Petra Playfair, CEO of PLAYFAIR Visa & Migration Services joins Mr Saad Mahmood, the owner of AEO, and his team in the AEO offices in Karachi. AEO and PLAYFAIR Visa & Migration Services have joined forces for their first immigration road-show which takes place in Pakistan’s major cities. Earlier this year, PLAYFAIR and AEO decided to set up a joint-venture to provide quality services to Pakistani Nationals who want to acquire popular visas, such as residency-by-investment visas known as Golden visa, or skilled visas to countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada or even European countries. After successful meetings in Karachi, the next stops on the agenda this week are Lahore and Islamabad.
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The LSJ speaks to eight trailblazing lawyers who are leaning into the future with fresh ideas and fire in the belly. They are doers, thinkers and visionaries: the people you want to be, who have ideas you need to know about. One of them is MARINA BRIZAR of PLAYFAIR Visa & Migration Services. MELISSA COADE writes:
Marina Brizar, a young lawyer from Sydney, is exploring how labour mobility could bolster Australia’s immigration framework and change the way we think about refugees.
Marina knows all too well the impact of war and civil unrest. Aged five and living with her parents and two brothers in a refugee camp in Croatia, she recognised the power that a UNHCR caseworker had over their destiny.
“I had this sense that the person who was there in front of us could change the direction of my life. That really resonated with me,” Marina says.
“When we reunited with my dad [who had been caught up in the 1993 Siege of Sarajevo], he said he had dreams of going to the beach with his kids. That’s how we chose Australia. We had no ties, no English language, nothing like that.”
When her family was accepted to permanently settle as refugees in Sydney, Marina remained fascinated by how and why they were able to start their new lives in Australia. She went on to study law and international studies, and the child-refugee turned immigration-lawyer, is now making her mark on the lives of countless other migrants.
2018 was a big year for Marina Brizar, who visited Syria with former Australian senator Jacqui Lambie as part of the SBS documentary-reality show Go Back to Where You Came From. She was also awarded a Churchill Fellowship, which will see her spend eight weeks travelling to Canada, Germany, Jordan, the UK and the US later this year. The purpose of her trip is to explore refugee programs that foster the positive impacts of migration.
“The project is trying to see how other countries are using migration programs to assist people from a refugee background and then using that to craft a potential product, a humanitarian talent or a humanitarian skills visa, which we may be able to apply to the Australian context,” Marina says.
“I am looking to create a visa that will bridge the gap between humanitarian migration and skilled migration. In Australia we only have those two categories – there is nothing in between.”
“I’m excited for Australia to be at the forefront of migration innovation and become a compassionate world leader in this space,” she says. “Hopefully something good comes out of this project.”
Full article: https://lsj.com.au/articles/theinnovators2019/
Petra Playfair together with Gabrielle Brady, the Director of the documentary film called “Island of the Hungry Ghosts”, premiered in Australia on 7th March 2019, having an interview at 3RRR radio station in Melbourne, on Monday 4th March at 9.30 am.
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Island of the Hungry Ghosts provides opportunity and advocacy for female filmmakers. Funding of this feature has in part come from PLAYFAIR Visa & Migration Services, an international migration firm specialising in complex migration and visa issues. Founder, Petra Playfair, has worked in this space for over 30 years. She is currently a Fellow and previously an independent Director of the Migration Institute of Australia and has long been a voice for refugees. “Set on Christmas Island, Island of the Hungry Ghosts explores the theme of migration through the 40 million red crabs, that move from the jungle to the sea when the moon is full, and the asylum seekers, that are being held indefinitely in a high-security detention centre on the island. This evocative, thought provoking film brought back many memories, specifically my years representing clients in detention on Christmas Island. PLAYFAIR-Visa & Migration Services is proud to support a film that so accurately captures the beauty in respecting both nature and the human spirit, as they each struggle to overcome adversity.”
Island of the Hungry Ghosts has been awarded:• Best Documentary – Tribeca Film Festival
• Human Rights Award – International Documentary Film Awards (IDFA)
• Special Jury Mention – Edinburgh Film Festival 2018
• Best Documentary – Adelaide Film Festival 2018
• Buyen-Chagoll Prize – Visions Du Reel 2018
• Grand Jury Prize – Mumbai Film Festival
Petra Playfair is a new New South Wales finalist in Telstra FINALIST GUIDE.
Judges have selected Petra as one of the most outstanding women undoing business in New South Wales.
