Vanessa Tok recently joined us at CP International Melbourne as our Registered Migration Agent on staff. During a recent trip to Melbourne, I had a chance to sit down with her and ask her a few questions about herself.
What’s your story?
I’m an Australian born Chinese of Singaporean descent. I am born in Sydney and have been neatly bubble-wrapped, packaged and shipped to Melbourne. I am currently based at CP International Melbourne. I am a registered Migration Agent who guides clients to visa pathway options, immigration solutions and I teach clients to become their own lawyer at Administrative Appeal Tribunal hearings.
I graduated from USYD (the University of Sydney) with a double major in Marketing and Health Sciences. I focused mainly on mental health, drug and alcohol rehab and health policy. Thus, I am able to assist clients with the ‘character’ aspect of their migration cases. I have spent quite a bit of time travelling in the US, Canada and Singapore, and have had the chance to meet many people from different parts of the world. I have realised that I am quite fortunate to speak both Mandarin and English, and also be able to travel and live where I want. This is why I studied Migration Law at ANU and became a Registered Migration Agent, so that I could help people from all around the world do the same.
What do you do at CP International?
My job focuses on helping clients with their best visa options, and creating visa pathways for them to attain PR and Australian Citizenship. I also teach clients how to present at hearings for the AAT (Administrative Appeals Tribunal).
What do you do for fun outside work?
I sleep. LOL.
I also enjoy basketball games, resistance training and reading non-fiction books. I do like the occasional personalised green tea frappuccino from Starbucks too.
Why did you join CP International?
To be an important part of the team, career advancement and growth opportunities.
What’s something you didn’t know about the company before joining?
That I would be the only extroverted individual in the Melbourne Office.
What is your secret superpower?
Solving problems by complete accident.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Boil tap water in the kettle and drink 1 glass of lukewarm or sip on hot water.
What motivates you to do what you do?
I feel that when you are helping people for the right reasons to succeed in what they want, then you feel happy for them.
Any advice or tips and tricks for people wanting to go to Australia?
Come for a holiday and see if you like the environment and culture.
If you do, follow the bright light towards CP International Melbourne and let our beautiful angels help you work out how you can (legally) stay longer!
Any advice or tips and tricks for people thinking of using a migration agent?
If you would like to use a Migration Agent, make sure you are directly talking to a person who is on the OMARA website.
Erm… what’s with the pineapple?
Well… it all started with noticing that CP Melbourne did not have any plants. So, I decided I should have at least a little bamboo pot plant or an orchid plant to sit on my Office desk, to keep me company.
As per usual, being my hungry self, thinking about what fruit alternatives I should be eating. I came across a display of pineapples. First thing that came to mind was ‘Vitamin C’, then I remembered the crowns of pineapples can lead to fruit bearing (plant equivalent). Thus, I did not bother hunting for the traditional lucky bamboo plant or orchid plant. Instead, I opt for the untraditional pineapple crown. After all, I did have a memorable cute little pineapple which spouted at my Sydney home 3 years ago. Since this pineapple crown will be sitting in my Office, I like the idea of the plant in water, instead of soil. As clear water provides the sense of clarity. Similarly, I did have a cute dracaena fragrans stem in my Sydney bedroom which bloomed with beautiful flowers once every year. This plant was never exposed to soil and has always been placed in a jar of water, if this plant can flourish in my bedroom then this pineapple crown will do fine. Thus, the journey of the pineapple in a jar of water has begun.
p.s. Currently I am still experimenting if this pineapple crown can flourish indoors and in a jar of water, instead of its usual Queensland weather conditions in soil.
Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
My friends have told me that I have been 21 for the last many many years.