Parish Patience Immigration Lawyers

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of David Bitel after a long illness. He will be greatly missed by the Directors and Staff of Parish Patience.

His knowledge and wisdom have guided the firm for many years and he is regarded as a pioneer of immigration law. He has been respected and praised by his enormous clientele who came to rely on his judgement.

Michael Jones, Accredited Specialist Immigration Lawyer, has worked with David for many years and will now assume the role of Legal Practice Manager.

David devoted his final months to ensuring that there would be a smooth transition of his business to a company structure and that the interests of the firm's clients would be protected and that their ongoing work would be unaffected in any way.

Every one of the ongoing team, who have benefited directly from David's knowledge and committment over many years, will continue to offer the same service for which Parish Patience has become renowned.

We look forward to continuing to work for you. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

This is to inform everyone that there has been ONLY ONE entity which has been led and managed by David Bitel trading under the name Parish Patience. Members of the public are requested to be vigilant, and if in doubt please refer to our website or contact us directly. All our contact details remain the same, Phone: +61 2 9286 8700, Address: Level 1, 338 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000, Website:

PARISH PATIENCE IMMIGRATION has become an incorporated law firm and now operates as a company.

David Bitel had been working toward to incorporating his firm for a number of years. The new company is Parish Patience Bitel Pty Ltd., trading as Parish Patience Immigration Lawyers.

We will continue to offer the same, wide range of immigration advice and service, and there will be no change with regard to ongoing work for clients.

Business will continue as normal from 338 Pitt St. SYDNEY.

Directors of the new company are:

Michael Jones:  Accredited Specialist Immigration Lawyer and Legal  Practice Manager

Blair Commin:                           Finance Director, Office Manager
Adrian Bitel:                             Administrative Director
Motasim Billah:                        Director and Case Manager
Golam Mostafa:                        Director and Case Manager
Mahalingam Sutharshan:      Director, Registered Migration Agent
Thong Nguyen:                         Director, Registered Migration Agent

We will be contacting all clients to advice them of this change which we believe will be of benefit to all clients.

Employer Sponsored Visa


Skilled Migration
Student Visas


Asylum Seekers
Refugee Visa







Other Family and Child


Non Immigration
Law Matters

Welcome to Parish Patience Immigration, lawyers

Parish Patience Immigration, lawyers began as the law firm of Walter Parish in 1888. John Patience joined the firm in 1937, and for many years Parish Patience was a leading commercial law firm in Sydney.

David Bitel, our senior partner, joined the firm in 1976, and following significant changes to Administrative and then Immigration Law in the 1980s, began to specialise in immigration law. The Parish Patience migration law section has since grown into one of the largest specialist immigration law practices in Australia.

Parish Patience Immigration, lawyers has been well-known and reputable firm within the immigration profession.

David Bitel and other staff regularly present papers at major Australian and international conferences, and have assisted thousands of visa applicants at every stage of the application and appeal process.

Our professional team at Parish Patience Immigration, lawyers is committed to establishing and maintaining long-lasting relationships with our clients.  We offer trusted, personal and practical advice at cost effective rates best suited to each individual case.

The staff at Parish Patience has the experience, expertise and qualifications to provide high quality service in immigration (ranging from skilled migration, business opportunities to refugee, students and Federal Court matters) and non-immigration matters (family, criminal, property, employment and litigation).