Migration Advice Plan (MAP)

Speak with one of Australia’s pre-eminent & most experienced migration legal expert advisers & teachers to obtain a workable legal strategy for your strongest visa application.

Book your consultation & get immediate step-by-step legal advice for your successful migration to Australia – without any hassle or high costs

YOUR 7 BENEFITS FROM YOUR AUSTRALIAN MIGRATION CONSULTATION

  1. Why your migration consultation is risk free
  2. Why your migration consultation is necessary
  3. What will I as a registered migration agent and lawyer do for you during your migration consultation?
  4. What will you as the client learn?
  5. What you will get?
  6. How will you be better off?
  7. Why you need a lawyer

Money Back Guarantee

If we determine that you are not eligible for a visa during our call, we will refund your money!

1. Your migration consultation is 100% totally risk free & necessary because:

  • you will only be invited to have a consultation if we think you actually have real potential to become an Australian migrant
  • we only consult with people who have a case that is worth taking on for them and us – we don’t want to waste your time or ours
  • if by some chance, you have not communicated all the relevant facts before your consultation and after the consultation it seems you actually have no potential to migrate whatsoever, we will not charge for your consultation & will refund any fees you have paid for the consult
  • you need and will be professionally assessed against all the complex, ever changing and inter-related migration laws, regulations and criteria for over 100 Australian visas
  • you might have skills or employment migration prospects, so you need your professional resume and work experience checked against current and ever changing government required occupation lists of Australia’s federal government and or all of Australia’s nine (9) state and territory governments (a total of at least 11 government occupation lists)
  • if you have applied to migrate before and had problems and even been rejected – some of people have had their cases bungled so far by the Immigration Dept. or an unprofessional and or incompetent migration agent – these situations make their cases even more complex as a whole raft of other laws & court cases come into place then
  • you might be untrusting, worried, confused and stressed as well as full of expectation because your Australian dream is so strong – you need someone to talk to

2. Your migration consultation is necessary for you because:

You need and will get accurate specific personalized tailored migration advice NOT generic online information

  • you need and will be professionally assessed against all the complex, ever changing and inter-related migration laws, regulations and criteria for over 100 Australian visas
  • you might have skills or employment migration prospects, so you need your professional resume and work experience checked against current and ever changing government required occupation lists of Australia’s federal government and or all of Australia’s nine (9) state and territory governments (a total of at least 11 government occupation lists)
  • if you have applied to migrate before and had problems and even been rejected – some of people have had their cases bungled so far by the Immigration Dept. or an unprofessional and or incompetent migration agent – these situations make their cases even more complex as a whole raft of other laws & court cases come into place then
  • you might be untrusting, worried, confused and stressed as well as full of expectation because your Australian dream is so strong – you need someone to talk to

3. What will I as a registered migration agent and lawyer do for you during your migration consultation

  • Ask & listen – during your migration consultation I will take your personal and migration history and ask about your career, financial capacity to migrate, any Australian family and or employment opportunities and your timeline to arrive in Australia and
  • then advise you on your migration eligibility, strategy, processing costs, professional fees and processing times

4. What will you as the client learn?

  • which are the best 1-2 of over 100 Australian visas that you’re eligible for
  • what are the most affordable, viable and fastest strategies for getting these 1-2 visas
  • how long it will take to get your visa and when you can travel to Australia
  • how much you will have to pay and when

5. What you will get?

  • a summary of the law,
  • an analysis of the facts,
  • instructions for improving your odds of success,
  • advice and recommendations about visas

6. How will you be better off?

  • you will have clarity, peace of mind, forward direction
  • an action plan to move forward

7. Why you need a lawyer

  • you may not wish to chance the risks of going it alone without the advice of an experienced lawyer who can help you out. In fact, while good legal representation may not always be cheap, it can help get you out of a number of sticky situations – such as:
    • a refused visa,
    • wasted application or government fees,
    • a slow application,
    • lost job or business opportunity due to visa problems,
    • or an unnecessary migration violation – not to mention the potential alternatives for not using an attorney — including, lost expenses, or worse, jail time.
While each person’s legal situation is different, there are times when you really should hire a lawyer. Below are the top ten reasons to hire a lawyer:
i. The law is complicated

i. The law is complicated. If you are not a lawyer you probably have no business acting like one in certain instances. Even experienced lawyers typically do not represent themselves in court. A solid case can quickly unravel without the help of a trained and emotionally detached attorney. Similarly, failing to hire a lawyer when moving to a new country, reviewing a migration application or embarking on other endeavors with potential legal ramifications can result in otherwise avoidable pitfalls.

