Profile

Immigration Solutions that Lead Ambitious Dreamers to Legally Live, Work and Thrive in Australia

The Firm

Augustine & Co. Firm Profile

Augustine & Co. Immigration Lawyers is an incorporated legal practice founded in the winter of 2019, specialising in Australian immigration & citizenship law. All our lawyers hold current legal practising certificates and our migration agents are registered with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).

Being innovative thinkers, client service leaders and champions of justice, traits that we believe will fuel Augustine & Co.’s rise from a Melbourne start-up to a remote-first, global powerhouse.

Our immigration lawyers’ exceptional knowledge and expertise in immigration law make Augustine & Co. the Australian immigration law firm of choice for a variety of clients, ranging from individuals to corporations.

No matter how complicated your case, our immigration professionals will endeavour to provide you with a strategic action plan that serves as a solution piece to all your specific Australian immigration needs and desires.

By providing strategic advice coupled with pragmatic solutions to often complex situations, our leading law firm has been delivering clients throughout the world with custom-tailored, proudly Australian – immigration solutions, whilst always bearing in mind that at the heart of every immigration matter is an individual. 

Augustine & Co. also works in strategic alliance with an American immigration law firm based in New York City and a pair of Canadian immigration law firms, consequently expanding our client base made up of immigrants from North America and catering to the immigration needs of the Australian expat community living in the United States and Canada. 

The Australian immigration and citizenship process can be complex, ever-changing, and confusing, but if navigated correctly, can lead to YOUR Australian Dream!

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Our Team

The people that make Augustine & Co.

Calvin Augustine

Calvin J. Augustine

Founder & Principal Lawyer

Calvin Augustine is the founding solicitor of Augustine & Co. Immigration Lawyers. He graduated with Honours from the University of London law school before being admitted to practice in Malaysia, the states of South Australia & Victoria (via mutual recognition), and before any federal court in Australia.

His initial years of practice in Australia were spent at a commercial litigation firm, where he was subsequently given the task of heading up the immigration law division to cater to the increasing demand from international clientele through cross border transactions.

Prior to forming Augustine & Co., Mr Augustine worked at several boutique and national immigration firms in Melbourne where he gained extensive experience in Australian immigration law and international matters through both work and personal experience.

As an immigrant from Malaysia himself, he is fully aware of the complexities of Australian laws, especially immigration law and thus makes every effort to provide exceptional, empathetic, and knowledgeable legal counsel to his clients globally. Deeply respectful of his client’s time and resources, Mr Augustine works to find the most efficient and cost-effective solution for each immigration issue, while still achieving favourable outcomes in cases that other lawyers have considered as hopeless.

During the course of his legal career spanning dual jurisdictions, he has gained diverse experience across various matter types which has made him an invaluable asset to numerous corporations, as well as individuals, in their immigration matters.

Annie Ladera

Paralegal & Migration Consultant, MARN 2217801

Annie was born in the Philippines and immigrated with her family to Australia when she was just a child. She completed a Bachelor of International Relations at La Trobe University in 2018 and a Graduate Diploma in Migration Law from Victoria University in 2020, subsequently passing the Capstone Exam for registered migration agents in 2021.

Prior to joining Augustine & Co. Immigration Lawyers in December 2021, Annie worked at several immigration firms around Melbourne as a migration assistant to senior immigration solicitors and registered migration agents. In her free time, Annie volunteers at a Filipino migrant organisation where she assists many new migrants establish their lives in Australia. It is through this volunteer work that Annie found her passion for migration law.

Patrick Cassidy

Paralegal

Patrick joined Augustine & Co. Immigration Lawyers as a paralegal in January 2022. He is currently in his final year of studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Politics) double degree at Monash University. Prior to studying at Monash, Patrick studied a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the Australian National University for one year, during which he was an ANU Chancellor’s Scholar.

CHEREE QIAO

Legal Assistant

Cheree joined Augustine & Co. as a Legal Assistant in May 2022. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Laws at RMIT, after completing a year studying the Bachelors of Engineering & Medical Science at the University of Sydney.

Cheree’s interest in Migration Law began after discovering her parents personal experience in migrating from China and the challenges they had to face when dealing with Australian immigration & citizenship laws.

She is passionate about promoting diversity and multi-culturalism within a community, as well as being actively involved with various cultural clubs at her university. Outside of work, Cheree is a dedicated law student and works as a retail sales assistant in her free time.

Cheree is bilingual and can speak both English and Chinese (Mandarin) fluently.