Australian immigration law is becoming increasingly complex, and assisting clients resolve their migration issues is what Rothstein Lawyers find incredibly rewarding.
Being the only law firm in Perth that specialises exclusively in immigration law and employment law, we interviewed Sophie Manera about various employment & immigration matters.
Sophie, Please tell us about Rothstein Lawyers and your passion behind it?
Rothstein Lawyers is a boutique law firm based in Northbridge, specialising in immigration and employment law. Our lawyers are also Registered Migration Agents, and can assist with all Australian immigration and citizenship law matters.
The firm’s employment law practice primarily focuses on helping migrants and their employers understand and comply with Australian employment law.
What key differences is Rothstein Lawyers compared to other lawyers?
Rothstein Lawyers is the only law firm in Perth that specialises exclusively in immigration law and employment law. We prepare and lodge many employer sponsored visa applications, and can guide migrants and employers through any immigration and employment law issues.
Principal solicitor Sophie Manera is one of few female principal solicitors in Perth specialising in immigration law. She has experience helping women (and men) obtain permanent visas through the family violence provisions. This is a sensitive and complex area of immigration law.
What are the latest developments/changes to the employment and migration law that businesses need to know of when wanting to sponsor/recruit an employee who is not currently an Australian permanent resident.
The Australian Government made substantial changes to temporary and permanent employer sponsored visas in March 2018. The number of occupations for which a person can be sponsored has reduced. Employers wishing to sponsor an employee are subject to monitoring by the Australian Border Force and the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Furthermore, there is increased scrutiny of applications for Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186), Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) and Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482) visas, with substantially higher refusal rates than in previous years.
It is more important now than ever to ensure that the best possible visa application is submitted.
What are some of the important points to consider when signing an employment contract?
– Read the contract carefully and seek legal advice if necessary.
– Does the contract state that you must work “reasonable” extra hours? Will you receive some form of additional remuneration?
– Are you applying for an employer sponsored visa? Your employment contract must include certain provisions to meet immigration law requirements.
Studying in Australia is very appealing to some people. What would be your advice to them to look out for from a legal point of view.
– Know your rights and obligations on a Student visa. Don’t work more than you are allowed to, even if your employer asks you to.
– Consider your long-term intentions. Will you be able to obtain a Temporary Graduate visa after you complete your course?
– Be aware that international student fees are high. Do you have sufficient funds to support yourself for your course duration?
What is the most enjoyable part of working at Rothstein Lawyers?
Helping clients achieve their dream of obtaining Australian permanent residency or citizenship.
At Rothstein, what has been your biggest achievement thus far? Awards, recognitions etc.
Principal solicitor Sophie Manera has recently been nominated for the Law Society of WA’s Junior Lawyer of the Year award. She has recently added to her resume speaking engagements at the Law Council of Australia’s Annual Migration Conference and the Migration Institute of Australia’s National Conference.
That’s fantastic and congratulations Sophie. Please tell us what are the best ways of contacting Rothstein Lawyers.
Address: Level 3 (Suite 10), 99 Francis Street, Northbridge
and 4/189 Lakeside Drive, Joondalup (Joondalup office by appointment only)
Ph: 08 9228 0300