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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 more than 15 languages
  • Dedicated migration support for HR & recruitment teams
  • Free 10 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 that 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 429 reviews
Well Done WLW Migration Lawyers,it was nice to have you help our new family ...highly recommended and special THANKS to Tony & Simon and all their team members 💕It was start well & all ends well👍 👍👍😊
I had a 10 min free consultation with Simon today. It was a brilliant experience.At no point did I feel like he was wasting time or trying to get me to book a further, paid consultation. He listened and understood me very clearly and came back with clear advice based on my questions without... trying to pressure me into any further discussion or consultations. He even called me back to clarify something we both weren't sure on.I have had very different experiences with other agencies and definitely recommend for a honest, actual free 10 min useful consultation!read more
Eddie Mason
WLW Migration Lawyers have been so helpful and very understanding with my situation. I could not have had the positive outcome without their support and expertise.I would highly recommend them
Kamran Bashir
I don’t have words to describe my gratitude to you. 6 years ago I searched you through google and contacted. You guys are very very professional you did exactly what you said you would do. Helped me with my protection visa subclass 866 and i got it in first interview. I just wanna say THANKS to WLW... Migration Lawyers especially NATALIA for her generosity and professionalism 🙏🏻read more
WLW provided professional and timely support to our U.S. based company. They guided us through the process, from initial consultation and analysis to obtaining a visa for one of our U.S. citizen employees to engage in short-term specialized work in Australia. I highly recommend the WLW team.
Mohamed Mohamed
I highly recommend WLW Lawyers especially Tony Tran as the first choice for any visa arrangement and application. Based on my real experience with Tony, he is very professional and expert, He is dedicated and he will answer any of your doubts. Tony has helped making my visa journey at ease and... confidently achieve positive outcome at the AAT eventually.Tony has guided me through the whole visa process, lodged convincing claims and prepared me for the interview stage.Once again, i really thank Tony Tran and the whole WLW team who have helped me to achieve my dream to stay permanently in Australia!RegardsMohamedread more
Vm Lee
I highly recommend WLW Lawyers especially to Jessica Williamson, I recently have been granted PR with her help. I would love to take this opportunity to thank Jessica Williamson and her team member who have put a great effort & time to help on my case. She's professional, very knowledgeable and... patient helping her client. She always given the best possible advice & courage and very dedicated to her work. I am so grateful to have her as my lawyer, THANK YOU again more
Samantha Lane
WLW Migration Lawyers have assisted me and family with our 186TRT PR visa. They have been very helpful from start to finish. This is the second time they have assisted me with my visa needs and have been absolutely excellent both time. Thank you so much. Sam
alijan Juma
Very happy from WLW migration lawyers, very professionals, knowledgeable and helpful. The best experience and outcome in my situation. I had extremely hard situations but they helped me getting my visa back which was canceled by the immigration. Especial thanks to Tony Tran and all the WLW team.... I highly recommend. The best migration lawyers ever 👍👍👍read more
Bethany Turner
Myself and my partner used WLW for our 186 direct entry visa application and I cannot recommend them highly enough. We received excellent support and communication through the entire process, from our initial consultation with James to building our application with Sara Minamikawa.Sara was... professional, warm and easy to work with. Her attention to detail and thoroughness when reveiwing our application was incredibly reassuring. Thanks to her hardwork and guidance we received a positive outcome in January 2024 after submitting in March 2023. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to anybody needing immigration assistance. A heartfelt thank you to the entire team at more
G.M Abbasi
I would like to thank NATALIA for her amazing professional services carried out with technicality, skill and top level professionalism not to mention sincere empathy. She always followed up and made sure that there’s no communication gap between DHA, herself and us. I would like to extend my and my... family’s gratitude towards her and her family.I wish WLW a trillion more success stories like more
Outstanding experience with WLW Migration Lawyers! Their expertise, quick response, and personalized attention to details made my PR visa successful. Highly recommend for any immigration needs!
WLW team members, Rabiah Khawaja, James Wardlaw, Sara Minamikawa, Luke Brennan, Uyen Nguyen, Heather Shin, and the rest of the team were very competent in what they're doing. They assisted us in our visa matter well, transparent and supportive. The last thing you want in your way is to get scammed,... which happened to us in the past, but never with WLW. Our journey was long and complicated, but we were glad that we found the right representative this time around and made it out. We are so grateful! Thank you more
Pich Kimleang
I have recently received my 482 visa approval.Many thanks to WLW team especially Sara Minamikawa for your great works and support throughout the process!Highly recommend!
Suarie Rodrigo
EXCELLENT SERVICE. Especially our agent “Sara Minamikawa” and the rest of their team, have done an amazing job from my partner visa application to my Permanent Residency application. I would also suggest to go see and visit their office to meet them or the rest of the team. 100% TRUST WORTHY... Company. I Would definitely recommend WLW MIGRATION LAWYERS to my family and friends who are seeking for help. Thank You again!!!read more
Ashik Andalib
