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Assent Migration Lawyers

Our Vision

Empower people and organisations throughout the globe to make important decisions regarding their future when it comes to Australian visa and immigration.

Expert knowledge of highly experienced and well respected Australian immigration lawyers where you can access our legal know-how entirely at your convenience, wherever you are.

Quick turnaround and value, because time is precious. Our immigration lawyers provide tailored visa and immigration advice and full transparency during your visa, appeal or judicial review process . 

ASSENT MIGRATION LAWYERS EXPERTS

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Contact Dessie

Email: dessie@assentmigration.com.au

Tel: +61 401 693 554

Dessie Hristova


Principal Solicitor

Dessie has 25 years of exclusively working in the area of visa and immigration law, and the global free movement of people. She has admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Victoria since 2007. 

Dessie is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia and has presented to migration agents and lawyers for the Migration Institute of Australia in CPD seminars and in their Practice Ready Program. Dessie is also an active member of the Refugee Law Reform Committee at the Law Institute of Victoria.

With a career in visa and immigration law that spans the continents of Europe and Australia, Dessie was a co-founder and partner of a boutique law firm that won a number of awards, including a finalist in the Law Institute of Victoria Best Boutique Law Firm. Assent Migration Lawyers was founded by Dessie as principal to provide a highly personalised expert visa and immigration service. In the past, Dessie has been a leader in the visa and immigration field working in top tier law firms, global relocation companies and migration consultancies. Last but not least she worked with asylum seekers through the UNHCR in the mid-1990s in a war-torn zone.   

Dessie was registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority from 2004 to 2021. 

In terms of legal qualifications Dessie holds:

  • Masters of Law and Legal Practice from University of Technology Sydney, Australia (2006)

  • Graduate Certificate in European Law and Legal Systems from Cambridge University, United Kingdom; (2001)

  • Bachelor of Law from Sofia University, Bulgaria (1999)

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Contact Don

Email: office@assentmigration.com.au

​Don Lucas

Legal Foreign Associate, Hong Kong

Don is an experienced and well-respected Hong Kong-based Australian migration expert helping with all Australian migration enquires and services. Registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA), Registration Number 9501008. His expertise in Australian immigration law covers the full spectrum of the Australian migration program and all aspects of the Australian visa processes, with a comprehensive, experience-based understanding of how the system operates.

Don is legally qualified, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, Australia, (1992) with over 25 years practising experience as an Australian solicitor (1993-2011, 2016-2017). Registered Migration Agent (1995-2011; currently 2021-). He has been an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law, Law Institute of Victoria, from 2000-2013 and 2016 to 2021) and has served as a member of the Institute’s Immigration Specialisation Advisory Committee. He has also served under statutory appointment as a migration portfolio Tribunal decision-maker in Australia, deciding reviews of negative immigration decisions on behalf of the Australian government (2011-2016)

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Kathryn Teede

Associate, Regional Victoria

Kathryn is an experienced and qualified visa and immigration professional, holding 14 years of experience within the legal industry with key experience in areas of corporate, individual and refugee and humanitarian migration through employment with reputable boutique and global relocation companies and law firms in Australia.

Kathryn is registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA), Registration Number 0853030

Kathryn is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA). She is practising in regional Victoria. 

Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia, 2005

Contact Kathryn

Email: office@assentmigration.com.au

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Jana Sarandeva

Practice Lead

Jana has four years of experience as a paralegal and a leader of practice administration in boutique law firms. She has over ten years of experience in Government Administration. 

Jana has unparalleled organisational skills and strong empathy core values and maintains a high engagement level with the customers of Assent Migration Lawyers throughout all stages of the immigration process. Jana is keen on sharing her and her family’s successful immigration journey to Australia and passionate about helping others to experience the Australian dream.

Jana holds a Master of Laws from the University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria and a Bachelor of Arts (Philology & Linguistics) from the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Contact Jana

Email: office@assentmigration.com.au

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Grace Zheng

Legal Associate, Sydney​

Grace commenced her legal career in Australian in 2004 when she was admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. She was first registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority in 2009. Grace is practising as a solicitor based in Sydney. 

Grace is a member of the New South Wales Law Society and is representing clients in visa, immigration citizenship and family law matters. With a career that spans across Asia and Australia, Grace has worked in one of the top ten corporate law firms in Australia and in specialist boutique immigration consultancies, as well as being the principal of her own practice. 

Grace speaks Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin

Contact Grace

Email: office@assentmigration.com.au

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Umesh Machhral

Legal Associate

Umesh is admitted to practice as Lawyer of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He has completed a Juris Doctor degree from RMIT University Melbourne, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from College of Law.  Umesh brings a diversity of professional and personal experience to his work at Assent Migration Lawyers. He has an empathetic and understanding approach to migration law and is committed to advocating for his clients to achieve successful outcomes in complex cases. 

Umesh was drawn to a career in Immigration Law because of his desire to make a difference to the lives of both individuals and businesses. With a migrant background himself, Umesh is passionate about empowering people pursue opportunities and deal with the challenges of settlement in a new country and is delighted to assist his clients in achieving their migration goals. 

 

Prior to commencing his legal career, Umesh worked as a teacher and a nurse in India and Australia. Being of Indian decent, he is fluent in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

Contact Umesh

Email: office@assentmigration.com.au

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Eva Antonova

People & Engagement Advisor

Executive Assistant

Eva is an experienced professional with extensive knowledge across many industries including NSW Government and her career has been principally focused on governance and workforce development. She has completed a Master degree in Public administration and is a member of AHRI and IPAA. Eva brings wealth of government sector knowledge, best practices and experience in human resources, records management, financial, administrative and management support functions. She has a committed belief in governance and accountability promoting diversity and inclusion in service delivery.

Eva's volunteer work is focused on maintaining and building social cohesion and community harmony and to help communities build capacity and resilience.

Contact Eva

Email: office@assentmigration.com.au