We're pleased to announced that we have again been Top Listed as immigration lawyers in Melbourne in the 9th edition of the Best Lawyers in Australia report.
Michael Clothier has been listed each year since 2008, and Karyn Anderson each year since 2009.
This year, Mr Clothier has been named Immigration Lawyer of the Year in Melbourne. He also received this award in 2011.
Border Force on the streets of Melbourne
There have been reports that officers from Australian Border Force will patrol the streets of Melbourne this weekend requesting documentation regarding visa status. Though it appears this will not, in fact, proceed, if you are concerned, you can review this article published on the Guardian on 28 August 2015 regarding what you need to know if you are stopped by an officer.
Fast-track processing of claims by illegal maritime arrivals
If you arrived by boat between 13 August 2012 and 1 January 2014, are living in Australia and wish to make an application for Australia's protection, it is likely that any application you make will be assessed under the Fast Track Assessment process. Under this process, you will not have access to full merits review, the timeline of assessment is short, and the requirement for you to put your claims in full is extremely important.
You should seek legal advice and begin preparation of your case as soon as possible, but you must not lodge an application until you are invited to do so by the Department.