Welcome to Phillip Silver & Associates

Our Australian immigration lawyers provide expert Australian visa services for people wishing to apply for visas or work permits or obtain permanent or temporary residence in Australia.

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In addition to our team’s expertise comprising Australian Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents we also have a dedicated division assisting our clients to find sponsored employment opportunities in Australia. Seeing is believing-Recently spent time with the Agribusiness Recruitment Team of Andrew Meurant and Nick Wickham from South Australia to find Australian farming sponsorship opportunities for our South African Farmer client base

We go the extra mile for our farming clients engaging Ministers where warranted.

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The Government of South Australia has publish state nomination requirements for skilledvisas for offshore applicants on 28 September 2021. Click here for the list of occupations and contact us to assess you eligibility and lodge an Expression of Interest for you.

Adelaide, is consistently ranked the fifth most liveable city in the world and is among the most affordable capital cities in Australia. We have one of our specialistlawyers now living in Adelaide to provide our clients with a seamless service.

Contact us to assess your options to apply for a visa to live in South Australia

Thank you Alan Jones from Australia

Thank you Alan Jones from Australiafor highlighting South Africanfarm murders to the Australian people

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Under the DAMA visa program, farmerscan get permanent residence on an employer sponsored visa if they work in a DAMA region for 3 years for the same employer up to 50 years of age. HoweverSouth Australia has increased the age limit incertain occupations up to 55 years of age ( see the list of farmer and otheroccupations eligible for South Australian DAMA on this link


Consult us for professional Australian visa advice so we can help you and your family move to Australia

Agri recruiters in South Australia

Meeting our specialised Agri recruiters in South Australiato arrange Australiasponsorship visas for our South African farming clients to live and work in Australia

Andrew Meurant, Phillip Silver, Nick Wickham.
Phillip is the small one (the Hooker in the Scrum).


Hi Colin,

Thank you so much for passing me onto Phillip. He was amazing. Warm, kind, non judgmental and really good at his job. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough to anyone requiring these kinds of services. I mean that.

All the best, Asher

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Ek André en my vrou Bennette is gebore in Suid-Afrika. Vol hoop en ywer het ons oor die jare ons pluimvee, wild, bees boerdery en ander besighede opgebou om vir onsself en ons nageslag ʼn toekoms te verseker. Tans val ons onder een van die grootste onafhanklike eierprodusente in Suid-Afrika. Oor die jare sien jy dag vir dag hoe die omstandighede in ons mooi land versleg tot rommel status. Jy sien hoe jou drome in skerwe spat en besef dat jy na ander uitkomste moet soek. Na ʼn kruistog oor die wêreld val ons besluit op Australië. Dit is dan dat jy begin soek na iemand wat jou aan die hand kan vat en die nuwe toekoms in kan lei. Geleer uit gebeure van die verlede maak jou skepties om iemand te vertrou. Die proses na die soeke vir iemand om my en my familie te assisteer met hierdie groot besluit, begin. Dit is voorwaar nie ʼn maklike taak nie, verskeie opsies het opgeduik, maar met innerlike geloof en vertroue het ons volhard totdat Phillip Silver ons pad gekruis het.

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This is an extract of the decision by the Australian Dept. of Home Affairs after we made representations to them they incorrectly revoked our client’s Australian Citizenship. We have deleted our client’s name for confidentiality reasons.

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About Phillip Silver & Associates Australian Immigration Lawyers

Phillip Silver is a South African Attorney who migrated with his family to Sydney Australia on a skilled visa 10 years. In 2009 Phillip was admitted as an attorney (known there as solicitor) in Australia. Phillip practices as an attorney in both Australia and South Africa with established law firms in both jurisdictions. Phillip is well placed to assist South Africans to apply for Australian permanent and temporary residence visas to make this life journey having “been there and done that” Phillip Silver and Associates lawyers are underpinned by a team of Australian Immigration lawyers who have all immigrated to Australia and are passionate about Immigration to Australia.

Benjamin Franklin apparently wrote in a 1789 letter that in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
If Benjamin Franklin were alive today he would to his list of certainties “being ambushed by the Australian government with complex constant changes to Australian Immigration laws and its visa requirements”.

The regulations which govern Australian Visas are complex. As Australian Immigration Lawyers we are steeped in dealing with complex Australian visa applications daily. We are equally also able to assist clients with less complex applications as part of our broad range of visa services.

Contact us and obtain advice from an Australian immigration lawyer.

Australian Farming Visa Information

Please click the link below for more information about applying for a Farming Visa in Australia

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Recommendation of Phillip Silver and Associates by The Rocks Farming Company

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Response from Home Affairs

Letter of response from the Australian Government Home Affairs office

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Australian Visa Summary

Below is the Australian visa summary that may be of interest to South Africans

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says farmers effectively have access to an agricultural visa thanks to reforms to existing migration schemes.

Australian farmers effectively have access to an agriculture visa after the government extended a raft of migration programs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.

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Regional Occupation List

Click below to see if your occupation is on the new Regional Occupation List. Contact us for your eligibility assessment for an Australian visa under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.

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Australian Farming Update

In relation to us representing South African farmers to apply for Australian visas please find link below updating our clients on the Australian media releases on this subject

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I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to you andyour organisation for helping us achieve a milestone in our life’s journey… Our Australian citizenship! Hooray!

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Angie Schoonraad

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Phillip we can’t even begin to thank you and Hafizah enough. You guys were brilliant. Our first chat on Skype was only in Feb last year and in less than one year, we are living as permanent residents on our new farm here! 2.5 months for permanent residency must be some type of record.

The professional advice and all the extra help with the purchase of a farm and dealing with all the complications that came with that as well. You were always positive through the tough times and unknown situations and you made it all happen. Many early morning/late night calls and chats on whatsapp. This would not have been possible without you. Thank you. I look forward to your farm visit!

If anyone is looking to move to Australia, I cannot recommend Phillip more highly. You will not find a better person and team to help you.

Chat soon / James

Comment by Phillip Silver

I assisted James purchase a Macadamia farm in Australia. I was his lawyer assisting him to purchase the farm and his Migration Agent to assist him to apply for a Subclass 187 visa which was granted less than 3 months after lodging the visa application.

I wish James and his wonderful family a safe and successful life on their farm in Australia