 

ii. Not having a lawyer may actually cost you more

ii. Not having a lawyer may actually cost you more. What is at stake? A criminal or migration case may determine whether or not you spend time behind bars, get deported or have your visa refused and have to leave the country ahead of time, while a civil case could hurt you financially, so hiring a lawyer can actually save or make you money.

 

iii. Lawyers know how to challenge evidence

iii. Lawyers know how to challenge (and sometimes suppress) evidence. You may not even know that a key piece of evidence against you was improperly obtained or that the testimony of a witness contradicts an earlier statement. And did the immigration dept. properly handle the evidence every step of the way? Your attorney will find out.

 

iv. Attonerys understand how to properly file court documents

iv. Attorneys understand how to properly file court documents and handle other legal procedures like migration applications. If you’re not an attorney, you may struggle with the deadlines and protocol for properly filling out and filing certain legal documents. One late or incorrect filing could derail your case, delay a given legal procedure or worse – have your visa application thrown out altogether (and not in your favour).

 

v. Because you likely don't know any expert witnesses...

v. Because you likely don’t know any expert witnesses or private detectives or skilled translators or investment professionals in Australia. Attorneys depend on an extended network of professionals to help their clients’ cases. Most non-attorneys do not personally know the types of professionals who can help with discovery or challenge evidence or testimony by the opposing party.

 

vi. You're not sure how to make a submission plead...

vi. You’re not sure how to make a submission plead — or what a ‘submission’ is? Making a submission on a migration application, especially one where there are difficulties, there has been or is about to be a refusal is sometimes not the only good choice, even if there is evidence pointing directly at you. An attorney who understands the law will be best situated to explain your options and can help you avoid potentially severe penalties even before a visa application begins.

 

vii. Because it is probably better to avoid problems...

vii. Because it is probably better to avoid problems in the first place rather than try to fix them once they arise. You may have heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, hiring a lawyer in many instances will help you avoid potential legal headaches down the road. Do you really understand the fine print of that visa application you are signing? A lawyer will.

 

viii. A good lawyer can strike a compromise or stepping stone visa

viii. A good lawyer can strike find a compromise or stepping stone visa, if necessary. An experienced lawyer probably has seen cases similar to yours or at least knows enough to make a calculated guess about how it might resolve on application. Sometimes a compromise or stepping stone visa is the best choice. An attorney also can help negotiate a fair assessment of your application with the immigration department.

 

ix. The immigration department certainly has legal representation

ix. The immigration department as part of the government certainly has legal representation. Non-attorneys are generally at a disadvantage when squaring off against opposing counsel or doing business with another party that has legal counsel. As explained above, the law is complicated and an attorney representing your adversary (immigration department) will take advantage of this inequity.

 

x. Lawyers often provide a low cost initial consultation

x. Lawyers often provide a low cost initial consultation. Since many attorneys will meet with you for free during a face-to-face discussion, there is really no harm in talking with one. Not only will a low costs consultation give you an idea of the type of case you have, it will help you decide whether you actually need to hire a lawyer.

 

xi. The problem of Google answers

xi. Judgment is a skill Doctors and many others, even plumbers, now face the problem of google answers. Plug your symptoms into Google, and it spits out the diagnosis and treatment. Except that… it doesn’t.

The ability to correctly diagnose an illness or condition is a skill that takes time and years of experience to develop. It is also usually something that cannot be done in one sentence, or with one question. In real life, good doctors spend the time to take a full medical history and to understand their patient before offering a diagnosis.

So it is with lawyers. A good lawyer will take the time to understand who you are, what you are seeking and why.

 

xii. Answers to legal questions are not always black and white

xii. Answers to legal questions are not always black and white. As one lawyer says: “A few questions can be resolved by looking up a provision in the relevant Act. However, if your question isn’t printed in black in the relevant Act (and most aren’t) then the answer probably won’t be black or white either.

It is easy to forget that every precedent case had someone arguing the complete opposite from their side of the bar table. That someone may have been a hair’s breadth away from persuading the Judge that theirs was the correct argument.

A good lawyer understands that precedents generally need to be understood in context. They will guide you to an understanding of the relevant principles involved, rather than just spit out an answer that makes no sense to you.”

 

xiii. Successful people don't use lawyers less, they use lawyers more.
xiii. Successful people don’t use lawyers less, they use lawyers more. As that same lawyer says: “Take any high-performing business person and ask them if they have a lawyer. Of course they do, and it’s not Google! Most experienced business people have long-standing relationships with their lawyers. They understand the relief that a timely conversation with a “sounding board” can bring. The idea of depriving someone of this relationship and replacing it with a piece of software makes for a lonely and stressful picture.” Not to mention, less successful
xiv. You need a lawyer with experience in your area of need

xiv. You need a lawyer with experience in your area of need. So, just as you would go to a doctor if you were about to start an exercise program, or to a physiotherapist because you have a problematic knee, call if you are experiencing “discomfort” of a legal nature. We will help you understand the relevant law and how it applies to you, so that you are better equipped to make informed and objective decisions.

