There are a range of Australian visa options that can be used in relation to working or investing in Australia. The skills and qualifications of eligible employees are critical and these can change.

As migration agents and immigration lawyers, we can help you navigate the ever-changing legislation, obligations and policy framework applied by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

For employers

Are you thinking of employing someone who is not an Australian citizen? There are visas whereby businesses can apply to sponsor an applicant from overseas or is an existing visa holder in Australia.

If you are an Australian business, and want to sponsor an applicant who you believe would best suit your business, we can review your options with you. The sponsorship options available to your business will depend on your industry, the skillset required, labour market conditions in Australia and your history as a sponsor (if any).

Sponsoring overseas workers attracts a wide range of ongoing sponsorship obligations. We can provide advice to sponsors regarding their continuing and multifaceted obligations.

For employees

There are various visas available for people wanting to work in Australia. To find out more, go to this page.

Investing in Australia

Specialised visas are available for potential migrants who are willing and able to make significant investment in the Australian economy. There are three streams of investment visas: investor, significant and premium.

The investor visa is for people who want to make a designated investment of at least $A1.5 million in an Australian state or territory (if that state or territory offers this facility) and maintain a business and investment activity in Australia. There are specific conditions that the proposed investment must meet.

If you are interested in investing a significant amount into a business, or already have done so, you might be eligible for this visa.

State-specific migration initiatives

The Australian government, in consultation with state and territory governments and regional development authorities, introduced a range of initiatives designed to help state and territory governments to:

  • address skill shortages that may exist in their jurisdiction
  • attract overseas business people to establish new or joint ventures in their regions
  • encourage a more balanced settlement of Australia’s skilled migrant intake.

The following visas are state-specific migration initiatives:

  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa
  • Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Registered Migration Agents

Members of our Migration team are experienced lawyers, registered migration agents and members of the Migration Institute of Australia.

Gerald Santucci

Dominic Cookman

You can see the code of conduct which the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MIRA) uses to govern all registered migration agents in Australia here.

Meet your Migration team

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I had a very complex permanent residency application and after researching for hours, I felt completely stumped.

I asked around some colleagues and was referred to Gerald Santucci at SHG. I made contact with him and from the outset, he put me at ease, was very receptive and happy to assist. I sent through all the paperwork and he made an initial recommendation and gave advice on which avenues we could take.

Although the outcome was very uncertain due to the very rare situation, the team took the case and Dominic Cookman was my point of contact. Dominic was a delight to deal with, very patient and responsive. He put together the full submission and walked me through the process. He was upfront about what would happen next and kept in regular contact.

Ultimately, he made the good news call that permanent residency had been granted and it was like a huge weight was lifted in an instant.

I could not have been happier with the advice, service and outcome and I have no hesitation in recommending Gerald, Dominic and the team at SHG as Canberra’s immigration specialists.

Alex Ah Key (Migration)

22 May 2018

Gerald, I have no words to express our gratitude for the tremendous effort in obtaining a visa for our child. We’re very happy for being able to go back to our lovely Australia. Thank you for all the hours you invested in making our dreams to come true.


R and Family (Migration)

27 April 2015

Dear Gerald and the migration team

Thank you for your efforts in obtaining a Resident Return Visa (RRV). I appreciate that this visa is for a one year period.

Thank you for a great job well done!

We will contact you next October to renew the visa.

Jane (Migration)

4 December 2017

After unsuccessfully trying to renew my resident return visa on my own, I turned to SHG. I knew it was a long shot and it took a couple more tries, but the firm shared my persistence and we prevailed.

Two things impressed me the most about the firm’s approach. Firstly, Nicholas and Gerald took me through the policy advice manual that the Department analyst would use as guidance – essentially exactly how to satisfy the general points available online. This enabled us to come up with a plan on how to “tick all of the boxes,” leaving no stone unturned.

Secondly, they welcomed my first draft for the submission, which was an amateur attempt to put forth my case. Then they recrafted it into a much more polished document with professional arguments and many points I would never have thought of.

Although I could have turned everything over to the firm, since they recognized I knew my case best and was able to craft at least some of the arguments, they respectfully treated me as a partner in the project and accepted my input. They even sent me drafts of the application for my review.

SHG helped make our dreams come true.

Anon (Migration 1)

17 March 2016

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