Including Dependents On Your Visa Application
The Australian Government has introduced far reaching changes to the definition of Member of the Family Unit (MoFU) for the purpose of most visa applications. There are now significant limitations on the class of persons that can be considered part of MoFU and hence be included in a visa application.
Character Assessment of Australian Sponsors of Partner Visa Applications
From 18 November 2016, Australian citizen and permanent resident Sponsors of Partner Visa and Prospective Marriage Visa applications (“a partner visa”), are subject to character testing. In line with current Australian Government strategies to reduce family violence in the Australian community, the new provisions have been introduced to prevent Australians who have committed a relevant offence from being able to sponsor someone for a partner visa.
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Our People

   
Principal Solicitor
 

Aristotle Paipetis

LLB UNSW LLM London


 

Aristotle is the Principal Solicitor at Visa Lawyers Australia. He is a Solicitor and Barrister in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. Aristotle is also a Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 0006846).

In over 25 years of legal practice, Aristotle has covered the full spectrum of immigration and citizenship law. He is well versed in developing appropriate strategies to successfully securing Australian visas for his clients. Aristotle oversees the securing of temporary and permanent work visas for all of our corporate clients as well as our individual clients.

Aristotle is regularly invited to present to corporate human resources and management teams as well as professional bodies on changes in and aspects of immigration law relevant to the organisation in question. He is also the author of the Skilled Migration chapter of The Immigration Kit (9th Edition).

Aristotle has extensive expertise and is skilled in assisting both our corporate and individual clients with difficult cases. Aristotle has broad industry experience including working with the Higher Education Sector, Healthcare and Health Services Providers, Engineering, Banking & Finance, Entertainment, Fashion & Luxury Goods, Hospitality and Legal Services.

He has successfully achieved the revocation of visa cancellations, involving visa condition breaches or character/criminal issues. He has also obtained improved immigration outcomes for unlawful persons.

Aristotle obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, Australia and his Masters of Laws from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, UK.

 
Lawyers & Registered Migration Agents

Jeffrey Bennett

BA HSU LLB UNSW

 

Jeffrey is a Solicitor and Barrister in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He is also a Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 1280151).

Working with our corporate clients across a number of industries, including digital media, education, engineering services, environmental consultancies, financial services, healthcare, hospitality and manufacturing, Jeffrey has gained a wealth of experience in delivering effective migration advice across a range of complex applications.

Jeffrey has experience across a broad range of permanent and temporary visa streams, including employer sponsored and nominated visas (subclasses 186, 187 and 457), training and research visas (subclass 402 – all streams) and skilled independent visas (subclass 189).

Jeffrey understands the impact of timing and financial constraints, when assisting both our corporate and individual clients. In liaising with our corporate clients, Jeffrey ensures that at all stages of an application both the employer and applicant are well informed and all queries are addressed promptly.

   
   

Sean Loughland

BA LLB UTS


MARN: 1686913

Sean is a Solicitor and Barrister in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. He is also a Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 1686913).

Sean has experience working with organisations from a range of industries including higher education, construction, engineering services, and information technology.

Sean has assisted on permanent and temporary visa stream matters, including employer sponsored and nominated visas (subclasses 186, 187 and 457), temporary activity visas (subclasses 400, 407 and 408), partner visas (subclasses 100, 309, 801 and 820) and obtaining Australian citizenship. Sean also supports our Principal Solicitor in preparing submissions and applications to the Migration Review Tribunal and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Sean plays a key role within our practice in analysing immigration law changes, and in researching the advice we provide Australian businesses on matters including visa options, compliance with immigration law, and risk management strategies. 

Sean also has a background working with refugees and asylum seekers on protection visa applications (subclasses 866 and 790) and various other immigration law matters for both the Refugee Advice & Casework Service and Asylum Seekers Centre.

   
   

Ashish Sethi

BE MIT Manipal, LLB DAV College, LLM Sydney, GradDipLP UTS

 

Ashish is a Solicitor and Barrister in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia. He is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 1384678).

Ashish has significant experience assisting our corporate clients across numerous industries including aged care, engineering services, healthcare, higher education and information and communications technology. Ashish is also familiar with the needs of small businesses seeking to hire trades people and enterprises in regional Australia seeking to nominate overseas employees in coordination with the relevant Regional Certifying Bodies.

In working with our corporate clients Ashish has gained experience across a broad range of permanent and temporary visas, including subclasses from the Employer Nomination Scheme (186), Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187), Temporary Work (Skilled; 457) and Training and Research (402) streams.

