Immigration Solutions Lawyers (ISL) is a leading immigration law firm headed by the managing director and principal lawyer Anne O’Donoghue. The firm has been assisting clients in navigating the different avenues of migration to Australia since 1993. ISL takes a very “hands-on” and collaborative approach with their clients.
ISL consists of three streams: corporate migration; family migration; and judicial and administrative merits review. Our corporate stream has significant expertise in dealing with sponsoring overseas employees, student visas, distinguished talent visas and business innovation and investor visas (inclusive of significant investor visas). It is accustomed to retaining clients ranging from small start-up businesses to well-established industry leaders in areas such as engineering, hospitality, consultancy and farming. Our family stream maintains a high quality of spouse/partner applications, child visas and carer visas, together with submissions on “no further stay” waiver conditions. Our review stream also provides high-quality forensic review of clients’ immigration histories and lodges detailed and comprehensive submissions at Ministerial Intervention level. We also conduct a very robust merits review practice before the Migration Review Tribunal and Administrative Appeals Tribunal. ISL also works with expert barristers in the area of judicial review.
ISL has been involved with the development of immigration law both domestically and internationally. In regards to our contribution to developing the field of immigration law locally, ISL is an executive member of the migration law committee of the Law Council of Australia in addition Anne O’Donoghue will be a member of the Specialist Accreditation Immigration Law Advisory Committee as of July 2015. We also have well-established international affiliations due to Anne O’Donoghue’s membership with Visa law International, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Global Employment Institute. ISL’s international presence is demonstrated by its involvement in numerous international conferences: the 2012 IBA conference in Dublin, the 2013 IBA annual conference in Boston, the IBA biennial conference in London and the ALCCI trade mission to Lebanon in October 2012, as well as the Australia China Trade and Investment Expo in Beijing 2014, the IBA Conference in Tokyo 2014, the UIA conference in Florence 2014, the Investment Immigration Summit in Hong Kong 2014 and the CPD Immigration Law Conference in March 2015. Anne will be attending the IBA Annual Conference in Vienna in October 2015.
ISL’s efforts have been recognised on numerous occasions. For example, ISL was awarded the Acquisition International Legal Award for Human Rights Legal Practice of the Year 2013 (NSW) and was also the winner of Immigration Law Firm of the Year Australia at the 2014 Finance Monthly Global Awards. Anne’s personal achievements have also been recognised: she was personally nominated for the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Women’s Awards; she has been listed in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration Lawyers over four consecutive years (2011–2014); and she won the Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year Award at the 2014 Corporate International Global International Awards and the Women in Law Award Australia 2014 from Lawyer Monthly UK.
ISL is has recently become deeply involved in the Business Innovation and Investor Programme (BIIP), especially with regards to the significant investor visa (SIV). ISL were invited to provide submissions for the review of the BIIP and SIV to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, and were also invited to participate at a public hearing on the BIIP. We were invited to the Beijing Trade and Investment Conference and the Hong Kong Investment Summit to lead a discussion on the SIV, which is indicative of our internationally recognised experience.
Immigration law is a fast-paced, dynamic and complex area of law that can be difficult to understand and keep abreast of. As such, it is crucial to seek help from a firm that has experience of, and is practised at, anticipating future changes that might affect clients. ISL combines experience and creativity to provide expert advice on immigration matters and prides itself on being an innovative and dedicated law firm.