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Your migration plan requires dedication and hard work which is why we have assembled a team of experts who can assist you every step of the way.

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Nigel Dobbie is one of Australia’s leading experts in Australian immigration law. He has extensive experience in processing skilled migration, business migration, standard business sponsorships (Subclass 457), visa cancellations and student visa applications.

Nigel is also a part-time lecturer at The Australian National University, where he teaches the Graduate Certificate in Applied Immigration Law course. Nigel was a member of the Nationality and Residence Committee of the Law Council of Australia, and is a former Chairperson of the Refugee Advise and Casework Service (Australia). Nigel is a guest speaker on immigration law issues, especially for lawyers and migration agents who are undertaking continuing professional legal education. He has also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Nigel was the instructing solicitor for Plaintiff S157/2002,  in the landmark Australian constitutional law cases, Plaintiff S157 of 2002 (2003) HCA 2 and Bodruddaza v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (2007) HCA14. Those cases protected the rule of law in Australia, by confirming Acts of Parliament as unlawful, to the extent that they sought to restrict the powers of the High Court entrenched in the Constitution.

Nigel identified that the automatic cancellation of many student visas was unlawful. He filed an appeal in the now highly publicised Federal Magistrates Court case of Uddin v Minister for Immigration (2005) FMCA 841 (7 June 2005). Litigated by a lawyer working with him at the time, the court upheld the point. As a result of that win, approximately 8000 automatic visa cancellations were administratively overturned.

Nigel’s second language is French.

Contact Nigel at: ndobbie@visaspecialists.com



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Xiella Devine is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and is also  a Registered Migration Agent. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She also received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in California where she became a member of the Honour Society.

She currently practices in all aspects of immigration law with extensive experience in general skilled migration and business sponsorship visa applications.

To promote Australia migration, Xiella travels overseas providing seminars on “How to Migrate to Australia”. The seminar provides general information on some of the most popular visa types.

Prior to specializing in the area of immigration law, Xiella worked on conveyancing matters and commercial contracts.

Contact Xiella at: xdevine@visaspecialists.com

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