For companies with a large proportion of sponsored workers, keeping track of employee visa requirements and status can be an onerous process, with many relying on manual or technologically unsophisticated solutions.
Leading independent Australian business law firm Hall & Wilcox has launched the Work Visa Platform, an innovative portal that makes the visa application process easier, more efficient and transparent.
Hall & Wilcox’s Head of Migration Kristopher Kunasingam said, ‘the Work Visa Platform is a unique offering we provide to our clients.’
‘We developed this platform as a solution to a common problem faced by our clients, which is tracking the visa status of their workforce,’ he said.
‘It’s a digital solution that lets multiple parties easily submit data. It’s cost-effective, easy to use and provides real-time status updates.
‘When you are a company sponsoring 20 or 30 people, it can be hard to have an overview of the individual status of workers. This helps our clients have better visibility over their workforce even beyond the grant of the initial visas.’
The Work Visa Platform is part of the firm’s broader managed migration service, and is aimed at both companies and individuals.
The platform allows multi-party users to input and save information as they receive it which makes the data collection process for applicants easier and reduces delays. For the clients, it also features real-time status updates, shared editing capability, downloadable reports, online instruction options and secure document storage.
It offers significant data entry time savings and minimises errors, with data being automatically reused across different fields.
Mr Kunasingam said the portal would assist any company or industry that has a large sponsored workforce. It will be particularly relevant for companies in the IT, healthcare, education and construction industries.
Director – Client Solutions Peter Campbell said the portal was a great example of the firm’s Smarter Law client solutions approach in action. ‘It’s not all about the technology. Our legal services platform approach uses a combination of technology, legal expertise, process design and a culture where we genuinely embrace continuous improvement.
‘In this case, we’ve deeply analysed the process and worked with early adopter clients to refine it. We believe the future of legal services is around co-designing the experience with our clients, delivering easy to use solutions that add more value at a competitive price point,’ he said.
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