Find a lawyer who has prior experience with your type of legal issue. Not all lawyers have had experience in all of the areas in which you or your company might need legal assistance. Justin Rickard¹ has over 30 years’ experience as a lawyer and over 25 of those years in migration law.

xv. Require References
xv. Require References. When you’re hiring someone for your company, you would ask for references to get a third-party opinion and build a foundation of credibility for your candidates. Why not employ this same practice here? We ask for both a peer reference and client reference, but ask for the references you think will best inform your decision. We have many, many testimonials we can give you from past successful clients.

i. The law is complicated. If you are not a lawyer you probably have no business acting like one in certain instances. Even experienced lawyers typically do not represent themselves in court. A solid case can quickly unravel without the help of a trained and emotionally detached attorney. Similarly, failing to hire a lawyer when moving to a new country, reviewing a migration application or embarking on other endeavors with potential legal ramifications can result in otherwise avoidable pitfalls.

ii. Not having a lawyer may actually cost you more. What is at stake? A criminal or migration case may determine whether or not you spend time behind bars, get deported or have your visa refused and have to leave the country ahead of time, while a civil case could hurt you financially, so hiring a lawyer can actually save or make you money.

iii. Lawyers know how to challenge (and sometimes suppress) evidence. You may not even know that a key piece of evidence against you was improperly obtained or that the testimony of a witness contradicts an earlier statement. And did the immigration dept. properly handle the evidence every step of the way? Your attorney will find out.

iv. Attorneys understand how to properly file court documents and handle other legal procedures like migration applications. If you’re not an attorney, you may struggle with the deadlines and protocol for properly filling out and filing certain legal documents. One late or incorrect filing could derail your case, delay a given legal procedure or worse – have your visa application thrown out altogether (and not in your favour).

v. Because you likely don’t know any expert witnesses or private detectives or skilled translators or investment professionals in Australia. Attorneys depend on an extended network of professionals to help their clients’ cases. Most non-attorneys do not personally know the types of professionals who can help with discovery or challenge evidence or testimony by the opposing party.

vi. You’re not sure how to make a submission plead — or what a ‘submission’ is? Making a submission on a migration application, especially one where there are difficulties, there has been or is about to be a refusal is sometimes not the only good choice, even if there is evidence pointing directly at you. An attorney who understands the law will be best situated to explain your options and can help you avoid potentially severe penalties even before a visa application begins.

vii. Because it is probably better to avoid problems in the first place rather than try to fix them once they arise. You may have heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, hiring a lawyer in many instances will help you avoid potential legal headaches down the road. Do you really understand the fine print of that visa application you are signing? A lawyer will.

viii. A good lawyer can strike find a compromise or stepping stone visa, if necessary. An experienced lawyer probably has seen cases similar to yours or at least knows enough to make a calculated guess about how it might resolve on application. Sometimes a compromise or stepping stone visa is the best choice. An attorney also can help negotiate a fair assessment of your application with the immigration department.

ix. The immigration department as part of the government certainly has legal representation. Non-attorneys are generally at a disadvantage when squaring off against opposing counsel or doing business with another party that has legal counsel. As explained above, the law is complicated and an attorney representing your adversary (immigration department) will take advantage of this inequity.

x. Lawyers often provide a low cost initial consultation. Since many attorneys will meet with you for free during a face-to-face discussion, there is really no harm in talking with one. Not only will a low costs consultation give you an idea of the type of case you have, it will help you decide whether you actually need to hire a lawyer.

xi. Judgment is a skill Doctors and many others, even plumbers, now face the problem of google answers. Plug your symptoms into Google, and it spits out the diagnosis and treatment. Except that… it doesn’t.

The ability to correctly diagnose an illness or condition is a skill that takes time and years of experience to develop. It is also usually something that cannot be done in one sentence, or with one question. In real life, good doctors spend the time to take a full medical history and to understand their patient before offering a diagnosis.

So it is with lawyers. A good lawyer will take the time to understand who you are, what you are seeking and why.

xii. Answers to legal questions are not always black and white. As one lawyer says: “A few questions can be resolved by looking up a provision in the relevant Act. However, if your question isn’t printed in black in the relevant Act (and most aren’t) then the answer probably won’t be black or white either.

