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Man Deported From Australia Faces Charges in US

An American suspected of killing his wife on their honeymoon on the Great Barrier Reef has been indicted on two murder counts in his home state of Alabama after serving 18 months in an Australian prison for her 2003 drowning death, the state attorney general said Thursday.

Gabe Watson, 33, arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday morning after he was deported on a commercial flight from the southern Australian city of Melbourne. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said Watson was accompanied by two Immigrat

3 days ago

PricewaterhouseCoopers' Australian Business Unit Acquired by Leading International Law Firm, in Landmark Transaction

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2003--The world's largest corporate immigration law firm, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy (FDB&L), today announced that it has acquired PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Global Visa Solutions (GVS) business unit in Australia.

This transaction, the first of its kind in which a US law firm has acquired a business unit of a Big Four accounting firm, was motivated by the firm's interest in international expansion to serve client needs. PwC's Global Visa Solutions business in Australia was acquired by Fragomen Global Immigration Services (Fragomen Global), a new global affiliate formed by FDB&L.

Generally regarded in the industry as the largest Visa and Immigration services provider in Australia with the widest geographic coverage, PwC's Australian Global Visa Solutions practice provides immigration advice and assistance to corporations and high net-worth individuals, and is the leading commercial immigration consultancy in their market.

"Our acquisition of Global Visa Solutions from PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia is an important strategic step for our firm," said Austin Fragomen, Co-Managing Partner of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy. "This transaction gives Fragomen Global immediate critical mass in the corporate immigration services marketplace in Australia. Our expansion into this important market increases our geographic coverage in the Asia Pacific region, complementing our existing offices in Hong Kong and Singapore."

"This purchase was driven by our desire to build upon our commitment to offer a seamless solution to meet our clients' worldwide immigration needs," Fragomen added.

Pauline Mathewson, formerly head of PwC's Global Visa Solutions worldwide, will join the firm as a director of Fragomen Global. "This is a true market-making move. We bring together the skills, knowledge, relationships and talent of the leading immigration services provider in Australia with the world's leader in immigration law," commented Mathewson. "The goal is to build a truly global commercial immigration practice that will provide unparalleled client service both here in the Australian marketplace, as well as for companies in the United States with interests throughout the Asia-Pacific region."

About Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy

Founded in 1951, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, is the world's largest firm practicing exclusively in the area of global immigration and nationality law for the corporate sector. Through more than 140 lawyers and 650 staff in 20 offices worldwide, the firm provides immigration services to multinational corporations and emerging companies, as well as to universities and other major organizations that employ foreign nationals on a temporary or permanent basis in the United States or overseas. Additional information can be obtained at

About Global Visa Solutions Australia

GVS provides immigration advice and assistance to corporations and high net-worth individuals and is the market-leading commercial immigration consultancy in Australia. Client services include:

-- advice on visa requirements inbound to Australia

-- total management of visa applications for Australia

-- Negotiations with government on labour and Regional HQ agreements for international relocation programs involving Australia

-- Expert consulting services in all aspects of Australian immigration law

About PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers ( is the world's largest professional services organization. Drawing on the knowledge and skills of more than 125,000 people in 142 countries, we build relationships by providing services based on quality and integrity.

("PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to the network of member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.)

Representatives from Fragomen are available to comment on the deal. Please contact Spencer Baretz (Tel: 212/572-9627) to arrange interviews.

4 days ago

Recognising prior learning for easier Australian immigration

Getting the required preparations done is the best way to obtain the benefit of immigrating to Australia. The country is a lucrative destination for both academics and business. The government of Australia is quite keen to ensure that such skilled people are hired which is increasing the opportunity for people to immigrate to the land. immigration to Australiahowever is not so simple. Certain tests are carried out prior to offering the provision of immigration.

In order to acquire a visa easily it is best to consult an Australian immigration consulting firm. They have the expertise and adequate knowledge related to the process making your immigration easy. Visa categories in Australia are about six types. Categories of visa in Australia are of six types. These are Skilled Immigration Visa, Business Retirement Visa, Provisional Australia Visa, Student Visa, Family Immigration Visa and Retirement Visa. Hence, it is important to understand the process of immigration to Australia and be very clear about what visa category is the best suited for you. This will certainly make your immigration quite easy.

