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Newsletter 05/2018

Face to Face with... | Jennifer Wood, AusVisa Link

 

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Please tell us a little about (your workplace/business)

AusVisa Link is an Australian-owned and operated migration advisory firm offering specialist migration and visa advice for Australia. We tailor migration solutions to suit your unique circumstances and provide frank, honest and ethical assistance to identify your best pathway to Australia. We work with not only Australian citizens and permanent residents but also expats living in the UAE and throughout the Middle East. With AusVisa Link you will work directly with a Registered Migration Agent, not a consultant, so you can feel comfortable in the knowledge that the professional visa advice you are receiving is right for your individual situation.

What is your role at (your workplace/business)?

I am the owner and Managing Director of AusVisa Link. I am also a Registered Migration Agent and hold a Bachelor of Justice from the Queensland University of Technology along with a Graduate Certificate of Migration Law and Practice from the Australian National University. 

How long have you been working in the role and where were you working previously?

AusVisa Link holds business licences in both Australia and the UAE.  The company commenced its operations in August 2016. Prior to establishing AusVisa Link, I worked for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia and the Australian Consulate-General, Dubai for over 6 years in various areas including Family Migration, Onshore Detention, Case Management, Identity Resolution, Age Determination and Protection visas.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I meet people from all walks of life, many of whom have lived in the Gulf for any number of years. I enjoy helping people and I am in a privileged position where I can have a positive impact on a person’s life. I have reconnected families, given couples the chance to continue their relationship in Australia, made decisions which have provided safe haven to refugees, and enabled skilled professionals to further their work experience in Australia. My role is to take the stress out of navigating Australian migration legislation which can be quite an overwhelming process. The best part of my job is when a client receives their visa so that they can finally start planning their onward migration to Australia.

What is the most challenging and difficult aspect of your job?

The most challenging part of my job is that Australian migration legislation is constantly changing. This means that the longer a prospective applicant leaves their migration the greater the risk the legislation may change and make the process more difficult or completely unattainable. It is always great to have that Australian visa in your back pocket as a security in terms of a quick onward migration.

What does a typical day at work look like?

I receive a lot of enquiries about various visas for Australia which I assess for eligibility before providing some initial advice. On a daily basis I work with clients to prepare written submissions, visa applications, skills assessments and expressions of interest. I provide a complete service and pride myself on high level client service.

How do you like to spend your leisure time?

I am a new mum which means that a lot of my free time is spent with my daughter and husband. That said, we love travelling (even with a child). We share our time between Australia and the UAE so when we are not in-country we are exploring our new home in Queensland.

What do you think about living in Dubai?

Living in Dubai was by far one of the best experiences of my life. There are however pros and cons to anywhere and certainly this is the case when thinking about longevity in the Middle East. When I considered my longer-term wants and needs, Australia was a more stable option for me and my family.  That said, I love coming back to the UAE: a country which really feels like my second home.

Jennifer Wood

ABCD Member 

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