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Kian Bone

special counsel, employment, safety and migration | MARN 1069183

meet Kian

about Kian

legal assistant: shari gilbert t: +61 3 9794 2602 e: shari.gilbert@mk.com.au

about Kian

Kian is a solutions man. He doesn’t allow himself to be bogged down by the many issues at hand; he understands, at the end of the day it’s all about helping get visas granted for his clients. Achieving those successful outcomes for his clients dramatically impacts on their lives. It’s these impacts that make Kian passionate about what he does.

Assisting both corporate clients and individuals, Kian knows the importance of getting to know his clients outside the scope of work. Knowing an individual’s personal motivators or a business’ commercial realities helps ensure Kian is able to provide his clients the best solutions to their migration issues.

“Helping people and having a big impact on their lives is the greatest part of this job. Whether it’s a routine matter for me or something complex, getting successful outcomes for my clients and seeing their reaction is extremely satisfying.”

Acting for clients as diverse as ASX 200 and Forbes 500 companies’ to asylum seekers, Kian has gained a breath of experience that provides him with the ability to tackle everything across the migration spectrum. This breadth of experience includes advocacy work, something that Kian is particularly passionate about. Kian has represented numerous clients in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in the Migration and Refugee Division and the General Division, as well as in the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court.

Areas of Expertise

australian citizenships
character issues including visa cancellations advice
corporate migration and advisory services
family based visa applications
general migration advice
health waivers
judicial reviews
merit reviews or refused visa applications and visa cancellations
permanent employer sponsored visas
protection visas
subclass 482 visa program
short-term working visas
training and research visas

additional qualifications

registered migration agent, marn 1069183

recent experience

  • oil and gas

    Kian advised and supported one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies following major changes to immigration laws. The abolition of the Subclass 457 visa program and major changes to the occupation lists for which temporary skilled visas were eligible, were going to impact the client and how their business operated dramatically. Kian advised the client on their government lobbying efforts in a bid to minimise the impact of these changes. Kian also explored alternative migration solutions for the client within the new legal framework that would provide the client with an effective and commercial solution.

  • multi-national company

    Kian provided the client high-level strategic advice on their corporate migration program, ensuring compliance with Australian immigration laws. This involved visas for 6-10 employees a year, as well as playing an integral part in the business’ international development program for its employees. With the client headquartered overseas, Kian needed to navigate the complex corporate relationship between the client and its Australian subsidiary. The subsidiary was also involved in a joint venture project within Australia, which added extra complexity to the company structure.

  • politician

    Kian represented an opposition politician from a quasi-dictatorship Asian country, assisting with his protection visa application. Obstacles arose through an issue with the client’s family in the application, with the Department not agreeing to grant a family member the visa. Kian guided the client through this issue, making legal submissions as to why that family member met the criteria required. By taking the time to get to know the client and his family, Kian was able to provide more effective advocacy.

  • multi-million dollar health waiver client

    At the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Kian represented a client whose visa was refused on the grounds of health issues. Armed with personal knowledge of the client and her family, Kian argued the case in a full day hearing and was able to successfully attest that the refusal decision was incorrect. The client was subsequently granted a permanent visa, which meant she and her family could start their lives in Australia, a plan that had been put on hold due to the visa issues.