Charles Yuen - Principal Agent, ESL Teacher, IELTS & OET Trainer and Registered Migration Agent (LL.B, B.ED., M. APPL. LINGUISTICS)
Charles is the Founder and Principal of the Firm. He is a fourth generation Australian Chinese who grew up in Darwin. Charles has been a Lawyer since 1978 and for the first 28 years of his legal practice in South Australia, Hong Kong and Northern Territory, he represented clients as both a barrister and solicitor in all kinds of legal matters including criminal, family, commercial and personal injuries. He practiced as a lawyer in Hong Kong for 16 years, and was the head of the litigation department of the last firm there. He returned to Darwin in 1998 to be a Senior Associate with the Darwin law firm of Ward Keller.
He obtained his Migration Agent license in 1999 and began developing that area of practice. On 1 August, 2002, he established Charles Yuen & Associates, the first migration law practice in the Top End. Since then Charles has represented hundreds of clients to help them with visa applications or to appeal adverse migration decisions in the various tribunals and Federal courts.
Being a truly local Darwin resident, Charles has in depth knowledge of the social, cultural and business environment of Darwin and the NT. He is well known to the ethnic groups of Darwin as well as the business community. He was on the Board of the NT Chamber of Commerce. Charles speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin but English is his first language.
Besides his law qualifications obtained from the University of Adelaide (South Australia), he also has post graduate qualifications in Education and is an English specialist teacher and speaking coach. He has conducted classes for new migrants and also tutored overseas English Test candidates attempting the IELTS and OET exams for professional registration and immigration for Australia.
Charles opened a second branch of his firm in Adelaide in August 2012. He therefore commutes regularly between the Adelaide and Darwin offices.
Carol Abella - Darwin Office Manager
Caroline (“Carol”) is the Darwin Office Manager of the Firm. She was born in the Philippines and lived in Manila. Carol spent parts of her secondary education in Beijing while her mother was posted there on business and is therefore able to read and write Chinese as well as speak Mandarin. Tagalog is her mother tongue and she is very fluent in English. Carol has a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the Philippines, and a Graduate Certificate in Migration Law and Practice from Griffith University (Queensland). Carol worked in the Immigration section of the Australian Embassy in Manila from October 2006 to December 2011, helping with the processing of visa applications to Australia and her last position was Senior Case Officer. She then worked in a local Manila migration consultancy as a visa consultant until 2016 when her family migrated to Australia for permanent residence. She has been with the Firm since August 2016 helping to manage the everyday administration of the firm and assisting Charles with all visa matters. Carol is also a registered Australian Education Agent, helping international students to find enrolment for suitable courses with Australian Universities and other Australian course providers.
Elizabeth Yuen - Paralegal/Executive Coordinator
Elizabeth is the Paralegal and Executive Coordinator of the Firm. Elizabeth is a fifth generation Australian Chinese, and is fluent in speaking English, Cantonese, and basic Mandarin. She majored in Social Science and Visual/Media Arts for her Bachelor degree, and later obtained a Master degree in Social Work.
In 2018, because of the growing need of the firm, Elizabeth undertook studies for the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and Practice from the University of Western Sydney which she completed in December 2018.