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Australian Immigration Lawyers

  • Proactive migration support for individuals and businesses
  • Experienced at successfully appealing at court and tribunals
  • Offer migration services in 10 languages
  • Dedicated migration support for HR & recruitment teams
  • Free 15 minute consultation for all new clients
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We work with multinationals and ASX listed companies through to small businesses and start-ups to provide commercially-minded migration advice.


We work with individuals and families to ensure the best visa option is identified and a complete application or appeal is lodged.


We are experts in tribunal and court appeals, assisting you to put the best visa appeal case forward.


We are experts in responding to visa cancellation notices (NOICC) and having cancelled visas reinstated.

About us

WLW Migration Lawyers is an Australian specialist immigration law firm. Our team of experienced lawyers are committed to providing professional and ethical migration advice and assistance to our clients.

WLW Migration Lawyers was founded by Jessica Williamson, Simon Leske and James Wardlaw in 2015. The founders were motivated to start a law firm which utilises a fixed-fee model and leverages technology to provide high-quality user friendly services.

The firm also sought to challenge the typical “law firm” profile by offering employees a flexible and collaborative work environment that offers the team good work/life balance.

WLW Migration Lawyers is an award-winning specialist immigration law firm with a team of skillful and compassionate lawyers and support staff.

WLW Migration Lawyers is also committed to giving back to the community and has assisted hundreds of humanitarian clients on a reduced fee model and offers legal education to its community partners.

WLW Migration Lawyers was founded with a vision to bring the best of the corporate world and the best from the not-for-profit world together under one roof.

One aspect of this vision was the development of the Bridge Project, WLW’s own not-for-profit arm. The Bridge Project aims to ‘bridge the gap’ between community legal services, which are under strain, and full-fee legal services.


