No, and yes. Honestly, there’s no one right or wrong answer to if everyone should use a migration agent when migrating to Australia. All circumstances are different and better suited for specific individuals and cases. To help determine if that’s you, we’re going to explore the world of migration agents.
What is a Registered Migration Agent?
A migration agent is someone who provides immigration assistance to individuals wanting to move to a location such as Australia. Individuals who can call themselves a registered migration agent are those registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) by law. Under the MARA registration, migration agents are legally bound to be aware of all legislation, procedures, and provide up to date advice and guidance. In Australia, a migration agent must study for at least six months before they can become certified as a Migration Agent in Australia. Immigration lawyers who are certified can also apply to the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority to become an accredited migration agent.
Do You Need a Migration Agent to Apply for a Visa?
No. You do not need a registered migration agent to lodge a visa application. Visa applicants can submit their application themselves either in person or on the internet.
Why You Should Use a Migration Agent?
But, most people should use a migration agent. While it’s possible to apply (and be successful) yourself, we find that most people experience a better outcome when they leave the application to the specialist.
How Will a Migration Agent Help with your Application?
We will preface this by saying that engaging a registered migration agent doesn’t guarantee that your application will be successful. An agent will provide you with the best chance for success because they are equipped with the capacity, experience and knowledge of navigating complex migrations.
A migration agent will help with your application, in a number of ways, including:
- You can be assured and feel secure in the application being done to the best possible manner when working with a professional. Migrating to a new country is stressful enough, why worry about paperwork when you don’t need to!
- By working with a registered MARA, you will safeguard being conned by scam artists. All registered migration agents act in accordance with laws and are continually developing and tested on their comprehensive knowledge of Australian migration law. Further, agents are monitored in terms of their ‘integrity of conduct and quality of immigration assistance’, and they must abide by the Governmental Code of Conduct.
- Australia’s immigration environment is complex and constantly changing. New laws and amendments are passing through continually, which can impact your visa application. A registered agent is always, enforced to stay up to date, so they won’t let anything slip through the cracks!
- Often people think that self-applying is a cheaper solution, but the truth is it can be more cost-effective in the long run to use a registered migration agent than lodging the application yourself. Many people who self-lodge are often unsuccessful with their attempt and end up paying again, plus additional costs like hiring a registered agent and remaining in their current country, because of that.
With over 100 visa types spanning across individuals and businesses, each of which applies to different situations and brings its own application challenges, having a registered migration agent like Interstaff working with you, is incredibly valuable. Interstaff has helped thousands of people migrate to Australia – let them help you!