I've been meaning to leave a review for some time now, but something always gets in the way!"You guys are one of the best decisions I've ever made." That is what I told Shamsiya when she called me to inform that my visa had been granted.My case was a bit complicated and to be honest I had... little hopes. My partner was the one who was looking for lawyers. Most of the lawyers my partner and I initially spoke with did not want to take the case. She finally found one who was willing to take my case up, however, something in my gut told me I should continue looking. I came across WLW, read the reviews, and I decided to have a 15 min free consultation.Rabiah was the one I first spoke to and right off the bat she was confident, told me what the plan was, told me what the plan B's were, cracked a few jokes, and overall left me with a extremely pleasant and secure feeling. I told my partner that WLW was the firm we are going with.The visa process is frustrating to think about, however, Rabiah provided clear guidance and instructions, provided detailed explanations as many times as required when we were confused, and lifted us up when we were down.Ultimately, after we applied in August 2023 we were expecting a long wait especially when considering the complexities of the case - we were granted in October 2023.Again, the visa process can be daunting, but what can also be frustrating is finding a good lawyer and I am so thankful I found WLW. Not only did they show competence, but they also showed empathy and friendship and I think that was such an important thing for my partner and myself.Thank you WLW, you have changed this man's life and I will always be more
On the last day of 2023, I finally met my family who had been separated for 6 years. At this moment, I am extremely grateful to my lawyer-Sara Minamikawa from WLW. From the moment I applied for a partner visa, she gave me a lot of help and always helped me. She took the trouble to answer my... questions. WLW is the best law firm in Melbourne, and Sara Minamikawa is the best and most professional lawyer. Here, our whole family sincerely thanks her! Thanksread more
M Mughal
I booked an appointment first day after Christmas holiday period. The admin team was quick in arranging a video link and getting all documents across to the lawyer. I spoke with Sara Minamikawa. I approached her with an urgent query and needed immediate guidance. Sara was highly professional and... thorough. She gave me the right advice and resources. Very happy!read more
Leora Dokhan
My family and I recently used James' services to flee the war in Israel. Our situation was challenging as my husband and 3 children needed to obtain Australian visas within a few days and my youngest son didn't even own a passport (as he was less than 2 weeks old!). James provided us with an... outstanding service. He was extremely knowledgeable about the procedures we would need to undertake. He gave us very accurate estimates of when we could expect the visas. He was very clear on the information we needed to provide. He was also extremely understanding and sympathetic to our situation. He went above and beyond the call of measure - speaking with my sister as late as midnight in order to push our case through. Overall, he was very professional and hard working. He was an absolute pleasure to work with. I highly recommend his more
Edward Ding
I have recently been granted Citizenship with the help of WLW. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rabiah and Jessica who have put a great effort and a lot of time into my application with their professionalism. It’s been a long journal but it’s definitely worths it. WLW is no doubt a... highly recommended lawyer in Melbourne.I wish WLW a prosperous more
Maliny Phang
I have worked with Sara and her team since last year to obtain my visa, and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Throughout the entire process, Sara was incredibly helpful and responsive, guiding us through the various steps and offering suggestions to ensure that my application was as strong as... possible.She was able to answer all of our questions and address any concerns we had. Her attention to detail and thoroughness in reviewing my application gave us peace of mind that everything was in order.Thanks to their expertise and guidance, I received my visa this January. I would highly recommend their services to anyone in need of immigration more
Bianka Tóth
WLW Migration Lawyers were very helpful in assisting me in obtaining a partner visa efficiently and quite quickly. We began the application process at the end of March, submitted our application at the end of April and received a partner visa (820) at the beginning of December. In the interim, they... also assisted me with a bridging visa B application. The whole process from the beginning to the grant of the visa B took only about 1 week. We are very happy with the firm's service and highly recommend it to more
I would like to publicly express gratitude to our lawyer Tony Tran and the whole law firm.We have come to Tony from a very difficult case with a different agent and not having our family's residential status in Australia resolved for more than 5 years. From that point, in 1.5 years with Tony and... his magical work my family has finally been granted permanent residency in Australia. We are beyond than happy.Tony has worked with us and on our case very hard. He's prompt, he's professional, he's very knowledgeable. He has always given us the best possible advice to his knowledge. His whole team worked together and hard on our case. They are very dedicated to their work.It was a difficult journey but whenever I heard from Tony I knew that we were well taken care of. Having such a great quality lawyer in our corner felt like a blessing the whole time. We knew that we are in good hands and finally we have gotten the best news ever! Thanks forever, Tony!Forever grateful,Andelkovic family!read more
Rihane Issa
I Highly Recommended WLW Migration.I would like to thank Simon, James and Hayley for helping my siblings get there PR.WLW Migration is the best team and very understanding team, 10yrs ago James and Simon help me to get my PR and now my 2 brother and sister got there Visa because off WLW Migration... lawyers, they communicate with my broken English respectfully and they were able to understand my case. I am forever grateful for there help.God bless the whole team, I wish you guys more more
