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Ivanna Cheng has been an Australian Registered Migration Agent for over 3 years. Her major area of expertise is Employer Sponsored Visas but she also has ample experience with Partner Visas, General Skilled Migration, Visitor Visas and Student Visas.

Professional migration advice on a budget – our Visa Advantage Service

Professional migration advice on a budget – our Visa Advantage Service

Ever since the government introduced a major pricing reform for Visa Application Charges in September 2013, prospective clients have been telling us they can no longer afford to have their cases professionally managed. Although it is true that these clients are now facing substantially increased government charges, it is important to understand that this added [...]

Applying for a visa onshore while unlawful or as a bridging visa holder

Applying for a visa onshore while unlawful or as a bridging visa holder

You’ve looked at all the requirements for a visa and ticked off each one as being met. Satisfied of your eligibility, you’ve lodged the visa application, confident of a positive outcome. You open your email months later and find correspondence from the Department of Immigration. They have asked you for a “Statement regarding additional criteria [...]

Visa Refusals – what to do when the unthinkable happens

Visa Refusals – what to do when the unthinkable happens

You double-click to open up an email from the Department of Immigration. Your heart is pounding at the prospect of finally having your Australian Visa – one you’ve worked hard at, one you’ve submitted copious amounts of supporting documents for. The email pops open and you scan it quickly, wide-eyed in anticipation. Your eye freezes [...]

The Advantages of Direct Entry Regional Employer Sponsorship – why this is a good option for regional businesses

The Advantages of Direct Entry Regional Employer Sponsorship – why this is a good option for regional businesses

Last month, we looked at some common misconceptions among employers about how employer sponsorship works. This month, I’d like to look specifically at some of the advantages of Direct Entry Regional Employer Sponsorship for both employers and applicants. The Department of Immigration has policies in place to support “regional” employers to meet their labour market [...]

What employers think they know but don’t – common misconceptions about sponsoring overseas workers

What employers think they know but don’t – common misconceptions about sponsoring overseas workers

At National Visas, we talk to employers from all over Australia (and overseas) who are interested in sponsoring people to work in Australia. We commonly come across preconceived notions of what employers have “heard” about the requirements for employer sponsored visas. More often than not, these assumptions are outdated, misinterpreted or plain incorrect. Unfortunately, these [...]

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