About Us

OUR PRACTICE

Synergy Information

Choosing a qualified and experienced migration agent

You first step into this journey is to be sure that you are dealing with a Registered Migration Agent in Australia (or out of Australia). This can be done by requesting for their certificate of registration (which has the photo and registration number) or by checking the Register of agents on the MARA website online.

In Australia there are strict rules to govern migration agents assisting client with their visa application or to give advice about migration. Migration Agents in Australia must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).

The MARA website also contains the information pertaining to the agent

Vision & Mission

OUR VISION
Build a great nation with migration; bringing the right people to make it happen


OUR MISSION
At Synergy we have all been migrants who have come from different countries with diverse cultures and background taking the same first steps as you i.e to migrate to Australia. These personal experiences underpin the Synergy ethos of giving empathetic and knowledgeable service. Synergy’s registered multi-lingual agents pride themselves on finding answers to our clients’ immigration problems and keeping them up-to-date about their applications. Synergy provides ethical and timely service and enjoys creating long-term relationships with Synergy clients, long after they successfully received their visa. Synergy aims to be a supportive gateway to help you towards a quality and prosperous life in the best country on earth and make it a great nation.

AT SYNERGY WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOUR VISA

Migration can be complex and stressful, let Synergy help you navigate your application successfully

We can represent you at the MRT (Migration Review Tribunal) in case of a rejected application. Our Team has a wealth of experience and know how to assist you.

At Synergy we stay up to date with the immigration policy regulations, which are constantly changing and evolving hence we ensure you submit all the necessary documents that will 100% support your application.

OUR SERVICES

Synergy is a leading Australian migration agency that assists individuals and businesses with all categories of visas to enter Australia: Visitor, Working Holiday, Student, Temporary Graduate, Entertainment, Skilled Temporary and Permanent Work, Partner, and Permanent Residence (Note: We can assist with visas for over 45 years old clients, talk to us for suitable options)

VALUES STATEMENT

You can be assured of being in the expert hands of a friendly experienced registered Australian migration agent. At Synergy, being migrants ourselves, we have a thorough knowledge of how best to assist you find the best visa pathway that suits your circumstance and meticulously prepare your submission paying attention to detail.

SYNERGY MOTTO

Synergize with professionalism and confidentiality

UPCOMING IMMIGRATION CHANGES

Are you prepared for the Australian Immigration changes after 16 November 2019? Many changes are being introduced to the Australian Skilled (GSM)Employer Sponsored visas (ENS) and Family Visa Program. Synergy will keep you updated on this page on a regular basis. In preparation to the introduction of the new Skilled Regional visas in November 2019, the Immigration department has announced further details on the implementation dates for the 491 and 494 visas, and transitional arrangements for Subclass 489 and RSMS 187 visas.

 

 The Australian government has released the regulations relating to 2 new regional visas which will be available from November 2019. The subclass 489 visa will close from 16 November 2019. The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs has announced that the last day for states and territories to nominate and issue invitations for the subclass 489 applicants will be 10 September 2019. Some states are progressively closing their subclass 489 Skilled Regional state nomination program to new applications. Below are the latest state announcements. A new Skilled Worker Regional (Provisional 491) visa will be introduced on 16 November 2019 and this will replace the 489 visa.

 Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa: Substituting the current 489 visa and commencing November 16, 2019 this visa has 14,000 places allocated per year. This is a skilled migration (points tested) visa which requires either state government nomination, or sponsorship by an eligible family member who is settled in a designated regional area. The age limit for this visa is 45 and you must have a positive skills assessment.

· Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored: Substituting the current 187 (RSMS) visa and commencing November 16, 2019 this visa has 9,000 places allocated per year. It requires employer sponsorship and the position must be likely to exist for 5 years. It has a 45 year age limit, competent English, RCB advice and must meet the AMSR. Visa applicants must have a suitable skills assessment and at least 3 years’ skilled employment (unless exempt).

· Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional): To meet the requirements of the permanent visa (from November 2022) applicants must have held a subclass 491 or 494 visa for at least 3 years, have complied with the conditions on that visa and have met minimum taxable income requirements. 

a new initiative for an additional Temporary Graduate visa with an extra year of post study work rights for international students who:

  • graduate from the regional campus of a registered university or institution with a higher education or postgraduate qualification; and
  • maintain ongoing residence in a regional area while holding their first Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa

The second Temporary Graduate visa will require ongoing residence in a regional area.

The definition of regional Australia for this purpose will be 

the same as the definition for skilled migration – all of Australia 

except Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has claimed victory in the 2019 election, 

with results showing the Liberal National coalition is on track to be returned to government. 

So what does this mean for Australian immigration in the next 3 years? 

Find out more here. Australia PR Points Calculator from 16 November 2019

Skilled Occupation List changes 186,187,189,190, 407; 482; 485; 489  were announced and are effective from 11 March 2019.

Commencing 11 March 2019, for the 189, 190, 489 visas there were 36 occupations added to MLTSSL; 27 occupations removed from the STSOL, 18 occupations added to the ROL. For the TSS visa, there were 2 occupations added to MLTSSL, 6 moved from STSOL to MLTSSL and 16 moved from STSOL to ROL. See the full list here.

  

Skilled visas points test: changes will come into effect from November 2019 which will enable some applicants to earn additional points where the partner has competent English.

Points test changes from 16 November 2019: Applicants and intending migrants will not be disadvantaged by the changes to 6D points for Points Tested visas. These come into effect on 16 November 2019. Skill Select will automatically update points for all Expressions of Interest (EOI) in submitted status.  This will not change the ‘date of effect’ for any EOI.

 

The new sponsored family visa and approval of family sponsor changes commence on 17 April 2019

The new changes to Sponsored family visa’s, which is likely to include partner visas, is scheduled to commence on 17 April 2019. This may have the following effect on prospective partner visa applicants: Sponsorship’s  lodged first and approved before Partner visas can be lodged. If you are planning to apply for a Partner visa we recommend booking an appointment to discuss and understand how these changes may impact you.

New legislation has recently been introduced that will significantly impact whether an Australian Partner visa application can be lodged whist the applicant (partner or spouse) is in Australia.

The new Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill was passed through Parliament. The Governor‑General proclaimed on 8 April that Schedule 1 of the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018 would commence on 17 April 2019.

The new regulations mean that partner visa sponsorship applications would need to be lodged under stricter criteria and approved before the overseas partner visa application could be lodged, however these have not been implemented yet for partner visas.The new 2 step process will delay the lodgement of the overseas partner application and require the overseas partner to have a valid visa until a visa application for the overseas partner can be lodged.We recommend that our clients take advantage of the deferral of the new regulation and lodge their sponsorship and partner visa applications as soon as possible.

The change of Partner Visa will require the sponsor, and not just the applicants, to be assessed as well. These key changes amends the Migration Act 1958 to establish a sponsorship framework for the sponsored family visa program to: establish a sponsorship framework for the sponsored family visa program to:

  • separate sponsorship assessment from the visa application process for family sponsored visas;
  • require the approval of persons as family sponsors before any relevant visa applications are made;
  • impose statutory obligations on persons who are or were approved as family sponsors and provide for sanctions if those obligations are not satisfied;
  • facilitate the sharing of personal information between parties identified in a sponsorship application;
  • enable the refusal of a sponsorship application and the cancellation or barring of a family sponsor in certain circumstances;
  • enable the regulations to prescribe details for, and in relation to, the operation of the sponsorship framework; and make consequential amendments.

Our Expertise

Our consultant is an expert is assessing the clients cridentials to gain the maximum points possible to get a quick and positive invitation to apply for your visa

Australia - Business Area

Visa Processing and professional Advisor

Managing Director - Migration and Education Consultant

Minhaja Hashim

EXECUTIVE PROFILE

Minhaja Hashim is the Managing Director of Synergy and has been involved in the migration profession for over 18 years. She is a registered agent of MARA, QEAC and is also a Fellow Member of the MIA, and Migration Alliance of Australia.