WLW Migration Lawyers
Based on 335 reviews
07:51 16 Aug 22
Sara and team were always incredibly responsive, talked us through the process with clear steps and made the previously overwhelming task of collecting all our information and statements for the Australian PR visa very straightforward. We received our visa in record time and can't wait to start our... new life in Australia. THANK YOU to the whole team!read more
Victoria Tai
00:31 02 Aug 22
There’s no issues and it’s so easy to communicate with them! They are responsive and whenever I need them they will reply as fast as they can! Thanks to Simon!! And everyone in the team
Prajna Shettigar
23:37 20 Jul 22
Sara and her team were extremely helpful throughout the visa application process. Would highly recommend their service as our visas were granted quickly. Sara explained all the different visa pathways and was quick to respond to all our questions. Thanks again for your awesome work!
Shawn Bridge
21:34 17 Jul 22
We hired WLW Migration Lawyers to help us with our permanent resident visa's. We were assigned Samantha as our lawyer who assisted and guided us through the maze which is Australian Immigration. The entire process was made so much easy with their guidance.Thank you again for your help.
Jennifer Ngai
14:18 13 Jul 22
Simon was extremely helpful, friendly and understanding. Even within the free 15 minute consultation, he was able to give me enough information to make decisions on the next step for a visa application.
Daniel Haberfield
06:59 08 Jul 22
James and Molly provided an expert service in relation to our partner visa application, preparing a decision-ready application to receive a positive result within 6 months. Highly recommend.
Zara Treacy
05:30 28 Jun 22
I couldn't recommend WLW highly enough. WLW successfully obtained a 482 and 186 visa for me (within a very short space of time) and were very informative and responsive during the process. The best thing about WLW is that they genuinely care about their clients and want to do everything possible to... assist their clients. Special thank you to Natalia and James for all of their more
Sulki Yu
10:17 27 Jun 22
I am very grateful to the WLW Migration for assisting me in obtaining the PR for me and my family.Natalia Paliy was highly professional, thorough and extremely efficient in answering my questions throughout the process. The Visa situations can be rather stressful but I feel very lucky to have had... Natalia on my case!Samantha Smith helped me earlier on in my application. Very clear, on the ball, and personable.Thank you Team!read more
11:08 18 Jun 22
Sara and the team were absolutely amazing! I dealt with almost everyone at the firm and they were honestly so good to deal with. Their attention to detail, making sure we meet all deadlines, and assistance was just next level. Without them we honestly would be lost. During a time that was so... stressful, they made our lives a heck of a lot easier. My husband arrived in Australia 6 hours before lockdown on a tourist visa and he was able to stay, get work rights, and his visa has now been approved. He also came from a country that is very difficult to deal with, thank you guys - you’re all amazing and have forever changed our lives! Much love, Ali, Laura and Jassyread more
AYaan Dalal
14:10 16 Jun 22
I can't thank Rabiah khawaja enough for the wonderful job she did in our case at AAT tribunal with her great help and dedication we , won our tribunal process she worked with us for more than three years and provided alot of guidance and support. Very professional and passionate about her work, she... is a real champion 🏆read more
Suzanne Svobodova
01:40 14 May 22
A big thank you to Samantha and James. They were so very professional and helpful all the time with us. We are extremely grateful to them for getting us a favorable outcome so our little family can stay together. We highly recommend WLW migration lawyers.
Liem Nguyen
15:18 11 May 22
Highly recommended, despite the covid pandemic issues and some minor hiccups, WLW migration lawyer were able to adapt and be agile with their services. Not only were they able to resolve the issues promptly, they were also able to provide high level of assurance and fast track my partner visa... application. 1000x thanks to WLW migration lawyers and the more
Manny Ciantar
12:52 28 Apr 22
We have had a great experience with WLW Migration Lawyers.Applying for PR through partner visa is super complicated as there are a lot of different steps involved. Natalia explained the process to us and kept us informed in a manner that was simple to understand. She explained each stage of the... process and made sure we understood. She was just wonderful and a pleasure to work with. Thank more
Aleph Henestrosa
16:42 27 Apr 22
An amazing experience. This firm is full of knowledgeable lawyers who know how to navigate the immigration maze like few others. They also take a human centric approach and know how to listen to their clients, understand their situations thoroughly, and give timely and accurate advice. I would work... with them again and again. If you're immigrating into Australia, look no more
Issa Yusufi
14:15 22 Apr 22
WLW Migration Lawyers are always easy to reach with professional and experience lawyers. I have really nice experience and am absolutely satisfied.
Piyushkumar Patel
09:11 22 Apr 22
My PR file rejected 3 times and got 4020 then we went to AAT. Samantha help us out to won the case and our 13 years hard work make it worth. without her help and guidance it won’t be possible.She is very professional and take everything personally check and advise accordingly. We get notified by... her email in second if we have any updates come from AAT and reply us if we ask something. For her hard work thank you is not enough. She make our life big tress varnish and finally our file remits.👌👌🙏🙏I personally recommend Samantha if someone looking for there immigration and AAT matter to look after by professional people have knowledge of more
Leigh Dean
09:32 20 Apr 22
We highly recommend working with WLW Migration Lawyers. From the outset the team was caring, professional, knowledgable, and prompt in their responses. Our initial consultation with Jessica made us feel confident that they had our best interests at heart. Sara M was our Migration Lawyer, who is... AMAZING! She is always willing to answer any questions and give us the best advice and guidance. Thanks to her continued hard work and diligence, our partner visa has been approved. From start to finish the application process was as seamless as possible. To those considering working with WLW in the future, we cannot recommend working with the team enough! Thanks more
ahmed farah
19:37 13 Apr 22
I am very happy to have Wlw lawyers , specially Tony Tram , he was patient and understanding through the whole process and has led me through the entire application with clarity. he is responsive and gives the best advice for every situation. I highly recommend Tony and WLW in general as I have... only heard good things. also Simon who gave me good adives. Tony and all Team Thank you once again for assisting me in obtaining my PR. I am very gratefuread more
Naveen M
04:16 12 Apr 22
WLW migration team service is wonderful, finally, I got the positive outcome in my application. It would not possible without WLW effort.
Sandeep Panikkar
06:09 08 Apr 22
Natalia made my partner visa application as painless as possible. Recently got approved. Could not be happier with the ongoing support I have received from Wlw lawyers.I would recommend applying through them 10/10.Thank you for helping with the visa process, I really appreciate it.
