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Practice predicts performance

Our director Joel McComber has acted exclusively in complex migration law matters since 2017. In that time he has acted, often successfully, in a wide range of matters, including responding to Notices of Intention to Consider Cancellation under s 501(2) and s 116(1)(e), responding to Notices of Intention to Consider Refusal under s 501(1), requesting revocation of mandatory cancellations under s 501CA and offshore cancellations under s 129, applications to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and applications for judicial review to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Federal Court of Australia. 

Joel’s skills as a solicitor-advocate appearing in applications to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, applications for judicial review, and appeals of migration-related decisions have been acknowledged by multiple members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and justices of the Federal Court of Australia, as well as counsel (including Senior Counsel) instructed to represent the Minister for Home Affairs.

You can find a summary of some of the cases Joel has appeared in before the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court of Australia here.

Google Reviews

Jay Lincoln
My sister and I both applied for our Australian citizenship and we asked Joel to act on behalf. We found him to be awesome to deal with and always got back to us with updates and letting us know of any information that was required to complete the application. We would have no hesitation in referring Joel to anyone whose is also looking to do... Read More »
Rhea
We have dealt with Joel at this firm and from the start he has been so understanding and helpful in the whole process. I would highly recommend using this firm for any immigration issues you may have as our cases came out successful! We could not have had such a great outcome if it wasn't for Joel's professionalism and support. Thank you Joel for everything you have done... Read More »
manon lepoul
My partner and I have complete trust into Sentry Law; especially into Joel McComber. Without Joel we would not be in Australia, he saved us from having to move back home and resolved our extremely complicated visa situation within two weeks. Joel is warm, patient and so professional. We have decided to use his services multiple times; and he is the only lawyer I would... Read More »
O Vee
There are not enough words or the right words to explain the great service Sentry Law and Joel are able to provide. During an extremely difficult time for my family, Joel was able to bring his dedication, professionalism and expertise to the table for our situation. Joel was pivotal in delivering a successful outcome for my family's situation, which at times I thought was an... Read More »
Wayage Neyo Neyaupa
They are quick in responding to our request and queries when asked

Straightforward, staged and fixed fee pricing

We know that our clients and their families don’t have endless cash to pay for lawyers, so we keep our costs down by taking advantage of developing technologies and novel approaches to the law. We also try to spread out our fees over the course of a client’s case to make paying them more manageable.

Revocation Request
under s 501CA or s 129
$ 5000 fixed fee
  • Payable in two stages over twelve weeks
  • Advice on prospects and evidence
  • Gathering evidence in support of your response
  • Lodging response with Department
Response to NOICC
issued under s 501(2) or s 116(1)
$ 2750 fixed fee
  • Payable in two stages over four weeks
  • Advice on prospects and evidence
  • Gathering evidence in support of your response
  • Lodging response with Department
Response to NOICR
issued under s 501(1)
$ 2750 fixed fee
  • Payable in two stages over four weeks
  • Advice on prospects and evidence
  • Gathering evidence in support of your response
  • Lodging response with Department
Application to AAT
for review of decision
$ 7000 fixed fee
  • Payable in three stages over twleve weeks
  • Advice on prospects and evidence
  • Applying for review and preparing submissions
  • Appearing at final hearing

Applying for judicial review? We can act on a no-win, no-fee basis in the Federal Circuit Court or Federal Court of Australia

If we think that you have reasonable prospects of success in an application to the Federal Circuit Court or Federal Court of Australia, we will offer to act on your behalf on at least a partial no-win, no-fee basis. Contact us to arrange a free case assessment. 

Complex matters affecting New Zealand citizens

There are over 600,000 New Zealand citizens ordinarily residing in Australia at any one time. Most New Zealand citizens in Australia hold a Special Category (subclass 444) Visa (aka an SCV).

SCVs are an unusual visa for a few reasons. The application process is passive (many NZ citizens do not know that they’ve applied for, or been granted, a visa on their entry to Australia), it is a temporary visa even though it lasts indefinitely, and a new SCV is granted every time an NZ citizen enters Australia.

These unusual features can often lead to New Zealand citizens who have been ordinarily resident in Australia for decades facing difficult and complex migration issues in Australia. Our firm has experience acting for SCV holders, including in applications for judicial review and injunctive relief to the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court of Australia.

Our Joel McComber has previous spoken with Maori TV and Radio NZ about the ways Australian migration laws specifically effect New Zealand citizens.

If you are in New Zealand, you can contact us on our local New Zealand number: (09) 884 4412
Judicial Review
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‘Removed’ does not mean ‘removed’ after all: Moorcroft v Minister for Immigration… [2020] FCA 382

On Monday this week, the Federal Court of Australia handed down a decision allowing our client’s appeal of the FCCA’s and, today, we were notified that our client has been granted a Special Category (subclass 444) Visa, ending an over two-year ordeal for our client (who ended up spending over six months in immigration detention as a result). Below is the evidence (if you don’t believe us).

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Legal Theory
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What is migration law, really? An inadequate exploration of a complex question.

This is going to be step sideways from my typical articles discussing the practicalities of migration law in Australia. Instead, I’m going to attempt to answer a very broad and theoretical question—what is migration law, really? I feel that if I am going to hold myself out as focusing in a particular area of law, I should be able to give a relatively logical and comprehensive answer to what exactly that area of law is.

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Judicial Review
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So you beat visa cancellation under s 501? Get a new visa ASAP to avoid the risk of cancellation by the Minister under s 501A(2)!

Even if you receive a positive decision from a Ministerial delegate or the AAT under s 501 of the Migration Act, you remain at risk of having your visa cancelled personally by the Minister under s 501A(2).

However, getting a new visa before the Minister has the chance to make a decision under s 501A(2) may limit your risk of future cancellation.

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