About VisAustralia

VisAustralia is a migration agency that specialises in assisting skilled people move to Australia. VisAustralia has a long track record of assisting people make successful visa applications and is well placed to ensure you receive permanent residence.

VisAustralia was established in 2003 by Nicholas Houston and since then has advised thousands of people of their rights under the Australian migration legislation. VisAustralia has its main office in Canberra, the Australian capital city, and a major office in Mexico City.

Migration services

VisAustralia provides a premium, fixed price, migration service to our clients. We will work with you throughout the visa process to prepare applications of the highest standard. A well prepared application is your greatest guarantee of moving to Australia successfully.

It is our responsibility to assist you prepare documentation demonstrating that you satisfy the legal requirements for the visa. Our role is more than filling in forms, although we do that, but to provide you with critical strategic input at each point in the visa process.

On entering a written Agreement with VisAustralia we will start preparing your application and provide the following services:

  • review of your case and prospects of success;
  • development of a successful visa strategy;
  • on-going analysis of migration law in relation to your visa goals;
  • explanation of the documents required to make your applications;
  • provision of templates for work reference letters, professional work reports, and related documentation;
  • review and improvement of your professional documentation;
  • provision of current application forms and assistance in preparing forms;
  • preparation, review and submission of your accreditation application to the relevant professional body;
  • preparation, review and submission of your nomination application (if applicable);
  • preparation, review and submission of your Expression of Interest to the Department of Immigration;
  • preparation, review and submission of your visa application to the Department of Immigration;
  • ongoing support throughout each stage in the process;
  • certification of copies of original documents (if the original documents can be sighted by VisAustralia);
  • translation of your documents if required;
  • representation of your case before the Australian authorities and provision of on-going legal advice;
  • analysis and advice in relation to requests for further documentation;
  • advice with respect to the IELTS English test;
  • advice about how and where to attend at the required medical examination;
  • advice about how and where to obtain necessary police clearance certificates; and
  • information about the benefits of being an Australian permanent resident and on how to apply for citizenship.

immigration Lawyers & Registered Migration Agents

The migration process is a legal process. Many migration agents are not lawyers, and for this reason are not familiar with the law outside the area of migration. This can be significant to your application if the agent does not have the depth of experience or expertise in law generally to be able to advise you in relation to all areas of your visa application.

An agent who is not a lawyer may not understand the full significance or interrelationship of legal principles underpinning the administration of migration law. You should always check whether a migration agent is also a lawyer before selecting that agent to work with you on your visa application.

Our Story

VisAustralia was established in 2003 by Nicholas Houston and since then has advised thousands of people of their rights under the Australian migration legislation.

Our Experience

98% success rate!

At VisAustralia we are proud to have a 98% success rate for all visa applications lodged. This high success ratio reflects the quality of the service provided by VisAustralia and the professionalism of our work.

Our Commitment

At VisAustralia we recognise the commitment of each person who decides to embark on the migration journey, and we celebrate the dream and the sense of adventure implicit in the migration experience. VisAustralia has chosen the image of a sailing ship to reflect this voyage.

You can be confident that on boarding the VisAustralia boat we will do all that is possible to make sure you arrive in Australia safely with dry feet!

Our Team

Nicholas Houston

Director and Migration Agent MARA. 0428579

Nicholas Houston is a fully qualified Migration Lawyer admitted to practice law in Victoria in 1993. Previously to working at VisAustralia Nicholas Houston worked at the Department of Immigration (DIAC) as a Senior Legal Officer amending the Migration Regulations, the law upon which the Australian visa program is based.

Prior to establishing VisAustralia in 2003, Nicholas Houston worked as a Senior Legal Officer at the Department of Immigration in Canberra. As a Senior Legal Officer he was involved in transforming the details of Australian Government migration policy into legislation. The work involved comprehending both the policy implication of proposed changes but also the inner workings of the Migration Act 1958, the law upon which the Australian visa program is based.


Rubel Chandra Gope

Lawyer and Migration Agent MARA. 1913762

Rubel is a registered migration agent and fully qualified Lawyer, admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territoryin in 2019.

Rubel graduated with a master’s degree in Juris Doctor from the University of Canberra and he also completed an English law degree– LLB from the University of London, UK.

He has professional experience across multiple visa subclasses and specialises in employer sponsored visas. Rubel has successfully prepared and lodged hundreds of visa applications for on-shore and off-shore migrants. He’s quite high achiever and never gives up for his client. He also has experience with skills assessments, state sponsorships as well as partner visas.

Rubel is fluent in english and bengali. He joined VisAustralia team in 2018.


Carlos Parrilla

Migration Consultant

Carlos Parrilla is a former Accountant with a Master’s Degree in Education and Business Management. He was registered as a Migration Agent in 2010. He has worked in Australia as Lecturer and TAFE teacher since 2007. Being a Migrant himself, he was interested in helping students to obtain his Permanent Residency, which led to an alliance with VisAustralia, who brought him to Australia originally.

Carlos was the head of the VisAustralia Mexican branch from 2010 to 2014, when he returned home. He has specialized in explaining the migration process in schematical and comprehensive ways for migration candidates, alongside making them understand and embrace the cultural differences between Australian and Latin American Cultures.

Ivy Loncar

Client Liaison Officer

Ivy is in the final year of her Law/Arts student at the Australia National University in Canberra. Ivy is passionate about refugee law and social justice and has a keen interest in the Spanish language, which she studies as a component of her Arts degree.

Ivy joined the VisAustralia team in September 2020 and is responsible for administrative work and liaising with clients.

Jessica Evans

Client Liaison Officer

Jessica joined VisAustralia as a Client Liaison in February 2021, and is currently studying a double degree is Law and International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra. She is learning Spanish as part of her university studies, and hopes to practise law in the future.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in Canberra and baking treats to bring into the office.

Dominiqu Hein

Business Manager

Dominiqu is VisAustralia’s Office Manager, the greatest generalist you have ever met.

With an Arts Degree in Philosophy from Canada, a postgraduate Marketing Diploma from Mexico and an MBA from DEAKIN University in Melbourne, and having lived the migration experience via Student, Working Holiday and Prospective Marriage/Partner Visas, she joined VisAustralia in 2009. In addition to keeping the rest of the team on track she manages client contracts, coordinates translations, liaises with our education partners and is in charge of accounts.

Dom is fluent in english, spanish and german.

Emmanuel Rodriguez

PR Consultant

Emmanuel is a Public Relations professional with more 20 years of experience creating strategies for different industries. Prior to joining VisAustralia in 2016, Emmanuel worked as PR consultant for different companies in Mexico such as PR agencies and Coca-Cola.

Emmanuel is responsible for the communications and media strategy for the Latin American market at VisAustralia.

Carmin Romero

Marketing and Communications Officer

Carmin is a Communications professional with more than 12 years of experience in storytelling and digital marketing, as well as consumer management and B2B strategies.

She holds a bachelor degree in Science Communications and a postgraduate degree in Sacred Art. In addition, she has studied several diplomas including Ethical Social Media from the University of Sydney, and “Leading Strategic Innovation, how to lead with purpose” from Deakin University (Australia) and the Conventry University (UK).

After having lived the migration experience via skilled visa, Carmin joined VisAustralia in 2016. She is responsible for the communications and marketing strategy and liaising with client enquiries.