Nicole was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1975 from a Hungarian Mother and British Father. Her career as an interpreter/translator began in 1994. She provided translations and interpretation to various authorities, including the Hungarian National Police. She provided translations for the Immigration and Citizenship Bureau of Hungary (BAH) for Afghan and Turkish-Kurdish asylum seekers.
Nicole has a Higher Education certificate in Social Work. In Hungary she volunteered with Malteser Charity providing help and support for Roma families living in deep poverty.
In 2004 She moved to Ashford, Kent, England which she calls her hometown. Her interpreter career continued in the UK where she provided Hungarian translation for many new comer Hungarians.
Along with Hungarian, Nicole also speaks Turkish and provided interpretation services to the UK Border Service Agency and various hospitals in the South Kent region. She witnessed numerous immigration arrests and removals of Turkish-Kurds and separation of parents from their British born children. As a result, Nicole decided to study Immigration Law to help these families preventing their removals.
From 2006-2009 she studied Law and Social work at Open University College of Law, Canterbury campus. She paused her studies when her family moved to Toronto, Canada in 2009.
In Toronto, Nicole continued to work as an interpreter/translator in Hungarian and Turkish for various Immigration Law Firms from 2010-2017.
From 2010 Nicole has been providing volunteer interpretation/translation services to the Toronto Police, CBSA and various hospitals in emergency situations including surgeries. She has also been volunteering with the Canadian Council for victims of Torture.
In 2011 Nicole received a Toronto Police Community Award for “lifesaving and outstanding contribution for the community”. She provided interpretation to the Toronto Police and the Toronto Fire Department, at 105 West Lodge Ave, during the evacuation of residents including hundreds of Hungarian Roma in a state emergency (fire).
Nicole continued her education in Canada. In February 2016 she graduated from Police Science and Law Enforcement with “highest honours” (College Diploma at ICS College), and in July 2016 she graduated as an Immigration Consultant at Herzing College.
Nicole joined Lewis and Associates in April 2017. She has been working on Hungarian Roma refugee cases, Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) applications and Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) applications. She was also an integral part of successful Deferral of Removal cases for our clients.
Nicole speaks Hungarian and Turkish. Her specialties are Afghan and Middle-Eastern refugee claims, Hungarian Roma and Roma refugee claimants from other EU countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine etc.)
Using her social worker skills and experience with torture and trauma survivors, Nicole is part of our special team along with Anna Shabotynsky, who provide full support and special assistance to victims of human trafficking and domestic abuse.
As an Immigration Consultant along with refugee matters she has been working on various immigration applications, such as spousal sponsorships, protected person applications, express entry and Labour Market Impact Analysis (LMIA) applications from many countries.
She is happily married to an Afghan refugee claimant and in her free time she loves cooking and spending time with her family.