October at Nomos
Though it might be hard to believe, we’ve already arrived at November! Here’s a snapshot of how October kept our team busy:
- We had a busy month again in October, with a number of visa grants, including partner visas, subclass 189 visas and TSS visas. We also received requests for further information relating to a number of visa subclasses, which we hope means that processing will return to normal soon.
- Our month ended on a high with a major success for one of our clients. Our client applied for citizenship which was refused on character grounds, as he had a substantial criminal record from many years ago, when he was incarcerated for a number of years. We fought this battle and were ready to appear at the General Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, but to our delight the Minister conceded the application, meaning that our client can now move on with his life as a soon-to-be Australian citizen.
- Nomos Director Kathryn Viegas was warmly welcomed by the Australian Pro Bono Centre as a signatory of the National Pro Bono Target, joining a community of more than 190 other signatories (which includes the 25 largest law firms in Australia). The signatories of the Target are committed to the advancement of social change through pro bono legal work. Since the Target was launched in April 2007, lawyers of signatory firms reported almost 4.25 million hours of pro bono legal work, making us proud to be part of such an honourable cause by giving back to those who most need legal advice and representation
As always, we finished October with a bit of fun in the form of Halloween, which served to remind us how serious 2020 has been while also allowing us to reflect on the moments of joy we’ve been privileged to enjoy.