Parama Basu
16:34 29 Mar 22
Incredibly helpful and efficient. Extremely responsive and got the job done with minimum effort from our end. Highly recommended.
Paige Maquiling
01:52 28 Mar 22
Tony Tran is the lawyer who handled my case. He has been very hands on with every detail of my application, very professional and well spoken lawyer. he will reassure you on times you’re confused with things and he always makes sure to give you all the details possible in every step you are or will... be taking. I highly recommend this firm they have the best client care and service!read more
Yun Ling Yeo
04:25 23 Mar 22
Natalia is the absolute best migration lawyer I could ever ask for. She was patient and understanding through the whole process and has led us through the entire application with clarity. She is responsive and gives the best advice for every situation. I highly recommend Natalia and WLW in general... as I have only heard good things. Thank you once again for assisting me in obtaining my PR. I am very more
Rebecca Rosinger
22:23 20 Mar 22
I couldn't recommend WLW Migration Lawyers enough and had such a brilliant experience working with Emma to obtain my PR.Applying for PR through partner visa is super complicated as there are a lot of different steps involved - Emma was able to completely simplify the whole process for my husband... and I so it was straight forward and stress free. Well worth the investment! Thank you so much Emma 🙂read more
Amjad Ali
04:50 08 Mar 22
I consulted James Wardlaw about my mother’s visitor visa rejection and got great leads which helped me in preparing my own case and appear before tribunal ! I won the case and she got her visa ! Thanks James for helping - you are truely professional and very knowledgable !
Johanna Leitch
02:31 02 Mar 22
Extremely helpful and professional. Trustworthy and effective. A good use of our money and we felt much safer going with WLW than many migration agents we spoke to who provided much less concrete or helpful advise. Can highly recommend.
Elvis Otia
23:39 24 Feb 22
I have just received news of my partner being granted her PR which is the best possible outcome. Thank you so much for your wonderful effort. James was great but Natalia you wonderful. Your firm is awesome and very patient.
Emma was a pleasure to work with throughout my Partner Visa application process. She gave me thorough and comprehensive advice, making sure all bases were covered. She was extremely professional and took the time to explain all my options, making sure I was fully aware of the process and exploring... the best possible pathways given my circumstances. Despite a potentially challenging set of circumstances, her advice and recommendations gave me and my partner a lot of confidence and peace of mind. By the time we submitted our application, we did not have too many doubts that the Visa was going to be granted due to Emma’s expertise and attention-to-detail in making sure that we had everything we required to proceed with our submission.I would also like to thank Nubil who was extremely prompt with his replies to my queries and was always willing to oblige and assist me where required.All in all, it was an absolute pleasure to work with Emma and Nubil of WLW Migration Lawyers. I would not hesitate to recommend them in the highest terms to anyone who needs help with a visa application or migration more
markos gelaglie
01:17 15 Feb 22
'Many thanks to Simon Leske of WLW lawyers'I had an immigration case with another law firm for over five years with one unsuccessful hearing. I then started to look for another law firm hoping to receive a successful outcome in the next hearing. I started to read several google reviews on... countless immigration lawyers. I asked people if they knew anyone in any state that could take on my case not just for the sake of it but someone who tries to understand my situation sincerely.I was then received several recommendations but one just stood out more than the rest. A friend whom I knew several years ago had recommended Simon Leske of WLW lawyers. He said, “I heard so many wonderful things from a friend about a lawyer by the name of Simon. Give me a couple of days and I will get you his contact details” Which he did!Simon Leske was a beacon of hope to me at a time when my options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed almost impossible. Not only was he able to help me with professional support but his calm and empathy gave me emotional support. He gave me more time than I ever expected and guided me through til the end.Simon had prepared nearly a hundred section scenarios that would possibly prepare me for the hearing. I was prepared, so the hearing date was locked in.I went in with confidence and I walked out with absolute satisfaction. Honestly, at that point, the outcome would not matter because I was sincere, and without Simon’s support, I would not gain that confidence.As you would expect, the result of the hearing came through and it was astonishing.I am now settled and happy. I feel that I owe a lot to Simon’s kind and warm professional service.Go with Mr. Simon Leske of WLW lawyers without reservation. I have no doubt that his dedication will satisfy you.Finally, I want to thank all staff of WLW lawyers for all your more
Lin Yoke Peng
05:04 07 Feb 22
My partner Craig and I approached Samantha Smith at WLW Migration Lawyers in 2021 after a referral from his doctor. We found Samantha and her staff professional, knowledgeable and helpful with our Partner Visa application. They were quick to reply to any questions we had and emailed a reply within... 24 hours. Our application is progressing in the right direction. We can't thank Samantha enough for her help. We couldn't have done this without WLW Migration Lawyers. We would be happy to recommend WLW Migration Lawyers to family and more
Tejal Waghdhare
19:35 03 Feb 22
Our lawyer Natalia, was extremely professional and well composed. She answered every single query I had, which were many :p They were always available via phone or emails when needed. l'm very happy with their service and the support they provided.
John Sullivan
11:23 03 Feb 22
James and the WLW team have been incredibly patient with all of my questions. Very responsive and always keep us in the loop with updates communication from Department of Home Affairs etc.Would have taken 5 years to get permanent residency approval if trying to do this ourselves without the... support from team WLWread more
mash b
23:26 02 Feb 22
Natalia Paliy has been helping me for many years with my visa applications. She has always done the upmost to ensure all the applications were done perfectly. She responds to our inquiries quickly and very quickly. She is an amazing immigration lawyer. Thank you Natalia 🙂
P Kumar
01:10 02 Feb 22
My experience with WlW lawyers, specifically with Samantha and Jessica Mam was top notch, and i received my Permanent Residency today because of them.A big thank you to Samantha Smith for her dedication and hard work throughout the visa process. She is the best and she made everything easier... with her expertise knowledge on the subject and with several years of experience in the field.She is very honest, professional and genuinely cares about her clients. Highly recommend SAMANTHA SMITH for permanent residency visa process or any other visa process.BEST MIGRATION LAWYERS IN more
doesn't matter
22:54 30 Jan 22