It is certainly a huge decision to leave your country and immigrate to another. The process can be tedious due to the strict rules and regulations of the country. The reasons for immigration can vary from person to person however before shifting the base it is important to be aware of the Australian lifestyle. The immigration formalities are different for people from anotherland. When choosing an immigration agent check to see whether he meets the registration requirements of your own country.

The benefit of skills recognition is what makes Australian immigration so popular. There is a broad range of expertise that people acquire when working on different projects. This is known as recognition of prior learning in Australia. This offers suitable skill development and initiates proper career management. The method of RPL is good to save time and fetch enough experience similar to normal modes of education. The most efficient part of this is that you can acquire industry experience and exhibit your expertise in the job market.

The process of immigration requires immense preparations from the financial aspect to getting a valid passport. Legal immigration agents offer intricate information about the proceedings. The laws of immigration also tend to change. New Zealand and Australia are taking strict steps to prevent fraudulent immigration activities. A trained immigration specialist can always help you to understand your requirements and provides the best advice. This aspect is controlled by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority. This office offers suitable registration to legalize an agency.

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7 days ago

Migration Agent Melbourne

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1 week ago

The February 2010 reforms and the international student industry.

In February 2010 the Australian Government announced set of reforms

to the rules governing access to permanent residence visas and the

temporary entry graduate skills visa (485)for overseas students who have

completed courses in Australian universities and VET colleges. This

article provides a history of Australian policy on the issue and an

analysis of the likely impact of the new reputations. It concludes that

the government has largely succeeded in de-coupling education in

Australia from migration selection. As a result, it is likely that

enrolments in the VET sector will shrink and that enrolments in the

higher education sect

1 week ago

Why the Demand for Immigration Attorneys is Increasing

Immigration Attorneys are professionals who handle immigration based cases for their clients. The attorneys usually handle all cases ranging from visitor and student visas to business and family immigration matters. According to a recent survey by San Francisco Chronicle, the number of immigrants living in the United States of America rose over 16 percent in the last five years. This increase reflects the large number of people who come from Mexico and other Latin American countries. According to a report published by Pew Research Center projects, the population could reach a total close to 438 million by 2050, from 303 million at the present date due to extensive immigration into the U.S.

As the number of immigrants still continue to rise in the United States, the demand for immigration attorney New York have risen considerably. They provide services to individual clients and corporate houses in various matters such as

* Disputes regarding immigration laws of the U.S

* Naturalization

* Visas

* Work Permits

* Matters relating to consular law

Immigration Attorneys handle all cases of behalf of people all over the world who aspire to become legal residents of the United States. Some of the clients of immigration attorneys also include A-list celebrities who may have starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters.

The attorneys help students secure student visas for pursuing a particular course of their choice in the U.S. And, eventually, may also help them to secure work-based visas and green cards. Since the employment opportunities in the United States is quite high as compared to other nations around the world, the demand for immigration attorneys and legal advisors is increasing on a daily basis.

An experience of over 25 years always usually means that the attorney(s) is well-versed in handling legal disputes of various magnitudes. This would ensure that the disputes are sorted out quickly. It also ensures that the clients can actually enjoy a hassle-free procedure in any particular matter pertaining to legal issues.

Thaker-Berowitz LLP is one the pioneering law firms based in the New York City. They have dedicated themselves to the service of mankind in various areas ranging from small legal matters to complex immigration and naturalization disputes. Due to the compact structure of the firm, the clients always get to enjoy individual attention and preferences. For any legal issues, Thaker-Berowitz LLP can be contacted at 212-513-1713 or you may even visit their website:

2 weeks ago

Green Card Holders Convicted of Crimes May Qualify for a Second Chance

If you a green card holder and are convicted of a crime, whether or not you have served a jail sentence, you may be facing a more permanent punishment-deportation. If you are an immigrant, whether here on a visa or a green card holder, and are charged with a crime--no matter how minor--you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney along with your criminal defense attorney, or at least be sure that your criminal defense attorney consults with an immigration lawyer before pleading to any charges. Not doing so can have disastrous consequences for your immigration status. I should know, I'm a Seattle immigration lawyer.

Now, if you are a green card holder (in immigration