Dobbie and Devine Immigration Lawyers

  • Nigel Dobbie BSc LLB MARN 9370721 is one of Australia’s leading immigration law practitioners. He is accredited by the Law Society of NSW as a Specialist in Immigration Law and was a member of its prestigious Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee. He has been recognised by his peers as one of Australia’s best lawyers 2008-2016
  • Nigel has particular expertise in sponsorship of overseas workers, business visas, visa cancellations and general skilled migration. He also litigates in the Federal jurisdiction (High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) for visa related matters.  He also represents applicants in the Migration Review Tribunal, the Refugee Review Tribunal and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
  • Nigel is also a part-time teacher at The Australian National University, where he teaches the Graduate Certificate on Applied Immigration Law course.
  • Nigel was a member of the Nationality and Residence  Committee of the Law Council of Australia and is a former Chairperson of the Refugee Advise and Casework Service.
  • Nigel is a guest speaker on immigration law issues, especially for lawyers and migration agents who are undertaking continuing professional legal education. He has been a guest speaker internationally and locally on Australian immigration law and trends.
  • Nigel also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Nigel was the assigned solicitor for Plaintiff S157/2002, in the landmark Australian constitutional law cases, Plaintiff S157 of 2002 (2003) HCA 2 and Bodruddaza v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (2007) HCA14. These cases protected the rule of law in Australia by confirming Acts of Parliament as unlawful, to the extent that they sought to restrict the powers of the High Court entrenched in the Constitution.
  • Nigel is an expert in visa cancellation procedures. He was the solicitor who identified that the automatic cancellation of many student visas was unlawful. He filed an appeal in the now publicised Federal Magistrates Court case of Uddin v Minister for Immigration (2005) FMCA 841 (7 June 2005). As a result of that case, approximately 8000 automatic student visa cancellations were administratively overturned.
  • Nigel is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia and New Zealand and the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Victoria. He is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia.
  • Nigel’s second language is French

Contact Nigel:
Mobile: 0433118376
Office: (02) 9037 0884
Fax: (02) 8088 6996



  • Xiella Devine MARN 0848360 is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and is also a Registered Migration Agent. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She also received her Bachelors of Science and Master of Science degrees in California where she became a member of the Honour Society.
  • She currently practices in all aspects of immigration law with extensive experience in general skilled migration, family migration and business sponsorship visa applications.
  • To promote Australia migration, Xiella travels overseas providing seminars on “How to Migrate to Australia”. The seminar provides general information on some of the most popular visa types.
  • Prior to specialising in the area of immigration law, Xiella worked on conveyancing matters and commercial contracts.

Contact Xiella:
Office: (02) 9037 0884
Fax: (02) 8088 6996