I've had nothing but good experience with WLW Lawyers and especially with our agent Samantha Smith who I will recommend to everyone. She is the best you can choose. I have had a million questions and she has been so patient, pleasant, communicative, educational. She is an expert. She managed to get... our visa approved in 3months which we thought is unattainable. Thank you, Samantha, and thank you to everyone in the WLW more
Reuben Minda
07:45 24 Jan 22
We want to thank Sara for the way she helped us go through this whole process and how meticulous she hs been with the documentation that we had to prepare for the application.Sara paid attention to everything (documents, content of our declarations, constant updates, answering questions, and so... on) during this past year and we are very grateful for more
Rina Frans Mintoro
22:45 20 Jan 22
I've had nothing but good experiences with WLW Lawyers. Had an initial (15m) consultation with Simon Leske, which made me decide that these guys are the right people to help me. I then had a further (1hr) consultation with Samantha Smith who was excellent! She is genuine and approachable, and... really breaks complicated issues so its easy for me to understand. Have really enjoyed both interactions with them, and glad that I was able to find them to help with my visa. Would definitely recommend WLW Lawyers for anyone looking for migration more
Ivyyy Z
09:20 19 Jan 22
My partner and I were granted the 309 partner visa ~3 months after lodgement with WLW. We’re over the moon with this fast outcome as we can finally end the 1.5 year long distance and reunite in Australia. 🥰🥰🥰Huge thanks to our lawyer Sara Minamikawa and paralegal Genevieve... Walsh who made this possible! 🙏Sara & Genevieve are awesome - they managed our expectation from the beginning and pointed us to the right VISA pathway, provided clear guidance on evidence collection, and they have been so patient and responsive to answer all our anxious enquiries over the months.It was a very emotional journey for my partner and I. We’re soooo glad we had Sara’s support to save us from the additional anxiety and headaches :)Would strongly recommend WLW!read more
Tame Victorious
06:33 19 Jan 22
I have worked with Simeon and Samantha for my case and got a positive out come, they have been helpful by delivering the case on time and follow up the matter until to get a positive out come. So, I strongly recommend WLW layers for someone who is in Australia regarding any kind of case or visa.
Marinella Anzola
06:26 18 Jan 22
If I could give 10 stars I would. My mum and I had a very difficult case and finding WLW Migration was a lifesaver for us. We’ve been in Australia for nearly 12 years so out of all the migration agents/lawyers that we have dealt with in the past, I can assure you that WLW Migration is the best in... the business. If it wasn’t for Simon Leske, Emma Mulrooney and Nubil Ahamadon, I’m not sure what our future in Australia would’ve looked like. Mum and I never felt so cared for by a migration agency. Emma and Nubil were so supportive of us and patient when we were feeling anxious. They were also so committed to our case. We are happy to leave this immigration chapter behind us, now that mum and I are both permanent residents, but one thing is evident and that is that we couldn’t have done it without WLW Migration. THANK YOU!!!read more
ashish sehgal
02:46 18 Jan 22
A really big thank to Samantha smith from our bottom of heart . She is the best lawyer . She has huge knowledge , she was extremely professional, responsive. we cannot thank her enough. I had an amazing experience with WLW LAWYER and our lawyer Sam I would Highly recommend.
07:04 16 Jan 22
I'm really satisfied with WLW Migration Lawyers, they did fantastic work with positive outcomes.Highly recommend them to anyone,Special thanks to Simon
Nurhayat Akel
07:13 23 Dec 21
I could not speak more highly of Sara Minamikawa and WLW Migration Lawyers in how they took care of our Partner Visa and Schedule 3 criteria waiver. My husband had negative experiences with previous migration brokers and lawyers; as for myself, I had never requested legal services and was hesitant... in placing my trust in any law firm. I am so glad I fought my nerves and decided to let go of my fears of failure. Sara was absolutely wonderful from the get-go; she was professional, sensitive to our issues, reassuring, supportive, and most importantly, she allowed me to let go completely and allow her to represent us in our case with full trust. Today my husband was granted his Permanent Visa and I can not believe how swift Sara and her team were in achieving this result for us. It's a pity I live in Wollongong - had I lived in Melbourne closer to WLW Migration Lawyers, I would most definitely give Sara a big hug for all of her support and dedication. For those who may be in the same situation that we were, I can say this with a whole heart: do not hesitate in trusting WLW Migration Lawyers. The lawyers are superb and fight for your case to the very end. Thank you Sara and WLW Migration Lawyers!!!read more
Tuan Ly
23:30 16 Dec 21
Worked with Samantha and Min, they are absolutely amazing! Walked us through and simplified everything! Would highly recommend.
Jack Burke
02:47 15 Dec 21
Would like to thank Emma and Nubil who did a fantastic job at getting our work rights approved within a couple of days. They were extremely professional and would not hesitate to use there service again
Camilo Ruiz
02:09 26 Nov 21
It's very hard to find someone to trust in such a sensitive matter and I couldn't be happier with the work from WLW. James and the team worked at light-speed to help me with my visa and the result was beyond expectation! I was surprised on how clear they could navigate the system and provide an... accurate assessment on how to solve my problem. If you need help, seek no further!read more
Paige McGuiness
20:30 22 Nov 21
Sara and Marni were excellent the whole way through our visa process. They were very responsive which is so reassuring when we had a lot of questions, nothing ever felt like a stupid question either. They kept us up to date with everything that was happening and were always so friendly. Would not... hesitate to use them again in the future and will be recommending them to anyone needing a migration lawyer! Thank you Sara 🙂read more
Shreya Chinnappa
22:59 11 Nov 21
James helped me with my 485 visa query. Although it was an initial consultation, I am glad I contacted WLW as James' advice for my situation was very helpful and informative. I would definitely recommend their service.
ngân trần
05:41 05 Nov 21
Samantha was the lawyer helping with my case and I can't be happier. She is super nice and helpful. Always reply any questions I have quickly. Will definitely recommend the service to others <3
Jane Jansen
17:15 27 Oct 21
I can’t recommend this firm enough especially my lawyer Rabiah- she been wondering, understanding and been following up and updated on my case in every process. Rabiah and the team been very kind and handling my case professionally. Thank you again.
11:35 19 Oct 21
WLW Migration Lawyers provides a high quality and incredibly successful AAT appeal service. I strongly recommend everyone to go to this highly experienced and knowledgeable migration agent team for efficient and professional service. And thanks to Simon.
Samantha Lane
10:23 19 Oct 21
WLW Migration Lawyers have assisted me and family with our visa 482. Where do I start, Natalia has exceeded my expectations as our migration lawyer and has provided us with genuine solid advise throughout the whole process. They are very caring, honest lawyers and we just can not thank you enough... for all the work you have done for us. I would recommend these lawyers, they have been more
Sam SB
03:48 14 Oct 21