Ashish also provides assistance and advice to overseas students at the numerous pro bono sessions held by the Visa Lawyers Australia each month. Ashish has assisted with student visas (subclass 573) and is skilled in assisting overseas students and overseas nationals in obtaining visas under the General Skilled Migration Program.

Ashish has also volunteered his time with the Refugee Advice and Casework Service and traveled to Christmas Island as part of their task force.

   
   
Matthew Wong

BCom LLB UNSW


MARN: 1793371

Matthew is Solicitor and Barrister in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. He is also a Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 1793371). Matthew joined our team after working in a busy conveyancing practice.

Matthew assists our Solicitors & Registered Migration with all aspects of their work. In working with our corporate clients Matthew has gained experience across a broad range of permanent and temporary visas, including the following subclasses: Employer Nomination Scheme (186), Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187), Temporary Work (Skilled; 457) and Training and Research (subclasses 407 and 408, respectively). 

He also plays a key role within our practice in analysing immigration law changes, and in researching the advice we provide our corporate clients on matters including visa options, compliance with immigration law, and risk management strategies. Matthew graduated with a BCom and LLB from the University of New South Wales.
   
   

Jenny Zeng

BCom LLB Monash

 

Jenny is a Solicitor and Barrister in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. She is also a Registered Migration Agent (MARN: 1280144).

Jenny has assisted numerous clients in obtaining onshore and offshore parent (subclasses 864 and 143) and partner (subclasses 801 and 820) visas as well as assisting with complex citizenship applications. Given the complex nature of immigration law, Jenny is committed to providing ongoing support and guidance to clients throughout the application process.

Jenny also assists our corporate clients and has experience in obtaining temporary (subclass 457) and permanent (subclasses 186 and 187) employer sponsored visas in industries including facilities management, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, marketing & media and trades. Jenny has dealt with various corporate structures in the context of employer related applications such as trusts and businesses operating exclusively overseas.

Prior to joining Visa Lawyers Australia, Jenny worked with a practice in Victoria where she gained experience working on tribunal reviews and appeals.

   
   
Lawyers  
   
Nick Biscoe

BA LLB ANU 
Nick joined our team after graduating with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the Australian National University. 

Working as a Graduate Lawyer within our team, Nick assists our Solicitors & Registered Migration with all aspects of their work. He also assists our Manager with research and in providing updates on issues facing the Higher Education Sector. 
   
   
Kristie Mellor

BA LLB Wollongong 
Kristie is a Solicitor and Barrister in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. 
Kristie joined our team after working for a year with the Immigration Rights & Advice Centre (IARC). Kristie obtained her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wollongong. Kristie has also worked as a tutor to the high-school aged children of refugee families.

Kristie’s activities focus on supporting our Solicitors & Registered Migration with all aspects of their work. Kristie plays a key role in our practice in assisting with the drafting of submissions for partner visas as well as in researching market salary benchmarks for our corporate clients. 
   
   
Manager
 

Tatiana Paipetis

BSc(Psychol) PhD UNSW

Tatiana is the firm’s Manager. She has over 15 years of experience in consulting to industry, including the Higher Education Sector, Logistics & Transportation, Telecommunications, Renewables, and Banking & Finance.

Tatiana oversees VLA's customer service, internal operations, marketing and business strategy. Prior to joining VLA, Tatiana worked as a management consultant for a large global consulting firm. Working in Australia and overseas, she gained experience with leading Australian and global corporations in both business strategy and operations management. Tatiana is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of our systems and processes and for seamlessly integrating new client accounts into our workflow. She is actively involved in tailoring our systems and reporting to meet each individual corporate client’s requirements. 

Tatiana is a key contact point within our organisation for all corporate clients. Tatiana regularly liaises with our corporate client managers to review customer service, to assist in prioritising urgent, high profile and/or strategically important matters and to ensure that the VLA team is familiar with the specific needs, processes and requirements of each of our corporate accounts. 

Tatiana obtained her Bachelor of Science (Psychology), graduating with the University Medal, and PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of New South Wales.

   


Administration & Records Management

Jane Brownlow

BSc UNE

Jane is VLA's Administrative Assistant, supporting our lawyers and manager in all aspects of office administration as well as logging and directing corporate client requests. Jane is one of the friendly voices answering and directing our telephone calls.

Before joining us Jane worked in various research, IT programming, consultant and administrative roles.


 

Daniel Gregson

MA Edinburgh

Daniel is VLA's Records Manager. Daniel oversees the integration, management and development of our record keeping systems. Daniel works with our lawyers and manager in all aspects of file and records management, data extraction, reporting, database maintenance, and record keeping. 

Daniel completed his Master of Arts at the University of Edinburgh where he majored in History and Geography.