Sanmati is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. She holds combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law (Hons) degrees from the University of Melbourne, where she is also completing a Master of Public and International Law.
Sanmati has practised exclusively in migration and refugee law since 2010 and has extensive expertise in those fields. She maintains an active litigation practice and has instructed in several leading cases in the Federal Court and High Court of Australia. Sanmati maintains a broad pro bono practice, focussing on people in immigration detention.
Before she joined CAIL, Sanmati worked with Victoria Legal Aid and the Western Suburbs Legal Service, where she assisted to establish the International Students Legal Advice Clinic in 2009. Sanmati also works part-time with the United Workers Union.
Sanmati is the Deputy Chair of the national Visa Cancellation Working Group and a member (previously Chair) of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Refugee Law Reform Committee.
Sanmati has published broadly in academic and public forums on migration and refugee policy.
In 2016, Sanmati received the Law Institute of Victoria’s ‘Emerging Lawyer’ award and was runner-up in the ‘Access to Justice’ category. Since 2021, she has been recognised in immigration law category of the peer-reviewed ‘Best Lawyer’ awards. Sanmati is listed in Doyle’s Guide as a leading lawyer in immigration law.