In 2015, 3 days leading up to our engagement party, Deale and myself (Alicia) found ourselves quickly looking for an immigration lawyer after receiving an email from Immigration, and this is when we found Michelle. After an application error from a 3rd party, we saw ourselves in a situation of Deale facing deportation. We knew we had one option – apply for a partnership visa within a hurried 2-week turnaround.
Deale initially met with Michelle and spent time discussing our initial application issues and helped piece together a course of action to allow us both to remain together in Australia and enjoy our engagement! To say the next two weeks were stressful and overwhelming is an understatement, but having the ongoing support and industry knowledge of Michelle and long with our family and friends kept us determined and saw us lodge our partnership 820 visa by the imminent deadline.
Once our application was lodged and over the following months, Deale and I continued to regularly provide supporting documents (bills, photos, invitations, emails and lots more!) to Michelle so she could continually liaise with our immigration case officer to give our application the best opportunity of being successful. She sheltered any queries throughout the process unless she required further information which helped us continue to move forward with our day to day routine and plan for our upcoming wedding. In January 2016 whilst our application continued to be assessed, Deale and I married in McLaren Vale. It was such a lovely time for our two families to come together from the UK and Australia.
April 2016 brought amazing news for us; our visa was successfully granted! I remember leaving work early and heading down to Michelle’s office to surprise her with flowers to show our gratitude for her help throughout the whole process.
Never have we met a professional that has made us feel so comfortable and at ease in such a highly intense and sensitive situation. I remember how emotional I was the first time I met Michelle, I cried for the duration of the appointment due to the angst and stress the situation had caused. However, Michelle’s kind, genuine and reassuring nature makes you feel comfortable and reassured throughout the whole process. We found her guidance and expertise beneficial and would highly recommend her services to all those needing immigration support in the future, as she certainly changed our lives – for the best!