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Migration Law & Visas

Migration Law & Visas

Migration Law & Visas

The FC Lawyers Migration Law & Visas team are made up of Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents and is one of the only four accredited specialists in Queensland for Immigration Law. Our team is experienced in all types of visas options throughout Australia. We also have extensive experience with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), notifications of intention to refuse or cancel visas and ministerial interventions.

It is important to have an expert on your side who understands the migration laws in Australia, particularly when you are deciding what your best options are. We will work with you to ensure that you apply for and obtain the right visa for your circumstances.

At FC Lawyers, we have assisted people to migrate to Australia from all corners of the globe and will assist you at every step of the visa process. All visas have different requirements and stages from the skills assessment, regional certifying body approval, employer sponsorship, the Expressions of Interest (EOI), state sponsorship and representing your case to the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA). 

Our conduct as Registered Migration Agents is regulated by the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). This Code of Conduct can be found on the MARA website by following this link (Code of Conduct).  


Business Visas

The Business Innovation and Talent Visas are complex migration streams that involve many associated risks if undertaken without the assistance of a Registered Migration Agent. FC Lawyers migration team assesses your current situation and creates a migration plan that best suits you. We partner with many external consultants that can help with financial planning, accounting and business plans. The FC Lawyers migration team will ensure that your application will be accepted in a timely manner.

Complex Visa Issues and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

The FC Lawyers migration team has dealt with many complex visa issues throughout the years. These issues include both notification of intention to cancel or refusal of visas. If you have already been refused, we can assist you through the AAT process. Our team will review each individual situation to find the most efficient solution in order for your visa/AAT submissions to be accepted.

Employer Sponsored

The Employer Sponsored Visa streams offer both temporary and permanent options. Our migration team consults with you and your prospective or current employer to decide which visa option is best suited. We liaise on your behalf with all agencies and external partners to ensure that your application is complete and accurate, resulting in your visa being successfully approved.

Family Visas

Family visas are very important to social connectivity and healthy communities throughout Australia. Family Visas play an important role in Australia’s migration program. Our team understands the emotional feelings that these visas can evoke as they are reuniting family in the same country. Our migration team is here to assist you through the visa process with completing forms, advising on supporting documents, representing your case to Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) and most importantly being there to support you through this process which can often be quite stressful. Our team can ensure that you are reunited with your loved ones within Australia via the many Family Visa options.

Investor Visas

The Investor Visa streams provide an opportunity for applicants to migrate to Australia and invest either 1.5 or 5 million AUD over a four year period which provides a pathway to permanent residency. Our team of migration experts guide you through the complex procedures of the various Investor Visa streams. We also introduce you to professional independent financial planners and accountants to obtain advice in their respective fields of expertise, to assist you in your application process.

Onshore and Offshore Applications

The FC Lawyers migration team embraces the paper-lite business environment innovation and therefore prepares and submits all visa applications (onshore and offshore) where possible, electronically. Regardless of where the client is located, we ensure to help them with any of their visa requirements. Our Migration team is able to be contacted via phone, email or Skype anytime and can arrange contact times outside of normal business hours. We have a thorough knowledge of the different legal requirements to make valid applications both onshore and offshore which can be quite complex. Due to lengthy processing times and the necessity in obtaining a bridging visa and associated work rights, it is extremely important that any prospective applicant obtain professional advice before making any decisions about their application process. 

Overseas Partners

Ferguson Cannon Lawyers have built up many great business relationships with partner Immigration legal firms throughout the rest of the world. We can introduce you to these partnering firms which can assist with migration to countries such as United Kingdom, Canada, United States, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, South Africa and the Netherlands.

Skilled Visas

The General Skilled Migration Program ensures that Australia attracts the highest quality skilled migrants. The FC Lawyers migration team will guide you through the pre-assessment, skills assessment, expression of interest, state/territory nominations, family sponsors, DoHA invitations, requests for information and finally, visa approval. Our migration team offers realistic goals and time frames for visa applicants so the desired result is achieved.

Spouse and Partner Visas   

Spouse and Partner Visas are also part of the family program but make up the majority of visas granted. These visas are extremely important in allowing Australian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their overseas partners. The program is experiencing very strong demand and the number of applications received by DoHA is growing every year. We will work with you to ensure that you don’t fall into the many common pitfalls associated with these visas. Spouse and Partner visa applications can be quite complex, so for peace of mind please ensure that you speak with our experienced migration team to secure your future in Australia. 

Other Visas and Services

The FC Lawyers migration team has a wide range of experience in all areas of Australian Immigration law. FC Lawyers can also offer other specialised services such as citizenship, sportspersons, entertainers, distinguished talent, carer, remaining relative, aged dependant relative, investor retirement, retirement renewals, bridging visas, resident return, former resident, New Zealand citizen family relationship and appeals to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Federal Court & High Court.

Migration Law & Visas Team Members

Glenn Ferguson AM

Glenn Ferguson AM

Managing Director

Glenn Ferguson is the Managing Director of FC Lawyers. He is a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland. An experienced lawyer, he has...

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Beth Fitzpatrick

Beth Fitzpatrick

Migration Services Manager

Beth Fitzpatrick is an immigration professional with over 15 years experience. Beth attended the University of New England, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics and...

Email: | Phone: (07) 5443 6600