With over 20 years of legal experience D M S Lawyers’ Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent, Samantha Schier (MARN 1277094), is able to assist you with all of your immigration needs including:
- Visa Applications
- Visa Options
- Sponsorship and Nomination
- Assistance with Lodgement of Forms
- Drafting of submissions in support of your application
- Assistance with Citizenship
D M S Lawyers can assist:
- Individual visa applicants
- Family members and secondary applicants
- Individual sponsors
- Businesses and corporations
- Temporary and Transitional Visa Holders
- Australian citizens, Permanent Residents and Eligible New Zealand Citizens
At D M S Lawyers we can assist you in finding the immigration options available. We can advise you on any hurdles or difficulties that you may face and we can prepare detailed submissions to support any application made to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Samantha Schier is bound by the Registered Migration Agents Code of Conduct.
Immigration Frequently asked questions
If I am a Visa applicant, what documents might I need when I first see a lawyer?
To allow D M S Lawyers to properly advise you on your immigration options there is some information or documents that would be useful at the time of the initial interview or advice.
What will I need to provide if I am:
A Visa Applicant
- Your full name as it appears on your passport
- Your date of birth
- Your place and country of birth
- The Country of your passport, and the issuing authority
- Your passport number and validity dates
- Whether you are currently on a visa
- What country you are currently in
- Where you will be when applying for the visa
- The type of visa you are interested in applying for
- How long you would like to stay in Australia.
- Your current contact details, including your full address, telephone numbers and email address
- Your marital status
- The details of any family members to be included with the application for a visa
- Countries that you hold citizenship with
- Family members who are Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents
In addition we may need to know matters such as:
- Your employment details
- Your education details
- Your English Communication Skills
- If you have applied for previous visas
- Details of when you have been in Australia
- Addresses that you have lived for more than 12 months in the last 10 years
- Visits that you have had to other countries in the last 10 years
- Some details about your health
- Details about your character including your criminal history
- We will want to see the following documents:
- Your passport
- Any identification documents that you have
- Your birth certificate
- Any evidence of visas that you have held in Australia
If I am a Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, what documents might I need when I first see a lawyer?
If you are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Eligible New Zealand
Citizen who is looking to obtain advise for someone else we may need:
All of the information listed above additionally, if it is a visa where you may be
sponsoring a visa applicant or providing an assurance of support, we may need
- Your full name as it appears on your passport or birth certificate
- Your date of birth
- Your contact details
- Depending on the nature of the visa we may need to know
- details about your family members
- where you have lived
- your marital status
- if you have sponsored anyone before
- your financial details
- whether you can provide financial or non-financial assistance to the visa applicant
- you criminal history or health
If I am a Business or Corporation what documents might I need when I first see a lawyer?
If you are a business or corporation who is looking for immigration advice or
seeking to employ, sponsor or nominate an employee we will need to know:
- Your business / company name
- Your contact details including your physical, registered and postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses
- If applicable your ABN and ACN
- The structure of the business
- Any trust deed that relates to the business
- Who you authorise us to speak to
Depending on the type of advice that we are asked to assist with we may need:
- Details of where your company operates
- Your Financial Records
- Profit and Loss Statements
- Tax returns
- Business Activity Statements
- Contracts of Employment
- Details on Payroll
- Evidence of money spent on training
- Bank statements
Will I be charged for my first interview?
Yes, we do charge for an initial appointment and any advice given.
At D M S Lawyers, we can be flexible in the format of this advice: it can be in person, over the telephone, via email or through correspondence. We will charge you for up to an hours work, although often more than an hour is spent as we often do some preparation or research based on the information that you have provided and we will send you a brief letter confirming the advice provided to you.
We do requirement payment for this initial advice, before or at the time of the appointment. If received before, this money will be placed in a trust account pending the work being completed.
After the first appointment you can then decide whether you wish to continue using our services.
For a quote for an initial interview please contact our office.
Why should I choose D M S Lawyers to help me with my immigration needs?
At D M S Lawyers, you will be seen by a senior Immigration Lawyer.
When choosing any lawyer, you should select someone who you feel comfortable with. You should select someone who is able to explain to you, in simple terms, the process and the expectations and obligations that will be imposed on you.
As immigration and citizenship applications are often completed by submission, both oral and written, and with forms that demand accurate information, it is critical that you have someone who is not only experienced but also able to recognise the intricacies of the law and policy. In other words, you want someone who can assist you in determining any problems or difficulties that you may have and who can help you to determine what, if anything, can be done to overcome these hurdles.
Can anyone get a visa?
No, although there are many different types of visas available in Australia, some people can not find a visa to meet their needs.
We can assist potential visa applicants to rule out and attempt to find migration options that may be available to them.
I have overstayed my visa or I am in breach of a condition of my current visa what should I do?
We would recommend that you contact an immigration lawyer as soon as possible. In some circumstances your immigration status may be able to be rectified without the need to leave Australia, but this is not always the case.
We would strongly advise seeking advice as soon as possible after you become aware of your overstay or breach. Delays in seek this advice might lead to deportation or difficulties in obtaining visas in the future.
I hold a permanent visa and I wish to travel overseas, what should I do?
This will depend on the terms of your visa, many permanent visas will allow you to travel in and out of Australia on an unlimited basis, for a set period of time. Once that period expires you continue to be a permanent resident as long as you have not left Australia after the set period of time has expired.
If your set period of time has expired, should you wish to travel overseas, and retain your permanent residence status on your return, you will need to apply for a Return Resident Visa. We can assist you in this application if required.
Why should I consider becoming an Australian Citizen?
There are many reasons that people choose to apply to become Australia citizens including:
- They can come and go in Australia as long and as often as they wish
- That they can apply for an Australian Passport
- They become a part of the Australian community, that they consider their home
- They can seek assistance from the Australian Government if they have trouble overseas
- Their children can become Australian Citizens
- Their children may be eligible to get support with education costs, particularly territory level education
- They are able to vote
There are a number of ways people can become Australian Citizens. For the majority of migrants, they will be seeking Citizenship on the basis of holding a permanent visa and satisfying the residence requirements. We can assist you in determining if you might be eligible for citizenship and assist you with the application.
My immigration needs are more complex, what should I do?
In more complex matters such as:
- Where a visa application has been rejected or cancelled in the past
- Where you have health issues
- Where you have some criminal or other character issues
- Where you have overstayed or breached a condition
It is important that you promptly get proper immigration advice. This advice should focus on what, if anything, can be provided or submitted to the Department of Immigration to overcome these hurdles. It is important that issues such as these not be ignored.
It is important that you get advice about the likelihood of success.
Matters such as these are generally more time consuming, as additional work is required to satisfy the requirements of the Department. It is essential that you be upfront with your lawyer of any difficulties that you are aware of.