About Ashton Legal

About Ashton Legal

Who we are

“We provide the client with the precision service that are speedy, efficient, and accurate at the first instance.”

Ashton Legal is a client centered law firm with a focus on Australian immigration law.

Our clients have the confidence that their Australian immigration needs in the complex and ever-changing environment of Australian immigration law are fully met.

Ashton Legal

Fixed Fees

We provide a set fee, so you know the costs upfront.  The fixed fee would cover the initial assessment, visa lodgement as well as the notification of the outcome.

Top-quality immigration law advice

Ashton Legal lawyers have assisted a wide range of clients including both corporations (start-ups, small to large business) as well as individual clients.  The principal solicitor has worked for a boutique migration practice as well as in the immigration practice of one of the big-four professional service firms.

Highly efficient

Ashton Legal will only request information and documents that are required by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Ashton Legal will draft and prepare the application for your review and approval.

We don’t ask the sponsor (if applicable) and the visa applicant to complete cumbersome questionnaires and provide unnecessary documents.

Having clients which are large multinational corporations, we have worked on matters that require quick turn-around from initiation to finalisation on a high volume basis.

We Are Different

  • Honest assessment

  • Provide the best strategy for clients to achieve their visa objective

  • Clear instruction to clients

  • Swift responses

  • Reasonable fixed fees

Meet The Team

Ruobing Yang
Ruobing Yang
Principal Solicitor

Ruobing is admitted to practise in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He was formerly a migration practitioner registered (former MARN 1279114) with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority.

As an accomplished immigration law practitioner, Ruobing assists corporations with their global mobility needs, as well as High Net Worth Individuals with their immigration as well as other legal needs.

Ruobing acts for start-ups, large and small corporations across a range of industry sectors, including resources, construction, technology, manufacturing, professional services, and life sciences.

Ruobing is passionate and obsessed with securing the best outcome for his clients. He is empathic and understanding. He navigates through the ever-changing landscape of immigration law, and makes the visa application process as painless and stress-free as possible for his clients.

Area of expertise:

  • Distinguished Talent visas – Global Talent Visa

    – Distinguished Talent Visa Programme – standard stream for top artists, researchers/scientists, sportspeople and professionals
    – Distinguished Talent Visa Programme – global talent visa stream for high achieving candidates in target sectors
    – Global Talent Employer Nominated Programme – under labour agreement type arrangement with the Department of Home Affairs

  • Corporate immigration

    – Corporate immigration strategic planning
    – Corporate immigration compliance and monitoring
    – Employer nominated temporary and permanent skilled migration, including sub-classes 457, 400, 402, 186 and 187 visas

  • High net worth individuals

    – Private High Net Worth Individuals immigration planning
    – Business Innovation and Investor Visas, including sub-classes 188, 132, 890 to 893 and 888 visas

  • Complex matters

    – Complex immigration matters including health waivers as well as character submissions
    – Complex immigration matters in relation to LGBTIQ clients, particularly, regarding adoption/surrogacy arrangements
    – Appeals for visa refusal as well as visa cancellations


– Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
– Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
– Registered Migration Agent (1279114)
– Juris Doctor, University of Sydney
– Graduate Diploma in Commerce – Professional Accounting, University of New South Wales
– Bachelor of Business – University of Technology, Sydney

Lachlan Riches
Lachlan Riches
Barrister and Solicitor

Lachlan was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Victorian Supreme Court in 1973. From 1974 Lachlan specialised in industrial and employment law as a Union Official and lawyer ( including a period as a member of the ACTU Executive ) involved in national industrial and wages policies and representations for industrial legislative amendments with Governments and employer groups.

Lachlan is a migration and legal consultant (Migration Agent Registration No 9473887) based in Adelaide and provides extensive services in migration education through the Migration Institute of Australia.

Lachlan’s vast experience extends to all areas of immigration, employment, anti-discrimination:

  • Immigration, employment, anti-discrimination

    – Representation of unsuccessful immigration applicants in appeals in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal;
    – Advice to persons or organisations on all employment related issues;
    – Defamation


– Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
– Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
– Bachelor of Laws
– Bachelor of Economics
– Master of Laws

Minh Nguyen
Minh Nguyen
Migration Practitioner

Minh graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of International Studies and a Master of International Law and International Relations. In 2015 , she obtained the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Policy from the Australian National University.

She previously worked for the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) for four years, as an APS 5 Team Leader in the Sydney Service Centre. In 2016, Minh left the Department to become a migration practitioner (MARN 1683134) registered with the Office of Migration Agent Registration Authority. With her experience working in the Department, she brings to the migration industry her knowledge of the way Departmental officers operate, internal policies and procedures, and an understanding of how the Department assesses cases based on interpretation and application of the Australian immigration law.

She has specialist knowledge on Business Innovation and Investor Programme (BIIP), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), Distinguished Talent (GTIP), and General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas. In addition to her knowledge of the different visa programs mentioned above, Minh has also worked on complex health waivers, character waivers and requests for Ministerial Interventions.

She has strong communication skills in the English and Vietnamese language, and has assisted clients from all over the world. She is versatile in her skills as a migration agent and strives for client service excellence.

Ella Jia
Ella Jia

Ella holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, and the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Queensland University of Technology.

She is a member of our Immigration Law Practice Group and provides immigration assistance to corporate clients and individual private clients on all matters related to Australian immigration law, with a focus on employer sponsored, distinguished talent, and business innovation and investment visas (MARN 1463452). She is fluent in both English and Mandarin, and has assisted clients from all different backgrounds, both onshore and overseas.

Prior to practising in immigration law, Ella also worked in corporate law in both China and Australia. She loves challenges and strives to provide tailored, thorough, strategic and creative solution that matches the needs and goals of the clients.

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