Why should I use Kabo Lawyers to help me with my visa application?
Because we care, and take special care, to help you achieve your goals.
As a Migration Law practice, for the past 15 years, we focus firmly on Immigration to Australia, which makes us uniquely placed to advise and guide you through the application process.
Our overall concern is to assure, and, constantly, reassure you, about your chosen visa pathway. We assist you by removing your stress in lodging and processing your application.
As required by Australian law, we are Registered Migration Agents, and, therefore, responsible and accountable to the Government’s licensing authority, OMARA, the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority. We are also members of the Migration Institute of Australia.
I own a rental property and my tenants have left without paying the last few months of rent, plus owe money for damaged property and other debts. What can I do?
The first thing to keep in mind is the importance of the cost of the solution balanced against the cost of the problem. A debt of $10,000 might, in the end, be better left unpursued whereas a debt of $100,000 plus costs of repairing any damage may be well-worth investing in a legal solution.The first step is sending out a well-drafted and legally-compliant Letter of Demand which will detail the debt in a simple format. The letter is a low-cost ‘first point of call’ and a reference as to what the next steps should be. If the debtor refuses to pay or cannot be successfully contacted, then it will be important to determine of the matter should be taken further – mainly depending on the amount of the debt, whether the debtor can be found and if the debtor has any assets. If it’s a small debt, or the debtor has disappeared, or has no assets, then it may be futile. There may be a possible claim to be made against any guarantor if this is the case.
If the debtor is worth pursuing, it may be appropriate to file a proceeding in a Court. In most cases of tenancy debts, the debt may not be challenged and a default judgment (ordering that the debt be paid) will be made against the debtor. At that stage, if the debt continues to refuse to pay, it may be necessary to file bankruptcy proceedings. Bankruptcy is a highly serious matter and the mere threat of bankruptcy will be the final indication of whether the debtor intends on paying the debt or not. If refusal to pay continues, a bankruptcy application can be filed in the Federal Court of Australia and, if successful, a trustee will be appointed to liquidate the debtors estate, out of which you may receive a portion, if not all, of the claimed debt.
The process can be very complicated and the most efficient and effective legal solution will depend on the particulars of the situation. Kabo Lawyers has specialist experience and expertise in dealing with debt recovery matters and we can tailor a legal solution to suit your specific needs. We also understand the sensitivity in recovering a debt where a creditor is already out of pocket and we promise to deliver a cost-effective outcome.
What happens after my visa application is submitted? Am I allowed to travel overseas while waiting for the outcome?
Depending on the type of bridging visa that is granted to you upon the lodgement of your visa application, you might be able to apply for travel rights of a limited duration to leave and re-enter Australia while your visa application is still pending. It will generally take about 3 working days for a Bridging Visa B with travel rights application to be processed, and an application fee will apply.The application can be done in person at your nearest Immigration office, or via post, however, please note that applications made other than in person will usually result in a longer processing time. As such, we recommend that a Bridging Visa B application be made at least 14 days in advance of anticipated travel dates.