Everything we do is about making immigration easy.

The flow of people into Australia is growing and continues to grow.  With that comes greater scrutiny and tougher requirements including an interesting and consistently reinvented focus towards decision making on issues such as security and genuineness.  As a consequence, the immigration department adopts various behavioural changes to the processing of applications which can focus on obscure sections of the law.  This enables a higher level of discretion leading to a varied spectrum of outcomes.

We take pride in the fact that we have engineered creative measures and proactive strategies to assist our clients remain compliant yet entrepreneurial in spite of the never ending legislative changes.

Intrinsically, right at the very roots, we understand what it means to move across oceans, as each of our consultants share a personal narrative with migration.

At Gilton Valeo, we believe our work changes lives.  We change lives by assisting businesses employ the right talent, supporting entrepreneurs to create businesses, helping talented individuals work in their dream job and reuniting families in Australia.  With this awareness and understanding of the importance of the visa process for our clients, we ensure that each interaction meets the standard that we apply to our own lives.  That standard is driven by a simple ethos with a human complex –it is about giving, caring, intelligence and pushing ourselves past excellence.  We do this by making the immigration process simple.

“It is easy to claim to be different. But a point of difference means nothing if the person helping you does not have your best interests in mind.
Plainly speaking – we care.”

Our team, from our lawyers to our administrators, share a client-centric approach to how we help you. It is a human quality which interplays with our professionalism and expertise.

Troy Andres


“My interest in immigration law started in high school after I received an award for a creative writing piece that I submitted to the NSW Parliament in respect to meeting labour and skill shortages of the late 1980s and early 1990s.  At the time, Australia was experiencing the recession (it had to have) and we learnt about multi-skilling and tariff removal which gave rise to globalization (another word for competitive integration).  From that point onwards, I continually wondered why we (as a nation) did not just let people in to work on various temporary visas.

Clearly this was a naive view on immigration but it did spark a curiosity that continues to burn today.  That interest has turned into determination as a I guide and inspire my team to service our clients to the standards that we apply to our own lives.  That standard is about giving, caring, intelligence and awareness. It is about pushing ourselves beyond our own idea of excellence.”


Troy’s clients have included:

  • BHP Billiton
  • Oracle
  • Salesforce.com
  • Downer EDI
  • Michael Hill
  • Brand Engineering
  • Adroll
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • Pearl Law Group
  • Meyer Law Group
  • Eco Legal
  • ARC Communications

Troy is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a Registered Migration Agent (0004391). As an expert in immigration and administrative law, Troy has been managing the service delivery and implementation of large scale corporate visa programs including advising on compliance obligations for inbound assignees, professionals and entrepreneurs for over 15 years. Troy has delivered seminars and professional development courses for solicitors (Immigration Essentials for Lawyers in February 2010, August 2009 and February 2009) and mobility professionals (Temporary Business Entry Overhaul in October 2009) with the Migration Institute of Australia and Institute of Global Mobility.

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Registered Migration Agent (MARN 0004391)
  • Bachelor of Business, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • Immigration Adviser NZ 201900522
Fiona Wong


“I have always been intrigued by the law and how it continues to impact our world and its ever-changing society, and vice versa.  My interest in immigration law started early in my career when I worked in the Pro Bono team at the Law Society of NSW.  I instantly knew that this was the area of law I wanted to practice in.

As I gained experience working in different global immigration law firms, I discovered that there was need to appreciate more than just immigration itself.  Focussing on businesses, I received hands-on experience dealing with the importance of compliance and commercial business decisions.  This was further refined when I became an in-house legal counsel at a Big-4 consultancy firm.  As a corporate and commercial legal counsel, I grasped the importance on how every decision, whether internal or external, affects the business.  That experience turned me into a business savvy corporate migration lawyer which has assisted my team and a number of businesses today.”


Fiona’s clients have included:

  • Oracle
  • Huawei
  • Prada
  • Joh Bailey
  • Google
  • McKinsey & Co
  • Deloitte
  • Country Garden
  • Reckitt Benckiser

Fiona is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a Registered Migration Agent (1385731). As an expert in immigration and corporate law, Fiona has been managing a number of corporate visa programs, as well as providing specialised immigration advice and assistance to clients whose application is under review by the Tribunal or the Minister of Immigration.

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1385731)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
  • Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology and Physiology), University of Sydney (USYD)
Kerin Jitla


“My interest in immigration law became apparent when I assisted my relatives from abroad to apply for various visas, including a tourist visa, to enter Australia.   The sense of satisfaction I received from being able to assist my relatives to reunite with my family and providing them with an opportunity to explore our abundant and truly diverse country was beyond imaginable.

My goal when entering this ever-growing field of law was to help other families reunite and experience the happiness that comes with this reunion.  Three years on, my goal remains the same.  The only difference is it has expanded.  I am not only helping families reunite, I am also assisting businesses recruit the right talent from overseas, allowing individuals to fulfil their dreams of working in Australia and achieving career goals, boosting the Australian economy with talent and skills and allowing people to start a new life in Australia, a place they can call home.”


Kerin’s clients have included:

  • Salesforce.com
  • Adroll
  • Change.org
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Reiss
  • Apttus Australia
  • Guylian Café
  • Beach Burrito Company
  • Airbnb
  • Ferngrove Pharmaceuticals Australia
  • Erickson Immigration Group
  • Muscle Meals Direct

Kerin has been admitted to practise as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2012. Kerin has also registered through the Migration Agents Registration Authority (1385813) to provide specialised immigration advice and assistance to businesses, families and individuals. As an expert in immigration law, Kerin has been managing the service delivery and implementation of large scale corporate visa programs, family migration and general skilled migration.