After reviewing some lawyers in Melbourne.I'm really happy I find these guys.Really professional team and outstanding immigration advice.They helped my friend solved his immigration status.Quick response, always follow up her case and giving us best advice possible.We got a good result and I... can't thank them more for being polite and patience regards our matter.I definitely will recommend them to more
james nguyen
01:26 14 Oct 21
Samantha and her team at WLW Migration Lawyers helped me challenge an unfair decision by the department of Home Affairs and won. I couldn’t thank Samantha and her team enough for the time they spent helping us getting through these difficult times. We finally get to see our family member again in... Australia. Samantha and her team always remain professional, responsive and helpful throughout the entire process. Highly recommend!read more
Pa P
06:23 13 Oct 21
I’m very happy with the WLW LAWERS service about immigration status.They did a fantastic job explaining everything to me a lodging my application with a quick return and positive outcome.Big thanks Natalia for helping me to sort out my immigration situation.Their fees is clear and no hidden cost... involved.I really recommend them to more
Jonah Lipton
03:59 20 Sep 21
I appreciated the support of WLW Migration Lawyers in navigating the uncertainties of visa applications during covid 19
07:04 14 Sep 21
We are so fortunate to be the client of WLW lawyers. Ours was a complicated case where we had to prove the dependency of my daughter to get her the Permanent Residency. As per the regulations of the department my daughter is not considered as my dependent while we are in Australia, but we were in... Australia when the department asked us to prove the dependency. Sara Minamikawa worked very hard (with expert guidance from Simon Leske) to see if there is any precedence for a similar case and if we could get a favourable outcome. Even before the department communicated their decision, she said that it is highly unlikely we will get a favourable decision. Furthermore, she worked with us to ensure that my daughter's application is not rejected as it will have repercussions and she cannot lodge any visa application while she is onshore. Without Sara’s expert knowledge we would have made a mess of our visa applications. She advised me to withdraw my daughter’s application and got a Permanent Residency for me and later lodged a valid Remaining Relative Visa application for my daughter and got her a bridging visa to remain in Australia. In the circumstances we were in, without any hesitation, I would say that this is the best possible outcome, and it was achieved only because of the expertise of WLW more
Miles Cole
05:14 07 Sep 21
I cannot recommend WLW Migration Lawyers highly enough. Their professionalism and ethical approach to migration is second to none. Natalia, James and Molly have assisted with my partner visa application which was approved last week.I initially engaged with WLW Migration Lawyers because of the... mass of good reviews online and their great ethical approach. I approached them on the back of being in a reasonably difficult situation following a failed sponsorship visa with another agency. I was feeling very disheartened at that particular time about my options but WLW were amazing from the beginning.James’ initial consultation was extremely helpful into understanding the options available to me given the complicated situation I was in. His explanations were detailed and easy to understand at the same time.Natalia assisted with each step of the application and has been extremely thorough and engaging. I always felt confident with any information that I needed to provide and she was very easy to contact incase I was unsure of anything at any time.I found the advice and assistance given to me and my partner throughout the process very helpful, clear and honest at all times.I will be engaging with WLW again when I am ready to apply for my citizenship. They have an amazing team and deserve all the good more
03:18 26 Aug 21
We would like to specially thank to James' creativity; Rabiah's professionalism and thoughtful response to a problem; and the supporting team's attention to detail. More importantly, we truly appreciate their care and ability to help us during lockdowns. Highly recommend to those need assistance... and look for a successful outcome!read more
Merida Anderson
05:38 18 Aug 21
My partner and I worked with Emma Mulrooney, Simon, and Nubil at WLW and we were blown away by the amazing service we received from everyone at the firm. Not only did we get a great outcome in context of our complex situation, but Emma was so great at explaining everything in plain language,... working around our busy schedules (and lockdowns) and always being available when we needed to contact her. I can't recommend WLW highly more
quynh tong
08:21 17 Aug 21
I just got the PR grant today. Thanks WLW team, especially Rabiah lawyer, she look after my application so great and always respond me when I have a question ,My case is very complicated but WLW team they are very professional. Highly recommended everyone
Kelsey Nigbor
10:55 15 Aug 21
Would highly recommend! James helped me whilst I was applying for my permanent residency visa. I met with him twice and he thoroughly answered all of my questions and ran through the whole process with me. He was contactable by email as well. He made the whole process much less stressful for me.
Some one
09:44 13 Aug 21
I had an amazing experience with WLW Migration Lawyers. I interviewed initially 5 different migration specialists, and this company was definitely the one to go with. They offer gerat value for money; they have been responsive and prompt in the whole process. They explain things and support you,... which was a great help in the whole process of understanding the visa processes and getting my PR. I have been recommending them to my friends from the more
23:35 09 Aug 21
The process from the initial consultation through to the final visa outcome was absolutely smooth with Samantha and the WLW team. I was confident in their skills and abilities from day one after the initial consultation.In my opinion, Samantha is an exceptional lawyer who not only provided me... with the timely top-notch advice but was always patient and kind with all my questions.I am genuinely glad that I got in touch with the WLW team for my visas and believe that I wouldn't have made it through without their great customer service, especially Sam.I cannot thank enough and highly recommend their more
Henry Macgibbon-Parker
00:22 07 Aug 21
My partner and I were so well taken care of by Samantha. Professional, personable, and willing to assist us with our countless queries. Cannot recommend enough!
Tina Sendin
21:33 05 Aug 21
Natalia was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable in my consultation with her. She responded to all my questions insightfully and with information I needed and more. I would highly recommend!!
Zainab Shafii
10:48 03 Aug 21
A huge thank you to WLW migration lawyers especially James and Natalia.They have been amazing helping with our family’s visa cancellation.Especially Natalia, has been amazing. She is very professional, knowledgeable and sincere in her work. Natalia, is very supportive, friendly, very... approachable, and responsive with emails. We truly appreciate Natalia’s exceptional efforts. She was our first point of contact, readily available, understanding and very patient. Our family case was very complex, and we were really worried, however being involved with WLW Migration lawyers eased our stress. My family and I can’t thank them enough. We are very happy that we have received our visa back from AAT.Without any hesitation I highly recommend WLW Migration Lawyers to everyone.Thank you so much again for all the hard more
