TAH’s partnered Immigration Attorney Dr Etienne Hugo, is accredited by the Law Society of New South Wales as a specialist in Australian immigration law. Being registered with the OMARA (Migration Agent Registration Number: 0004435) since early 2000, he has achieved great success with corporate and individual clients across the globe and continues to impress in all aspects of his career.

Dr Hugo has also lectured in the Migration law and practice program (2006-2015) with the Australian National University (ANU) and as a Fellow of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA), he regularly delivers papers and presentations on practical issues relevant for Australian immigration.

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Dr Etienne Hugo is a highly regarded Australian immigration lawyer, based in Australia since 2000. He is the founding partner and legal practitioner director of Teleo Immigration, a leading Sydney-based law firm specialising in Australian Immigration law since 2006. He practices as a solicitor in New South Wales and is also admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia and as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

He is a Law Society of New South Wales accredited specialist in immigration law (of whom there are only 42) in a profession of approximately 23,000.  Dr Hugo obtained both his BLC (1993) and LLB (1995) degrees with distinction from the University of Pretoria and was awarded a Doctor of laws (LLD) degree in 2000. He has been a recipient of various academic and research scholarships and awards and has successfully practised immigration law in Australia for the past 16 years.


Teleo immigration is an incorporated legal practice that specialises in Australian immigration law. The firm has a highly skilled team of lawyers and agents who have successfully represented hundreds of clients including large corporate firms, small businesses and individuals over the past 10 years. The firm deals with all aspects of immigration law from visa applications, corporate structures and sponsorships, to appeal work, judicial review, visa cancellations, immigration detention and deportation matters et cetera.

The firm has been honoured by being listed in the prestigious Australian ‘Best Lawyers’ publication in the Australian Financial Review for consecutive years (2010 & 2011). The firm was also listed as ‘Boutique immigration law firm of the year – Australia’ in the 2012 Global awards corporate INTL magazine.  A former partner was appointed as a member of the Migration and Refugee review tribunals (now the Administrative Appeals Tribunal – AAT).  The firm has a broad international client base, representing clients from across the globe, from all walks of life and from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

Immigration law in Australia is a highly regulated politically influenced and represents various major changes to legislation every year. It is therefore essential to obtain an accurate understanding of the required end result for each matter and then adopt a holistic approach, which may include the incorporation of appropriate legal structures and a multi-phased plan, taking proactive steps, to reach the desired end goal.

“You can be confident that you are getting the most accurate advice from professionals who have a comprehensive understanding of the relevant laws, policies and practices.” – Dr.Etienne Hugo


Immigration Assessment

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1) Our immigration attorneys will be conducting an assessment to determine your eligibility for Australian immigration.
2) We provide you with a summary of the options available to you, the average salary within your chosen occupation, and the probability of being employed in Australia.
3) We will present you with the different visa options including requirements, explanation of the skills assessment/ visa application process based on the most recent migration legislation.
4) We will present you with the scope of our specialized service, our terms of engagement, the fees involved and the most viable route for you into the country.
5) We will begin with our immigration and recruitment services. You will receive an introduction to the program and various guides and itinerary pertaining to the process and steps moving forward.

Typical visa applications / services include:

Student visa: To allow for study in Australia. Student visa holders typically have work rights for 40 hours per fortnight during term unrestricted work rights during holidays. A benefit for this option is to allow younger/ unqualified candidates to gain an Australian qualification, which may enhance your profile either for employer sponsorship or independent skilled migration.

Work visa applications: Skilled employees may qualify either for a temporary visa (subclass 482) or a permanent visa under either the ENS or RSMS programs. You would be required to have an employment offer that meets the Australian Employment standards and the employer would need to be registered to hire foreign migrants.

Skilled migration: The so-called points test system, which focuses on skilled applicants who can obtain a suitable skills assessment in his/her nominated occupation as a professional or trades person recorded on the SKILLS list. Most skilled migration visas are permanent visas with full permission to work and full access to Medicare.

Family-sponsored visas: The are a number of family-related visas for which you may qualify if you have Australian based close family members. Examples are parent visas, spouse/partner visas, child visas, last remaining relative visas, carer visas, aged dependent relative visas etc.

At TAH we pride ourselves on working with the elite in immigration and will ensure that you are being kept informed and updated on all processes.