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1385813)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Business Law), Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law
Raina Bernerdez


“My passion for immigration law stemmed from experiencing firsthand how immigration can change lives.  My mother was in her early 30s when she became a single mother of 5 kids. She moved to Australia to work so she can bring all of us here.

Moving to Australia opened doors to my family. We were able to pursue higher education and achieve our ambitions.  It is because of my experience why I committed to immigration law.  I’ve volunteered for immigration organisations, worked for the Department of Immigration and for the past five years, I’ve worked exclusively for immigration practices.

Five years on, I still cherish each visa grant.  It is my joy to help people achieve their goal – whether it’s for family reunification or career advancement.”


Raina’s clients have included:

  • Salesforce
  • Guylian Café
  • Airbnb
  • Erickson Immigration Group
  • Bennelong Restaurant & Bar
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1572149)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • Bachelor of Law, University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Christine Le


“My interest in immigration law began 10 years ago when my mother did a carer visa to sponsor my cousin to Australia to care for my father.  It sparked my curiosity in global migration.  This interest became a passion 4 years ago when I got my first legal job as a Paralegal in a Specialist Immigration Law firm.  I came to appreciate the complexity of navigating through the Australian migration process.

From being a child of refugee parents, to my parents needing help from family overseas and to assisting companies sponsor skilled workers, I understand that the circumstances of each client is varied.  I believe that immigration law has the power to change lives and prosper our Australian economy.”


Christine’s clients have included:

  • Australian Chef Migration
  • Catholic Mission
  • Meditech Staffing
  • Wild Pear Café
  • Bateau Bay Hotel
  • Thai Paragon Enterprises
  • Knotts Crossing
  • SJA Construction Services
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1910589)
  • Bachelor of Business, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
Sonia Bhatty


“My interest in immigration law initially began when I studied an immigration law subject as a part of my Bachelor of Business and Commerce/Bachelor of Laws degree in University.

Two years ago, I put theory into practice and have become fully immersed in the field.  I have enjoyed assisting a broad range of clients, from individuals to businesses, with their immigration needs.  Whether it be assisting with family reunification or businesses sponsoring global talent, the complexities that come with immigration law have intellectually intrigued me.

Coming from a solid 5 year customer service background, I possess a strong client-centric approach and am passionate about helping others no matter how big or small the difference may make to their lives.  I love that the team here at Gilton Valeo are like-minded and share the same passion as me for creating a positive and seamless experience for our clients.”


Sonia’s clients have included:

  • Adilla Collab
  • Bayly’s Bistro
  • Erickson Immigration Group
  • Netflix
  • Panausino International
  • Salesforce.com
  • Bachelor of Business and Commerce (HRM and IR), Western Sydney University
  • Bachelor of Laws, Western Sydney University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law
Mohan Monteiro


“Our approach is client-centric.  This means that we look to partner with our clients and we invariably place ourselves in our client’s position albeit utilising our knowledge, expertise and energy to drive the strategy through to completion.

We apply this approach to every engagement regardless of scale.  From large corporate organisations to entrepreneurs and skilled professionals, our advice centres on our client.”


Mohan is our resident specialist in Australian tax and regulatory areas and advising new businesses on setting up corporations and business structures. Mohan has over 20 years of professional experience, commencing his career with Arthur Andersen in 1991 and continuing his practice with Ernst & Young till 2011. Over his career, he has led multidisciplinary teams providing services to multinational and Australian corporations in areas covering corporate income tax, employment taxes, due diligences, joint venture structuring, and company secretarial matters.

Mohan works closely with Australian State and Federal Government to promote foreign investment in Australia.

  • Member CPA Australia
  • Masters in Tax (USYD)
  • Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Gilton Business Consultants was founded in 1982 by Mr John Milton Gillespie.  The name Gilton is a portmanteau of John’s surname Gillespie and his middle name Milton.

John was the inaugural National President of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and was a lifetime member of the MIA and Australian Institute of Administrative Law.

Throughout John’s 30 year career in the immigration advice industry, he has held the following positions:

  • Fellow of the Migration Institute of Australia
  • NSW State President of Australian Migration Consultants Association, 1989-1991
  • National President of Australian Migration Consultants Association, 1991
  • National President of Migration Institute of Australia, 1992
  • Member of Australian Institute of Administrative Law
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Management
  • John was a Justice of the Peace, Fellow of the Migration Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law, the Chartered Management Institute (UK), Australian Institute of Management and St James Ethics Centre.

Sadly, John passed away on 14 November 2011.  He is fondly remembered by colleagues, family and friends.  In memory of his contributions to the industry and his friendship, we proudly continue trading under the name Gilton Valeo.

Our Specialisation

Gilton Valeo specialises in immigration law ranging from the management and service delivery of corporate visa programs to representing clients before the Federal Court.

We pride ourselves on being able to provide you with accurate and timely advice on developments to immigration legislation and regulations and how the law affects you.  Our ongoing interest and participation in the administrative process means that we understand the latest authorities and legal positions as they are decided, thereby ensuring that you are presented with the best possible options based on the law as it stands today.

Our Professionals Focus on You

Our professionals and lawyers provide you with a range of immigration services, focusing on quality legal advice addressing your needs and intentions.  Our quality assured systems ensure that each facet of your brief is met and your matter receives the attention you deserve.  We are comprehensive in our assessment of your situation and tailor a course of action to exhaustively assess your eligibility and address all your concerns.

We believe that the delivery of migration advice and consulting hinges on:

  • Our people, legally qualified professionals to help you understand your situation against the legislative framework and develop an action plan to meet your goals
  • Our process, best practice processes ensuring efficiency and cost effectiveness, whilst maintaining freedom to model our processes around your requirements
  • Our technology, cutting edge practice management systems supporting the personal skills of our professionals