From a young age, Holly had the travel bug. In January 2013, Holly and her partner, Luke came to Australia. Holly came on a work holiday visa and Luke was a New Zealand citizen, therefore he was not required to apply for a visa to enter Australia (New Zealand Citizens have special rights in Australia). When they came to Australia, they realized Australia was a great country to live in and they enjoyed a warmer climate and the great outdoors. Holly found a job as a hairdresser and Luke enrolled into a University in Queensland. Everything seemed like the perfect match for them.
They were living in Australia on a New Zealand Citizenship Visa (Subclass 461) as Luke was a New Zealand Citizen and Holly was his partner. This visa was approved and valid for 5 years.
Then in 2018, Holly knew her visa will be expiring soon. She discussed with her hairdresser employer whether they can sponsor her on a business visa. Her boss agreed and she applied for a Regional Sponsorship (subclass 187) visa Usual processing time for 187 visa is 2 years therefore while waiting for the outcome, Holly was issued with a Bridging Visa A. However, during the waiting period she received the sudden news that her employer sold the business to someone else. She wasn’t aware what repercussion this could have on her visa. She was very concerned about her eligibility to continue living in Australia. By this time, she had already spent around $13,000 AUD on visa and legal fees with different Immigration firms. She wanted quick and affordable solutions.
That’s when Holly started searching online for advice and came across Shaheen Legal. When Holly contacted us, we advised her that it is likely her Regional Sponsorship visa will be refused because if the business has been bought by a new owner, he will have to apply for the business’s regional sponsorship again.
Holly discussed the above situation with her employer immediately. Although the new employer was interested to keep Holly on as an employee, he just didn’t want to get caught up with Immigration requirements and procedures.
Holly was now back to square one. Although she was still on a Bridging Visa, she knew that she will get a refusal for her Regional Sponsorship visa anytime given the previous employer (ie; previous approved ABN) is no longer operating an active business.
We then changed our strategy to look into other visa pathways for Holly. We shifted our focus to Holly’s eligibility to apply for New Zealand Citizenship Visa again with her partner. This was difficult because she had limited options while on a Bridging Visa. However, we overcame all the issues and submitted a subclass 461 visa on her behalf before she receives any decision regarding her previously lodged 187 visa.
Holly still has work rights and has peace of mind knowing that she and her partner can still stay and work in Australia for another 5 years and within that time we are planning different strategies for her to lead towards Permanent Residency. Holly and her partner love the lifestyle here in Australia and are so happy that they have had a positive outcome.
“The team at Shaheen were so helpful. Owais, the migration agent was fantastic throughout the entire process. He really looked into all my options and gave me the best possible suggestions. I felt completely secure knowing that we were being looked after.” – Holly