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Hong Kong One-Day Workshop

Migration Law For Migration Agents

“What keeps me excited about migration law is
that I can help change people’s lives.”

 - Lorenzo Boccabella

Hong Kong Workshop

Date: Saturday, 30 March 2019
Venue: Room 1101- 1102, Tung Wah Mansion,
199-203 Hennessy Rd, Wanchai HONG KONG

Heavy weight migration law workshop conducted by a barrister with over 35 years experience in migration law. This workshop gets into the depth of migration issues taught at a very practical level, from strategies at the visa level, dealing with Immigration and what are the appeal options. Bring your questions and difficult points to raise. You get a wealth of material including source material. You will come away from this workshop with enhanced knowledge.


Schedule of Events

Topics covered are work visas (temporary, skilled and employer sponsored), full discussion of judicial review to teach you when does court become an option, how to conduct a cases before the AAT, plus points on how to do submission writing. Compliance issues (ie dealing with Immigration, how to handle an interview, preparing clients etc), issues surrounding unlawful non-citizens and ministerial intervention are also covered. Ethics is covered in a mandatory ethics point.

  • WORK VISAS [Skilled Visas, Temporary Work Visas (incl. 457 visas) & Employer Nomination Scheme] WK124 (3 CPD Point)

  • JUDICIAL REVIEW, MERIT REVIEW & SUBMISSION WRITING WK125 (3 CPD Point)

  • COMPLIANCE ISSUES, UNLAWFUL NON-CITIZENS & MINISTERIAL DISCRETION WK127 (3 CPD Point)

  • ETHICS & PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE** SM236: seminar attendance (1 CPD Point) OR DN145: optional private study exam (1 CPD Point)


How to Complete your Points

Migration Agents who do not practice as a solicitor or accountant must complete a minimum of 10 CPD Points – options are as follows:

  1. Attend all modules in the one day – no need to complete any exams.

  2. Attend all workshops and complete the Ethics & Professional Practice module as a private study exam.

**Note: Agents must complete at least one of the mandatory modules, namely Ethics & Professional Practice in each registration year.

Migration Agents with an accounting certificate need only complete a minimum of 6 CPD Points – options are as follows:

  1. Attend 2 workshop modules – no need to complete any exams.

Migration Agents with legal practising certificates are not required to complete any MARA CPD Points, however:

  • This seminar can be used to complete points for your legal practising certificate in the areas of Professional Skills (1 CPD Point), Ethics & Professional Responsibility (1.5 CPD Points), and Substantive Law (8 CPD Points).

  • The WA Legal Practice Board have approved the above program for Competency Areas 2, 3 and 4 at the points mentioned above (points are capped at 7 CPD Points per seminar).

  • If legal practitioners wish to gain 2 CPD points for Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Lorenzo Boccabella can discuss several case studies for an additional half an hour after the Ethics & Professional Practice module ends (until 8pm).


Workshop Modules Descriptions

WORK VISAS WORKSHOP (INCLUDING SKILLED VISAS, TEMPORARY WORK VISAS & EMPLOYER NOMINATION SCHEME)
The first part of this workshop covers all work visas where a skilled person is not sponsored by an employer, as well as the transition from student visa to permanent residence through the skilled visa regime. Also covered are 457 visas and the various subclasses, sponsorship (standard business sponsorship and self-sponsorship), nomination, employer sanctions, and other issues. Frameworks around sponsored visas, practice directions and a review of the latest decisions are analysed and explained. Finally, Employer Nomination Schemes are covered including English language requirements, skill assessments under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme and occupation lists. Employer obligations and pitfalls from sponsorship are also highlighted. 

JUDICIAL REVIEW, MERIT REVIEW & SUBMISSION WRITING WORKSHOP
The first part of this workshop illustrates how to take on adverse decisions of the tribunals in court. Learn the difference between judicial review and merit review and the types of issues which may indicate a successful judicial review decision. Discover cover how merit review works, what decisions are merit reviewable and discuss some practical considerations. Finally, practical tips and insight will be given for writing submissions for both judicial and merit review as well as to case officers.

COMPLIANCE ISSUES, UNLAWFUL NON-CITIZENS & MINISTERIAL DISCRETION WORKSHOP
This workshop looks at the various compliance issues that clients will have, including visa cancellations, fraud, work and other issues which affect a person holding a visa. Pathway planning options for bridging visa holders and non-visa holders will also be discussed. Finally, this workshop will highlight the most important and current issues relating to Ministerial Discretion; when it is used and how it can affect clients’ migration options.

ETHICS & PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (MANDATORY MODULE)
This module is part of the core requirements from MARA. It builds on the Ethics Tools Kit For Migration Agents and reviews recent decisions affecting migration agents and lawyers. It also includes practical advice for how to ensure you meet your ethical and professional obligations as both a lawyer and/or migration agent.