Martin Robertson

Martin Robertson

Principal Migration Agent

MARN 1170298

JP (Qual)

Meet the team who can help you achieve your goals!

 

All staff at Visa Partner have personal experience of applying for a variety of Australian visas.

 

Having been through the process we understand how stressful it can be and we will be there to address your concerns and guide you through the process from start to finish.

 

Introducing the Directors of Visa Partner Pty Ltd

 

Martin and Jennifer first travelled to Australia for a holiday in December 2004. During that 5 week visit they traveled all over but fell in love with Cairns, and decided that Cairns is where they would like to live permanently. They returned to Australia in June 2006, initially both on student visas.

 

The student visa allowed them to study and work part time. They found an employer who sponsored them on the 457 Long stay Business visa. A change of employers required another 457 visa application and finally applied for a permanent visa via the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Subclass 857 visa (renamed subclass 187). They are now both dual citizens of Australia and of the United Kingdom.

 

During their time as temporary residents of Australia, Martin and Jennifer thoroughly enjoyed investigating all visa criteria and this sparked an interest in this area. Despite their enthusiasm for research they engaged several professional agents in Cairns to manage their visa applications as they wanted to ensure that they met all current legislative and evidence requirements.

 

Once they reached permanent resident status Martin decided to get qualified as a Migration Agent so that he could continue to be involved in the fascinating area and help others achieve their goal of obtaining temporary and permanent visas in Australia.

Jennifer Neilson

Jennifer Neilson

Director

JP (Qual)

Yoko Yamaguchi

Yoko Yamaguchi

Senior Migration Agent

MARN 0964594

Yoko has lived in Australia since 1997 and has been working in Migration Industry since 2006. She qualified as a Registered Migration Agent in 2009.

 

She has assisted many clients from all over the world obtain visas to live, work and study in Australia and has obtained a wealth of experience in dealing with visa applications.

 

She has held Working Holiday visas, 457 visas and eventually fell in love, got married and obtained a Partner Visa. She and her husband recently became parents for the first time and now have a 2 year old son.

 

Having personal experience of Australian visas means Yoko understands how it feels to go through the entire process of applying to become a Permanent Resident of Australia and she now utilises her skills and experience to help others achieve their hopes and dreams.

Gurianna Smith

Gurianna Smith

Registered Migration Agent

Personal Assistant to the Principle Migration Agent

MARN 1792023 

Gurianna has lived in Australia since 2009. She recently graduated from James Cook University having achieved a double Bachelor Degree of Business (Honours) and Sports Exercise Science.

 

She is highly competent provides invaluable assistance to the Registered Migration Agents. As a former international student herself she understands how pain-staking the visa process can be and has first-hand knowledge with the stress involved in visa applications.

 

She feels truly blessed to have had the opportunity to further her education in Australia. This Australian qualification helped her to secure full time work in the Migration Industry where she now assists our clients with administrative support in collecting, collating, and organising their documents and evidence. Gurianna is passionate about helping others realise their dreams of living, working, or studying in Australia.

Message from the Principal Migration Agent 

 

Why should you use a Registered Migration Agent?

 

Anyone can access the relevant law such as the Migration Act 1958 and the Migration Regulations 1994. Other legislative instruments are available through www.comlaw.gov.au  or www.austlii.edu.au You can download checklists from www.border.gov.au  but submitting all items on a checklist does not mean a visa will be granted. These resources may enlighten some yet confuse others.

 

A vital resource is the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP for short)  internal Policy and Advise Manual or PAMS for short. In situations the law may state "a reasonable period of time" but may not then define what is reasonable. The DIBP case officer can look to the relevant PAM for guidance on what, under current policy is defined as reasonable.

 

The PAMs are often updated, in some cases several times a year. Registered Migration Agents can access the information contained in the PAMs through subscriptions services, to ensure that your application meets not only the legislative requirements but also current DIBP policy requirements.

 

It is possible to buy a house in Australia without engaging the services of a solicitor or conveyancer, you could use a DIY kit. How many people do you know who decide to do this? Why would you want risk the biggest investment in most people’s life? What if you get it wrong? This is why most people use a professional.

 

This is how I view visa applications. My visa application was important to me so I engaged professionals to assist me.

Talk to a Registered Migration Agent (RMA)

 

I recommend you talk to a RMA as early as possible and allow them to assist with your visa application. You do not have to use me as your agent, but I suggest you take advantage of our free initial consultation. To find an agent in your local area click here.

 

RMA's cannot guarantee outcomes but they can advise you on visa options that matches your stated goals and review your supporting documentation to ensure it is compliant, potentially saving you a lot of stress, heartache and time.

 

Regards

 

Martin Robertson

Migration Agent Registration Number 1170298

 

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