Minhaja is extremely passionate about Migration to Australia and often voices her opinion to  State and Federal Governments, politicians and departments about a range of migration-related issues, as well as seeking fairer treatment for employers and migrants.

Minhaja founded Synergy (starting as a small boutique company in 2002 in Sri Lanka) which has since grown to become a very successful and most comprehensive migration advice and consultancy company in Australia and Sri Lanka.

Minhaja’s professional knowledge stems from her vast experience in the migration profession. Whilst Minhaja can assist with all types of visa applications, her major area of expertise and passion is in the temporary and permanent skilled migration program along with business and investor visa.

Specialty Areas: 

  • A leading expert in migration program trends and outcomes, immigration rules, regulations and policy.
  • Specializing in Temporary and Permanent skilled Migration.
  • Assisting prospective overseas businesses and individuals to successfully migrate as investors or establish businesses in Australia.

Qualifications and Associations:

Registered Migration Agent, Commenced working in the profession in 2002 with 18 years’ experience in the Migration industry.

MARN: 1796821, MIA No:18010, QEAC No: 0789, IAA: 202000868

MMIA, MBA (Aus), PGDB (Aus), CIM (UK), IATA (Canada)

https://www.mara.gov.au/media/553229/Code_of_Conduct_April_2017.pdf

General Manager - Administration and Education Services Advisor

Anas Sheriffdeen

Coming from an IT and Telco background, he has progressively moved on to managing projects and then to manage business. 

He has a solid 27 years of business background and a wealth of experience acquired working for large multinationals such as Siemens-Nixdorf, Hartmaan GMBH (DAMAD KSA), Ericsson, Alcatel and a stint with the New Zealand Defence as operations and finance manager for the Trentham Army camp HQ in Wellington NZ. 

His business vision and methodical way of organizing / operating the business has helped Synergy to get to the next level of business and gaining strength in an assured manner.

Specializes:

In New Zealand Entrepreneur and Investor Visa

MBA (Massey,NZ), MBCS(UK), NCC-UK,, Proj-Mgmt (Alcatel-Lucent), Green Belt (Lockheed Martin, USA)

CEO – Business Consultant

Saliya Wimalaratna

Saliya is the Chief Executive Officer at Synergy Professional

Services (Pvt) Ltd. 

Saliya oversees business development, marketing, customer services, operations and student educational services at Synergy and serves in the senior executive management team and also work closely with the Principal Migration Consultant.

Saliya is an entrepreneurial driven Chief executive and has over 20 years of experience in building and leading teams in large industry enterprises with significant operating scale and complexity in Sri Lanka and Australia. Apart from being the Chief executive of Synergy, he also leads other business ventures in similar capacities.

Saliya holds qualifications in Marketing and is fully committed to deliver positive results to all clients at Synergy.

Entrepreneur, Investor, Mentor  

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Meeting with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner

A Delegation from USMAA met the Sri Lankan High Commissioner His Excellency J.C. Weliamuna along with Consul General for Victoria Kapila Fonseka and Consul Consulate General Diana Perera

Sri Lanka

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ACCREDITED ASSISTANT CONSULTANTS

AKRAM SHERIFFDEEEN

CIM (UK), BIT(IND),MBA(UK)
Mobile / WhatsApp: +94 779 903 767

AHAMMED SHAROOFIE

BSc Software Engineering, MBA (UK)
Mobile +94 766 108 143 WahtsApp: +94 777 412 038

Mr ZAKY RIYAL

Education Consultant
BIT, ACCA, CIMA, BSC, MBA, PHD in Computer Science Mobile +94 77 188 3263 | +94 71 204 9040

New Zealand

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ACCREDITED ASSISTANT CONSULTANTS

Azeem Sheriffdeen

BSc Software Engineering, MBA (UK)
+64 982 006 93
+64 929 998 580

Saudi Arabia

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ACCREDITED ASSISTANT CONSULTANTS

Irfan Sheriffdeen

CIMA(UK) ACCA(UK) MBA(UK) ISO Accredited Champion
+966567038137

India

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Hasma

Al-Aalima

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Al-Hafiz, Al-Aalim

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