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Get to Know Our Team of Migration Experts

 

Our team of Registered Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers are the best in the business and have assisted thousands of clients from all corners of the world and across Australia to realise their dream of living in Australia.

Our expertise, dedication and brilliant client service means that you will get the best outcomes in the quickest time possible. We are able to look after you wherever you are in Australia, or the world and our fees are fixed so there are no nasty cost surprises. We go to great lengths to ensure that you get your visa and we always stay in touch with you. Our clients think we’re the best, evidenced by their genuinely fabulous testimonials which you can read here.

All of our Registered Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers are registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA), which means you can be certain that you are getting the highest quality ethical assistance. We guarantee we will provide you with honest and transparent advice to lift the burden off your shoulders so that you will experience a stress-free move to Australia.

Meet us below and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 1300 887 818 or contact us here.

 

 

Seamus Taaffe
Seamus Taaffe
Founder and Principal FCA
Registered Migration Agent MARN 0901684

 

“Our comfort in knowing we’d found the right immigration lawyers for us came in the first phonecall I made to AHWC. Seamus answered the phone and gave me so much of his time to explain the process to me, as well as get to know my partner Nathan and I. I stopped enquiringly with other firms after that call and quickly began the process to work with AHWC to get Nathan a partner visa. Patrick was brilliant to work with. He was patient, supportive, and always quick to get back to us with any of our questions. He made us feel included and up-to-date with the process of our application. He was always honest and realistic with us about timeframes and procedures. We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We can’t thank you enough AHWC, namely Patrick and Seamus. Nathan and I highly recommend AHWC”  – Tara and Nathan

 

Seamus began his career in his home country of Ireland where he qualified as a chartered accountant. From 1980 until 1987 he worked and lived in South Africa before migrating to Australia and becoming a citizen in 1993.

In 2010, Seamus founded AHWC Immigration Law (formerly known as Australia Here We Come).

Although he is an expert in all visa types, Seamus particular passion is partner visas. He has a talent for finding visa solutions that nobody else has thought of and tailoring it to suit your unique circumstances. Finding a visa pathway in a complex situation is something which gives him an immense sense of satisfaction.

Seamus’ expertise extends across all types of Australian partner visas including:

  • Onshore subclass 820 partner visas
  • Offshore subclass 309 partner visa
  • Subclass 300 prospective marriage visas
  • Subclass 461 New Zealand citizen family relationship visas.
  • Secondary applicant submissions
Maggie Taaffe
Maggie Taaffe
Principal Lawyer BA, LLB (Hons)
Registered Migration Agent MARN 0851585

 

“Massive thank you to Maggie and the team.
I have had a long journey getting my residency with negligence from previous immigration agents which lead to tribunals and other difficulties. But thankfully my journey was made a lot more pleasant and shorter when the team at AHWC took over my case. With their hard work and expertise I reached my destination as an Australian resident after 7.5 years.”  – Kieran C

 

Born in the United Kingdom and living briefly in India before immigrating to South Africa with her family, Maggie is a true international citizen. She came to Australia in 1987 and became a citizen in 1992.

In 2002, Maggie completed her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Deakin University and was awarded the Supreme Court Exhibition Prize for the best honours thesis. In 2004 she was admitted as a solicitor and in 2008 she signed the Bar Roll.

Over the course of her legal career, Maggie held a number of senior legal positions at prominent Melbourne legal firms. During her time practicing as a barrister at the Victorian Bar, Maggie was a member of Dever’s List, the oldest barristers list in Victoria.

As our principal lawyer, Maggie handles a range of immigration law services including;

  • Reviews of adverse decisions, (AAT and Federal Circuit Court)
  • Citizenship refusal appeals
  • Requests for ministerial intervention
  • Character submissions
  • Applications for health waivers
  • Assisting employers with DIBP monitoring and compliance issues
Alice O’Brien
Alice O’Brien
General Manager Melbourne BSocSc (Hons)
Registered Migration Agent MARN 1576543

“I’ve been dealing with a number of Migrant Agencies/Agents for the part 10 years for all sorts of visas and I am yet to see someone more available and present than Alice, she was outstanding in dealing with my case. Super professional, knowledgeable and reliable.