Malcolm Watts
02:49 23 Jul 21
Stephanie Vejar and her team are a group of quality, caring people who ask the correct questions to understand your requirements and then execute accordingly - no wonder they get the required results. Professional, yes, but responsive and good value. I have no hesitation in recommending this... organisationread more
Patrick Kwong
05:55 15 Jul 21
Thanks to Natalia for the hard work! I got my sponsorship in 4 months really appreciate the effort 🙏🙏
Jessica Gould
05:22 12 Jul 21
The team at WLW are beyond what I could have ever imagined. I came to them with a very sticky visa situation and they were thorough in their approach, professional in every way, and above all, they were kind. They helped me obtain my visa in record time and left no stone unturned. I cannot thank... them more
Leonardo Cordova
08:58 07 Jul 21
My partner and I hired WLW lawyers services for a partner visa, and least we can say is that we are very blessed customers. I highly recommend Samantha and her team to anyone, and feel confident in saying there's no need to look elsewhere. Samantha is professional, knowledgeable and sincere. We... were extremely impressed by how responsive she was, all our queries were answered within hours. The visa was also granted much quicker than we expected. We associate WLW lawyers with great customer service and professionalism and would recommend it to anyone who needs migration more
Natsai Verenga
12:44 06 Jul 21
I would recommend this law firm a million times. From my initial consult with Simon to the day to day commuication with Sara and Marni, I was at ease and felt confident in their abilities. They were always friendly and kept us well informed at all times. This was money well spent and a generally... pleasant experience from beginning to more
Matt & Karlo
00:12 05 Jul 21
My partner and I initially met with James from WLW to seek advice and support with a Partner Visa to Australia. WLW was recommended by a mutual friend of my partner’s, who spoke very highly of the firm after their experience following their own successful partner visa application.James and later... Natalia expertly guided us through the process. They were highly professional and we could not recommend them more. Upon submission of our offshore partner visa, it was granted 8 weeks later by the Aus government, an amazing outcome.Despite a pandemic, changing immigration legalisation and the complexity of our relationship due to our country of departure, we are truly grateful.We can not speak more highly of WLW, James and more
Anthony Hinchcliffe
06:22 04 Jul 21
We engaged WLW to assist with a partner visa application. Right from the first contact we found them to be informative, helpful and professional. We were given good directions and realistic time frames. Natalia and Monika were our contacts and they were understanding very easy to communicate with,... readily available and very patient. Our application was successful and we wouldn't have had such an outcome without their great help.... in fact we would still be trying to follow the process. From our experience they were brilliant and we sincerely thank them all. Anthony and Gaberead more
C Dururu
05:53 28 Jun 21
I would like to thank WLW migration lawyers for high valued quality work they do. I am very pleased with the help and advice they offered me all the time with my brother's visa. They are a pleasure to work with .I recommend anyone who needs assistance with immigration matters to contact them for... help.My brother's visa was granted.I give them a five star rating in every respect.Happy happy client.Carolineread more
Jin Fang
03:20 28 Jun 21
The team provided professional suggestions, and the experienced lawyer made my whole experience smooth and fast
Craig Parkinson
04:28 18 Jun 21
I recently got my 186 visa application approved with WLW migration lawyers. Natalia Paliy was my lawyer, she is super responsive and all queries dealt with promptly. I couldn’t of asked for a better experience.Absolutely awesome
Wei Chern Soon
02:44 15 Jun 21
Samantha is very friendly and patient throughout the whole process of applying for my partner visa. She kept me up to date with the visa application and always reply to my questions very promptly. My partner visa was also granted quicker than expected and she made sure that we had all our documents... ready in time. I would not have been able to do it without her help. She truly cares about her client and has helped me throughout the whole process which can be very stressful. Thank you so much more
Big Joel
09:34 09 Jun 21
Can't speak highly enough of the people working here, incredible service provided. Would recommend 100% for anyone looking for a partner visa.
Mojtaba aghapour
13:47 06 Jun 21
My partner and I was very pleased with our experience getting help from WLW Migration Lawyers. They helped our dream become true much earlier than we expected and they did that in its best way. Amazingly responsive, professional, and supportive. Hard to say how grateful I am for all their support,... especially incredible more
Habibullah Rahimi
02:30 06 Jun 21
Rabiah was my Lawyer, and she was incredibly supportive, knowledgeable and responsive,She was also very professional.I would like to thank all the team Especially Rabiah who worked really hard.VERY happy recommend WLW Migration Lawyers to others.
Phattarasuda Sarakolm
15:48 03 Jun 21
Sara is very detail person, she help us sorted the partner visa and got approval in only 2 months.5 Star is not enough for her work.I love her personality that she always chase us up to get the the visa lodge as soon as she can. I really appriciated her work.We cant say thank you enough to... more
Anna Lason
11:46 30 May 21
The service we received from WLW lawyers was excellent. The team was very professional and supportive throughout the application process. I would happily recommend WLW to anyone seeking visa services.
henry mathew
06:54 27 May 21
I brought my case which was already very weak to the WLW lawyers, they helped me and resurrected the case and gave it a new life. Their lawyers were very professional and focused.especially Patrick O’Connor, Sarah Minamikawa and other staff members who handled our case, they were so amazing,... great fighters and very intelligent. I amSo proud of WLW lawyers. Thanks soMuch guys for all your assistance and great victory on our case... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!read more
Thiago Da Silva
01:45 25 May 21
I first sent an email to WLW briefly explaining my case and inquiring which of the two, free call or consultation, would be beneficial. Although I emailed a few places, WLW replied first and were very helpful. I had the free call with James which, I believe, direct me to the right path. I engaged... with WLW to assist my matter and all went well and they were very professional.......thanks once more
Simon Bird
00:41 25 May 21
Stephanie and Brit were fantastic. Having faced some issues with the immigration department, it was great to have people guiding me through the process. Very responsive and professional throughout. Thank you very much for your help.
Heather E.
07:13 24 May 21
Natalia and the team have been absolutely great support with the visa application.The service has been professional at all times and they are quick to respond.Can highly recommend. Thank you so much!
08:29 04 May 21