Highly Recommend WLW Lawyers. They have helped me to get my PR and assist me through whole process. Special thanks to Tony for achieving my Visa.
Many thanks to Nubil and James. They worked so hard, we are very grateful for the amazing outcome!! recently we were able to revoke the cancellation visa under s501within just 8 months of the cancellation!, , our family reunited again! We highly recommend WLW migration for any visa application ,... particularly cancellation of visa under s501- character ground!read more
WLW Migration Lawyers provided exceptional support for my migration needs securing a De facto Visa for my Partner and later a Child Visa for my daughter.They are proficient in handling complex migration cases and their knowledge and support during a stressful process speaks volumes about their... more
Zavar ali Juma
One of the best lawyers.Specially Tony and Simon I want thank both of them for the great work. I was a client of them for my wife's visa application they worked very well and made a great outcome, good thing is they communicate we their clients.It was a pleasure working with them.If you are... looking for immigraton lawyers look no further wlw migration lawyers are the more
K Turan
WLW Migration Lawyers helped me to get my Permanent Residency in Australia. I am tremendously grateful to Jessica and Jess. Both have great amount of knowledge regarding visa process. Extremely thankful to this organisation and like to refer to my family and... friends.😊😊😊😊😊read more
Willis Young
Tony and his team are exceptional in their works. We can’t think of anyone who could of handle our case better with such attention to details. We can’t thank them enough for helping getting our visa granted and makes our lives so much easier with their help. Thank you, Tony.
Ava Wan
Nubil was wonderfully professional and helped me feel informed and secure at all stages of the process! Applying for a permanent residency is stressful enough - having a trusted expert I could rely on throughout was invaluable to me 🙂
Rubi Nguyen
Exceptional service, expert guidance, and a seamless immigration process. Five stars for professionalism and success!
We approached WLW Immigration with a rather complex partner visa case. It’s worth noting that we had consultations with many other law firms and migration agents, and some of them expressed doubts about achieving a positive outcome given the complexity of our situation.Our experience took a... remarkable turn when we were introduced to Rabiah, former senior attorney at WLW Immigration, who took the lead on our case. Rabiah's dedication, expertise, and profound understanding of immigration law were truly exceptional. She guided us through every step of the process, offering genuine advice, and most importantly, she was refreshingly straightforward and honest about every aspect of our case. This left us feeling reassured throughout the process.While Rabiah's efforts were outstanding, we’d also like to acknowledge the entire WLW Immigration team. Their collective approach and strategic handling of our case played a pivotal role in achieving the remarkable result of securing our visa in just 2 months, without any RFI.We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the entire team at WLW Immigration for providing such an incredible service. Without a doubt, we wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone in need of immigration assistance. They are the best in the business, and we couldn't be happier with the more
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.Update (21/09/2023):I cannot recommend WLW enough. The... entire process of the my visa application has been smooth, thorough and stress-free. If you need amazing migration lawyers, consult them!read more
Dennis Violet
WLW Migration Lawyers are the best.I want to specifically thank Simon and Hayley for all the help and advices given relating to my visa application. They are very skilled, professional and helpful lawyers. It’s an amazing experience working with them from the start to the end. Words cannot... describe how much this visa means to me and I could have been in different situations and locations if it’s not with their help. It’s been a pleasure working with them and will keep working in the future more
Lyam Ramloll
Very quick at responding to my questions and concerns. Nisha made sure to submit my application before a very tight deadline- even though it meant working well beyond working hours.
Kylie Staddon
I couldn't recommend this company more highly. They are efficient, reasonably priced, effective, and most of all kind. I have worked with many immigration lawyers for my business, and nobody compares to James and his team. They actually care about the people they are trying to assist - it is so... refreshing. Thank you!read more
Han Syu
Great and professional service. I had a case that needs to be submitted urgently, and WLW (Vanessa) offered great help on the submission. Would definitely recommend!
Vamsi Donavalli
Highly RecommendedI recently got my PR after fighting for it over 6+years with AAT.This happened only because of WLW group.They are Knowledgeable, Committed, Attentive to minimal details, Skilled and had empathy towards clients.A big applause to James and Heather for their efforts and... assistance, God bless you both and I wish you good luck for your future endeavours.( Google should have more than 5⭐️ to describe this firm ).read more
Tanya Nikova
I have been using the services of WLW lawyers for 3 years now.Great experience,they are all very supportive.Nisha,Sara and Jessica are great to work with.I have recently received my 4th visa thanks to them.Highly recommend.
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Simon Leske

is listed as one of the Top 3 Immigration Lawyers in Melbourne by Three Best Rated

Jessica Williamson, Partner

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

Simon Leske, Partner

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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