I had a tricky case for her to sort and she advised me and looked after my case amazingly well.

Recommend her 100%”  – Vinicius T

 

Alice completed her Bachelor of Social Science in her hometown at University College Dublin (UCB) where she graduated with honours in 2007. In 2010, she completed the entrance exams for the Law Society of Ireland.

Alice completed a Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice in 2014 and became a registered migration agent in 2015.

A seasoned traveler, Alice worked in the USA before making the move to Australia in 2012 and joining AHWC Immigration Law.

As the General Manager of our Melbourne office, Alice’s expertise encompasses all visa types, including:

  • Employer Nominated visas
  • Partner visas
  • SkillSelect visas
  • Parent visas
  • Visitor visas
  • Subclass 820 onshore partner visa applications
  • Subclass 309 offshore partner visa applications
  • Subclass 300 prospective marriage visa applications
  • Subclass 461 New Zealand family relationship visas
Michelle O’Donnell
Michelle O’Donnell
Manager Sydney BA (Hons)
Registered Migration Agent MARN 1385293

 

“Michelle was recommended to us to assist us in applying for the 457 visa. When we started the application we were short on time, only having a week to get everything sent off due to the change in visa rules.
Michelle went above and beyond to make sure that all documents were completed and double checked to insure there were no errors. She is super knowledgeable in this field, and was always there to answer any questions even outside of office hours which helped us massively. She replied instantly to any of our queries and gave the best advice when we were unsure.
Couldn’t recommend her enough she made the whole process as stress free as possible. Thanks so much Michelle we couldn’t of got it without you.”  – Jamie B

 

Born in Ireland, Michelle completed a BA (Hons) from the Waterford Institute of Technology in 2006. In 2008, she successfully completed the Law Society or Ireland’s entrance exams.

In 2012, Michelle completed her Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice. In 2013, she became a registered migration agent.

From April 2011 until December 2015 Michelle worked for AHWC Immigration Law before rejoining us in August of 2017 to setup and run our Sydney office.

Michelle’s expertise include:

  • Subclass 820 onshore partner visa applications
  • Subclass 309 offshore partner visa applications
  • Subclass 300 prospective marriage visa applications
  • Subclass 461 New Zealand citizen family relationship visas
  • If you or your partner are on a subclass 457 visa or some other temporary visa Michelle can assist you to add your partner to your visa.
Xiaodan (Amy) Wan
Xiaodan (Amy) Wan
Senior Migration Consultant BA
Registered Migration Agent MARN 1573740

 

“Very professional service and did everything smoothly for me and my partner skill visa.. Never has an issue with Xiaodan Wan while doing our visa always right on point and always keep us updated while waited to be granted. Will definitely recommend my friends or other people for taking my agent Xiaodan and been very satisfied with all the work done. Excellent service and alway have good advise.

Regards from us who just successfully had our visa approved after a long wait but worth it at the end as we had a trust worthy agent to believe to and count on.”  – James B

 

Born in Beijing, Xiaodan immigrated to Australia in 2014. In 2015, she obtained a Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice and also became a registered migration agent.

Fluent in both English and Mandarin (Shanghai dialect), and with over 15 years’ experience working in the Australian migration industry both here and in China, Xiaodan has helped many Chinese families migrate to Australia.

Xiaodan’s visa knowledge and expertise includes:

  • Employer nominated visas
  • SkillSelect visas
  • Partner visas
  • Parent visas
  • Xiaodan excels in business visas including the subclass 188 and the subclass 888 visas.
  • Subclass 820 onshore partner visa application
  • Offshore subclass 309 visa application
  • Subclass 300 prospective marriage visa applications
  • Subclass 461 New Zealand citizen family relationship visa applications
Maria Arthurs
Maria Arthurs
Senior Migration Consultant LLB (Hons) LLM
Registered Migration Agent MARN 1679825

 

“I used AHWC immigration law to apply for my short term skilled visa. I would highly recommend this service. Maria Arthurs, who is a senior migration consultant provided an excellent service throughout the whole process. She was very efficient and helpful and maintained regular contact with me. She was more than happy to answer any of my questions and I wouldn’t hesitate to use AHWC in the future. Thank you!” – Maria B

 

Maria grew up in Belfast in Northern Ireland where she complete a Bachelor of Laws followed by a Masters of Laws.