WLW lawyers are really friendly and professional. My previous manager and friend recommended this company to me. Emma, Simon and Nubil were in charge of my case and it only took 8 months for me to get my first partner visa(820). My partner and I are really happy about the service.
Jack Tsai
07:04 04 May 21
Sara was amazing! the whole team was super helpful with my partner visa application process. Always quick to respond and provided great advice during the whole process. Highly recommend!
Anna N Eva
14:33 25 Apr 21
I am feeling very excited and emotional while writing this review. We tried to seek help from biggest immigration lawyers in Australia for our permanent visa cancellation matter but no one helped us rather they straight away said there is no hope in your case. Me and my family were highly stressed... and had almost lost our hopes until we called Wlw migration and they immediately connected us to Rabia Khawaja.No words can express not only how professional and responsive they are but rather I would say Rabia Khawaja is the best human I know. The way she tackled the case in very short time shows that how much skilled, highly knowledgeable and very smart and intelligent lawyer she is. She remained very helpful and supportive throughout the process till we got our permanent residence back in our hands.Myself, my husband and my three very young children will always remain thankful to Rabia Khawaja. It was a Miraculous experience. May God Bless her always.RegardsReeta Nareshread more
Max Grant
08:10 16 Apr 21
Really helpful - had 15 minutes call in which they gave a lot of useful info. I elected to proceed to an hour video which yielded a lot of critical information with follow-up emails. All at a price half of what I'd been quoted elsewhere.
Shona Arber
00:46 14 Apr 21
We highly recommend WLW for anyone needing a migration lawyer. From the first consultation, we knew we were in good hands. After having negative experiences with an agent and another lawyer, looking for a new one was an anxious process and many lawyers charge a large fee just to have a... conversation. The process with WLW was straight forward, and James was very understanding and knoweldgeable. Our main case lawyer Sam, with support from Molly, was absolutely fantastic - always very responsive and thorough. Always fast to provide information or reassurance when we needed it. Her professionalism and dedication helped us to achieve the best possible outcome! Thanks Sam and Molly and James and the rest of the WLW team!read more
Cyrur Hoveyes
23:36 12 Apr 21
Jessica was our WLW Migration Lawyer, thank you so much for your help and support. WLW Lawyers were very nice and friendly. You are amazing and one of the best lawyer. Please keep up the extraordinary work.
23:47 09 Apr 21
WLW Migration Lawyers have been extremely helpful in assisting with visa applications. They are timely, meticulous and have maintained consistent communication throughout the process. I highly recommend their services to anyone that needs it.
Faizan Riaz
00:12 09 Apr 21
WLW Migration Lawyers are the most professional and authentic migration lawyers i have experienced so far. They are responsive and quick in terms of what is suitable for you and they will do through analysis with you and will tell you what is the best option for you.I would like to say here that i... have worked with James and Natalia here, both of them are highly professional and competent to help you out.Monika Scally is awesome... the best.I would recommend WLW migration Lawyers to all the people looking for professional migration consultation in more
Daniel Alexander
22:48 01 Apr 21
My Partner and I have felt so supported throughout the whole process of applying for Partner PR. From the moment we first spoke with James and Natalia, they talked us through all of the complexities and simplified the process for us (as it can be very overwhelming). Natalia was wonderful in being... so responsive to us and answered all of our questions in a timely manner. We would highly recommend using WLW Lawyers as they provided high quality advice and more
Jonathan Dunn
06:37 30 Mar 21
Where to start with WLW Migration Lawyers. I contacted the firm for assistance with a de facto application, some of the questions and demands form immigration was very confusing and with the application fee around $7800 dollars I strongly advise getting everything correct the first time. I was... assisted throughout the whole process stress free. Any queries I had were swiftly answered by the team. I’d personally like to thank Emma Mulrooney who I dealt with mostly, she’s very professional , helpful and really wants the best for her clients. I would recommend WLW Migration Lawyers for all your immigration needs !read more
Cate Venturoni
22:53 29 Mar 21
Very professional and prompt service. Well presented process for us to follow. Friendly and informative phone follow up to keep things moving on time. Pleased with outcome in a short space of time.
Haylee Cooper-Maclean
11:08 25 Mar 21
My husband and I had a fantastic experience with WLW Lawyers! It started with a free initial chat with Partner James, and in that initial chat we received a lot more reassurance and accurate information than we received from an (expensive) initial consultation with another firm. James even we so... far to say we could probably submit the visa ourselves to save money, due to the simplicity of our situation and the type of visa extension we were applying for. We weren't fully confident going ahead with things ourselves, plus we were so impressed with James that we decided to go with WLW for the application. Our matter ended up being handled by Natalia with support from Monika at WLW, and both were absolutely fantastic to deal with. They were extremely responsive and understanding and they made the process so easy! We received a happy result from our application but the whole process was a breeze, so we wouldn't hesitate to recommend WLW to more
Kriso Nguyen
10:24 22 Mar 21
I have experienced WLW service and they always accompany with me when i need assistance... Natalia is my favourite one , she has helped me professionally... i strongly recommend to those whose have been looking for immigration matters. Best of luck you guys.
Charles Dangibeaud
01:08 22 Mar 21
Natalia from WLW Migration Lawyers helped us with our Permanent Residency application. The service we received was excellent - responsive, professional and always happy to jump on a call at a moment's notice to answer any questions we had. I would happily recommend WLW to anyone seeking visa... more
Le Van Nguyen
12:02 11 Mar 21
My visa was granted way earlier than the global processing time. I wouldn't be able to achieve this without the help of WLW team, especially Sara and Marni for their exceptional service and supports along the way. Thank you so much for your help and I have recommended WLW to many of my... acquaintances. 🙂read more
tarah Puller
05:57 11 Mar 21
My partner and I have no words to thank Rabiah and her team. From the first moment I spoke with Rabiah, I realised I was talking to someone who not only understood the system but listened and cared about our us and our case.We found Rabiah to be extremely personable, professional and timely. She... ALWAYS went out of her way during and after hours to answer emails, calls and complete further submissions.Rabiah took over our prospective marriage visa case 2 weeks before my partner was to have an interview (failed initial laywers) she worked tirelessly redid our entire application again from start to finish.Our case was more complex than usual, my partner was a stateless refugee, in a third party country, passport expiring and all during a pandemic. We are now applying for our bridging visa, all thanks to Rabiah and more