Petra started her career as a social worker specialising in cross-cultural casework, and global migration. After being awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship, she became passionate about creating an inclusive and multicultural Australia, setting up PLAYFAIR-Visa and Migration Services in 1988. Every year, Petra and her team of migration agents help thousands of migrants secure humanitarian, private and corporate visas making PLAYFAIR-Visa and Migration Services one of Australia’s leading migration advisers, both at a policy and client level. Through her entrepreneurial spirit and ability to predict and adapt to rapid changes in migration policy and law, increasingly underpinned by technology, Petra pursued her mission to humanise, mobilise and globalise people movement, realising her long-held dream to run a global business in this field.
Petra Playfair, Dimitris Boukas and Myriam Nasri participated in The Migration Conference 2018, Lisbon, Portugal, presenting the paper “Refugee Status Determination Policy and Practice: The Greek Experience”. Petra Playfair and Adriana Mercado took part also in The Migration Conference 2017 in Athens presenting the paper “Refugee Status Determination Policy and Practice: The Australian Experience”.
The Conference is a forum for discussion where experts, young researchers and students, practitioners and policy makers working in the field of migration are encouraged to exchange their knowledge and experiences in a friendly and frank environment.
PLAYFAIR’ s CEO Petra Playfair shared insights on the “Refugee Status Determination Policy: the Australian experience” at the International Conference of Migration held at the University of Athens in August 2017.
The conference was an excellent forum for professionals in the industry to share knowledge and insights about emerging migration trends.
PLAYFAIR CEO, Petra Playfair, has joined an illustrious group of NSW entrepeneurs in Telstra Business Women’s Awards as a 2017 Finalist in the category of Entrepreneur of the Year.
Petra Playfair started her career as a social worker specialising in cross-cultural casework, and global migration. After being awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship, she became passionate about creating an inclusive and multicultural Australia, setting up PLAYFAIR Visa and Migration Services in 1988. Every year, Petra and her team of migration agents help thousands of migrants secure humanitarian, private and corporate visas making PLAYFAIR one of Australia’s leading migration advisers, both at a policy and client level. Through her entrepreneurial spirit and ability to predict and adapt to rapid changes in migration policy and law, increasingly underpinned by technology, Petra pursued her mission to humanise, mobilise and globalise people movement, realising her long-held dream to run a global business in this field.
Petra said: “I am passionate that my work contributes to an inclusive and multicultural Australia while enabling our clients to commence a new life in our ‘land of opportunity’. An accolade like the Telstra Business Women’s Award says as much about my amazing team and the wonderful work they do as it does about me.”
Other finalists in this category include: Marcella Romero, Rehab Management, Sydney, Hana-Lia Krawchuk, Love To Dream, Waterloo, Natalie Chapman, gemaker, Sydney, Penny Spencer, Spencer Group of Companies, Sydney, Kristy Chong, Modibodi, Sydney
Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday November 27 at Doltone House, Sydney.
PLAYFAIR is proud to announce that its CEO, Petra Playfair, has been elected as National Vice President of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA).
Petra said: “I’m delighted to take up this position. Now more than ever we need to ensure that we maintain the highest standards in the migration profession and advocacy. The MIA is the ideal platform to do this.”
Petra Playfair has over 30 years’ experience in migration and multicultural affairs. Previously she was appointed Board Director and NSW President of the MIA (Oct 2005-2009), and also served on the Board of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).
Her vast expertise spans both corporate and humanitarian streams of migration law. She has represented the interests of many Australian government departments, the courts, and non-government agencies to their overseas counterparts and engaged in research and policy analysis relating to refugees.
After working as a Senior Social worker for the NGO, International Social Service, she was involved with the Refugee Council of Australia, the New South Wales Committee on Adoption and the Austcare Board of Management.
Petra founded PLAYFAIR Visa and Migration Services in 1988 and has grown the practice to one of Australia’s foremost providers of visa and migration professional services with a team of over twenty highly qualified Registered Migration Agents and Solicitors.
Since 2002, PLAYFAIR has been selected as a preferred Legal Aid Provider of migration assistance to asylum seekers and other disadvantaged clients under IAAAS, later PAIS and offshore contracts with the Australian Commonwealth Government.
Over the last 20 years, PLAYFAIR’s pro bono division has assisted numerous vulnerable and financially disadvantaged clients including representing them at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Their Community Outreach program supports the dissemination of accurate visa legislation and migration pathways information to refugee community groups, service providers and industry associations around Australia. It also engages in supporting new visa pathways for highly skilled refugees.
In a move aimed towards European expansion PLAYFAIR recently opened an office in Athens, Greece. For more information contact PLAYFAIR on (02) 9233 8899 or email@example.com
LaunchVic, an independent body established by the Victorian Government to oversee Victoria’s innovation fund, has announced that they will encourage particularly first generation migrants and current refugees in developing tech companies and support them through their next round of grants.
