From gaining the confidence needed to study to running her own migration law practice, Maryanne Issa is now helping people achieve their dreams.
"There was a fire in me from the beginning that never went out. I had a vision to study migration law, as I was passionate about helping people. I just didn’t have the confidence or the background.
To gain entry into my course, I undertook a two day program in professional content. When I passed that I knew that I could overcome any obstacle.
I find VU to be an understanding, close-knit, approachable environment. They taught me everything from how to submit assignments, to high-level legal vocabulary.
In the second year of the degree I became critically unwell and I almost gave up – but my lecturers, my husband and VU’s support services helped me get through it. In my last exam I got 100%.
I started my business MI Migration as soon as I became registered, and through word-of-mouth and referrals it has blossomed. I specialise in high-risk, complex cases.
A lot of the people I work with are so fragile and have lost hope. But I never give up and I never lose hope.
There is no greater feeling than calling a client and telling them their visa has been granted.”