Kathy Zhou
22:04 10 Mar 21
Definitely one of the best migration law firm in Australia. Samantha Smith is very professional and knowledgeable, patiently answered our questions, guided us during the process. We’ve received the permanent resident visa for less than a year. Great job! Many thanks to Sam and WLW.
Kathy Kuteesa
13:04 06 Mar 21
☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Rabia, you are a magnificent human and a very professional one of a kind lawyer. Thank you for holding my hand through it all. It was such a very messy and complicated case to say the least, but you stood by me, cleaned up the mess and got the very best outcome for me and my boys♡♡♡. I... thank God for finding WLW but most importantly for Rabia and James. I remember my first chat with you both one fine morning in 2017; and how hopeful you made me feel despite how ridiculously insane my case was! I left thinking, oh no! they will change their mind surely. But no, you didn't look back!Thank you for never giving up on me!! Thank you for representing me.You are the best lawyers in Australia!read more
03:39 03 Mar 21
Samantha was my lawyer, and she was incredibly supportive, knowledgeable and responsive. She was also very professional yet friendly and approachable. When my visa was granted, she gave me a call and congratulated me with so much joy in her voice. I highly recommend working with Samantha and WLW... Migration Lawyers!read more
Nishant Chouhan
22:57 01 Mar 21
I am so glad that I got this opportunity to write review .I am living in Melbourne from 12 years and been to many migration services but today confidentially I can say that WLW is the best team of professionals. We had our matter in AAT ,it was so complicated, me and my employer were even not... hoping to get it sorted in AAT ,but the job whole team did especially Samantha is a miracle for us ,Me ,my wife and my son got to live in australia forever .I have no words which can appreciate them enough. Just a advice for anyone reading my review .visa is our life ,your career our families life,please let this team handle your problems.If they can sort my matter ,they can sort out any matter .Samantha is very good listener,she support us mentally ,they know exactly everything about immigration .Thanks to whole team and champion more
Eid Mohammad Saba
23:48 28 Feb 21
I definitely recommend WLW lawyer, I was extremely nervous and anxious with my matter, Stephanie Vejar helped me with the matter and we had great outcome,She is very professional, Smart, nice and kind.Thank you so much Stephanie Vejar for everything you done for me.
James Minglis
06:06 19 Feb 21
Had a great experience with Rabiah Khawaja and her associates. She made sure the process of our partner visa was incredibly easy despite all the complications due to COVID, after we struggled to do it alone. Will definitely recommend WLW and Rabiah to anyone who needs this type of service in the... future. Really appreciate everything she more
Luiza Noman
06:43 14 Feb 21
I've applied for a partner visa with the help of Stephanie Vejar and couldn't be happier. My visa is now granted and the whole process was smooth. It was really important to me to count with a team that had experience with partner visas before. Stephanie was always very kind, professional and... helpful. She replied to the e-mails quickly and never hesitate in answering all my questions. I'm very grateful for Stephanie helping me with my application.It's worthy to have the peace of mind knowing that your case is looked after and it's just a matter of time until you have the visa. Really recommend their services 🙂read more
Nick - Now Buildings
00:57 11 Feb 21
We worked with Sara from WLW Migration Lawyers to secure an employee's permanent residency + partner visa and are extremely impressed by the level of service and care we received. Sara walked us through the process seamlessly, explaining everything along the way and made sure that we were always... kept up to date. Her professionalism, attention to detail and personable nature are above par and we are so grateful to have worked with her. If we need to complete this process again for any future Staff members, we will be sure to use WLW and recommend them whenever we more
Davies Nicholas
02:16 09 Feb 21
My partner Pippa and I will be forever grateful for the swiftness, deftness and collaborative approach employed by WLW. WLW are fully qualified, truly-local professionals, who understand the landscape, and all the key legalprinciples, as well as particular/exigent considerations.Go straight to... the experts who know the Australian system and the Department of Home Affairs. And they are very reasonably priced.Get a result! We got one!read more
Wayne Wood
04:55 06 Feb 21
So my partner and i were recommended these guys from a work colleague to handle our Defacto partnership visa and permanent residency application. Honestly, we really struck gold, from the start these guys were transparent, extremely professional and caring. We can not give a comparison to another... migration lawyer as we have only had to do this once, but we feel we were very well looked after and our expectations managed well. Only negatives, which these guys cannot do anything about are the government wait times and the cost involved. Other than that, extremely happy. Over the years we had spoken to a number of the staff that have and work there now, but a massive thanks to Natalia, Monika and James to name a few for all you're hard work. Good luck in the future and i hope the business continues to more
Sandra D'Caro
00:10 25 Jan 21
I highly recommend WLW lawyers. My journey started a bit over two years ago. I went to a couple of firms before going to WLW, the first two firms left me with more questions than answers, and they didn't seem professional enough. I was pleasantly surprised when I had my phone consultation with... Patrick (who unfortunately moved to Tassie), and he knew what was he talking about, he took the time to listen to all my doubts and answer them. After that phone consultation, we arrange for a face to face interview where he had prepared my options (based on the phone call), and we started working on my visa application. It was stressful for me, and that is why I decided to hire help. The poor thing had to put with all my anxieties, questions, doubts; I think he even replied to me on the weekend. I just had to be patient. He called me to let me know of his plans to move to Tassie and that my new lawyer would be Simon Leske, who was involved in the case from the beginning anyway. Simon had the humungous task of getting to know me, prepare me, and assist me over the phone during the COVID lockdown to get me ready for my interview. Paola Ramirez, his paralegal, was so switched on and efficient. She was on top of everything when we had to submit further documents, very responsive, reassuring, and kind. I got my visa last week and looking back, I made the right decision when choosing them, I would do it more
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Jessica Williamson, Partner

is selected for inclusion in the 14th Edition of the Best Lawyers in Australia for work in Immigration Law

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is selected for inclusion in the 14th Edition of the Best Lawyers in Australia for work in Immigration Law

James Wardlaw, Partner

is selected for inclusion in the 15th Edition of the Best Lawyers in Australia for work in Immigration Law

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