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Valerie Da Gama Pereira is Principal Lawyer of Da Gama Pereira & Associates P/L. She is an Accredited Immigration Law Specialist


  • Chair - June 2021 to June 2023 - Law Council of Australia – Immigration Section
  • Head of the firm Da Gama Pereira & Associates P/L·
  • Accredited Specialist in Australian Immigration Law (LIV)·
  • Ex Deputy Chair of Administrative Law and Human Rights Committee, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Ex Chair of the Migration Law Committee, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of Accredited Specialisation (Immigration law) Education Advisory Committee, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Foreign Legal Consultant – Registered with the State Bar of California·
  • Represent a number of Corporate clients in USA and Australia·
  • Represent Individuals in complex Legal Immigration Issues in Australia


  • Master of Law (Monash University Australia)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law, NSW, Australia)
  • Certificate Course in Citizenship and U.S. Immigration Law Emory University School of Law)
  • Master of Law (University of Bombay)
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Bombay)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Administrative Management (University of Bombay)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Economics and French) (University of Bombay)

Areas of Practice·

  • Global Talent Visa
  • Employer Nomination - Permanent Visa
  • Employer Sponsorship & Nomination – Temporary Visa (482)
  • Short Term Work Visa (400)
  • Regional Visa (491, 494)
  • Individual (189, 190)
  • Business (188, 888)
  • Partner Visa·
  • Child Visa
  • Complex International Student cases
  • Health Issues
  • Citizenship
  • Ministerial Submissions·
  • Merits Review - Administrative Appeal Tribunal·
  • Judicial Review - Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia (Appeal)
  • High Court of Australia

Highlights of my career

  • Voted by peers “Best Lawyer” 2019,2020,2021,2022,2023,2024 by Best Lawyers for work in Immigration Law
  • Successful at 3 Special Leave application at the High Court of Australia
  • Successfully organised and managed the sponsorship of the Conferences 2015,2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Chaired conference sessions in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Involved in making submissions, through the Law Council of Australia to the government for reforms in the migration industry as well as creating avenues for access to justice and consumer protection.

Contact & Links
  • Unit 12, 1 Bromham Place
    Richmond VIC 3121
  • English

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Immigration Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Immigration Law, Melbourne, Australia (2020)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2025 for work in:
  • Immigration Law

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