Imagine if your job could give people a new life; ensuring they can find their place in the world. Migration Law does exactly that – and it just happens to be a rapidly growing industry with endless opportunities.
Why is Migration Law one of Australia’s fastest growing industries?
The lucky country – it’s more than just an old cliché. Australia’s strong economy, cultural diversity, world-class healthcare and education systems make us a highly attractive destination to live and work.
Demand for registered migration agents has never been higher. While many countries around the world are in political and financial unrest, we have opportunities – and boundless plains – just waiting to be shared.
Even for people who bring a wealth of diverse knowledge, skills and cultures to our shores, making Australia their home is not easy, particularly for those with minimal legal and bureaucratic knowledge. Registered migration lawyers, or migration agents, can help potential migrants navigate the complex world of visa applications, and provide advocacy and assistance.
Making Australia home is not easy
What makes a great migration agent or migration lawyer?
If you’re thinking of a career change, or upgrading your existing skills, and you would love an occupation that means something, you could make a great migration lawyer.
If you’re also good at grasping and communicating complex and constantly-changing information to others – and lastly, if you are compassionate and determined, you’re perfect for this job!
Mary Anne Issa had years of experience working in the community and events sectors, but had never studied at a tertiary level before.
“There was a fire in me from the beginning. I had a vision to study migration law, I just didn’t have the confidence or the educational background. VU taught me everything from how to submit assignments, to high-level legal vocabulary. I find VU to be an understanding, close-knit, approachable environment.
I started my own migration agency as soon as I became registered. I specialise in high-risk, complex cases. There is no greater feeling than calling a client and telling them their visa has been granted.”
"There is no greater feeling," says Mary Anne Issa
Think you’re too busy to study?
VU’s postgraduate program is flexible, with a timetable designed for working professionals. The course offers evening classes which are entirely online; or weekend face-to-face classes in Melbourne or Sydney.
Youssef Haddad, Registered Migration Agent and Director of Immigration Law Matters, says:
“VU’s Migration Law grad dip is highly regarded in industry because of the clever course structure and the extensive experience of the staff. I found it worthwhile to have classroom interaction in an intensive course rather than do it online.
A few years before, I was at a crossroads in my life and decided that my next career move would be to serve humanity.
Being a registered migration agent, and now running my own business, my clients become my family. I work intimately with them to build their cases for migration success.”
"I decided my next career move would be to serve humanity," says Youssef Haddad
Want to find out more?
If you’re looking for a Migration Law course in Melbourne or Sydney, check out VU for Australia’s leading education provider in the field, with the longest-running program nationwide.
The Graduate Diploma in Migration Law is an eight-unit course designed for legal practitioners, HR migration specialists and government workers to build on their knowledge and become registered migration agents.
The Profession Course in Australian Migration Law is a pathway course; upon successful completion students can gain admission into Graduate Diploma in Migration Law. This course is suitable for people who wish to study grad dip but don't meet the admission requirements.
Award-winning lecturers with decades of legal experience, such as Professor Rodger Fernandez and Sherene Ozyurek will give you the industry knowledge and hands-on learning experiences that will increase your passion and employability.
Writer: Jessica Jury