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Macarthur Point Building, Suite 214, 25 Solent Cct, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM GMT(+10)

Why Use Us?

Immigration Associated Specialist

Accredited specialisation by the NSW Law Society.

Highly skilled, professional, friendly staff members.

100

Over 100 years of combined experience in the business.

Representation at all levels including Tribunal and Court.

We speak over 5 languages and use a personal approach.

We work on complex cases and have a high success rate.

Awards and Recognitions

Lawyers Weekly ALA 2019: Finalist Rising Star
Lawyers Weekly 30UNDER30 2019: Finalist Migration
Lawyers Weekly ALA 2019: Regional/Suburban Lawyer Of The Year Finalist

Notice regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus impact:

At Teleo our aim is to ensure that our professional service to you remains uninterrupted during these testing times.  We continue to work normal business hours and as a team, we remain available to be contacted (as before) from 9 AM to 5:30 PM during weekdays:  +61 2 8080 3840

Given that many clients are not based in Sydney, but globally, our ability to communicate and correspond electronically is unchanged.  Our office systems allow clients to provide information and documents online and we can file the vast majority of cases with the Department of Home Affairs and other agencies via electronic lodgement.  If a physical lodgement is needed, we do so by courier.

Face-to-face meetings at our office have now been suspended because of increased restrictions and a call for isolation from the public at this time.  Please note, however, that we can without interruption schedule meetings via SKYPE, Whatsapp, Zoom, WeChat, BOTIM or by teleconference.

Feel free to make a booking for a consultation to discuss your new or existing matter by calling our reception or by making an online booking from the website, see: ‘Book Appointment’

We look forward to being of assistance – “Business as usual”

PLEASE NOTE: The Australian government announced a travel ban on all non-residents and non-citizens effective from 20 March 2020 from 9 PM AEST. Exemptions apply. See this link for more information: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus 

In addition to the travel ban, all international passengers (Australian citizens and overseas nationals) are now required by law to stay in isolation for 14 days from the date of arrival.  Please also see the link below:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19

The ‘Deregulation Act’

Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) act No. 71 of 2020, commencing 22 March 2021

As you are aware, the Australian immigration advice industry is highly regulated.  An individual is only allowed to commercially give advice and provide immigration assistance either as an Australian legal practitioner (lawyer), or as a registered migration agent (RMA).

As a practising lawyer, one is licensed and regulated by your state Law Society, the Legal Services Commissioner under the Australian solicitors conduct rules.  As a profession, lawyers have over many centuries developed well-established rules of professional conduct, as enforced by the courts.  To provide legal services, a law practice must comply with a number of legislative requirements, including maintaining compulsory professional indemnity insurance (in NSW, via Lawcover).

Migration agents are regulated by the Migration Act, through a registration process/ overseen by the OMARA (Office of the migration agents registration authority).  The Code of conduct for registered migration agents embodies the rules of professional conduct that apply to agents.  To provide protection to clients, migration agents are also required to maintain professional indemnity insurance (many commercial insurance companies offer such cover).

Double regulation for lawyers

Until now, if an Australian lawyer chose to provide immigration assistance, it was required under the Migration Act that such a person had to also hold registration as a migration agent – we effectively had a very unusual system of ‘double regulation’, unique to this specific field.  The recently introduced Deregulation Act will bring an end to the requirement for double registration.

What does the Deregulation Act say?

In essence, the Deregulation Act will prevent an Australian legal practitioner with an unrestricted practising certificate from continuing registration as a registered migration agent beyond 22 March.  From this date, a legal practitioner will exclusively be regulated by his/ her Law Society and the rules that apply to all lawyers throughout Australia.

See Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) act No. 71 of 2020:  https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2020A00071

New clients who seek immigration assistance/ give instructions after 22 March 2021

All consultations with new clients meeting with one of our expert lawyers will be conducted in Teleo Immigration Lawyers.  Once a suitable strategy has been agreed on, new clients will be given the opportunity to select if representation for the matter must be held with Teleo Immigration Lawyers or Teleo Immigration Specialists.  At that stage, instructions will be sought in relation to a preference for file management/ information sharing within our office, and other matters.

Current clients for Teleo Immigration Lawyers:

  1. In order to comply with legal practitioner rules, also in reference to the management of confidential client information, you must advise how you wish for us to deal with your file beyond 22 March 2021.  Rule 9 of the Solicitors rules https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/view/html/inforce/current/sl-2015-0244 allows under 9.2.1 that a client may expressly or impliedly authorise disclosure/ sharing of, or access to information.  If you do not consent for your information to be accessible by all Teleo staff members, please contact our office.  We will then put in place specific measures to prevent Teleo staff members who are not employees in the law practice (Teleo Immigration Lawyers) from having access to your data through our shared client management system (including the separation for email correspondence).  In this instance, please use the following emails:  lpdirector@teleolaw.com.au
  2. All legal services provided by the law practice and specifically including immigration assistance in connection with legal practice, will be carried out by an Australian legal practitioner on the Teleo team.
  3. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA)/ Australian government authorities (Immigration Department) records will be updated with the new Form 956 (authority to act), available from 22 March 2021.  We will in due course send you the form, to sign and return, to provide authority for a lawyer to act as representative and engage with the DHA.
  4. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will issue legal practitioners with a new unique identifier number, to replace the current MARN (migration agents registration number) to access your applications via ImmiAccount.  See below information from OMARA:

3 March 2021 – Transitional arrangements for Australian legal practising certificate holders

Transitional arrangements from 22 March 2021 are being developed to enable holders of Australian legal practising certificates (ALPCs), who cease to be a registered migration agent (RMA) following the commencement of new legislation on 22 March 2021, to maintain access to their ImmiAccount. It is intended that once an ALPC holder has been removed from the Register in accordance with the new legislation, they will be able to use their former MARN as a temporary lawyer ID number to access their existing ImmiAccount. ALPC holders removed from the Register should continue to use their former MARN until such time as a new unique identifier number is provided by the Department for APLC holders to access their ImmiAccount.  This is expected to be in place in the latter half of 2021.

On 22 March 2021, a new form 956 Appointment of a registered migration agent, legal practitioner or exempt person will be available on the Home Affairs website to allow the holder of an Australian legal practising certificate to advise the Department of Home Affairs that they have been appointed by a client (e.g. a visa applicant) to provide immigration assistance under the Migration Act 1958 and, if applicable, to receive documents on their behalf. The new form 956 is to be completed for any new clients as of 22 March 2021.

Further information about transitional arrangements will be provided closer to 22 March 2021.”

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