Maria immigrated to Australia in 2010 and joined AHWC Immigration Law as soon as she arrived in Australia. She went on to become an Australian permanent resident and then a citizen in 2015.

Maria and her partner made the decision to move back to Belfast to live in late 2015. While back in Belfast she couldn’t get living in Australia out of mind and eventually made the decision to return to live in Australia permanently in February 2018. Upon returning to Australia, Maria re-joined AHWC Immigration Law as a Senior Migration Consultant.

Maria works in our Melbourne office.

She is an expert in all Skill Select visas, including;

  • Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visas
  • Subclass 190 State Nominated visas
  • Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Provisional visas
  • Subclass 887 Skilled Regional Permanent visas
  • Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visas
Chloe White
Chloe White
Lawyer LLB

 

“Extremely professional & knowledgeable Chloé with efficient and customer oriented processes of AHWC led to a delightful outcome of our Partner visa application. From the day we engaged AHWC till the Visa grant, we were guided and transparently informed about each minute detail by Chloé .
It was one of the best experiences so far with any VISA lawyer/Organization we have come across. Can’t recommend enough. Much Appreciated!”  – Animesh S

 

Chloe grew up in Perth in Western Australia.

After completing her senior year of high school on exchange in Minnesota, USA, she completed a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Fremantle in 2015.

Chloe moved to Melbourne to live in 2016 and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 2018.

She joined AHWC Immigration Law in October 2016 and now works as a lawyer in our Melbourne office.

Patrick Douglas
Patrick Douglas
Legal Executive LLB (Hons) LLM

 

“I have never met Patrick personally but I feel like he is my good friend, and a man that you can trust with your important affairs. Patrick Douglas is reliable, trustworthy, hard-working with a sharp mind, honest and very active lawyer, he has incredible memory regarding your case and what has to be done and what shouldn’t be done, excellent adviser. I highly recommend his services if you want success.”  – Maria B

 

Born in Northern Ireland, Patrick graduated with an honours degree in law from Queens University Belfast in 2014 before going on to complete a Masters of Law in International Trade and Commercial Law at Durham University in the UK.

Patrick moved to Australia in 2016 and joined AHWC Immigration Law the same year. Patrick is currently studying so he can have his overseas qualifications recognised and complete his Practical Legal Training with the ultimate goal of being admitted as a Legal Practitioner in Australia.

Patrick has extensive experience with all types of partner visas including:

  • Subclass 820 onshore partner visa applications
  • Subclass 309 offshore partner visa applications
  • Subclass 300 prospective marriage visa applications
  • Subclass 461 New Zealand citizen family relationship visas
Lilian Deister
Lilian Deister
Legal Assistant BA

“I am so happy I found AHWC Immigration Law!!!

Alice O’Brien (General Manager) shared her expertise knowledge , consultation and assigned my file to her agent Lilian Deister.

“Words may not fully express how much delighted we are to have received this great news! Thanks for all your help with our 457 application. To have the visa granted in such a short time (just over two weeks) has been a dream come true for us.

We sincerely want to convey our gratitude and utmost appreciation for your diligence and relentless support you have accorded us during this tough journey.

Lilian was very professional, knowledgeable & very fast response to emails . I was extremely satisfied.

Absolutely recommend AHWC Immigration Law. Fantastic group of professionals with strong skillset and knowledge.

I will definitely go back to them to process my Permanent Residence application.”  – Mohammed Y

 

A dual Australian and South African citizen, Lillian’s international professional portfolio includes working in events management in South Africa, in hospitality in the United Kingdom and as an art gallery director in the USA before arriving in Australia in 2008.

In 2015, Lillian completed a Bachelor of Arts and is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (to be completed in 2019)

Before joining AHWC Immigration Law in October 2017, Lillian worked as a legal assistant for another well-respected migration firm.

Lillian’s areas of visa expertise include:

  • SkillSelect visas
  • Employer nominated visas
  • Partner visas
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