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Australian Migration Agent
Interesting fact: Melissa was the first legal clerk for the Supreme Court of the Tibetan Government in Exile in McLeod Ganj, India in 1998.
Melissa has practiced US immigration law in both Hawaii and Australia. Her qualifications are extensive, having graduated from William S Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, as well as earning a Graduate Certificate in Migration Law from Australia National University.
With nearly 20 years of experience in migration law, Melissa has worked for numerous law firms, including the world’s largest US immigration firm, and has also owned her own practice for many years.
She has spent a large portion of her career representing victims of human trafficking rings and was actively involved in refugee matters having served as a Country Specialist (China and Tibet) for Amnesty International USA for more than 15 years.
Melissa was originally from Cleveland, Ohio before relocating to Dusseldorf, Germany at seventeen years of age and then backpacking throughout Europe.
A change in career prompted Melissa to move to California where she attended World College West, which took her to China in 1988. Melissa met her husband, Jamie, at that time and they planned to continue travelling the world, but were seduced into teaching English in Tokyo for several years. They eventually returned to the US, married, and spent 16 years in Hawaii. Having the travel bug bite them once again, they relocated to Sydney with their son in 2012 and are currently enjoying the sea change of the Central Coast.
Senior US Attorney, Immigration and Tax
Interesting fact: Jeremy has been a speaker both at Bangkok District Chapter and national AILA conferences.
Jeremy earned his BA in Political Science from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey and then went on to study law at the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington. He has extensive experience with immigration cases handled by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of State Consulates and Embassies throughout Australia and Southeast Asia, as well as the National Visa Center.
Jeremy is a founding member and past Chair for the Bangkok District Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He also has served as a member of the Board of Governors and on the AILA USCIS International Operations Liaison Committee. Currently, he serves on the AILA USCIS Headquarters Liaison Committee working with policy issues that affect the receipt, processing, and adjudication of applications and petitions for immigration benefits.
He is very devoted to the work of AILA in advocating for just, fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, and strengthening the practice of immigration law within its members.
Jeremy is an expat, previously working for a law firm in Bangkok, Thailand. He has travelled throughout Asia including Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, and Philippines.
He enjoys living abroad and his favorite place to spend free time is either in the mountains, a nod to his time growing up in Seattle, WA, or the beach, which he has loved since living in Southern California.
Jeremy enjoys running, mountain biking, and hiking here in Australia, and also enjoys cooking and especially loves cooking Thai food with his Thai partner Fah.
Interesting fact: Kim has three passports and has lived in five countries.
Kim was born in New Zealand and travelled extensively growing up. She has lived in the UK and Canada. She moved to Melbourne, Australia with her family at seven years old. Kim earned her BA from La Trobe University in Melbourne. When she finished university, she obtained her US green card through the diversity lottery and moved to San Francisco. After her daughter was born, she moved to London, where she lived for five years. She now makes her home in Sydney, Australia.
Kim has worked in immigration law for the last seven years.
She is fascinated with world cultures and deeply appreciates the need for cross-cultural education when people relocate or even travel to new countries. She understands the complexities of moving overseas, having herself experienced this many times first-hand. Kim feels very fortunate to have travelled so extensively through Europe and Asia/Australasia.
Kim is completing a law degree part-time and between that and working and raising her daughter, she doesn't have a lot of free time, but would one day like to travel through Africa, Russia and parts of Eastern Europe.
Australian Migration Agent
Originally from Newcastle, Amber now lives on the NSW Central Coast and enjoys reading, swimming, visiting friends and family, and practicing yoga.
Amber is a qualified Australian Migration Agent, having first been registered in 2016.
Amber has been working in immigration since 2012, and originally began as a secretary at a law firm in Newcastle whilst completing her Bachelor of Business. This sparked her passion for migration and after having completed her Bachelor in 2015, she applied to study a Graduate Certificate in Migration Law.
Amber's experience varies across numerous Australian visa sub-classes, including employer sponsored, general skilled migration, partner, parent, tourist and citizenship applications.
Interesting fact: Heather loves animals and is working towards adopting a wild mustang to support the Bureau of Land Management’s range rehabilitation program.
Heather grew up outside of San Francisco, California, and loves to travel. She has lived in Italy, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. She met her husband while working in London after graduating with a degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University, studying topics such as International Law, humanitarian crises, nuclear weapons treaties, and the global security challenges of a changing climate.
Heather now lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near beautiful Lake Tahoe and loves books, coffee, gardening, studying new languages, and hiking with her family. Over the past twenty years she has worked in the fashion industry as a costume designer and small business owner, and has also worked in the Finance, Mining, Equine, Legal and Insurance industries.
Operations Manager and Legal Assistant
Interesting fact: Jamie says that Tibet is the most interesting and different place he has visited.
In the 1980s Jamie spent a year as a high school exchange student from the US in rural Australia. After the exchange year in Australia, Jamie attended a small university north of San Francisco where he studied cultural anthropology. The university focused on the foundations of western culture and required study abroad in a developing country.
Jamie chose Nepal and spent six months between two host-families, one in Kathmandu and another in a remote, mountain village. The mountain village consisted of 12 homes of extended family on a mountainside. Tragically, this village was completely destroyed by the earthquake in 2015 and has since been abandoned.
Jamie met his wife, Melissa, at university. They later spent several years together teaching English in Tokyo. They then moved and lived in Hawaii for 16 years. In 2012, they migrated to Australia and now live near Sydney with their son.
He enjoys travelling and spending time with his wife, son and dog. Someday, he hopes to show his son India, Cappadocia in Turkey, Venice and Amsterdam.
Australian Migration Agent
Interesting fact: I speak, read and write Hebrew fluently. I have two children aged 3 and 4 keeping me busy! When I’m not doing Immigration work, you’ll most likely find me in the kitchen baking up a storm!
In 2008, Rachel met her now-husband whilst he was backpacking through Australia. The pair ended up engaging an Australian Migration Agent in order to seek out options of living together in Australia as a couple. Rachel realised that helping people travel and/or relocate across the globe is not only about having a good understanding of the law, it’s also about being equally compassionate, understanding and making the process as seamless as possible.
In 2010 Rachel completed her Certificate in Immigration Law and became a Registered Australian Migration Agent. Rachel joined the Worldwide Migration Partners team as an Australian migration agent in July 2021.
"Being that US Immigration is such a niche area of law here in Australia, I would say that I love being part of a firm that specialises in both Australian and US Immigration. The team is comprised of sharp, quirky, funny, warm and welcoming individuals which makes coming to work every day a real pleasure!"
Chief Phone Officer (CPO)
Interesting fact: I have spent the last 18 years teaching art at the same school in Brooklyn, NY. I know a thing or two about teenagers. I’m also an expert in parallel parking in both the northern and southern hemispheres. 2 moves!
Jennifer developed a great deal of empathy for people going through the migration process of gathering all the right documentation and getting the timing just right, having been through it twice herself.
Jennifer sought the assistance of the Worldwide Migration Partners team to migrate to both the US and Australia at different points and thus was a perfect candidate to join our growing team as CPO in June 2021.
When you call us, you'll most likely speak to Jennifer first. "What I love most about the job is that everyone has a unique story, as well as a different timeline and purpose for travel. I love helping people who are in the beginning stages of their journey learn about their options, and together, finding creative solutions."