LaunchVic published a new strategy for the next two years. The organisation aims to support the development and growth of the local start-up ecosystem.
LaunchVic has 2 main goals:
- Engaging the Victorian community in the start-up economy
- Positioning Victoria as an internationally recognised start-up economy
LaunchVic is specifically looking to invest in organisations that will provide quality educational, acceleration, incubation, mentoring, or other programs that will support Victorian migrants and/or refugees to develop start-up businesses.
Applications for their third round of funding are open now! Applications must be submitted via LaunchVic online application system by 5 July 2017 (5pm AEST). Applicants will need to address the eligibility criteria.
The following types of organisations are approved for round 3 funding:
- A registered company headquartered in Victoria
- A registered company with offices in Victoria
- A registered company located outside of Victoria proposing a project to be delivered in Victoria
- An unregistered company that agrees to setup a registered company in Victoria
The projects eligible for round 3 funding are:
- Projects that primarily benefit Victorian migrants and/or refugees
- Projects must also primarily benefit:
- Existing start-ups and/or
- Entrepreneurs looking to launch a start-up (Start-up entrepreneurs)
LaunchVic is looking to invest between $50,000 and $500,000 per application for programs that run up to 2 years.
Innovation Minister Philip Dalidakis said that research shows that migrants and refugees are twice as likely to start their own business as those born locally, and are more likely to take risks. He also pointed out that this funding round exclusively designed for refugees and migrants in the start-up sector should demonstrate the organisation’s inclusiveness, diversity, tolerance and plurality.
With this new focus, LaunchVic is pursuing its goal of establishing Victoria as a world class start-up ecosystem. We encourage all eligible migrants and refugees to apply for this outstanding opportunity and support from LaunchVic.
On Sunday, 21 May 2017 the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection announced that unauthorized maritime arrivals (UMAs) must lodge their Temporary Protection visa (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) application by 1 October 2017. Those who do not lodge an application by 1 October 2017 are expected to leave Australia and will be banned from applying for any type of temporary or permanent visa in Australia.
The Minister’s announcement will affect around 7,500 UMAs who are yet to lodge their application. Included in this cohort are upwards of 2,000 UMAs who are on waiting lists to receive legal assistance to lodge their application.
Received a reminder letter to apply?
- If you have received a reminder letter you must apply within the time frame specified in the letter. This means that your deadline might be earlier than 1 October 2017.
- If you do not apply within the specified time frame:
- You may be banned from applying for any type of temporary or permanent visa in Australia.
- You may lose access to Government services.
- Your Bridging visa may also be affected.
What do you need to do?
- You must ensure that you lodge a TPV or SHEV application by 1 October 2017.
- Once a valid application is lodged, your protection claims will be assessed and you will stay eligible to access Government services while your application is being processed.
- If you do not lodge a valid TPV or SHEV application by 1 October 2017 or your application has been refused by both the Department and at merits review, you are expected to make arrangements to return home.
- There is information available on the Department’s website in languages spoken by most UMAs to help you understand the application process. This includes written information, videos and guides on the TPV and SHEV application process.
- If you would like assistance from a registered migration agent to lodge a TPV or SHEV application please contact us.
Which Government services will be cut off by 1 October 2017?
If you do not lodge a SHEV or TPV application by 1 October 2017, you will cease to receive:
- Income support; and
- Rental assistance.
While making arrangements to return home you may continue to hold a temporary visa that gives you:
- Permission to work;
- Access to Medicare; and
- Access to education for school-aged children
Why have these changes been made?
The Minister has stated that the purpose of the October cut-off for lodgement of protection claims is to ensure that Australian taxpayers are not providing financial support to people who have no right to be in Australia. The Minister’s rationale for the deadline is said to be because asylum seekers have “failed or refused to take any action to present their case for protection” in the “more than 5 years” that they have been in Australia on “government funded support”.
What is missing from the Minister’s statement is an acknowledgement that many UMAs did not have work rights when they first arrived in Australia and were therefore wholly reliant on government and community support, despite wanting to support themselves. It was also only 2 years ago, not 5 years ago, that the government first began allowing UMAs in this cohort to lodge a visa application and in that 2 years, 23,000 UMAs (over 75%) have lodged a valid application.
See the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection’s Media Release here.
How can we help?
We can assist you to lodge a TPV or SHEV application before the 1 October 2017 deadline. If you are not sure whether the Minister’s announcement will affect you and you are an asylum seeker living in the community who has not yet lodged a TPV or SHEV application, please contact us today for assistance or more information.