It is easy to forget that every precedent case had someone arguing the complete opposite from their side of the bar table. That someone may have been a hair’s breadth away from persuading the Judge that theirs was the correct argument.

A good lawyer understands that precedents generally need to be understood in context. They will guide you to an understanding of the relevant principles involved, rather than just spit out an answer that makes no sense to you.”

xiii. Successful people don’t use lawyers less, they use lawyers more. As that same lawyer says: “Take any high-performing business person and ask them if they have a lawyer. Of course they do, and it’s not Google! Most experienced business people have long-standing relationships with their lawyers. They understand the relief that a timely conversation with a “sounding board” can bring. The idea of depriving someone of this relationship and replacing it with a piece of software makes for a lonely and stressful picture.” Not to mention, less successful

xiv. You need a lawyer with experience in your area of need. So, just as you would go to a doctor if you were about to start an exercise program, or to a physiotherapist because you have a problematic knee, call if you are experiencing “discomfort” of a legal nature. We will help you understand the relevant law and how it applies to you, so that you are better equipped to make informed and objective decisions.

Find a lawyer who has prior experience with your type of legal issue. Not all lawyers have had experience in all of the areas in which you or your company might need legal assistance. Justin Rickard¹ has over 30 years’ experience as a lawyer and over 25 of those years in migration law.

xv. Require References. When you’re hiring someone for your company, you would ask for references to get a third-party opinion and build a foundation of credibility for your candidates. Why not employ this same practice here? We ask for both a peer reference and client reference, but ask for the references you think will best inform your decision. We have many, many testimonials we can give you from past successful clients.

¹ Whilst Justin Rickard is a practicing lawyer in NSW, Australia (and has been since 1986), and cannot help but utilize his legal skills in all his work, his professional accountability to migration clients is under his parallel registered migration agent’s license only

¹ Whilst Justin Rickard is a practicing lawyer in NSW, Australia (and has been since 1986), and cannot help but utilize his legal skills in all his work, his professional accountability to migration clients is under his parallel registered migration agent’s license only

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At the time of the appointment, we ask that you call Attorney Rickard who will be ready to speak with you.



                 

 

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I felt after the initial consultation that whilst as a registered and qualified immigration agent you would doubtless be able to follow the process and make the necessary submissions,  I felt you more importantly had the “street smarts” to make things work when a case was not exactly a round peg round hole scenario. This was probably the most important factor, beyond simply taking the headache and stress away from me with my already full schedule. I am pretty sure I have been proven right about this!

- Steve, China

Now I know why we spend months looking for you...

“Thank you so much Justin... Now I know why we spend months looking for you. And why I felt finding agent is like looking for boyfriend!”

- J. Zhang, Specialist Entry Visa

Your submission to the Minister was excellent

Your submission to the Minister was excellent and we are trusting the right people take the time to read it and see the obvious injustice that has taken place. Thanks Justin keep doing all you are doing...

- Diane, on behalf of an Iranian Refugee

Good quality is worth its weight in gold

I have found the conversation with you very useful.... it is as we discussed: good quality is worth its weight in gold. Thanks again for your support.

- Margaretha, Skilled Migrant

We obtained a Bridging visa in 25% of the normal time

We obtained a Bridging visa B in 25% of the normal time and for double the length the client actually wanted and 5 days ahead of his desired departure date...

- Bruno, Bridging Visa Sponsor

Done thoroughly with full confidence and peace of mind

Having a great migration agent and attorney like yourself meant I could without being physically present in the Australia get all that needed to be done thoroughly with full confidence and peace of mind.

The Australian immigration process is a mine field and your guidance and assistance has been worth every penny. If I ever need more work done, you will definitely be on my speed dial. Thank you again for everything. Cheers.

- Sanjeeta Mackrani, family migrant

We were very touched by your genuine effort and your integrity

First of all I would like to thank you for coming down all the way to meet us even though you no longer had the need to attend to your initial appointments. We were very touched by your genuine effort and your integrity in keeping your word.

I have gone through the agreement and the other documents you presented to us in the file and needless to say we are more than happy with the services you yourself and your company have presented to us. I have the utmost confidence in your expertise and the way you work.

– Randall and Chen, Spouse Visa

We always have trust in you

As from the first day you accepted to be our lawyer, we always have trust in you… Sincerely we thank you for your advice and caring... Once again thank you for your understanding and usual support.

- Kathleen K, Mauritius

Thanking you again for the clear explanation

My whole family are very respectful to you for all support financially and legally provided to us… Thanking you again for the clear explanation below, you are really a great person. God bless you always. Warm regards

- Linsay K, Mauritius

I was so amazed by your creative mind and persistence

... I was so amazed by your creative mind and persistence, we look forward to working with you.

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