian Migration Lawyer will guide you on the eligibility criteria for each visa, and will be able to advise you on the one that best suits your circumstances.

Understanding the costs involved when applying in Canberra

The government costs vary for each visa type. Please see further details relating to specific visas as a guide on the professional fees and Department of Home Affairs and other associated fees.

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Canberra processing times

The processing time for visa applications submitted in Canberra are influenced by various factors and can differ depending on your visa type, the volume of applications, whether there are any dependents included in your application, and the amount of evidence provided. Insufficient evidence can cause significant setbacks, especially if the department requests more information. 

To minimise delays, your immigration lawyer can prepare and review your application prior to submission to ensure the evidence you attach is as detailed as possible.

Meet your Australian Migration Lawyer

We’re a diverse team of professionals with decades of combined experience. We care about your situation and will make sure you always get the support and advice you need.

Canberra’s diverse migration history

The rich history of migration in Canberra reflects the multicultural fabric of Australia. The area was initially inhabited by Indigenous Australians for thousands of years before British settlement in the 19th century. European migrants arrived during the colonial era, leading to increased diversity. Following World War II, a significant wave of post-war migration saw an influx of European immigrants, contributing to the city's multicultural character. 

Canberra continues to be a destination for migrants from around the world, including skilled workers, students, and family members joining their loved ones in the country.

We support the LGBTIQ+ community across Australia

Frequently asked questions

How much does an immigration lawyer cost per hour Canberra?

The cost of hiring an Australian Migration Lawyer (Canberra) varies depending on several factors, including the complexity of your application, and the legal services you require. 

Australian Migration Lawyers work on a fixed fee basis, providing a clear and upfront cost so you know exactly how much to budget for lawyer fees. We can discuss this with you in your initial consultation.

How can I talk to an immigration lawyer for free in Canberra?

The legal costs can add up when applying for visas or appealing decisions. 

At Australian Migration Lawyers we work flexibly with our client to provide the opportunity to discuss your case and your options with a lawyer. Most of our initial consultations are complimentary and those that incur a fee can have the cost deducted from your fixed rate if you choose to work with us.

Is Canberra included as regional study area for Skilled Nominated visa (190)?

Yes, Canberra is included as a regional study area for the Skilled Nominated 190 visa under the Regional Nomination Scheme (RNS). The Australian Government introduced changes to the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program which included regional visas.

The Skilled Nominated 190 visa is a state-nominated visa that allows skilled workers to live and work in a specific state or territory in Australia. Under the regional nomination scheme, certain areas in Australia, including Canberra, are designated as ‘regional areas’ for the purposes of this visa.

By studying in a regional area such as Canberra, International students may become eligible for extra benefits, such as additional points in the GSM points test when applying for a 190 visa or other regional visas.

What are the benefits of working with an Australian Migration Lawyer instead of a migration agent?

We are different to other lawyers and registered migration agents:

  • We are a national law firm with experience in migration law
  • Our legal team are legally qualified and registered with the Department of Home Affairs
  • We are highly responsive 
  • Payment plans and flexible payment options can be arranged
  • After hours and weekend appointments available
  • We are very experienced, and have legal qualifications (that migration agents don’t)
  • We can represent you in Federal Circuit Court or Federal Court (if required)
  • We have well-developed industry knowledge, long standing participation with various industry bodies.

Can I work in Canberra with a NSW State Nominated visa?

The states of New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), where Canberra is located, are separate jurisdictions with their own visa regulations and work rights.

Each state or territory has its own list of eligible skilled occupations and may have specific requirements for working and residing there. Some visas offer pathways for skilled workers to work and live in specific regional areas, including Canberra.

If you are considering working in Canberra, we recommend consulting with one of our experienced migration lawyers to determine the best visa option based on your individual circumstances and occupation.

Can I study part time (in Canberra) with a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 visa?

In 2018, the 457 visa was replaced with the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 visa, allowing Australian employers to hire skilled workers from outside the country if none could be sourced within Australia. 

Whether or not you can study part-time on a TSS visa would depend on the conditions attached to your specific visa grant. Generally, holders of the TSS visa are permitted to undertake some studies while in Australia, but there are limitations.

To be sure about your study rights on the TSS visa, reach out to Australian Migration Lawyers who will be able to review your specific visa conditions and study rights.

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