Migration Services

MinterEllison’s migration service offering is unique – we are the only national full-service law firm with a dedicated migration practice. Our migration team has a demonstrated track record in providing timely advice and in navigating the frequently changing legislative environment to help our clients resolve their migration issues.

We advise on all aspects of overseas recruitment, working with other practice groups as needed to provide an holistic approach to the recruitment, management and repatriation of internationally sourced talent.

Our registered migration agents advise on initial strategies and requirements; prepare and lodge visa applications and advise on terminations; ensure compliance with relevant legislative and policy requirements; and liaise with local and overseas migration offices.

Refer to the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority - Code of Conduct here.

Specific services we offer include:

Establishing or operating a business in Australia

We provide comprehensive advice to and coordinate visa arrangements for high-net-worth individuals seeking to relocate to Australia. We also specialise in visa options for overseas personnel required for initial exploratory visits or to establish a business in Australia.

We help develop migration strategies for overseas talent required to work in Australia, including appropriate sponsorship and employment structures. We help produce migration plans that are aligned with workforce strategy, including the drafting of employment contracts.

We provide comprehensive advice on visa application criteria, evidentiary requirements and processing strategy. We coordinate with local and overseas departmental offices to prepare and lodge targeted applications with submissions that comply with migration law and policy.


We advise on applicable sponsorship obligations, and visa conditions and strategies to ensure compliance.

Repatriation and changed circumstances

We also advise on the implications of visa validity periods, work limitations and termination of employment for sponsored workers. We liaise with local and overseas departmental offices and advise on appropriate notifications for changed circumstances. We regularly assist clients with employer nominated permanent residence applications for their existing subclass 457 workers.

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