SUCCESS STORIES

SUCCESS STORIES

KPALE Legal consulting | Success stories

‘I felt so relieved speaking to Victor when I was most stressed and had run out of solutions to my migration matter. He was professional and showed profound knowledge and insight into my matter. I am happy I got what I was seeking with such ease and encouragement.’

I helped this client become a permanent resident.

Word of mouth can work wonders 

The people in these three success stories found me through a friend or a community member who knew about my work. If someone you know is struggling with a legal problem, let them know that they don’t have to do it alone.

A path to permanent residence 

My client was facing deportation.

The problem
She had migrated from Ghana to ACT on a spouse visa. The Department of Home Affairs cancelled this visa when her marriage broke down as she no longer met the ‘continuing relationship criteria.’ She had lost her appeal against the department’s decision.

The solution 
I met with the client to discuss her situation and see if we could find another pathway to permanent residence. Then I: 

  • Researched her visa options
  • Talked to supporting organisations
  • Gathered evidence to support her case
  • Helped her prepare and lodge a visa application that matched her changed circumstances.

The result
My client was granted permanent residence. Her anxiety around visa cancellation and deportation vanished. She has since found work, remarried, and is living happily ever after.

A path to permanent residence

A visit from grandma

My client wanted her mother to visit from Ghana 

The problem
My client is a single mother of three children living in Sydney. She had not seen her mother for eight years since she moved to Australia. However, The Department of Home Affairs refused her mother’s visitor visa application, and my client appealed this decision and lost.

The solution 
I met with the client to understand why her mother’s visa had been refused.
Then I:

  • Helped my client obtain a fee waiver to appeal to the Australian Administrative Tribunal (AAT)
  • Researched the process for appealing to the AAT based on evidence that my client’s application for a visitor visa for her mother was valid
  • Lodged the appeal. 

The result
The Tribunal returned my client’s visa application to the Department of Home Affairs for reconsideration, with the direction that,
‘The visa applicant meets the criteria for a Subclass 600 (Visitor) (Class FA) Visa: cl 600.211 of Schedule 2 to the Regulations.’

My client’s mother was granted a visitor visa and met her grandchildren for the first time.

A visit from grandma

Overturning an unfair dismissal

After working full-time for her employer for five years, my client’s employment contract was unfairly terminated.

The problem  
My client had tried unsuccessfully to settle the dispute with her employer, and she could not afford a lawyer to help her take the matter further. 

The solution
 
I spoke to the client, her employer, and a delegate to the Commissioner at the Australian Fair Work Commission. Then I:

  • Helped my client to lodge an Unfair Dismissal Application to the Australian Fair Work Commission under section 394 Fair Work Act 2009.
  • Supported her in lodging a Fee Waiver application under the Fair Work Regulation 2009 (F2).

In response to my client’s Unfair Dismissal Application, the delegate to the Fair Work Commission held a conciliation meeting with both parties. I attended the meeting as my client’s support person.

The result
My client (The Applicant) and her employer (The Respondent) reached a settlement agreement on these terms:

Clause 1: That the termination of the Applicant’s employment be treated as a resignation.

Clause 2: That Within seven days of the Applicant and the Respondent signing this agreement, the Respondent will give the Applicant a statement of service stating: the Applicant’s position with the Respondent, confirming the resignation, and the Applicant’s duties and period of service with the Respondent.

The Applicant agreed to discontinue the application when the Respondent complied with clause 2.

Overturning an unfair dismissal

‘Thank you Victor, for showing me the way through my employment problem. Because of your help, I can apply and get another job. Your support to our community is far-reaching. I hope that the community takes full advantage of and supports your practice.’

My (now happily re-employed) client

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