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Cherie is an Australian immigration lawyer based in Fragomen's Sydney office. She is a Special Counsel and Accredited Immigration Law Specialist. She provides specialist advice to individual applicants in family migration, temporary entry to Australia, skilled migration and business skills visas, as well as Australian citizenship applications and related issues. She is also the manager of the Centre for International Employment and Migration (CENTIEM), where she regularly runs workforce migration training workshops for human resources professionals.

Cherie has practiced in immigration law since 2000 and has extensive experience in both corporate and private client matters. In addition to her time with Fragomen in Australia, Cherie spent close to one year in the London office, developing Australian-based work for Australia and New Zealand. She is also a Notary Public in NSW.

Cherie is a frequent presenter of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for migration advisors with a variety of organisations, including the Immigration Advice & Rights Centre (2008 – 2010) and the Migration Institute of Australia (2008), as well as with Fragomen since 2004.

Cherie provided pro bono services as a volunteer advisor with Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC) from 2010 - 2011 and Redfern Legal Centre from 2011 - Current. 


University of Technology, Sydney, 2001
University of Technology, Sydney | Bachelor of Law, 2000, Honours
University of Technology, Sydney | B.A., 2000


Listed in Best Lawyers in Australia, Immigration Law, 2017 to 2021

Listed as “Lawyer of the Year,” Immigration Law – Sydney, Best Lawyers in Australia, 2020

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Immigration Credentials: Registered Migration Agent (MARN 0004980), Accredited Specialist - Immigration Law, Law Society of New South Wales

Court Admissions: Solicitor, Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2001; Notary Public, New South Wales, 2014

Member, Law Society of New South Wales

Co-Chair, Law Society of New South Wales' Specialist Immigration Law Advisory Committee

Member, Society of Notaries, New South Wales

Member, Migration Institute of Australia

Member, Women’s Lawyers Association of New South Wales

Member, Australian British Chamber of Commerce

Assisted individual clients in advising skilled migrants and high-net-worth individuals

Advised individuals on matters where complex character and health issues arise

Advised international and major Australian corporations across a range of industries, as well as smaller and start-up companies

Assisted with permanent visa applications under skilled migration, business skills, employment, resident return, distinguished talent, and partner and parent visa categories

Assisted with various temporary visas including domestic worker, religious worker, occupational trainee, temporary business entry, retirement, student and student guardian visas, and Australian citizenship applications

Prepared Expert Witness reports for use in court proceedings

Publications and Lectures

Contributing Author, “Practical Guidance Immigration Law, Australia.” LexisNexis Online Service, 2014. Web.  

Author, Ethics Toolkit for Registered Migration Agents. Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, 2011. Print.