The Team 

Nigel Dobbie
Acc. Spec. (Immigration)
MARN 9370721

Nigel Dobbie is one of Australia’s leading experts in Australian immigration law. Nigel Dobbie is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law and recognised as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in 2008-2018. Nigel has been a registered migration agent since 1993. MARN 9370721

Nigel has extensive experience as a presenter of migration courses to registered migration agents for many years. He is also a part-time lecturer at The Australian National University, where he teaches the Graduate Certificate in Applied Immigration Law course.

He has extensive experience in processing skilled migration, business migration, standard business sponsorships (Subclass 457), visa cancellations, and student visa applications.

Nigel was a member of the Nationality and Residence Committee of the Law Council of Australia, and is a former Chairperson of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (Australia). Nigel is a guest speaker on immigration law issues, especially for lawyers and migration agents who are undertaking continuing professional legal education. He has also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Nigel identified that the automatic cancellation of many student visas was unlawful. He filed an appeal in the now highly publicised Federal Magistrates Court case of Uddin v Minister for Immigration [2005] FMCA 841 (7 June 2005). Litigated by a lawyer working with him at the time, the court upheld the point. As a result of that win, approximately 8000 automatic student visa cancellations were administratively overturned.

His second language is French. Migration Agents Registration Number 9370721.

Contact Nigel: ndobbie@visaspecialists.com

Xiella Devine
MARN 0848360

Xiella Devine is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and is also a Registered Migration Agent. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She also received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in California where she became a member of the Honour Society.

She currently practices in all aspects of immigration law with extensive experience in general skilled migration, family migration and business sponsorship visa applications.

To promote Australia migration, Xiella travels overseas providing seminars on 'How to Migrate to Australia'. The seminar provides general information on some of the most popular visa types.

Prior to specialising in the area of immigration law, Xiella worked on conveyancing matters and commercial contracts.

Contact Xiella: xdevine@visaspecialists.com


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    From Sydney

    " Nigel's frank delivery is gold! Tips are much appreciated toÖ BVB."

    " Fantastic CPD! Great materials, great instructor, good pacing, kept attention. Good coverage of important points."

    " Funny, Educational, Brilliantly presented and so relevant to current legislative changes. Impacts our business."

    " There is no doubt that the topic and materials provided throughout the CPD are practical & realistic."

    " Itís the 3rd or 4th CPD course Iíve done with Nigel. As usual brilliant, very informative and no less entertaining."

    " Excellent content and presentation. A very comprehensive view of the new changes."

    " Great information and I really enjoyed Nigelís presentation. Well worth the time and money. Highly recommended."

    " This is the best CPD provider. Nigel is the best."

    " Nigel is a fantastic presenter. Materials are excellent. I always leave feeling empowered and motivated. The information presented genuinely adds value to my business."

    " Very interesting. Good foundation for existing and new practitioners."

    " Informative and entertaining."

    " My 5th or 6th CPD with you. Great, informative as usual."

    From Sydney

    "Tough going at first! But got well and truly into the swing of things. The information provided was top class! Nigelís explanations were excellent!! Highly impressed. Lunch was great."

    "Excellent, as it was the last time."

    "Very good. Nigel shared sound knowledge about the topics and is very keen to answer questions."

    "Very organized, very good presenter."

    "This was fantastic course and well presented."

    " Excellent"

    "As always , the material is thorough and Nigel is always engaging and very informative."

    "Very good. Good communication skills."

    "The session was great , very informative and interesting. Will definitely come back."

    "Very informative and engaging."

    From Melbourne

    "This was the best training I have attended. I was surprised by how quickly the day passed. I learnt many important practice skills that will enable me to advise my clients of all issues on the table."

    "Best CPD presentation. Informed and educated."

    "Seminar material comprehensive & likely to be of a going use. Many Thanks! The time passed quickly, which is a compliment to Nigel!"

    "Nigelís presentation is engaging and interesting."

    "Nigel was very informative, has great energy & the materials were excellent."

    "Very organized & focused. On time & straight to the point."

    "Always a great workshop. Some of it is over my head but Iím getting there I think! Great practical tips."

    "Many thanks, loved the session as always."

    "Very good."

    "Excellent session. Well presented."

    "Informative & enjoyable."

    "Catering was excellent."

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