Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers

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Carina Ford


Managing Partner, MARN 9802862

Carina Ford is recognised as one of Australia’s pre-eminent migration lawyers.

She established her own practice in 2004, having previously worked as an Associate at Gadens Lawyers, Melbourne. She has been a registered migration agent since 1998. She is a practicing lawyer and an Accredited Immigration and Administrative Law Specialist. She is a member of numerous legal boards and committees including:

  • As of April 2017, she is the Vice Chair of the Migration Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia
  • Fellow of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA)
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Immigration and Administrative Law Specialisation Law Committees
  • Member of the LIV Migration Law Committee (of which she was also chairperson in 2009 and 2010
  • Member of the Administrative Law and Human Rights Executive Committee of the LIV of which she was also chairperson of this committee in 2011 and 2012
  • Part of a group of lawyers who have established LIV’s refugee legacy caseload group established in 2015 to help meet the need of 30,000 applicants who have little to no legal funding
  • Part of the UNHCR Roundtable on Protection and Mental Health Concerns for the Asylum-Seeker 2016
  • Member of the LIV Sports Law Committee from 2016
  • Member of the Hockey Victoria Disciplinary Tribunal

CFIL supervises a legacy caseload clinic as part of a joint venture between the ASRC and Maurice Blackburn after hours. Carina is a regular contributor to submissions about Bills in this area for the LIV and LCA and has appeared before numerous Australian Senate Committees. She is part of a group providing assistance on split family Applications – applications by refugees under the age of 18 who wished to bring family to Australia. She also writes the Student visa section of the Lexis Nexus Migration service.

Carina is also a registered New Zealand Migration Adviser (201100036) and a member of the NZAMI. She has presented papers both in Australia and overseas and teaches both experienced and newly entered migration agents/lawyers.


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